For the person with gender dysphoria, much like Christ himself, no “how-to” manual on carrying the cross is provided. Only grace will be sufficient here.
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.
The Christian blogosphere is inviting us to return to a doxological view of Christian authority—not one that forsakes traditional structures and the importance of accountability, but one that reminds us that all authority comes from Christ, and sometimes voices of truth are speaking from different sorts of pulpits.
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.