Mar 5, 2023
Are you ever afraid you might say the wrong thing or ask the wrong question? Do you wonder what to think about current debates, such as the ones about Transgender issues? Are you unsure where and when you can raise your concerns and receive a respectful and well-considered answers?
This is a message about courageous love and the problem of certainty. On both sides of the current debate about whether a person can “change their gender” there are people who are certain. One side says, “Absolutely not!” and the other says “Absolutely yes” and there is not much room to question. In between these polarities most people wrestle (silently) with real questions and concerns about what is right and age-appropriate regarding gender fluidity, hormone treatments and various laws that seek to regulate gender in school sports, education and society.
Who has the authority to decide a person’s gender? The person? Parents? Pastors? Politicians? Pediatricians? Coaches? This message is much more than a talk about gender and rights, it is a deeply personal exploration of what it means to be human and how we show up for one another.
This message was delivered on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar in the The Point Humanist Hour.
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