Is My Body: Hearing the Theology of Transgender
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The Sibyls Book "This is My Body" has been listed as Number
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For the Publisher's Leaflet
Fifteen years ago Sibyls members were displeased with what
the Evangelical Alliance had to say about trans people in its so-called
report, “Transsexuality”*, and then, just three years later, there was
similar disappointment with the Church of England’s fence sitting,
contained in Chapter 7 of its report on “Some Issues in Human
Sexuality”**. We were annoyed that other religious people kept writing
things about us while our own experience as transgender Christians was
nowhere represented in this literature.
What we needed was a publication of our own. In it we would tell our
stories, outline the latest scientific evidence, and set the theological
record right as far as being transgender was concerned.
That’s how the idea of the Sibyls Book was born. Sibyls members began to
send in their contributions and chapters were gathered from relevant
specialists. The book is published by the internationally-respected
religious publisher: Darton, Longman and Todd.
http://www.darton-longman-todd.co.uk/ . The book’s
title is “This Is My Body: Hearing the Theology of Transgender
Christians”. It was released in May 2016 in two formats: an
e-book version and a paperback version. The recommended retail
price for the the paperback is £14.99, plus postage and packing. The
book is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions and in
other bookshops. We are hoping that people will buy
at least one copy, as well as additional copies to pass on to their
friends and church leadership.
The book has two parts
Part 1: The Workshop, Theology, Social Science &
Part 2: Sibyls’ Stories
Jasmine Woolley’s chapter is about the social construction of gender.
Terry Reed of GIRES*** brings us up to date with the latest
scientific background. Chris Dowd dissects common misunderstandings of
what it means to be trans. Mercia McMahon contributes a chapter on
Trans Liberating and Queer Theology. The Trans Awareness Group from a
member’s parish engages with Chapter 7 of the Church of England document
“Some issues in Human Sexuality”. Jay Walmsley describes the early days
of Sibyls, the late Michelle Le Morvan considers the essence of her
spirituality, and Sibyls tell their own stories of faith. Helen Belcher,
on the other hand, ponders how transition can lead to loss of faith.
Elaine Sommers ‘Faith, Gender and Me’ can be found between the book’s
covers as can Susan Gilchrist’s ‘Taking a Different Path’ which proposes
a radical new approach to the issues of gender and sexuality. Michelle
O’Brien, one of the editors, explores intersex perspectives on medicine,
diversity, identity and spirituality, while Tina Beardsley, who is the
other editor, adds some history (including a brief biography of an older
Sibyls member) and theology, and there is more about the Sibyls’
workshop, Gender, Sexuality, and Spirituality.
The book has a foreword by Exeter theologian Dr Susannah Cornwall, who
has read the manuscript and concludes: "The editors of this collection
have assembled and curated a series of narratives which testify to the
breadth of experiences – some uplifting, some justly angry, some
heart-breaking – of trans people navigating their relationships with the
Christian Church. It is my hope that the book will become a landmark
text and testify to the many theological possibilities that full
acknowledgement of a diversity of bodies, genders and sexes brings to
‘Announces the growing confidence of trans Christians and our refusal to
be treated as second class and welcome under sufferance.’ Rachel Mann
‘I read these essays with a growing sense of excitement. Here is a
highly readable theology rooted in the experience and faith of trans
people’. Professor Adrian Thatcher
* Please note that the Evangelical
Alliance have kept the conclusions of their report on their website
while removing the main body of the report.
***Gender Identity Research and Education Society