With a specific focus on spirituality and creating a spiritual environment for healing, this course is for those of us who want to
take our knowledge and skills to the next level in terms of trans identity and how to create congregations that are fully inclusive and affirming of the full breadth of gender diversity.
Deepen our own spiritual experiences in particular around gender, welcome, inclusion, and faith community.
Who should take this course?
This course is designed for people and groups within generally LGBTQ-welcoming congregations. It was developed with Unitarian Universalists in mind, but it is applicable to other faith communities and contexts as well.
This course is for everyone from novices on trans identity to those with decades of life experience. Rather than simply offering a “trans 101,” this class pushes participants to the next level of congregational welcome, relationship-building, and skills-building. It counters mainstream narratives about who trans people are; supports understanding of non-binary identities (such as genderqueer, agender, and Two-Spirit); and employs a deeply intersectional approach.
How much does it cost?
Dates in 2021
February 12, 26
March 12, 26
April 9, 23
6:00 to 7:00pm (AZ time) --Check-in together on zoom and then watch the week's video. We will stream it over zoom, but you might want to watch it independently and come back for bandwidth issues.
7:00- 8:30pm (AZ time) --discussion of the videos
The course is composed of six sessions, each of which includes a 45- to 55-minute lecture by Rev. Mykal Slack and Zr. Alex Kapitan, reflection questions, and resources that take the conversation deeper. The lectures are pre-recorded so that you can view them at any time that is convenient to you.
Feb. 12 --Join us for an Eddie Izzard watch party and general hilarity!
Feb. 26 --Introduction to Beloved Community: Welcome as a Spiritual Practice
In this session you'll get grounded in a Beloved Community approach to welcome, reflect on your personal experiences of inclusion vs. exclusion, and envision what practicing Beloved Community in a congregational setting looks like.
March 12 --Gender and Our Faith Community
In this session you'll review the origins and impacts of gender binary roles and how they uphold patriarchy, explore gender roles and patriarchy within organized religion in historic and present-day contexts, and reflect on the faith grounding for how people of faith are called to dismantle gender-based oppression.
March 26 --Unpacking the Gender Binary
In this session you'll learn about the different dimensions of gender (biology, expression, and identity), explore the incredible diversity of experience within these dimensions, and reflect on how your own experience of gender aligns or does not align with the gender binary.
April 9 --Trans Experience and Spirituality
In this session you'll learn the risk factors involved in being transgender and the ways that race, class, age, ability, and more impact trans experience; learn about the role of spirituality in trans lives and the experiences of trans people in congregations; and explore the many spiritual gifts of trans people.
April 23 --The Role of Culture in Trans Exclusion
In this session you'll gain an understanding of the iceberg model of culture, explore the characteristics of mainstream culture, and learn how cultural differences between trans culture and mainstream culture contribute to trans exclusion in congregations.
May 14 --Creating Culture Shift and closing thoughts
In this session you'll learn tools and practices for congregational culture shift, brainstorm next steps for creating trans-affirming culture shift in your congregation or faith group, and find out about additional resources that can support you in your next steps.
More about the course
Watch our video to hear course leaders Rev. Mykal Slack and Zr. Alex Kapitan.