This post originally appeared on the Reconciling Ministries Network website.
Recently, I attended the Spring Awakening event organized by the Missouri Conference Reconciling United Methodists. It was my first time at an RMN function, and my wife and I were thrilled to meet wonderful people who are all working toward social justice and inclusion for the LGBTQ community. The centerpiece of the day was a panel discussion. The panel was composed primarily of transgender people, but two others also participated. The first was the mother of a young trans man, and the second was the director of the Washington University Transgender Clinic.
The discussion was insightful, but one question captured my full attention. I wrote down the answers because I knew the information needed to be passed along to my pastor and to others who are doing the work of reconciliation. Here’s the question, and the responses.
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