With thanks to Professor Jenny Boylan for the gift of being her student, and for the deep wisdom she has shared about gender, faith, and identity. She is cited in this sermon from an interview she gave March 31, 2019 at The Riverside Church in NYC for their podcast, A Look Ahead. You can listen to it here:”God and Gender Identity with Jenny Boylan.”

I also commend her book She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders (New York: Broadway Paperbacks, 2013) to anyone interested in reading more.

Other works cited:

Marcus Borg, “Female Images of God in the Bible,” Radical Grace, vol. 24, no. 1 (Center for Action and Contemplation: 2011), 4.

Juliana of Norwich, “Revelations of Divine Love,” written in the 14th century.

Rev. Molly Baskette and Ellen O’Donnell, Bless this Mess: A Modern Guide to Faith and Parenting in a Chaotic World, (New York: Convergent Books, 2019), 4.

Deb Gregory, Betwixt Podcast, Episode 6: “Gender Binary & Intersex with Megan DeFranza (Image of God and Feminine Experience Part 4),” February 27, 2018. You can listen to this episode here.

The pronoun stickers we used are from “Pronoun Town” and can be purchased here.

And finally, that beautiful writing about gender and creation by Asher O’Callaghan was a Facebook post he wrote and posted on his own page, “Asher O’Callaghan,” on October 22, 2018. Here’s the full text:

In the beginning, God created day and night. But have you ever seen a sunset!?!? Well trans and non-binary people are kind of like that. Gorgeous. Full of a hundred shades of color you can’t see in plain daylight or during the night.

In the beginning God created land and sea. But have you ever seen a beach?!?! Well trans and non-binary people are kind of like that. Beautiful. A balanced oasis that’s not quite like the ocean, nor quite like the land.

In the beginning God created birds of the air and fish of the sea. But have you ever seen a flying fish, or a duck or a puffin that swims and flies, spending lots of time in the water and on the land!?!? Well trans and non-binary people are kind of like that. Full of life. A creative combination of characteristics that blows people’s minds.

In the beginning God also created male and female, in God’s own image, God created them. So in the same way that God created realities in between, outside of, and beyond night and day, land and sea, or fish and birds, so God also created people with genders beyond male and female. Trans and non-binary and agender and intersex, God created us. All different sorts of people for all different sorts of relationships. Created from love to love and be loved. In God’s image we live.

God is still creating you. You are no less beautiful and wild than a sunset or a beach or a puffin. You are loved. You have a place here.