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The Resistance Prays

November 20, 2018
By Sara Holliday

Today's Top Story
In a discovery surprising to no one who was paying attention, "the brain activity of people who feel they inhabit the wrong body [i.e. transgender people] closely resembles that of the gender they want to embrace." - via the Telegraph - and more on this from LGBTQ Nation.

Meanwhile, on this Transgender Day of Remembrance, Human Rights Campaign states that "2018 has already seen at least 22 transgender people fatally shot or killed by other violent means."

Scripture 
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. - Galatians 3:28
God's Pronoun Is THEY
In his letter to the Galatians, Paul means that gender is removed as a source of division, not that it's ceased to exist. Yet his revolutionary statement opens the door to a full range of new identity for the individual in Christ - and to a rainbow of diversity within the Christian community.

Creation explodes with diversity in every corner, from the staggering profusion of flowers or single-celled organisms or snowflakes on earth to the sizes and shapes of planets throughout the galaxy. Trinitarian theology sees God Themself as both a unity and a diversity. When we limit God to He (or even She), we close off oceans of reality.

She or He - or They, or other pronouns - can be powerful identifiers among humans, however - and we need all of them in our communities if we have any hope of finding wholeness and reflecting the overflowing creativity of the Triune Divine. 

It's only humans who crave a false security through imposed uniformity. That need for fixed certainty has turned deadly for at least 22 transpeople this year - and that's not even mentioning the Trump administration's moves toward a disastrous redefinition of gender intended to slice transfolx out of our collective body.

Some call today Trans Day of Remembrance AND Resilience. Let's mourn together as a diverse body made up of diverse bodies - and also rejoice in the magnificent multiplicity and endurance of life on earth.
Act
If you identify as trans/genderqueer/nonbinary, please know that there are Christians striving to stand with you, even though the public rhetoric may not look like it. Please continue to forgive us when we're awkward or inadequate allies.

If you're not trans, find new ways to include and celebrate your siblings in Christ who are. Respect how others want to be addressed. Read texts by people whose gender experiences aren't like yours. Here's just a taste of the many books out there.

The Trevor Project is a great place to learn more and offer support.
Pray
Divine Three-in-One, the breadth of your creation leaves us breathless. Hold close to your heart all victims of anti-trans violence, and give your comforting presence to those who challenge the yoke of gender division by their being or their action. Help us both to grieve and to act. In the name of Love, Beloved, and Love Overflowing - Amen.
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