Transgender Inclusion in Congregations

A 6-session online course

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This course is for individuals, groups, and congregational teams who want to take their knowledge and skills to the next level in terms of trans identity and how to create congregations that are fully inclusive and affirming of the full breadth of gender diversity.

Over six sessions you will deeply explore the intersection of trans identity, spirituality, and faith community, and gain the grounding, context, and skills to transform yourself and your congregation.

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for people and groups within generally LGBTQ-welcoming congregations. It was developed with Unitarian Universalists in mind, but it is applicable to other faith communities and contexts as well.

This course is for everyone from novices on trans identity to those with decades of life experience. Rather than offering a “trans 101,” this class pushes participants to the next level of congregational welcome, relationship-building, and skills-building. Congregational teams are particularly encouraged to participate.

How much does it cost?

The course costs $125 for individuals, or a sliding scale of $400-$800 for groups or congregations. We strongly encourage participation by congregational teams. If you purchase the course as a group/congregation, you'll receive a unique coupon code so that the rest of your group/congregation can access the course.

Course details

The course is composed of six sessions, each of which includes a 45- to 60-minute lecture by Rev. Mykal Slack and Zr. Alex Kapitan, reflection questions, and resources that take the conversation deeper. The lectures are pre-recorded so that you can view them at any time that is convenient to you. In addition, Mykal and Alex hold regular live video chats for all those who are taking the course or have taken the course in the past.

  • Session 1. Introduction to Beloved Community: Welcome as a Spiritual Practice
    In this session you will get grounded in a Beloved Community approach to welcome, reflect on your personal experiences of welcome vs. unwelcome / inclusion vs. exclusion, and envision what practicing Beloved Community in a congregational setting looks like.
  • Session 2. Gender and Our Faith Community
    In this session you will review the origins and impacts of gender binary roles and how they connect to and uphold patriarchy, explore gender roles and patriarchy within organized religion—historically and also how they play out today in your congregation and at large, and reflect on the faith grounding for how we are called, as people of faith, to dismantle gender-based oppression.
  • Session 3. Unpacking the Gender Binary
    In this session you will learn to separate different dimensions of gender from one another (biology, expression, and identity), explore the incredible diversity and variation of experience within the different dimensions of gender, and reflect on how your own experience of gender aligns or does not align with the gender binary.
  • Session 4. Trans Experience and Spirituality
    In this session you will learn the risk factors involved in being transgender and the ways that race, class, age, ability, and other elements of identity impact trans experience, learn about the role of spirituality in trans lives and the experiences of trans people in congregations, and explore the many varied spiritual gifts of trans people.
  • Session 5. The Role of Culture in Trans Exclusion
    In this session you will gain an understanding of the iceberg model of culture, explore the characteristics of mainstream or dominant culture, and learn how cultural differences between trans culture and mainstream culture contribute to trans exclusion in congregations.
  • Session 6. Creating Culture Shift
    In this session you will learn tools and practices for congregational culture shift, brainstorm next steps for creating trans-affirming culture shift in your congregation or faith group, and find out about additional resources that can support you in your next steps.

Have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Your Instructor

Rev. Mykal Slack & Zr. Alex Kapitan
Rev. Mykal Slack & Zr. Alex Kapitan

Mykal and Alex are workshop facilitators, speakers, and preachers who help congregations and other faith groups develop anti-oppressive frameworks for church life, fully affirm and celebrate people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and foster community life practices that embody radical welcome and connection. Read full bios.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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