Previously, we introduced the reader to gender dysphoria and to whether there is something distinctly Christian to be offered to someone who faces real and enduring psychological and emotional distress. Now, let’s take a more practical approach to this discussion.
So, if even the integration of Christian elements into adaptive coping doesn't work for a dysphoric individual, what else does Christianity potentially bring to the discussion of coping? In this article, we will discuss the unique gifts God offers those within the Christian faith to support themselves and others in the midst of navigating these troubled waters in daily life.
This week iAt presents a 4-part series entitled, "Gender Dysphoria & the Question of Distinctly Christian Resources," written by Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D. & Julia Sadusky, M.A.
If we want to make the world and the church a better place for women, we have to work institutionally. Whether a woman is a complementarian or an egalitarian, in whatever ways we can, we together call the institution of the church to recognize and empower the great work women are already doing.
So, essentially, there is the church, where you go to sit with all your children, trying to keep them from wiggling and running away, listening to a man exposit the Scriptures—however competently depends on so many variables—and then, when you wander out, there is not only the blogosphere, but now also the conferences and books and tribal pull of women gathering together to make their way through life.
In the immediate aftermath of Warren’s piece, it appeared that Christian women were falling into two camps—rather than Jen vs. Angelina, we had Jen vs. Tish. But instead of taking sides, it might be more useful for us to realize that we are all, like them, products of historical and cultural forces that define our experiences and constrain our choices in ways we often fail to realize.