Gender and Religion: Picking up the Pieces
It’s part of the increasing amount of religious programming offered by Indy Pride this year.
Transgender people have often seen their dreams crumble under the pressure of religious cisgenderism. But there are spiritual leaders who move beyond a binary narrative and explore the role gender plays in the larger context of religious experience.
We are more than our bodies, and our divine gender callings are uniquely suited for the gifts we have to offer. This discussion will work to collect the broken pieces caused by narrow Christian teachings and will seek to restore our confidence that we have a place in the religious community.
This presentation will be led by Brent Walsh (he/him), MDiv. Brent was raised as a female in a conservative family and struggled with the religious ramifications that came with being gay and Christian. After several failed conversion attempts, deep soul searching helped him realize that sexuality need not conflict with faith. This ultimately paved the way for him to openly affirm himself as a transgender man. Brent’s passion for storytelling through both photography and writing led him to Earlham School of Religion where he earned a Master’s of Divinity degree in 2013. He is delighted to be back at his alma mater serving as the Director of Student and Alumni Engagement. He is also working on several writing projects and accepts speaking engagements at faith institutions wanting to better understand and support transgender and nonbinary communities.