Trans Theology on Tap
heology on Tap events have been a national trend for quite some time now—a group of not-your-average-church-folks gets together to talk about theology and faith over drinks. The host, often a pastor, comes with a topic and some conversation prompts in mind, but the discussion quickly becomes free wheeling as attendees express their interests and make it known what’s on their minds. Since many trans and gender non-conforming folks find ourselves no longer welcome in our pre-transition faith communities, it’s especially important that we build our own spiritual support networks. At our first get-together in October, we talked about how we respond when haters say “but God doesn’t make mistakes” with reference to our gender identities. At the December meet up, we’ll choose a different theological topic. This event is not sponsored by any specific church, and you will not be asked to make any kind of commitment or donation. Just bring your whole, authentic self and be open to the flow of conversation and the fellowship of new friends. We’ll meet on the Kajuns Pub patio. The door that leads outside is to the left of the bar, past the gaming machines. About Your Hostess: Janae Havard-Hammett is an ordained deacon and a lesbian trans woman. She has long been involved in ministry, most recently as the founder and facilitator of PRISM: A Progressive Interfaith Student Movement, on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University. During her time there, Janae was ordained by The Renewal Church, a Milwaukee-based network of LGBTQIA ministers serving in non-congregational capacities. For many years, Janae was an active member and lay leader at the Metropolitan Community Church of Baton Rouge. While she was in seminary, she served as the children’s and youth minister at a United Methodist church in northern California. For over a decade she has answered her call to ministry through professional social service, currently serving as a care coordinator at a state behavioral health agency. Janae holds a Master of Theology from Pacific School of Religion, in Berkeley, and a BA in Religion from Centenary College of Louisiana, in addition to an MA in English from Southeastern. She lives in River Ridge with her girlfriend, Tessa Howe, and their 18 year old cat, Ms. Kitty.
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