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Another New Book for the Sibyls and their supporters.


Trans Affirming Churches: How to Celebrate Gender-Variant People and Their Loved Ones
19 Mar. 2020  by Tina Beardsley & Chris Dowd

 

Book

 

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There remains a lack of knowledge and understanding about trans people in the church, and how we, as trans people who are religious, can experience bias in our faith communities. With the help of their many years of experience working with trans people negotiating their relationships with religious institutions, the authors (one of whom is trans) have created this accessible, valuable guide that will educate and improve churches' relationship with trans people. Combining first-hand interviews, Chris and Tina’s own experiences and scripture analysis, this thought-provoking guide uses this combination of ancient and contemporary stories to outline a theology that welcomes and includes all people whatever their gender identity or sexual orientation. Written from this inclusive Christian perspective, the book answers questions about trans people that are specific to church communities.

 

The book is available from all good booksellers. Please buy the book, share with others and encourage others to buy the book.


Paperback: 176 pages: Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (19 Mar. 2020)
ISBN-10: 1785925326 ISBN-13: 978-1785925320

This is the third book in a series.  Click on the button below for information on all three books

 

 

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"TRANSFAITH: A TRANSGENDER PASTORAL RESOURCE:"Transfaith
         
A SECOND BOOK FROM THE SIBYLS

By Chris Dowd and Tina Beardsley published by Darton Longman and Todd
ISBN 978 0 232 53311 8  Paperback |224 pp |216 x 135 mm  Price: £14.99

http://dltbooks.com/titles/2218-9780232533118-transfaith

This is Volume 2..... and it is available now.  

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Little did Christina Beardsley think when she joined Michelle O’Brien in co-editing the first Sibyls book, This is my body: hearing the theology of transgender Christians’, that it would be Volume 1 of a trilogy. But this is what’s happened! Volume 2 has now been released. Volume 3, will be a very practical, ‘how to do it’ book for churches about making Christian communities safe and welcoming for trans people and their loved ones. It will be published by Jessica Kingsley.

 

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

                                                           THE FIRST SIBYLS BOOK

 

Now Number One!!!! The Sibyls Book "This is My Body" has been listed as Number 1 of the top 35 LGBTQ Christian books of 2016 -- including queer theology, Bible, history, memoir, fiction and church life for all ages. See: http://qspirit.net/top-35-lgbtq-christian-books-2016/


                                          
    Order your copy of the book now!

 
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Sibyls BookFor 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 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.


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News  Events  Pastoral Outreach

SCIENCE AND THEOLOGY IN HUMAN SEXUALITY

                                               

19th September 2016, 11:00 to 20th September 2016, 16:00,

St. John's College, Durham University: Presentation by Susan Gilchrist on:

AN OVERVIEW OF SCIENCE AND THEOLOGY IN GENDER AND SEXUAL VARIATION, AND ITS IMPACT ON THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

 

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Jenny-Anne BishopCONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Jenny-Anne Christine Bishop O.B.E.

   

Jenny-Anne, convener of the Sibyls committee, is made
an O.B.E. in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for her
work on behalf of transgender people.

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SIBYLS GENDER, SEXUALITY AND SPIRITUALITY WORKSHOP

  

This workshop was presented at the Cutting Edge Consortium Conference on 'Equality and Religious Freedom in a Changing World' held on:  Saturday the 1st November  at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL.

    

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This workshop has been run at a variety of events. If you are interested in holding one please email

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LOVE'S CONSTANCY AND LEGAL NICETIES: TRANSGENDER PERSPECTIVES ON MARRIAGE.

REVD. TINA BEARDSLEY AND SUSAN GILCHRIST

 

This paper was presented at the conference "TO HAVE AND TO HOLD - THE THEOLOGY OF MARRIAGE". SATURDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2014 AT ST JOHN'S WATERLOO

  

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 has eliminated the need for a couple to divorce when one of them transitions, but has raised other problems, particularly the requirement of spousal consent to Gender Recognition, and the backdating of pension rights.

 

This experiential workshop reflected theologically on marriage in the light of these and other realities of trans people’s lives and relationships.  It was led by two trans people, Susan Gilchrist and Tina Beardsley, who are both members of the Sibyls, and have each been with their partner for over four decades. Both are married to their partner: one for the whole of that time, the other following transition.

 

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A weekend specifically for couples for whom at least one partner is a member of the Sibyls is being planned. This is intended to help couples work through these issues together. For more information email

sibylslink@gmail.com

 

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