Our identities—gender and otherwise—are shaped by community and God.
Epiphany | Second Sunday after the Epiphany (Year B)
1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51
Nine trans Christians tell their stories.
If the world is a gift, then all the things to which you relate—and many to which you don't—are also God's relation to you.
One time at a women’s retreat, I was asked to tell my call story. I told this woman the whole, convoluted story—about serving as a missionary in Japan, about being restless in my work and volunteering for leadership roles in my church, about discovering old journals where I had written about my desire to study theology, about my memory of sitting in church as a teenager and hearing the pastor give the sermon and saying, “If I was a man, that is what I would want to do.” I told her that it had taken me a long time, but I finally realized that God was calling me to be a pastor. She was not impressed.
by Diane RothJanuary 11, 2015