Transgender Christians — #TransWeek

November 16, 2017

Today, for the fourth post in CFT’s 2017 Transgender Awareness Week series, we’re featuring links to information by and about a few transgender Christians. Enjoy learning about the extrodinary individuals below!

Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, PhD, trans lesbian scholar, is the author of the Lambda Award winning book, Omnigender, and co-author of Transgender Journeys (with Vanessa Sheridan). Visit her website here.

Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer is a Lutheran pastor and author of Queerly LutheranHoly Night: Prayers and Meditations for People of the Night, and co-author of Manifest: Transitional Wisdom on Male Privilege, as well as several children’s books in the Good News Children’s Books series, Visit their blog, Wikipedia page, and website.

Rev. M Barclay is the first openly non-binary trans person to be commissioned as a United Methodist deacon.  They currently serve as the Director of enflehsed, and previously worked as the Director of Communications at Reconciling Ministries Network. Read this article on the UMC website for more information about their ordination.  Read their posts on Believe Out Loud and the RMN websiteAnd most importantly, check out their enfleshed website for “theologically rich, relevant, and meaningful liturgy and sermon starters released every Monday morning.

Rev. Dr. David Weekley was featured earlier this week here.

Rev. Dr. Erin Swenson, psychotherapist and former co-moderator of the Board of Directors of More Light Presbyterians, was the first mainstream protestant minister to make a gender transition while remaining in ordained office. Visit her website.

Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD, is a non-binary, latinx scholar and theologian.  “Robyn has been vigilant in naming the culture of whiteness of the LGBT movement. In particular,  the ways that the institutional church has focused so acutely on their welcome & affirming stances has allowed Robyn to name the culture of dominance, which has been expressed in & thru whiteness.” (from their bio on the Rolling the Stone Away conference website). Visit Robyn’s website here.

Alex McNeill, Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians, is the first openly transgender person to head a mainline Protestant organization. Read his posts on Believe Out Loud, or follow him on Twitter.

“For 35 years [Paula Stone Williams] worked with the Orchard Group, a church planting ministry in New York. For most of that time she was Chairman and CEO.  For 12 years she served as a weekly columnist and Editor-At-Large for Christian Standard magazine.   She was also a teaching pastor for two megachurches.  Those responsibilities ended when she transitioned to live as Paula.”  Visit Paula’s blog here.  Read her articles on HuffPost here.

Chris Paige was on the staff of the award-winning progressive, ecumenical Christian magazine The Other Side from 1994 to 2003. From 1999 to 2003, they served as publisher, and helped shape the magazine’s May-June 2001 ground-breaking issue on transgender concerns. They founded TransFaith Online in 1999. View their profile on the LGBT Religious Archives Network website here, and their more extensive bio on the TransFaith Online website here.

 

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Marg Herder

Marg Herder is the Director of Public Information for EEWC-CFT, a Christian feminist organization working for gender (and LGBTQIA) justice in Christianity since 1974. She is the content manager and developer of the organization’s website, Christian Feminism Today. Marg identifies as a trans* lesbian writer, musician, and feminist spiritual seeker. She works to draws attention to the ongoing violence directed at women and LGBTQIA people in this “Christian” society, the desperate need for an understanding of God that includes the Divine Feminine, and Christ/Sophia’s desire that each of us move deeper into our own practice of non-violence.

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