Transgender Inclusion in Congregations
Get ready to transform your heart and your approach to “welcome”! The UUMA has partnered with the Transforming Hearts Collective to support members in the work of transgender inclusion and culture shift.
From January-March 2020, UUMA members will have the chance to take the course “Transgender Inclusion in Congregations” at a discount and connect with peers for discussion and support. Developed by Rev. Mykal Slack and Zr. Alex Kapitan, this six-session online course supports participants in taking their knowledge and skills to the next level in terms creating congregations that are fully inclusive and affirming of trans/non-binary people.
By signing up, you will get:
- Full access to the online course (lectures, resources, and discussion board)
- Placement in a small group of fellow UUMA members who will meet together virtually three times (once a month) for discussion
- Tailored reflection questions and supplemental resources specifically for ministers
- Access to several live sessions with Mykal and Alex open only to UUMA members taking the course
- 6 hours of AR/AO/MC continuing education credit
How much does it cost?
The course costs $125 per person. If fifty UUMA members sign up by December 1, the UUMA will unlock a discount of 20% ($100 per person). Full and partial scholarships are available; please fill out the sign-up form to request a scholarship.
How will it work?
The sign-up period closes December 1, at which point registrants will be placed in small groups. The course will run from January through March, with small groups meeting once per month to discuss two sessions each time. Each session consists of a 45- to 60-minute pre-recorded lecture and supplemental resources. Participants will watch the lectures on their own whenever they want and then meet up virtually with their small group for discussion.
Who can take the course?
Anyone who is a UUMA member. People of all genders are welcome to participate; this course is for everyone, of any experience or relationship to trans communities. Trans/non-binary participants will have a choice of trans-only or mixed-gender small group. If you have any questions about whether this course is for you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why does it matter?
In January 2019, TRUUsT, the organization of UU trans religious professionals, released a report that showed that almost three-quarters of trans/non-binary UUs do not feel as though their congregation is completely inclusive of them as trans people, and almost half report regularly experiencing trans-related marginalization in UU spaces. Meanwhile, only about half of trans UUs who have a UU minister feel comfortable seeking pastoral care from them.
I’d like to invite other staff or members of my congregation to take this course with me. Is that possible?
This current opportunity is specifically designed for UUMA members to engage with this course and get role-specific resources and support, so registration is limited to UUMA members. However, all participants who complete the course will receive a coupon for $50 off a congregational enrollment, so that you can bring this course to your congregation at a discount. In addition, LREDA and AUUMM have also partnered with the Transforming Hearts Collective for a simultaneous opportunity for UU religious educators and music leaders (get more info).
About the Transforming Hearts Collective
The Transforming Hearts Collective is a four-person collective of trans and queer faith leaders working to support spaces where queer and trans people of all races, classes, abilities, and ages can access healing, resilience, and spirituality. Rev. Mykal Slack and Zr. Alex Kapitan are queer, trans, UU leaders with years of experience helping congregations fully affirm and celebrate people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and develop anti-oppressive frameworks for church life. Read full bios.