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“THIS IS MY BODY: HEARING THE THEOLOGY OF TRANSGENDER CHRISTIANS"

                                                           THE SIBYLS BOOK

 

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For many years we have been annoyed and concerned that other religious people kept writing things about us while our own experience as transgender Christians was nowhere represented in this literature. The Sibyls Book is published by internationally-respected religious publisher Darton, Longman and Todd. It was released in May 2016. The book’s title is “This Is My Body: Hearing the Theology of Transgender Christians" and it is available in two formats: an e-book version and a paperback version. The recommended retail price of 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.

 

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12 April 2015: New Book "A LIGHT IN THE DARK" by Stephene Robinson

BookCoverStephene Writes: "Many male to female transsexuals are very aware of their gender at a very young age. Some play with dolls, wearing dresses, trying Mum's make-up, this cannot be said for Steve Robinson, A husband, a father of two boys but ill, suffering from what appeared to be hyper sexuality, violence and real aversion to both bath water and sunlight which would bring his skin out in hives and make him sick.  

In 1979 after years of suffering, going to different hospitals and being turned away for they did not not know how to threat Steve, finally a Dr. in a Gender Identity Clinic worked it out, Oestrogen therapy cured the condition but left an awful legacy the long term effect of feminisation. The book titled 'A Light In The Dark' charts the history and how through innovative inspiration and a lot of help from God, that small still voice saying go this way, go that way  eventually became the girl that would save his very existence".

The book charts the story from darkness to success which has lead a National Staff Association in policing, it's a story worth a read if you are looking to make your life a success. Click on the link below to go to the Amazon website. 


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2 December 2014: Book: "GENDER-THE INCLUSIVE CHURCH RESOURCE"

 

The Inclusive Church Resource book series is published by Darton Longman and Todd. Designed as resource books for churches, each book has an introduction, theological reflection, stories from lived experience and a practical resource section The book series include Disability by John Hull and Mental Health by Jean Vanier and John Swinton. Sexuality by Susannah Cornwall, Poverty by Susan Durber, Ethnicity by Michael Jagessar and Gender by Rosemary Lain Priestley. 

 

The introduction to the book on Gender is by Dianna Gwilliams, chair of Inclusive Church and Dean of Guildford Cathedral. Along with the theology of gender the book contains 4 stories of lived experience by Hilary Cotton, Natalie Collins, David Monteith and Rachel Mann. The resource section is by Ronni Lamont. The book also includes an article by artist and broadcaster Grayson Perry.

 

Gender: The Inclusive Church Resource Rosemary Lain-Priestley and Bob Callaghan  ISBN 978 0 232 53069 8  Paperback.

 

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"DAZZLING DARKNESS" by Rachel Mann

 

implications of sexuality, gender and illness. Drawing on insights from desert spirituality, queer theology, Greek tragedy and philosophy, Dazzling Darkness seeks to give an account of the 'dark side' of God which escapes the usual negative associations with the word 'darkness'. Published by Wild Goose on 29th October 2012. 

 http://www.rachelmann.co.uk/pp005.shtml

 

15 October 2014: Book: "MORE PERFECT UNION?"  by Alan Wilson

In this important and timely book Alan Wilson argues that allowing gay people to marry is a moral purpose. Wilson says: 'I asked myself "what does God want for gay people?". After re-revisiting the Bible, and more importantly getting to know gay people of all types and varying backgrounds, he decided the answer was that God wants for them the same as everyone else - flourishing faith, hope and love, involvement and inclusion. Meanwhile, from a scientific perspective, More Perfect Union? asserts that homosexuality is part of a wide range of human sexual longing and expression, not an anomaly, a sickness, not merely a lifestyle choice. The vast majority of people Wilson encountered on his journey toward being in favour of same-sex marriage were not anti-gay, were 'just trying to love 

http://www.darton-longman-todd.co.uk/magazine/2082-more-perfect-union

 

Crossing Over: Liberating the Transgendered Christian – October, 2001
by Vanessa Sheridan  (Author)

Amazon Reviews

Sheridan notes that her book is the first to discuss gender variance within the context of the church, surely an important and overdue milestone. I hope it will help convince some transgendered folk that there is a place for them, at least within some liberal mainline churches. But I felt she was talking to the choir. I doubt she will convince biblical literalists like those she grew up amongst, because they will see the topic and not even read the book. And at times, her tone is angry. I'm not saying she doesn't have a right to be angry. It's just that you don't convince the other side when you sound that angry about the past. You convince people when you provide a program for getting on with it.

And in the last chapter, Sheridan does just that, and does it well, laying out both what transgendered people need from the church, and what the church needs from the gender variant and their special gifts. So, in spite of some flaws, this is an important book both for the gender variant and for the majority, both within the church and in the wider society

If you or a loved one is transgendered and you have felt in conflict with your Christian faith, help and enlightenment are finally here. Being transgendered and a Christian do not have to be in conflict. As a transgendered Christian, I wish this book had been written years ago. It provides biblically based information to educate those who are transgendered and those who are open to the truth. Churches that are open and affirming to all Christians would do well to include this in their library and to also circulate it amongst both clergy and lay leaders. The book offers many practical ways that Church communities can embrace our little known group.

 

 

6 February 2010: SEXUALITY AND HUMAN FLOURISHING

 

A Day Conference to explore and celebrate our relationship with God, with each other, and with our inner selves

Church of the Ascension, Stirchley, Birmingham

 

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January 1994: "CHANGING CHANNELS?": Christian Response to the Transvestite and Transsexual. by David Horton

 

Grove code: E92-ebook. Author: David Horton  ISBN-10: 1851742581: ISBN-13: 978-1851742585. Publication date: January 1994

David Horton's book Changing Channels is now out of print but may be bought on line as a pdf at http://www.grovebooks.co.uk 

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