This pride month, I’ll be offering a few liturgical and worship resources for celebrating pride in a faith context. The first is A Thanksgiving for Names. You are welcome to use and reproduce as needed. Please credit me as the author, and I’d be delighted if you sent me an order of service of bulletin […]
There’s been a meme going around – particularly earlier this year saying “it’s 2k19, what should we give up?” Today is Transgender day of Visibility. Resisting the dominant narratives in transgender discourse, I’ve reached the conclusion that visibility plays into the hands of cis-normative white-supremacy, and perhaps this is the year to let it go. […]
February as a month is all about Black History, Valentine’s Day the Beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday. Not all of these things are my lane, so while I support and educate myself on Black History, while I’ll probably go to church on Ash Wednesday, I want to focus on my lane – LGBTQIA+ people […]
This year for Bisexual+ Visibility Week, I came out, again. I’ve become much more intentional about claiming space within the bisexual umbrella. You see, for a long time I understood bisexuality to denote attraction to cisgender and transgender binary men and women. As I have made clear, I don’t understand myself as functioning within the binary. […]
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. […]