Mx Chris at MCC San Francisco with some Buddhist Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Ready-Made Presentations

Mx Chris is glad to customize content for your setting, but here are a few popular presentations that you can request. See also options for more formal teaching.

Composting Christianity
Format: Sermon

After a year of integrating Animist, Christian, and Religious Naturalist perspectives in graduate school course work, Mx Chris offered this sermon about composting as both a literal and figurative spiritual practice connected to the four elements (water, air, earth, and fire).

What Is This?
Format: Sermon

Originally a lectionary-based sermon using Exodus 16 alongside personal anecdotes from Mx Chris, this sermon shines a light on non-binary gender within a worship setting. It inspired a song (“God Is Still Creating”) by Pax Ressler and has already traveled to several congregations as a convenient way to integrate gender diversity into a congregational worship setting.

From Confusion to Confidence: A “Choose Your Own Adventure” Guide to Gender in the 21st Century with Mx Chris Paige
Format: Workshop (incl. virtual offerings)

This introductory session is designed to run anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes as a Clinical Pastoral Education didactic, Ethics Committee educational session, or a similar interactive training experience. Interdisciplinary and adaptable for use with diverse audiences.

Best Practices in Transgender-Affirming Spiritual/Resilience Care
Format: Workshop (incl. virtual offerings)

This presentation is designed for workshops with chaplains, clergy, and other spiritual care providers. However, no background training in spiritual care is required. In addition to a review of existing scholarship on transgender-affirming spiritual care, Mx Chris draws on experience in community care, chaplaincy, and medical narrative to help participants think about what resilience care means for the religiously disenfranchised and the non-religious and those with complicated religious histories, as well as for transgender communities, specifically. This workshop is designed to help participants think about the diversity of experience among transgender people, including how spiritual care generalists such as community members and non-chaplain medical professionals can provide appropriate support.

An Introduction to Intersex Spiritual Care
Format: Classroom or Workshop (incl. virtual course work)

This presentation began as a seminary paper on “Religion and Intersex Health.” It emphasizes the first-person testimonies of intersex authors (especially OtherWise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance) and integrates some basic ideas about pastoral and spiritual care, as well as results from the first survey of intersex health. In a classroom setting, personal testimonies and video excerpts can be used in advance to prepare for class discussion. For a more personal and in-depth encounter, Mx Chris can team up with intersex colleagues.

Three V’s of Transgender Inclusion
Format: Interactive Workshop or Structured Coaching.

The three V’s were developed by the staff of Transfaith and provide a framework that helps allies to move beyond Transgender 101 conversations into active and appropriate relationship with transgender communities. These principles are used to fuel interactive workshops as well as extended coaching and consultation experiences, focused on moving into identifying next steps for action.

Transgender and the Christian Bible
Format: Workshop (incl. virtual offerings)

Drawing on Mx Chris’s OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation, this is a great introduction to reading the Christian Bible with a transgender-affirming lens. The workshop is even more dynamic when Hebrew scholar and Jewish colleague Liam Hooper is invited to join in the conversation. This session can be a great resource for transgender support groups and congregations who are launching new initiatives around transgender inclusion.

Transgender Liberation: Intersectional Identities, Alternate Genders, and the Biblical Testimony of Eunuchs
Format: Interactive Lecture or Extended Workshop.

This presentation was designed as a Saturday morning classroom-style encounter focused on Section 4 of OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation (titled “Eunuchs, Eunuchs, and more Eunuchs”). Mx Chris invites participants to explore several key “eunuch” passages from Hebrew and Greek scripture which open up conversation variously about race, class, gender, decolonization, and Christian anti-Semitism.