Gender identity is one of my favorite ways to dynamically “learn” another person and to better know and love myself. It is the creativity God gives us to expand and shift and grow and change as we live our lives and encounter others in it. The more expansively we allow gender to play out, the more fully we encounter the breadth of humanity. A gender-just world is not just one in which all are safe, but one where all are represented, affirmed, and included.
Gender justice from a faith perspective names the pain of our story, but necessarily must name the beauty. It is the beauty of God’s vision of humanity. In a gender-just world, I belong, and I am beloved. My child belongs and is beloved. You belong and are beloved. That is the power of the gospel I know, the reconciliation of a world so loved by the God in whom I put all my trust.
This message is excerpted from “This is my home” by Clare Josef-Maier from the May 2018 Cafe online magazine.
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