Happy Holidays 2014!

Me in my Superman Onesie - Christmas 2014Happy Holidays!  Thank you all for being in my life, and for the ways you support and encourage me!!For those of you who may not know, I came out as transgender in September, 2013. I chose the name Leo Channing, which means lion, fierce wolf, and church leader.... Continue Reading →

Faith in the Midst of Lament

At the protest in 2008 at the School of the Americas,Fort Benning, GA.This is the text of the advent meditation I gave this evening on the theme of Sir Up... about how someone has stirred up my faith.From the Gospel of John, the first chapterIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with... Continue Reading →

Physical Reminders

Standing at the baptismal font on my naming dayPhoto courtesy of Lee Ann KrauseA note: My goal is never, ever, EVER to try to get you to go to church, or convince you to believe in God. That is just not my job. Your faith is not my business. I do want everyone to know... Continue Reading →

Enter the Lion

July 27, 2014Dear friends,You are such an inspiration to me, and I can never sufficiently express my gratitude for all of the ways you have loved and cared for me, especially since I have come out as trans.I am excited to share that after much discernment, prayer, and the required therapist letters, I am continuing... Continue Reading →

A Happy Pride

Portland Pride 2014Photo Credit Dustin VanceTo fully explain my amazing weekend at Pride this year, I need to take you back almost 15 months to some of the fear I experienced as I was first coming out as trans.But first, an aside:  Even though I write as a person of faith, please know: my goal... Continue Reading →

What’s in a name?

At the Oregon Coast with friends Psalm 138:13-14 "For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well."Well, I changed my name on Facebook from Laura to Leo.  In case you... Continue Reading →

My thoughts on peace

Power Ranger, Halloween 2013[This blog post is the text of a sermon I delivered on December 11, 2013]Luke 7:36-39, 44-50One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he... Continue Reading →

An Odd Duck

AIDS Walk Portland 2013Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"This week has been another of those hermit times for me. Questioning my gender identity is not easy. It is not always fun to be... Continue Reading →

The Gift of Not Knowing

Bat n' Rouge PortlandPhoto credit: Marty DavisMatthew 28:20b "[Jesus said,] 'And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'"As many of you saw in my previous blog post, I shared that I identify as transgender, as more male than female, and that I go by either Laura or Leo.  I am so... Continue Reading →

Finding Leo

Killer croquet. Photo by Andrew ShaydeRomans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”I have only... Continue Reading →

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