By Mary and Michael Subkoviak
Introduction and Author Biographies
This issue is the third in a series of QVs dedicated to Transgender Spirituality and Transgender Lives.
Part I was published in the 3rd Quarter 2014
Part II was published in the 1st Quarter 2015
DignityUSA’s first trans-themed issue was published in the 2nd Quarter 2009
The contributors of this issue are:
Mary and Mike Subkoviak, married for 46 years, have four delightfully diverse sons, two wonderful grandsons, and an energetic, multi-talented daughter-in-law. Mary is a retired Wisconsin State employee who enjoys singing and has many other interests; Mike is a retired University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty member who loves reading and volunteering. They spend much of their time with family and friends in the Midwest and the Northwest; during the winter they seek warmer places.
Evelyn Eaton Whitehead is a developmental psy-chologist (Ph.D., University of Chicago) whose work focuses on spiritual development in adult life. James D. Whitehead is a theologian (Ph.D., Harvard University) who studies the interplay of religion and culture. In their shared career spanning forty-five years and fifteen books, the Whiteheads continue to explore the vital themes emerging in contemporary Christian spirituality. Evelyn and James have long been associated with the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago. They have, as White-head Associates, given educational seminars throughout the U.S, and Canada. Their most recent book, Fruitful Embraces, includes three chapters on transgender lives and Christian spirituality.
Laura Thor is a pastoral therapist and retreat leader for transgender Christians and Jews near Den-ver, Colorado. Laura is committed to updating the theological anthropology taught to lay and ordained ministry professionals. To that end, she keeps two blogs: NatureAndGraceJournal at her Counseling-forClergy website, and TransgenderSpiritBlog at her TransgenderSpiritCounseling site. ▼
Publications Committee Chair’s Note
By Leo N. Egashira
DignityUSA thanks Jim & Evelyn Whitehead for initiating, soliciting and shepherding these three thought-provoking, hopeful QV issues on Transgender Spirituality, a topic that challenges the boundaries of traditional Catholic thinking, and one that speaks to the very core of Dignity-USA’s mission. As I have often stated, “Let’s make the ‘T’ in LGBTQ visible, integrated, and supported within DignityUSA and within our Church and society.”
The Publications Committee is soliciting financial sponsorships of these special issues, in order to reach the broader transgender audience, as well as progressive communities of faith. If you, your community, or organization is interested in supporting this important work, please consider a tax-deductible donation: www.dignityusa.org. Your sponsorship of an invaluable resource will be prominently acknowledged in future QVs.
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By Mary and Michael Subkoviak
By James and Evelyn Whitehead
Transgender People in Pastoral and Spiritual Care
By Laura Thor, MSW, D.Min
The middle-aged clergyman seated across from me gazes at the candle between us. Then his eyes find a spot on the floor and his shoulders sag. “I no longer rage at God for making me this way. But I feel no blessing in it.” Silence. Then: “I will lose everything…well, not God maybe...” And finally, “How did God call me to this wonderful vocation, give me a loving family, and yet make me a transsexual?”