Posts Tagged ‘Human voice’


Exilic Theology

30 December, 2017

A new study has shown that of the 100 largest churches in America 7 have a person of colour as their pastor, 1 has a woman as their pastor, and 0 are LGBTQ-affirming. A faith that once offered hospitality and hope to the disenfranchised and minoritised outsider has become the arm of the white, straight, cisgender man. We have seen this approach to faith before and we have seen how it ends:

Enslaved by monarchical theology in Egypt,

an exodus restored freedom to the oppressed.

Ruled by monarchical theology in a divided kingdom,

an exile restored commitment to the poor, the widow, and the orphan.

Dominated by monarchical theology under Rome, a pacifist Messiah ate and drank with tax collectors and sex workers and brought them salvation.

The church must abandon supremacist theology

or face a new exodus.

The church must abandon patriarchal theology

or face a new exile.

The church must listen to the messianic voices of and among the LGBTQ community

or they will lose the way to salvation.


Vocality in Gender Locality

11 November, 2011

I have the flu. It sucks, big time. But something interesting has resulted from it. Attempting to teach and hold parent conferences with the flu for thirteen (auspicious number) hours yesterday has left me, literally, sans voice.

This has me wondering. What would life be like without vocality. A lot of our conversations are conducted through texts, IM, Tumblr, blogs, Linkedin, and Facebook. (I am currently sharing some intimate thought with you, without ever opening my mouth.) Even my job as a teacher would only be hampered and not negated. True, I could no longer give the lectures I am famous for among the PG students; however, I could continue to teach via online courses. About the only thing that I could regret the loss of would be the ability to scream for help or to shout a warning.

When it comes to gender, the loss of voice, might actually be a positive. I have read several people’s accounts about how their voice, falling back into its original register, outed them. I have had to work hard to feminize my voice and I do not doubt that the strain that puts my vocal cords under has contributed to my current sans vocal condition. Having no voice, would give me one less thing to worry about. One less opportunity to be outed to the world.

I would be okay with loss of voice, if it were to happen, just as long as I could still keep the ability to intimately whisper, for when I meet that someone worth whispering to.