Guest blogger Alex Patchin McNeill is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and has worked with Believe Out Loud and More Light Presbyterians. He is currently the Director of Development at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. He is the first openly transgender ministry inquirer in his conservative Presbyterian region in western North Carolina.
Gay and lesbian Jews have found a more prominent place in a diverse spectrum of Jewish traditions over the past twenty years, but transgender Jews often feel that they must still search as individuals to figure out where they fit in. The Jewish Daily Forward highlighted a gathering of trans Jews from across North America in Berkeley, Calif. to address how Jewish communities welcome – or don’t – their transgender friends, family, and coreligionists.
Congregations are encouraged to offer a petition in your worship services in recognition of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. ReconcilingWorks has provided worship materials for congregations, including different forms of Confession and Forgiveness and Prayers of the People.
This week is Transgender Awareness Week and to mark the occasion, GLAAD’s Religion, Faith, and Values Program wants to highlight the achievements of a few trans faith leaders who have helped make their traditions more open and welcoming spaces for all people.
The historic votes on marriage equality in Maine, Maryland and Washington not only extended marriage rights to same-sex couples, but will add a significant amount of capital to the economies of those states, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA Law.
Christians across the internet are blogging their faith and their support for LGBT people through a synchroblog project organized by Justin Lee, the Executive Director of the Gay Christian Network. The synchroblog is timed to match the launch of Lee’s new book, TORN: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate.
Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, was named the new archbishop of Canterbury on Friday morning in London. Bishop Welby confessed his desire and commitment to dialogue, leaving room for his position on LGBT people to evolve: “I know I need to listen very attentively to the LGBT communities and examine my own thinking carefully and prayerfully.”