Voices of Witness: transgender persons tell their stories

Integrity marks the beginning of Pride Month with the June 1st release of "Voices of Witness: Out of the Box"

the groundbreaking documentary giving voice to the witness of transgender people of faith. Courageously inviting the viewer into their journeys, the film is ultimately a celebration of hope and the power of God's love to transcend even seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Produced by Integrity’s Communication Director Louise Brooks, the film is being offered as a gift to the Episcopal Church as a resource for both teaching and transformation.

"Gender identity and gender expression are issues that can easily be misunderstood and cannot be wrapped up in a neat little box,” said Brooks. “So the goal of “Out of the Box” was to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. We have been blessed by a truly amazing cloud of witnesses who shared their stories and their lives with us. It has been a privilege to work with them to take this project from a dream to a reality as we offer their voices of witness to the church and to the world.”

"I believe God is calling us into this conversation now,” said New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, one of the voices featured in the project. “It is an opportunity to get to understand another part of God's never-ending diversity and another way to live into our baptismal calling to love all God's children."

The third in the Voices of Witness series, “Out of the Box” will be released on the IntegriTV YouTube Channel on Friday, June 1st. It will also be distributed to every bishop and deputation prior to the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church along with a study guide written by the Rev. Gary Hall.

Watch and be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Comments (3)

I have to admit - when I first clicked on the link and saw that it was 27 minutes long, I had less than supportive thoughts... haha... But the video quickly drew me in. It is beautifully produced, and the content and narratives are also beautiful and moving. Thanks for posting this video here! I hope the whole church will take this opportunity to watch it, and soon!!

What a moving and enlightening video. Welcoming all means all.

June Butler

Thanks for posting this here and major thanks to Integrity for it's tremendous efforts on this project.

Keep an eye on resolution D002 ('Assuring Access to the Ordination Process') sponsored by Deputies Sarah Lawton, Byron Rushing and Carla Robinson. It would add 'gender identity and expression' to Title 3.1.2.

Cameron Partridge

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