NEXUS Interfaith Dialogue Series

Faith Perspectives on Gender Roles and Gender Identity

Human sexuality has posed a range of challenges for all religious traditions. Through panel presentation and small group dialogue, this series explores challenges related to gender roles and gender identity that face religious institutions and individuals.

Gender Roles and Religion

Date: Monday, October 8, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Batten Student Center, Pearce Hospitality Suite
Panelist: Rev. Kim Hodges, Pastor of Lynnhaven Colony Congregational, United Church of Christ (Protestant); Rabbi Rosalin “Roz” Mandelberg, Senior Rabbi of Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk (Jewish); Saher Mirza, Community Volunteer (Muslim); and Teresa Stanley, Coordinator of Interspiritual Empowerment Project (Catholic).

 

“What does my religion teach about the equality or differences between males and females? What women stand out in my religion's scripture? How do specific scripture passages in my faith cause pain, misunderstanding, and confusion about gender roles? How do they bring support or joy? How does my religion shape how gender is understood?” 

Join us for a thoughtful interfaith dialogue, as Muslim, Christian, and Jewish panelists reflect on these questions both individually and together, and engage the audience in discussion.


Trans Identity and Religious Faith

Date: Monday, November 12, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Batten Student Center, Pearce Hospitality Suite
Panelists: Juji Li, Hampton Roads Native and a Transgender Woman, and Taryn McLean, Petty Officer Second Class and a Transgender Man

How does religious faith provide support for transgender identity? What tensions do transgender individuals have between their faith and gender identities? How does transitioning shape faith? How do family members, parents, spouses, and clergy negotiate between their own religious beliefs and perspectives on transgender identity?

Come hear Juji Li (a Hampton Roads native and a transgender woman) and Taryn McLean (petty officer second class and a transgender man), as they discuss their own experiences and faith journeys, and as we join in discussion and questions.

The Nexus Interfaith Dialogue series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) and Hands United Building Bridges (HUBB), a multi-faith clergy group.