Too often the world tells LGBTQ+ people that they must either choose their identity or their faith. But what if there was a third option? On Sunday, November 15 at 5:00pm, Austen Hartke will share his experience of coming out as a transgender Christian, from his childhood in non-affirming churches, to the Bible stories that gave him strength as an adult.
Austen Hartke is the author of “Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians,” a book on theology and personal narratives published by Westminster John Knox Press in 2018. He is also the founder and director of Transmission Ministry Collective, an online community dedicated to the spiritual care, faith formation, and leadership potential of transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, and gender-expansive Christians. He is a graduate of Luther Seminary’s Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies, and is the winner of the 2014 John Milton Prize in Old Testament Writing from the same institution. As a transgender person of faith, Austen’s greatest passion is helping other trans and gender-expansive people see themselves in scripture.