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About liammichael

I am a gender theorist, theological activist, writer, trans activist-advocate, and educator. I also work directly with trans and LGBTQ persons through workshops, support activities, and community-building. My work is informed and shaped by a deep concern for addressing the intersecting layers of disenfranchisement and oppression which stymie our efforts to create a just and meaningful common good. I work with, consult with, educate, train public sector groups, secular groups, and faith groups seeking to be affirming, accommodating, and celebratory of trans/non-binary and gender non-conforming persons. This space is a small part of the work.

Resisting the Killing Tides

Easter 04-12-2020            Passover, 4th day, year 5780 of the Jewish Calendar Confirmed, known Covid-19 Deaths in the US:  20,473                                 (MSNBC) Day 1,177 of the current … Continue reading

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Learning to Pray

In the beginning was the word, and every word a world; every letter, the stuff of which a garden, a stream, a person comes into being. With words entire worlds are made; with words, and word-made things, Holy Utterance teaches … Continue reading

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How I Set Out to “Follow” Jesus… and Found My Way to Shul

“Sometimes, one must look into the ashes to find a solitary spark.” Dov Ber of Mazeritch “Torah is not education, it is transformation.” Rebbitzen Dena Weinberg So, you may have gathered from the title of this piece that what I … Continue reading

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A Dream of a Holy Economics

(Normally, I don’t post sermon texts, but some have asked for this one. From this morning, July 1, 2018; 1 Kings 17. Seems word gets round. So, here it is.) So, lately, I’ve been thinking about this idea, G-d the economist. … Continue reading

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Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes

Though its been over 30 years since Audre Lorde prophesied the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house (Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, 1984), the movement for a just, equitable society continues: a large, lumbering conglomerate creature, stuffed to the water-starved gills with organizations and leaders hell-bent on using every tool from the master’s box, tightly gripped in one hand, while extending the other to shake hands with the master’s gate-keepers. This, despite the cries—and the deaths—of the people. And, so it is; the empire grows bigger and stronger and fatter on the diseased fruits of its own planting, while the dream of a just peace flops and flounders, gasping for breath on the littered beach of the common good. Continue reading

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Invocation: November, 2017

There is a spirit, ancient and eternal, within and among us all, holding us, binding us together across time and difference, joining us in an ever-evolving web of interdependent, sacred abiding. For this, let us be grateful. There is a … Continue reading

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There Are Signs …

It’s that time of year when we are called to be still enough to reflect and express gratitude for all we have—even amid all that is troubling and not what we want, or perhaps, need it to be. These times … Continue reading

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A Different Response to the “Nashville Statement”

“Wake up, you who are in sound sleep, and slumberous people: stop hibernating, look into your deeds, repent and remember your Creator. Those who forget the truth in the vanity of time and wander in their sleep through nonsense and … Continue reading

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Remembering and Imagining (Or…Looking Forward From Philadelphia)

When I was growing up in the 1960s, it was a particularly difficult time to be a child discerning a gender-identity different from one’s gender assigned at birth. In a time where everything our culture saw as normal and “just … Continue reading

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Deflection Politics: Tried and True Tactics

(Or…the Soothing Sound of Katydids) It is evening here, in North Carolina, where House Bill 2 (the first of the “bathroom” bills) once loomed heavily, casting a storm of attention over our lives and giving the shelter of darkness to … Continue reading

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