As the first edition of OtherWise Christian is released, a call for contributions launched for OtherWise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance. This sequel is an anthology of personal reflections, drawing on both classic articles and new content from contemporary OtherWise-gendered authors.
From the Epilogue of OtherWise Christian:
I know that I have only scratched the surface of OtherWise insights in this initial project. I am particularly interested in sharing more reflections and insights from intersex people, non-binary people, multi-lingual people, disabled people, Catholics, Mormons, Jews, and Muslims, as well as people who are Black, Indigenous, or otherwise People of Color. My ultimate hope and desire is to support the next generation in taking this work to the next level.
How is your experience reflected in the Christian Bible? Where do you find resonance among the stories of our ancestors in faith? What OtherWise Bible stories have I missed? How would you approach these topics differently? What are your strategies for resisting the “two and only two” gender paradigm? What are your strategies for bringing healing to the broken places you have witnessed?
You certainly do not have to be a pastor or a priest, a professor or a scholar to be a part of the resistance! Indeed, we need more dreamers and dancers, poets and lovers, sacred prophets and OtherWise disruptors. I would love to hear from you. Please be in touch.
The resulting collection, published just nine months later includes 29 transgender, intersex, non-binary, and two-spirit contributors. Authors include classic spokespersons for transgender Christianity, such as Dr Virginia Mollenkott, Rev Erin Swenson, and Rev Victoria Kolakowski, as well as newer millenial voices like Diamond Stylz of the Marsha’s Plate podcast and intersex voices like Lianne Simon of the Intersex and Faith project.
Authors from Catholic, Mennonite, Baptist, Seventh-day Adventist, and many more faith traditions are included, providing a rich tapestry of perspectives. Each author shares about how they wrestled with Christian communities and traditions, with varied results. Some stayed. Some left. Some wandered and returned with new resolve.
The launch party included conversations with authors on Facebook Live.
We also anticipate additional volumes in the OtherWise Christian series (General Call for Articles).