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Five Years As A Priest
January 19, 2018
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Five years ago today I took my vows as a priest in the Old Catholic church. At the time it felt like the culmination of an arduously long journey; from the fundamentalist evangelicalism of my upbringing, through the no man’s land of coming out, into the firestorm of seminary and internship and discernment, then into the swamps of the mainline church (and the beginnings of an ordination process there), and finally into the Old Catholic church, a place I felt…

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10 Years On T: Happy Re-Birthday To Me
January 18, 2018
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10 years ago today, with nervousness bubbling through my stomach, I got my very first shot of testosterone and embarked on the journey of transition. In many ways I consider this date to be a second birthday. Really it’s more like a rebirth. And it’s been a decade! Holy crap how did that happen?? In the beginning of my transition I took a photo every month. But really it was every morning that I would look at myself in the…

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A Letter To Transgender People About Dating
January 15, 2018
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This one is specifically for trans folks, but cis folks can listen in if they want (and they should). My dear ones, If I could tell you one thing and make you believe it it would be this: You are beloved and worthy of love. Not in spite of your transness or your body or your identity but because of it. Because you are amazing and whole just as you are. Because you are a gift to the world. I…

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Word of the Year 2018
January 12, 2018
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Every year for the past several years I have chosen a word or phrase to focus on, to guide my intentions and goal setting. Last year I chose the phrase “Turning Pro” to emphasize my dedication to art, to a life lived at my highest potential. Along with that phrase I also set some goals: write more often (I wanted to complete the drafts of two scripts last year, keep up with this site by posting twice a week, and…

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We Wielded Prayers Like Weapons
January 11, 2018
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There is a scene in one of my plays where one character prays “I pray that you’ll break their hearts of stone and make them pliable.” There was always a bit of an audible murmur from the audience when this line was said. People couldn’t quite believe she said it. That she meant it. It seemed too harsh. No one would actually pray like that. Except they do. All the time. We wielded prayers like weapons back in the day….

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How To Find Community After Leaving Church
January 9, 2018
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A common thread I hear over and over from folks who have left the evangelical church (whether because their politics shifted or their faith shifted or they came out or they were forced out) is a sense of loneliness and a loss of community. People are grieving and missing what they have left and they don’t know how to replicate it or find it in the new lives they are living. When I was growing up, the church was literally…

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The World Will Not Be Saved By Bumper Sticker Slogans (Even Though I Once Believed It Would Be)
January 4, 2018
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It’s one of my favorite times of the summer; I’m packing to head to our national youth conference. A whole slew of evangelical teenagers coming together for a week of worship, sermons, service projects, and more. My favorite parts are the worship (I love to sing), participating at the national level for drama and music, and seeing all of the friends that I only get to see once (or maybe twice) a year. 

As I get ready to go, the…

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My Tops Of 2017
January 2, 2018
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Top 5 Books: I beat my goal of 100 books and finished off 106 this year. My five faves: Queer Virtue by Rev. Liz Edman The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness Deep Work by Cal Newport What Falls From The Sky by Esther Emery The Book Of Speculation by Erika Swyler Top 5 posts by views: I wrote a lot of posts this year. These are the five that got read/shared the most. If God Doesn’t…

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Maybe You Do Not Need To Go To Seminary
December 28, 2017
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Occasionally people will write to me asking about what seminaries accept and welcome transgender people or which denominations ordain trans folks. I reply with a list, but I also try to get a little deeper with the person asking: Why do you want to go to seminary? What are you hoping to learn? What do you plan to do post-seminary? Are you post seminary plans dependent on you have a Master of Divinity degree? Or on being ordained? It’s not…

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The Cost of Transitioning (Part Three)
December 26, 2017
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Of course it’s not just the medical costs and the paperwork/time costs that make transitioning so hard: it’s the emotional cost as well. Part of my therapy process before beginning my medical transition was to begin to prepare for the worst case scenarios. What would I do if X happened? How would I handle Y? Was transitioning still the right thing to do even if X and Y happened? I worried about a lot of things going in to my…

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