I could not find rest in the Bible, but I clung to it until from this same book leaped this eunuch, powerful and strong and politically savvy… claiming his place in Jerusalem’s Temple to worship.
Mir Plemmons in
“The Ethiopian Eunuch–and Me”
OtherWise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance
In OtherWise Christian 2, Mir’s chapter lays claim to the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8 as his intersex ancestor. For many of us, this reading may be the first time we begin to grapple with the idea that many beloved characters in the Bible may have been intersex (Jesus even talked about “eunuchs from birth” in Matt 19:12). Let those who are able accept it.
I am proud that we have 5 authors with intersex variations in this anthology– and will hopefully be compiling more stories in future volumes.
Mir Plemmons is a Franciscan Friar and Chaplain, in formation to regularize his priesthood in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. He teaches students with special needs, and lives with his wife almost far enough away from Seattle for comfort.
Join the resistance in support of people with intersex variations! Led by the five intersex authors in OtherWise Christian 2, you can add your own #IntersexAffirming sign on social media. Possible hashtags include:
#NoBodyIsShameful (credit: the Interface Project)
#IntersexStories (credit: Pidgeon Pagonis)
#InterPhobiaIsASin (variation on TransPhobiaIsASin)
We are also using #ClaimYourStory and #ClaimingOurStories to encourage celebration of our stories of faith and resistance.