The Wounded Healer

The wound is the place where the light enters you. --Rumi I often work with people on the concept of spiritual trauma, the idea that faith communities, faith leaders, and perhaps even God can be sources of trauma for individuals. While not recognized as a discrete diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental … Continue reading The Wounded Healer

The Myth of the Safe Faith Community

The religious landscape for queer and trans people across America has changed dramatically in the last fifteen years. Recognizing the great harm anti-LGBT theology has on the lives of queer and trans people, many faith communities prayerfully changed their theological positions to embrace same-sex marriage, ordination of openly queer and trans leaders, and celebrating gender transition. Networks of out LGBT individuals and allies exist in almost every world faith tradition and subgroup. More and more LGBT people are able to pursue spirituality in accepting communities, though the voices of churches that perpetuate religiously-based stigma still ring loudly in the public consciousness. In a 2013 Pew Research Center nationally-representative survey of LGB people, almost 1 in 3 LGB people reported being made to feel unwelcome in a faith community.

Why Religion/Spirituality at LGBT Centers?

When I tell people about the work I do with LGBT non-profits, I’m usually prepared for a few reactions. I am often asked, "Why should LGBT centers offer religion and spirituality programming?" Because so many queer and trans people have been deeply hurt by religion, there is frequently a lot of [rightful] suspicion that accompanies discussions about faith in these spaces.