Saludos to all … this weekend I had the opportunity to present a workshop on transgender theology at Call To Action’s annual conference, Justice Rising, in Louisville, Kentucky. It was an honor to be able to create a space for both myself and others to wrestle with transgressive and transformative theologizing…personally, I was re-energized by those who attended and their commitment to embracing all people in their complexity and richness. Due to time constraints I was not able to get through everything I had planned which included the videos below. They capture some of the themes we engaged on Saturday while also sharing other thoughts to simmer with. These videos scratch the surface of our journey as trans people reflecting insights that are not only powerful for trans-identified individuals but all people. I wanted to share these amazing videos and testimonies of people who are living into the deconstruction and reconstruction of gender in ways that bring wholeness and celebration.
As we commemorate Transgender Awareness Week and hold in prayer all those impacted by violence on National Transgender Day of Remembrance, may we keep these words by Rabbi Elliot Rose Kukla close to our minds and hearts: “Transgender people also often feel spiritually homeless because our realities have been effaced from sacred traditions and human histories…Our faith traditions have a role to play in the expansion of society that will create a world in which everyone’s multi-faceted and complicated gender identity can develop without the threat of violence or humiliation. Religion grounds and contextualizes human experience; congregational life offers individuals concrete sustenance and support.”
May we create spaces that celebrate the lives of trans people–affirming and reaffirming that we are all created in the image and wowness of G-d!!!