Gender identity? Are you or someone you know concerned about issues of gender identity, sexual orientation and the fears and problems that surround sexuality in general? The recent political fallout from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act here in Indiana and its perceived discrimination based on sexual orientation alerts us all to the need for clear, compassionate thinking. My colleague, Eric Nelson, writing for the June 15, 2015 edition of Communities Digital News helps us refocus on the issue with a spiritual lens. It’s a good read. Here’s Eric:
A lot of thought is being given these days to our sense of identity. Not just how we define ourselves or others in terms of being straight, gay, transgender or otherwise, but the deeper aspects of what makes us who we are and our place in this world. Even if we feel pretty secure in our boots as to our sexual orientation, it’s still a subject worth considering, particularly as it relates to our health.
A good hundred years before people started wondering which letter in the LGBT acronym best suited them – or not – Mary Baker Eddy explored the meaning of gender and came up with some pretty radical conclusions. “God determines the gender of His own ideas,” she writes in Science and Health. “Gender is mental, not material.” But she also saw the importance of asking an even more fundamental question: “Is man (meaning both men and women) material or spiritual?”
For Eddy, the question was anything but rhetorical….