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    Pride and Prejudice…and Gender Fluidity?

    Suppose you heard that a vacation town had built a first-class theater and people attended in droves because the productions were that good. Suppose you paid your $66 dollars for tickets to a comedic, farcical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and drove an hour to get there. Suppose you arrived early enough to attend the "Pre-Show Chat”–a presentation that focused on how Austen liked to challenge the rigidity of Victorian social, class and gender divisions. And "true to her spirit," this production would champion diversity in gender roles so that you could “look beyond superficial gender distinctions to better see and appreciate the inner character” of the players.…

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    “I am not my body!”  Compassion, peace and hope when we feel alienated from our bodies

    May God deepen our compassion for those who live in this tension and bring us wholeness and peace Whether because of aging, illness, gender dysphoria, injury, anorexia, or even weight gain, many of us feel that who we are on the outside is not who we really are on the inside.   When I first encountered the transgender community rallying cry, “I am not my body,” I was shocked. “I am not my body” had been my heart cry for years.   I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 29.   I could empathize with the trans who felt like the male on the inside didn’t really align with…