Beyond a Binary God

A Theology for Trans* Allies

Tara K. Soughers

Mar/2018, 128 Pages, PAPER, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780898690057

• How the inclusion of trans people in our communities of faith has the potential to broaden our understanding
• Written by a priest and parent of a trans person
• Discussion/journaling questions included

All are made in the image and likeness of God. If this is what we believe, then trans people, like all people, reflect something of God, and not just in the ways that they share in common with others, but also in the ways that they are different. They remind us that God is beyond all of our categories, even gender.

In this book, Tara Soughers explores theology from the position of a trans ally—a parent of a trans young adult as well as priest. What does it mean about God and about humans, that there is not a strict gender binary? How can we affirm and include what we have learned about the permeability of boundaries to affirm those whose path does not follow traditional cultural stereotypes, and how might the broadening help us to understand the God who is never two for Christians, but both one and three? What gifts does this broader understanding bring to the church?

Audience: parents, clergy, pastoral counselors, youth group leaders, trans friends, seminaries: pastoral care and theology

Tara K. Soughers is an Episcopal priest and mother of two sons, one trans and one cis. With a doctorate in practical theology with a concentration in spirituality (Boston University School of Theology), she is the author of Falling in Love with  God: Passion, Prayer, and the Song of Songs (2005), Fleeing God: Fear, Call, and the Book of Jonah (2007), and Treasures of Darkness: Finding God When Hope is Hidden (2010). A graduate (master’s degree in divinity) of Virginia Theological Seminary, she serves as a trainer for the EfM program, a congregational coach for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, and a spiritual director.

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