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.
Louis Mitchell wrote the forward for OtherWise Christian, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he is also an OtherWise Ambassador! He also authorized to sell copies of the book and you ought to have him sign his forward (though he tries to be shy about that).
Rev Louis Mitchell is frequently in Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Southern California. He travels frequently, so be in touch to find out more about his availability. Reach out to invite him into your community. You’ll be supporting me, the book, and his ministry.
Don’t forget to compensate him for his time with you, if he’s leading an event or preaching in your congregation. His time and expertise are valuable. Continue reading “OtherWise Ambassador: Rev Louis Mitchell”
I call the period from 1996-2006 the “transgender spring,” that is, the first decade of transgender Christian publishing. While not intended to be a detailed history, I do want to highlight a bit about what it meant to be writing about transgender concerns in that period. Every sighting of a transgender Christian was precious through those years. Continue reading “The Transgender Spring, 1996-2006”
Pilgrim Press, affiliated with the United Church of Christ, played a remarkable role in the time period that I call the “transgender spring” (1996-2006). These five books were an unprecedented and unparalleled contribution to the emergent conversation about transgender experience:
- Omnigender: A Trans-religious Approach, by Virginia Mollenkott, 2001
- Crossing Over: Liberating the Transgendered Christian, by Vanessa Sheridan, 2001
- Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith, by Justin Tanis, 2003
- Transgender Journeys, by Virginia Mollenkott and Vanessa Sheridan, 2003
- Transgendering Faith: Identity, Sexuality, And Spirituality, edited by by Leanne McCall Tigert and Maren C. Tirabassi, 2004
Continue reading “Pilgrim Press and the Transgender Spring”
“Call Me Malcolm” is 90-minute feature-length documentary following a twenty-five year-old seminary student as he explores faith, love, and gender identity. It was developed by the United Church of Christ, Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns and released in 2005.
There are two study guides to accompany the film. At this point the entire film is available on YouTube, making it a super-accessible resource for personal reflection or group study.
Continue reading “Call Me Malcolm, 2005”
As I write this, The Rev Lawrence Tanner Richardson’s I Know What Heaven Looks Like: A Modern Day Coming of Age Story (2018) is on sale at Amazon for $0.99 through Labor Day (2019).
In his dedication, Richardson writes, “I wrote this book for several reasons and several people, most especially me.” Indeed, trans folk finding our voices is powerful. This book is an origin story for Rev Richardson.
Continue reading “I Know What Heaven Looks Like: A Modern Day Coming of Age Story, 2018”
It’s a Bible Bash weekend again! My friends, Peterson and Liam, are at it again, bringing new life to an ancient text. This time, they are talking about Yael (also a little bit about Deborah and others) and Judges 4-5. This is a story that I touch on in chapter 20 of OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation, but this Bible Bash adds additional insight and texture to the story. Continue reading “Jael/Yael (Judges 4-5), 2019”
transACTION: A Transgender Curriculum For Churches and Religious Institutions is an interactive curriculum. The curriculum is FREE and available for immediate download as a PDF, including a leader’s guide. Continue reading “transACTION curriculum, 2009”
Rev Liam Hooper created the “Trans-forming the Church: Blessed Bodies and Gender Justice,” online video curriculum when he was working with the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) as their national transgender organizer.
This free 30 minutes of video content provides an easy way to test the waters about transgender experience in your local congregation. It could even be used to provide a crash course in transgender sensitivity for ushers or other church leaders. Continue reading “Trans-forming the Church: Blessed Bodies and Gender Justice, 2017”
Tabernacle United Church (Tab) was gracious enough to host my book launch in July, but it was a mid-summer weekday night and many people were not able to come. I’ll be back on Sunday, September 8, 2019 to lead Tab.EDU (adult education)on a regular Sunday after worship.
Continue reading “Book Event: Tab.EDU, Philly, Sept 8”