Being Transgendered is living into the reality and wholeness of yourself.
Mary McKibbean Dana attempts to write about Pastoring to a trangendered person (I say attempts because she admits she still learning)
So here our my unsorted thoughts about being Trans….
I, in my secret-most parts, wish the church was the FIRST place people feel safe to turn to when they have been rejected by family, job, friends, politics, life….
after all, isn’t God the person who sees Nicodemus and CALLS HIM BY NAME! and makes him whole.
Its Jesus who talks to the risque Samaritan Woman (who is defined as risque just because of who she is, its considered dangerous) and when she says “You shouldn’t be talking to me” man does that sound familiar.
I think of all the things we say in church
We honor names, but claim that we are brothers and sisters in Christ, for that reason we don’t even say the person’s last name (I like to say because their official last name becomes Christ). We say that Christ calls each and every one of us by name, and if that name needs to change to fit who a person is now that’s ……VERY Christian. Saul–>Paul
We say that in Christ there is no male or female. (ponder)
When we think about trans* people the orphans of most movements, the ones who are feared and so violence is repeatedly done to them, the ones who are so often homeless, who have difficulty getting jobs, who for some reason are a considered esp. dangerous to children.
…..Church should be the first to institute family/asexual bathrooms for safety. Churches should have resources for depression and homelessness. Churches should be a safe place to talk about how and why you feel different and that God blesses our search, imagining a world for us where all are included and loved.
We are all loved.
God created us, loves us, calls us by name and makes us who we are supposed to be….