Bartholomew or is it Nathanael?

Today is the day the Church celebrates the life and martyrdom of St. Bartholomew The Apostle. Bartholomew (mentioned in only the synoptic gospels) is commonly understood to be the same person as Nathanael (first mentioned in John 1:45). So therefore throughout the blog I will use both names interchangeably, just to confuse you of course! Here [...]


Welcome And Affirmation for Trans Folk

General Synod (made up of bishops, clergy and laity) who represent the Church of England across the UK have passed the motion proposed (by the Diocese of Blackburn, Chris Newlands) which said that transgender people should be 'welcomed and affirmed in their parish church'. The vote by all three houses was an overwhelming majority. I [...]

My Transgender Vocation

I write this blog over a weekend when some of my closest friends are to be ordained as deacons. They are sacrificing themselves for the ministry of God's Church on earth. 'Searching out the poor and weak, the sick and lonely and those who are oppressed and powerless, reaching into the forgotten corners of the [...]

What’s in a name?

Names are important, they carry with them a sense of identity, a sense of belonging and presence.  For trans people names mean a great deal. For cis-gendered folk, they may have been given a name at birth and never questioned it. Though lots people choose to add middle names or change surname after marriage but [...]

Passiontide Reflections

Wednesday - Costly devotion Just days before his betrayal and death, Jesus and his disciples were eating at the home of Simon the Leper in Bethany. While they were reclining at the table, a woman, who John identifies as Mary of Bethany, approached Jesus with an alabaster jar of expensive perfume, worth about a year’s [...]

Living With Dysphoria

This is a space dedicated to testimonies of trans folk who live with gender/body dysphoria. I also stumble across some pretty cool artwork illustrating people's experience of dysphoria. This is a growing collection and will be added to - you could call it a live blog. If you want to contribute to this blog, email [...]