deconstructing and reconstructing gender

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deconstructing and reconstructing gender

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!!!

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About delfinwaldemar

i am a native of miami, fl and i am of cuban and salvadoran heritage. i am a social worker and queer theologian who is passionate about engaging the intersections of religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and justice—specifically around lgbtq issues. i have a master in divinity as well as a master of social work. as an activist scholar of faith, i am interested in creating spaces where individuals and communities are safe and challenged to explore identity, expression, gender, and orientation in their complexities. i enjoy cooking, eating, laughing, writing, photography, eating more, “queerying” theology, and spending time with family and friends--especially my dearly beloved (while also driving him crazy). my approach to life is rooted in la lucha (the struggle)—lifting up our stories and experiences to inspire creative and authentic conversations and actions that thrive outside boxes transgressing dominant narratives. i hope this space will provide folks who feel isolated or disconnected from communities, especially religious one, an opportunity to wrestle and reconnect and re-member and simply be with the sacred. being raised roman catholic, i have felt marginalized and alone because of who i am within my church community--my queerness bars me from being able to pursue ordination and so this blog will be a space for me to share my journey of faith through homilies, pictures, liturgies, rants, queeries...my prayer is that this space become a pulpit and sanctuary, a new way of living into our call to radical holiness juntos...a place where you, me, G-d will caminar juntos y juntas en la lucha. Amen.

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