The journey to self-acceptance isn’t an easy one. Just because you’re not someone’s cup of tea doesn’t mean you aren’t a cup of tea. In this episode of VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast, award-winning gospel singer Kierra Sheard-Kelly shares her journey from condemnation to body positivity, as well as her passion for spiritual self-care and living boldly in faith. Kierra Sheard-Kelly is an award-winning gospel singer, songwriter, actress, author, and activist. A next-generation member of the pioneering vocal group the Clark Sisters, she has released several albums since her solo debut in 2004, most recently the Grammy-nominated KIERRA. Her first…

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We should seek their well-being—but also prepare for strong disagreement on what that entails. Transgender questions today carry an urgency unimaginable even five years ago. Most churches and Christians find themselves exposed due to their lack of theological and pastoral preparation. What does the Bible have to say about living life in a gender-nonconforming way? What can faithfulness to Christ look like for a person who desires—who might even say needs—to live such a life? Into this infant conversation comes Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians, by Austen Hartke. Coming from a mainline Lutheran perspective, this volume…