To deepen our understanding of issues related to transgender and gender-expansive folks, increase the strength of our solidarity as people of faith, and above all hold space with and for people to discuss issues of spirituality in the complete fullness of their gender expression and identity/who they are, GLIDE Church is presenting a Gender Identity and Expression Summit, sponsored by the GLIDE PRIDE Team, on the weekend of May 5–7.
For more information, contact seminary intern Todd Whitley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Schedule of Events
GLIDE Community Exhibit: In Their Own Words
Opening Sunday, April 30, Following the 9:00 and 11:00 am Celebrations
This exhibit of poster art installed in the GLIDE CREATIVE SPACE celebrates the Transgender community through story and graphic symbolism. Just as GLIDE’s values of unconditional love and acceptance are practiced in our beloved, diverse, inclusive community, we celebrate everyone’s common humanity. The transgender community provides an opportunity to learn what it truly means to be sensitive and loving of all gender identities.
Contact: Janice Mirikitani
Friday, May 5, 6:30 pm, GLIDE Church
Documentary Screening: Free Cece
Enormously and tragically relevant today—as so far in 2017, nine transgender people have been killed, all of them people-of-color and eight of them trans-feminine—Free Cece confronts the culture of violence surrounding trans women of color. Free Cece is the firsthand experience of Black, transgender woman Cece McDonald, told through the voices of Laverne Cox and Cece herself. (freececedocumentary.net)
Following the screening, we will conduct a panel conversation on the intersections of race, gender, class, and violence.
Saturday, May 6, 9:30 am, GLIDE Church
9:00a Coffee & Donuts
Keynote (Min. Carmarion D. Anderson)
10:30a Breakout 1 (“Expanding Understandings of Gender,” GenderSpectrum)
Breakout 2 (TBD)
Noon Break for quick lunch in the area
1:00p Breakout 1 (“Fierce Allyship,” Our Family Coalition)
Breakout 2 (“I AM who I AM by God”, Min. Carmarion Anderson)
2:30p Moderated Panel Discussion: Trans and Gender Variant Folks and Spirituality
(moderated by Rev. Hooper)
Keynote Address: Do You See What I See
Presented by Minister Carmarion D. Anderson
When you look at the Transgender Community, WHAT DO YOU SEE? How is your EYESIGHT? Can you see CLEARLY? Are your eyes OPENED? In this opening session, Minister Anderson will talk about how the role of faith—“receiving a touch from the Lord and walking in our inclusive sight of love, compassion, and acceptance”—can help people learn to truly and without discrimination and prejudice see transgender and gender expansive people.
Expanding Understandings of Gender
Presented by Lisa Kenney, Gender Spectrum (genderspectrum.org)
Discussions of gender are everywhere these days. Unfortunately, these discussions can leave us more confused than ever. In this session, we will discuss 3 different aspects of our gender, common terms you might hear and what they mean, the ways in which understandings of gender are evolving, and how all of us can navigate these expanding understandings in our families, work places, and faith communities.
Presenter bio: Lisa Kenney is the Executive Director of Gender Spectrum. She’s a featured speaker at conferences and a consultant to organizations and corporations on the changing understanding of gender and the implications this has for parents and families, social institutions and corporations. She provides workshops and other events for adults on gender and co-authored, with Stephanie Brill, The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens.
What If I’m Cisgender, White and Heterosexual?
Intersections, Privilege and Fierce Ally-ship!
Presented by Tarah Fleming, Our Family Coalition (ourfamily.org)
What does it mean to have intersecting identities? How does the awareness of our privileged identities inform the way we develop and display allied behavior in social movements for liberation? This workshop is an opportunity to explore our intentions and more importantly our impact as allies to LGBTQ people, people of color and other communities experiencing marginalization daily. Through self-reflection, storytelling and “group think” we will focus on and commit to the most positive practices in conscious allied living.
I AM Who I AM by God
Presented by Min. Carmarion D. Anderson
Have you ever wondered where in creation the transgender community falls? Was a transgender person thought of by God during the creation of man? How does one with these experiences understand where they belong? Has society segregated this community out of the spiritual formula of God’s creation? This workshop will offer a spiritual and biblical approach to understanding humankind as being formed both male and female from the beginning of creation and from a Transgender perspective.
Gender Expansiveness, Non-Conformity, and Spirituality
This workshop will feature a panel of trans and gender-non-conforming GLIDE members who will discuss their lived experiences as gender-variant and the intersections of race and spirituality.
Panelists: Blaze Kenyon, Teri Harpo, and TBA
Moderator: Rev. Liam Hooper
Sunday morning Celebrations, May 7, 9:00 and 11:00 am, GLIDE Church
GLIDE’s values of radical inclusion and unconditional love of all people will be preached through the words of Rev. Liam Hooper and Min. Carmarion D. Anderson.
Gender Variance and Spirituality
Then, from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Rev. Hooper will lead a conversation designed for trans and gender-variant/gender non-binary folks to discuss issues related to spirituality and wholeness. A light lunch will be provided.
Minister Carmarion D. Anderson
A preacher's kid on both sides, Minister Carmarion D. Anderson felt her own calling to ministry as early as 12 years of age. As a 14-year-old boy, he came out as gay, sheltered and unaware of the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity. She began her male-to-female transition at the young age of 16. By 19, she was legally female. Carmarion is a visible trans-identified person who advocates for Inclusion and Social Justice within the LGBT community. She participates on many steering committees related to Transgender support, gender identity, sexual orientation, and HIV/AIDS resources. She is highly involved with various outreach initiatives while offering educational opportunities to redefine the “T” in Transgender. She is an anointed minister who puts the "active" in activist. Carmarion resides in Austin, Texas and has a Public Health background focusing on HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in communities. She is a well-respected clergy of faith, advocate, and educator and has had national recognition for her work. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Black Transwomen, Inc. and South Regional Minister for TransSaints of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. Carmarion is the proud parent of one child and enjoys spending time with her adorable grandchild. email@example.com
Rev. Liam Hooper
Rev. Liam Hooper is a UCC-ordained minister and serves as the national Transgender Community Organizer for Reconciling Ministries Network (rmnetwork.org), a Christian and United Methodist organization. Rev. Hooper is a gender theorist, trans/LGBQ activist-advocate, and theological activist, working to expand understandings of the Hebrew and Christian texts in ways that uncover and reveal the inherent value, dignity, and place of all persons in the vast and diverse continuum of creation. He is the founder of GRASP (Gender Re-visioning and Sexuality Pathways) and Ministries Beyond Welcome. Liam works within and across interfaith communities and secular communities to teach, preach, and otherwise rabble-rouse toward more just, loving, and compassionate communal interdependence. He lives in North Carolina with his patient and understanding spouse and their teen-age son, who keeps them on their toes. Liam can be seen throughout NC working for justice, speaking to groups, preaching, and engaging in all manner of holy trouble-making for the good of the kindom-kingdom. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gender Spectrum is a leading national organization whose mission is to create a gender-inclusive world for all children and youth. To accomplish this, we help families, organizations, and institutions increase understandings of gender and consider the implications that evolving views have for each of us.
Our Family Coalition believes in equity for all. Equity means just inclusion for all members of society. An equitable society is one where everyone, including LGBT families with children, can fully participate. Our Family Coalition works to remove barriers and create positive conditions that allow members of our community to thrive and prosper.