We have had a very busy Autumn.
In September, the Bangor Theological Seminary Center brought us to Portland, Maine, to give a public lecture on the University of New England campus. This was followed by a half-day workshop for pastors, priests, and Christians leaders.
This past weekend in October, the Reformation Project brought us out to Los Angeles to serve as keynote speakers at their annual conference on LGBT inclusion. Many there, while passionate about including people who don’t fit into the typical patterns of love or gender expression, had never heard an intersex Christian tell their story. She was rewarded with a standing ovation.
While in town, Azusa Pacific University asked us to train some of their students, from their social work, psychology, and pastoral care programs, on how they can come alongside those for whom sex does not develop along typical pathways.
These have been days of rich conversations, eager and thoughtful learning, and encouragement for the work we are doing.
The majority of people we talk to have never heard of intersex or Differences of Sex Development (DSDs) so thinking about how human sex diversity challenges the ways in which many of us were taught to read the Bible is new to many. But when they start to read Genesis in a way that fits with the grand story of God’s love for the whole world, not for only a special few… Let me tell you… We heard more than a few “Amens!” from our audiences.
What a joy it is to meet Christians who truly care, who are willing to learn, who are eager to make the world a safer and more welcoming place for all God’s children.
Thanks to all of you who came and encouraged us and a special thanks to those who donated to our documentary project. We can’t do this work without your support!
Megan and Lianne