While they can hold their own among clergy and Ph.D.’s, Mx Chris is not a Christian clergy person, pastor, or priest. Mx Chris has an irregular calling that might even be considered “Irreverend.” They draw on numerous lineages and identify as an Animist religious practitioner with Christian ancestry. [Learn More]
Mx Chris spent more than 20 years immersed in non-profit management in a variety of roles from executive director to board member, from communications and website development to volunteer activist and organizer. In 2019, they launched OtherWise Engaged Publishing in order to begin to fill the gaps they saw in transgender (and adjacent) religious resources.
Their current goal is to become a board-certified chaplain with a specialization around transgender and intersex spiritual care and endorsement from the Religious Naturalist Association. They are also a candidate for Doctor of Medical Humanities at Drew University, where they are doing trans-disciplinary work around medical narrative and chaplain/spiritual care with the non-religious.
- Member, Transgender Professional Association for Transgender Health (TPATH)
- Member (student), World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
- Member (student), American Academy of Religion (AAR)
- Member, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
- Member, Religious Naturalist Association (RNA)
- Member, Spiritual Naturalist Society (SNS)
Mx. Chris lives in Central New Jersey, but maintains strong affinity and active relationships developed over more than 25 years nearby in Philadephia, PA. They are blessed to parent an extraordinarily wise teen and cuddle with a pretty pup.
Shorter Academic Bio
Mx Chris Paige (pronouns they/them) is an emerging scholar and chaplain educator working on a doctor of medical humanities degree at Drew University. Mx Chris is a chaplain, coach, and organizer with more than 20 years of experience working around transgender and intersex spiritual care, with an academic and professional interest in non-religious spiritual care, medical narrative, and medical competence. More at www.chrispaige.com.
Longer Academic Bio.
Mx Chris Paige (pronouns they/them) is an emerging scholar and chaplain educator doing doctoral work in the field of medical humanities at Drew University with an emphasis on non-religious spiritual care, medical narrative, and narrative competence. They have been doing ground-breaking work around transgender and intersex spiritual care for more than 20 years as publisher of The Other Side magazine and later co-founder of Transfaith, as well as author of OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation (2019) and, most recently, “Transgender-Affirming Spiritual Care: A Bibliographic Essay” in Theological Librarianship (15:1).
As a chaplain educator, Mx Chris is eager to engage in grassroots, professional, and interdisciplinary conversations, combining insight and urgency from community life with more theoretical clarifications from the academy. Their new platform, The OtherWise Academy (https://otherwiseacademy.com/) seeks to move conversations about sex, gender, sexuality, religion, and care ethics forward through accessible introductory resources, while building a container for more advanced conversations among clinicians and care providers.
Mx Chris lives in central New Jersey, but their heart belongs to the multicultural rhythms of Philadelphia. They are a parent of an extraordinary 16-year-old and a pretty fur baby, while being nurtured by their parents, several beloved anchors, and a national network of colleagues and friends. They identify as a Christo-Jew-Bu Animist relational assemblage and find spiritual strength in the compost pile. More at www.chrispaige.com.
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Shorter Grassroots Bio
Mx Chris Paige (pronouns they/them) is an OtherWise-identified writer, educator, organizer, and coach, who authored OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation (2019). Chris was founding executive director of Transfaith, a multi-tradition, multi-racial, multi-gender advocacy organization by and for people of transgender experience. Chris launched OtherWise Engaged Publishing in order to provide a platform for prophetic, transgender, intersex, and OtherWise voices and is now doing doctoral work at Drew University. More at www.chrispaige.com.
Longer Grassroots Bio
Mx Chris Paige (pronouns they/them) is an OtherWise-identified writer, educator, organizer, and coach, who authored OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation (2019), garnering the coveted “starred review” from Publisher’s Weekly which called it “invigorating” and “a treasure chest of resources.” A follow-up anthology, OtherWise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance, was released in 2020. Additional volumes in the OtherWise Christian series are in development.
Mx Chris has launched a new press, OtherWise Engaged Publishing to provide a platform for prophetic, transgender, intersex, and OtherWise voices. Examples of projects include a series of introductory booklets, called OtherWise Reflection Guides, as well as shepherding books by other authors (including Jonathon Thunderword and Liam Hooper).
Mx Chris was founding executive director of Transfaith, a multi-tradition, multi-racial, multi-gender advocacy organization by and for people of transgender experience and continues as operations director for Transfaith, while publishing and working towards an Master of Divinity at Drew Theological School with a concentration around chaplaincy and spiritual care with transgender and intersex populations. They are also a candidate for a Doctor of Medical Humanities in the Caspersen School at Drew University, working around medical narrative and spiritual care for the non-religious.
Mx Chris has been a catalyst and/or contributor to several other ground-breaking projects for and by transgender faith leaders. Previously, Chris had been publisher and co-director of the (now defunct) award-winning, progressive, Christian magazine, The Other Side. More at www.chrispaige.com.