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Seeking Stained Glass Softness
January 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until January 25, 2022
Queer self-care for folks who need it, claiming our right to radiance and joy.
This four-week series is designed to highlight queer dimensions of self-care too often ignored in an impoverished and commodified public discourse. Each week will incorporate a different theme, but the overarching project will offer wisdom and resources for how people are caring for their beauty, worth and innate dignity within a broken world that too often tries to deny it. Come and claim your birthright: a tender-hearted joy.
*Note: This series will center and prioritize LGBTQIA+ voices and experience but is also open to allies who would like to join and quietly learn from the conversation.
Tuesday, January 4, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET:
Sex Positive Spirituality, Naming Our Love & Lust as Sacred
with Wesley Rowell (he/him)
Wesley Rowell is a musician, writer, and spiritual seeker. He is the founder of Queer Black Men in the Middle, a group that looks at queer black male life through a spiritual lens. He is a member of Middle Collegiate Church and a student at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is proudly committed to becoming Blacker and gayer with each passing year.
Tuesday, January 11, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET:
Gender-Affirming Surgery as Self-Care, Reformation of Bodily Cathedrals
with Jay Hulme (he/him)
Jay Hulme is an award winning transgender performance poet, speaker and educator. Alongside his writing and regular performances he teaches in schools, performs sensitivity reads, and consults and speaks at events and conferences on the importance of diversity in the media, and more specifically transgender inclusion and rights. In 2017 he gave a TED talk and was featured in Nationwide Building Society’s “Voices” advertising campaign, with him and his work appearing in both TV and radio adverts. His newest collection of poems, The Backwater Sermons, is available wherever books are sold.
Tuesday, January 18, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET:
Care Connected to Our Ancestors, Tapping Transgenerational Blessings
with Sarah Ngu (they/them)
Born in Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarah Ngu‘s Chinese family moved to the United States when they were 10 years old. They graduated from Columbia University, live in Brooklyn, and attend Yale Divinity School where they study colonial and missionary historical engagement with indigenous religious traditions in Southeast Asia. Their writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, Vox, Jacobin, South China Morning Post and more.
Tuesday, January 25, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET:
Lessons from Death-Doulas, Fostering Abundant Life at its Border
with Rachael Ward (they/them)
Rachael Ward is a public theologian and LGBTQ+ activist, currently pursuing their Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in practical theology (pastoral care) At Columbia Theological Seminary. Rachael is also the Co-Founder of Bible Queery. They believe deeply in the work of narrative as a divine form of pastoral care and the embodiment that all of God’s people are indeed uniquely made and deeply beloved. Rachael is passionate about creating space and helping bridge dialogue for churches, groups, and organizations to cultivate redemptive healing movement, especially at the intersection of sexuality, gender, faith, and grief-care for youth and adults. Rachael lives in Atlanta with their wife, Chelsea. They are the host of the How to Be Human podcast, and serves on the steering committee for the American Academy of Religion’s Death, Dying and Beyond unit.