Special thanks for editorial assistance to Rev. Emily E. Ewing. The time of changing seasons often sits with me and grows me. I write anticipating the onset of Advent and the commemoration of the Reign of Christ. During these days, we commemorate transgender awareness month and transgender day of remembrance. These are my favorite days of […]
River recently completed their most recent paper, Transgender Lifecycle Rituals: Christian and Christopagan Resources for the Journey and offers it here for your consideration and feedback. If you wish to use the rites offered in the paper, please contact River for permission details.
I have had the privilege to collaborate with Rev. Ewing on an RCL-based resource engaging queer theory and the text. I’ve got a master post of every week I’ve collaborated, from the most recent to the oldest. 7th Sunday after Pentecost – Year C 6th Sunday after Pentecost – Year C 5th Sunday after Pentecost […]
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When I sat down to begin writing this sermon, I imagined what I might write about – what crisis is going on that I could speak to. It seems most realistic that I would imagine something to use as a crisis; the night after nuclear warfare broke out, or the day after a shooting in […]
Good Morning! I’m River. My name comes from two Rivers that were present with me during significant life changes. I’m a seminary student in Hyde Park; I was the first out transgender student at that school, and I remain the only out transfeminine student there. It is such a delight to be with you today. […]
This sermon was preached on 20 November 2016, RCL Year C, also commemorating Transgender Day of Remembrance. Many of you know that today is a special day in the church year: Next week, we start the cycle over again and can celebrate again the anticipated coming of Christ. Today, the church year ends; Today, we […]
A sermon prepared for, but not preached at Multicultural Tre Ore service at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago on 25 March 2016. A reading from the Wisdom of Psalm 130, adapted. Out of the depths have I called you, O eternal one; hear my voice. Let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication, […]
A Reading from the Epistle to the Colossians, the Third Chapter: As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above […]
A Reading from Ephesians, the Third Chapter: For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— Surely // you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me // for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have […]