Continue reading “OC2: Rev Caedmon Grace”
I can choose to believe in a world that I can see with my heart but not with my eyes. I can dwell with Her, with the Divine, in Possibility, even in the midst of these dry bones.
The Rev Caedmon Grace
OtherWise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance
“[B]alancing an understanding of both our similarities and our differences is the key to creating a modern spirituality that can enrich us all.”
The Rev Victoria Kolakowski (retired) in
“Foreword” and “Wrestling Like Jacob”
OtherWise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance
I had lunch with Vicky while I was in the Bay area, really just hoping to catch up and maybe squeeze a Foreword out of her. As she disclosed in that Foreword, she stepped back from her religious vocation when she became a judge. So, I was pleasantly surprised that she was also willing and able to write a chapter for the book. While there is a passing mention of her role as a judge, the article focuses on Jacob’s wrestling (and her own).
The Reverend Victoria S. Kolakowski received her M.Div. from the Pacific School of Religion in 1998. She was the first person to have a transgender positive article published in an academic religious journal in 1997. She was ordained in the Metropolitan Community Church as the first person to start and complete the ordination process as an openly transgender person. She served as clergy at several churches, and on the board of the California Council of Churches. She retired from ministry when she became a judge in Alameda County, California, in 2011.
Join us in celebrating the #SacredOtherWise! Claim your own story during March 2020! Possible hashtags include:
or your own version of #SacredOtherWise
These are also great hashtags to add when you are talking about #TransgenderDayOfVisibility / #TDOV!! March 31, 2020 is our official launch day!
We are also using #ClaimYourStory and #ClaimingOurStories to encourage celebration of our stories of faith and resistance.
Much gratitude to the Rev Victoria Kolakowski (retired) for providing the Foreword to OtherWise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance with such a significant historical perspective!
By Victoria Kolakowski
The book you are reading is long overdue. I know, because I have waited sooooo long for it—decades, in fact. Please bear with me as I introduce myself, for context.
I spent most of my teens and twenties trying to reconcile my firm belief in God and my firm belief that I was really a woman inside, notwithstanding what my body and the rest of the world told me. It was a difficult journey, made more so by the lack of information about transgender issues available to the general public.Continue reading “OC2: Foreword by Victoria Kolakowski”
When I was creating the list of transgender Christian (auto) biographies, I remembered that we also have some oral histories. It’s actually super wonderful to be able to hear our people’s voices. As always, please let me know if you are aware of transgender Christians who may be lurking in other oral history archives!
- Sky Anderson
- Louis Mitchell (wrote the forward to OtherWise Christian)
- Virginia Mollenkott (author of Omnigender)
- Barbara Satin
- Erin Swenson (another one)
- Jonathon Thunderword
In addition, I’ll want to make a list of documentaries, which are a little different. However, The Believers is one that I think should also be on an oral history list.
Thank you to the LGBT Religious Archives Network for hosting several oral histories!
Compiled by Mx. Chris Paige on on August 16, 2019.
Note: This blog is intended to be an on-going work in progress. Please contact us if you have corrections or are able to contribute further context or reflections.
I just created a list of books about transgender and the Christian Bible, but we also need stories! This list looks at transgender (auto) biographical books that are explicitly Christian. I probably missed some others, so please contact me with additions!
I plan to review and provide notes on these books, as I am able. Please be in touch if you can provide me with a review copy!
If you’re in the Greater Charlotte, NC area, you should really try to join the Ministries Beyond Welcome team for “Reading Scripture across Trans-Queer Experience!”
This is exactly one of the reasons that I want to have OtherWise Christian Ambassadors (OCA) across the country (and perhaps around the world!). I can’t be in North Carolina that week, but our Ambassador, The Rev Debra Hopkins, will be present with copies of OtherWise Christian: a Guidebook for Transgender Liberation available for sale (please bring $25 cash)! Continue reading “Reading Scripture Event, Sept 14”
Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith by Justin Tanis is one of the two most influential books in transgender theology (the other being Omnigender). First published by Pilgrim Press in 2003, this book was originally Tanis’s D.Min dissertation. It was out of print for a time and was republished as Trans-Gender: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith in 2018, now by Justin Sabia-Tanis under the umbrella of Wipf and Stock. Continue reading “Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith, 2003 and 2018”