OtherWise Christian Ambassadors are transgender (or OtherWise) Christians who are available in your local area to share both OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Liberation and their own stories and testimonies. I believe that books are important, but our communities also need the opportunity to be in real-life community with folk who can tell their own stories. Every OtherWise Christian Ambassador is also authorized to sell my books.
I’ve known Dawn Sorensen for roughly 20 years from LGBT+ Christian circles. We go way back to when there was a lot less language available for people like us who don’t quite fit into “male” and “female” expectations exactly. Dawn identifies as non-binary or “OtherWise” and answers to any pronoun that is offered with respect and good intentions.
Dawn lives in the Boston area and has a presentation based on OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation, which has already been tested in their local community. It is ready to roll out (complete with power point). Meanwhile, Dawn enjoys preaching, teaching, designing liturgy and worship spaces (for example, the altar), and leveraging technology to benefit the community. They also like working with children and youth of all ages.
Dawn is willing to travel, more or less, throughout the New England area as their schedule allows. Reach out to invite Dawn into your community. You’ll be supporting me, the book(s), and Dawn’s ministry. Don’t forget to compensate Dawn for their time with you, if they are leading an event or preaching in your congregation. Their time and expertise are valuable.
Dawn Sorenson is the Outreach Minister for the Agape Spiritual Community in Waltham, MA. They have been involved in the United Church of Christ for 20 years and are a Member-In-Discernment. They studied Feminist Biblical Hermeneutics and Queer Theology at Andover-Newton Theological Seminary (Newton, MA). They are a spouse and a parent.
Here’s what Dawn has to say about OtherWise Christian:
OtherWise Christian, the book, is a tool that shows us how to read the Bible through our own experiences. It is permission-giving in the way it shows us how to be free to lend our own transgender and non-binary voices to the realm of Christian Theology and discourse.
Meanwhile, the Sacred OtherWise movement helps us articulate all the ways in which the perspectives of OtherWise-gendered folk are not only helpful, but needed by the Church at-large. We bring a unique knowledge of God that cannot and should not be silenced. OtherWise Christians advocate for these voices to be lifted up as an offering so that all Christians can see the face of God more clearly.
Thank you, Dawn, for your work and witness! I am so glad to have you as a part of #TeamOtherWise.
Mx Chris Paige
P.S. Are you a transgender (or OtherWise) Christian who is interested in being an OtherWise Christian ambassador in your area? Please reach out and let’s talk about it!
Compiled by Mx Chris Paige on February 3, 2020.
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