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Transgender faithful incorporate theology, ritual in their transitions

Transgender faithful incorporate theology, ritual in their transitions

The minister blessed the chalice of wine and loaves of bread before inviting everyone in the pews of St. Michael's United Church of Christ in West Chicago to partake of Holy Communion, a sacrament she had once been excluded from because of her gender identity and transition. "We don't slip in unnoticed — we are specifically invited by Jesus to this borrowed table, to share, to remember," Cindi Knox remembers announcing to the congregation that July 5 liturgy. She was licensed as a minister last month and is openly transgender, her sex reassignment and spiritual life often intertwined and woven in her ministry. "We thank God for the gifts of bread and...

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