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After a dramatic "conversion" experience in 8th grade, I dove headfirst into life as a Southern Baptist youth. There was just one catch—I had to stop being queer. After enduring years of the “ex-gay” experience, I went to college and studied religion and found a way to reconcile my faith and sexuality. Granted, there were a few bumps and detours in the road.

Toward the end of my college years I found my way back to the church through the Episcopal Church, and even began to feel a call toward ministry. After college I found the United Church of Christ, which ultimately became my church home, and began to explore their ordination process. I attended Emory University's Candler School of Theology. During seminary I came out as Genderqueer and after graduating, began working at Saint Mark UMC in Atlanta, GA while I finished the ordination process.

I am now ordained in the UCC and continue my work at Saint Mark. In the last year I have been beyond blessed to medically transition. I am passionate about trans spirituality and justice, and am privileged to work in advocacy here in Atlanta. I am also undergoing yoga teacher training and have focused my continuing education on spirituality, mysticism, and spiritual practice. My interest in blogging include trans spirituality as well as contemplative spirituality, and how cultivating our own inner peace moves us outward toward justice and peace-building in the world.

Recent Posts

Jun 21, 2017

The annual conference I attended last week with Reconciling Ministries Network was like other trips to annual conferences in many ways—except for one small feature. It was at the beach, Jekyll Island specifically. By recommendation of a friend, on my last night there, I went over to driftwood beach.

This section of the island can only be described as hauntingly beautiful.

Strewn about the sand are the remains of old trees, now weathered and misplaced—driftwood.

Feb 23, 2017

Brothers, Sisters and Siblings,

I see the posts. I see the words of hate people scrawl through the comments section, through the tweets and Facebooks status updates. I see the pictures of trans celebrities that get attacked and misgendered. I see the people standing outside of buildings with picket signs. I see the petitions and the calls for boycotts.  

I see you. I see that you are beautiful.  

Feb 06, 2017

Every morning I wake up and I try to work for a better, more just world.  

Nov 16, 2016

This week is Transgender Awareness week, a week when we turn our attention to understanding the experiences and needs of the transgender community. It’s also a week that concludes with the Transgender Day of Remembrance this Sunday, on Nov. 20th.  

Mar 28, 2016

Easter service was exactly as one would expect, uneventful even, for most of those gathered that morning. As I joined my congregation early that day, I was greeted with the traditional “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” and the blast of the organ and choir singing, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.” 

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