As we launched the Trans Still Speaking initiative in 2017, I compiled a timeline of transgender history in the United Church of Christ. It was initially published on Transfaith’s website. Today, I’ve moved it over to my blog at otherwisechristian.com and updated it with a few new details.I look forward to continuing to expand this resource with more details, past, present, and future. What do you notice that needs to be added?
I would also love to find collaborators who might help me create similar resources for other denominations and movements, as a historical record. Please be in touch!
United Church of Christ founded by unification of predecessor denominations
Bill Johnson ordination
Formation of UCC Gay Caucus
UCC Gay Caucus name change to UCC Coalition for Gay Concerns (aka “The Coalition”)
“The Coalition” name change to UCC Coalition for Lesbian/Gay Concerns
“The Coalition” immediately takes on administration of the Open and Affirming program in the absence of any denominational office with that responsibility
United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, Division of the American Missionary Association establishes first national staff position attending to LGBT concerns
“The Coalition” name change to UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns
Barbara Satin (Spirit of the Lakes UCC, Minneapolis, MN) makes first presentation on transgender experience to The Coalition’s National Gathering (Chicago, IL).
Barbara Satin (Spirit of the Lakes UCC, Minneapolis, MN) is first openly transgender person elected to the Coalition’s board of directors.
Reorganization of UCC National Setting establishes Office of Health and Wholeness Advocacy as a part of Wider Church Ministries, including emphasis on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Ministries
Pilgrim Press publishes Crossing Over: Liberating the Transgendered Christian by Vanessa Sheridan
Barbara Satin (Spirit of the Lakes UCC, Minneapolis, MN) is the first openly transgender person elected Moderator of the Coalition’s board of directors (serving until 2006).
Barbara Satin (Spirit of the Lakes UCC, Minneapolis, MN) elected to replace out-going Coalition representative to the UCC Executive Council, making her the first openly transgender member of the UCC Executive Coalition (serving until 2009).
Pilgrim Press published Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith by Justin Tanis
Transcendence Gospel Choir (City of Refuge UCC, San Francisco, CA) releases music CD, Whosoever Believes
Call Me Malcolm movie released by the United Church of Christ Office of Health and Wholeness
Barbara Satin (Spirit of the Lakes UCC, Minneapolis, MN) hired to national, ecumenical role by the Institute for Welcoming Resources (later acquired by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force). Over many years, her titles have included: Interim Director, Faith Work Associate, and Assistant Faith Work Director.
Spirituality programming track at Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference co-founded by Chris Paige (Tabernacle United Church, Philadelphia, PA)
Gender identity/expression begins being required in new Open and Affirming statements
UCC GenderFold Action Alliance founded
Chris Paige (Tabernacle United Church, Philadelphia, PA) chairs the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
Louis Mitchell keynotes the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
UCC Office for Health and Wholeness sponsors production of Tara’s Crossing at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
Lawrence Tanner Richardson becomes the first Black, openly transgender person in the United Church of Christ, when he gains clergy standing by transfer of credentials.
UCC GenderFold Action Alliance retired
“The Coalition” name change to UCC Open and Affirming Coalition
UCC Pension Board removes “transgender exclusion” from the UCC health insurance policies
Pilgrim Press published The Bible and the Transgender Experience: How Scripture Supports Gender Variance by Linda Hertzer
Liam Hooper is ordained as the first openly transgender candidate in the Southern Conference of the UCC.
Trans Still Speaking initiative begins
Reconciling Ministries Network launches Trans-forming the Church: Blessed Bodies and Gender Justice featuring the Rev Liam Hooper (Parkway UCC, Winston-Salem, NC)
Mx Chris Paige publishes OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation and launches OtherWise Engaged Publishing.
Collected from the Transfaith website and updated by Mx. Chris Paige on September 9, 2019.
Note: This blog is intended to be an on-going work in progress. Please contact us if you have additions, corrections, or concerns.