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Heath Adam Ackley
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Thanks, Eliel Cruz, for reporting! Peace-and-justice-centered Mennonite colleges (the peace tradition in which I was ordained to ministry) lead the way for full inclusion of LGBT students & employees at Christian colleges!
By opening their doors to same-sex couples and transgender people they signal all are valued because of their faith, not in spite of it.
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About half the time Ricky Hill of Chicago goes to the doctor, Hill has to educate the doctor about being transgender. Other times, clinic workers have
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This is my daily morning practice to awaken chi / kundalini, balance prana (warm up the spine, awaken energy in the body and bring balance) but more importantly to surrender in humility to the awkwardness of living as a gender-complex person, looking for strength & purpose greater than myself before I face the world. I've taught this at Level Ground Film Festival and my college-level yoga courses.
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Grateful to help launch this campaign as asked, featuring a video slideshow in under 4 minutes that includes some sources explaining alternative explanations for the 6 "clobber passages" used to exclude LGBTQIA people from Christian communities as well as my own story as one example of an LGBTQIA Christian (as the campaign asks each of us to share) #LGBTQNotSin
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@CampusPride #LGBTQNotSin slideshow (shorter version than my vlog)
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So grateful to see Espavo Project of FORGE​ at Trans Pride L.A.​ 2015! Thank you so much for your work with trans survivors of trauma / domestic violence!
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From my friend Pat Cordova-Goff about an issue we have both worked with current students and employees to address, an allegedly "biblical" gender identity statement that affirms only binary, birth-assigned gender and reparative therapy for anyone unable to live that way. 
The administration of Azusa Pacific University is at an interesting crossroads behind closed doors; the reconstruction of APU’s sexuality statement sways between the possibility of the university carrying out traditional religiously exclusive views or taking a step to protect the university’s queer-identified students. This is an open letter to those whom this may concern: it...
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Grateful to Campus Pride for launching this campaign, looking forward to participating and hope that others will join us!
Campus Pride launches national #LGBTQNotSin social media campaign to remove LGBTQ from the sin list and to counter anti-LGBTQ religious teachings More than ever there is a need to talk about how Christianity is not anti-LGBTQ and neither is the Bible.  The so-called Religious Freedom Bills creeping up state by state only further foster fear, discrimination…
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college professor of gender & sexuality studies, spirituality, yoga, meditation, philosophy; pastor; LGBTQ activist; writer
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teaching, writing, editing, speaking, research
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  • University of California, Irvine
    Gender & Sexuality Studies, 2014 - present
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January 22
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Heather Ann Ackley (Clements, Bean)
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pastor, theologian, activist, writer, and single parent
Introduction

H. Adam Ackley is a writer, speaker, consultant, and educator based in the greater Los Angeles area who has worked most recently as a consultant on transgender issues with SafetyNet / SoulForce, ACLU's LGBT Project, TriCity Mental Health and Pacific Clinics of LA County, On Level Ground film festival, and several southern California universities. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Claremont Graduate University in 1997 and has spent almost two decades teaching philosophy, history, and spirituality as a full-time college professor. He is the author of Women, Music and Faith in Central Appalachia (Edwin Mellen Press, 2001) and a popular Huffington Post blog. A practitioner of hatha yoga and meditation for forty years, he is also being certified as a yoga instructor and serves as an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren, Pacific Southwest District.

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parent of 2 biological kids and blessed with more "adopted" rainbow family than i can count!
Education
  • Claremont Graduate University
    Religion & Philosophy, 1991 - 1997
  • Claremont School of Theology
    Religion, 1989 - 1991
  • Mount Union College
    French, English, 1985 - 1989
  • New York University
    International Finance, 1984
  • University of Tours
    French, 1987 - 1988
  • University of Paris, Sorbonne
    French, 1987
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Campus Pride launches national #LGBTQNotSin Campaign
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Campus Pride launches national #LGBTQNotSin social media campaign to remove LGBTQ from the sin list and to counter anti-LGBTQ religious teac

A Journey of a Man's Heart
ajourneyofamansheart.blogspot.com

Be Known....Belong.....Be loved To belong is so human, but to belong and be authentically known can be tragically scary. For too many years

Hey Russia, We Are #DrivingWhileTrans
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A new law could target transgender Russians and others deemed 'mentally ill' for the denial of driver's licenses. Here's what our trans read

Evangelical Theologian and Minister Finds a New Mission as Transgender A...
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Adam Ackley was fired after 15 years as a professor of theology when he came out as transgender.

Op-ed: Finding the Sacred in the Profane
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A meditation on incarnation and the beauty of queer bodies on the 12th day of Christmas.

Transgender study looks at 'exceptionally high' suicide-attempt rate
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A whopping 41% of people who are transgender or gender-nonconforming have attempted suicide sometime in their lives, nearly nine times the n

Trans Lifeline: Peer-Driven Social Support
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Clinical depression is a very common experience for cis, trans, and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals alike in the United States. Tran

SBC to Parents: Kids Are Better Off Dead Than Trans
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I used to ask myself what sort of inhuman monster could willingly torture a child until they died. The Southern Baptist Convention managed t

Op-ed: Remembering the AIDS Crisis as a Gay Trans Man in a Double-Closet
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Dr. H. Adam Ackley recalls the 1980's days where he faced two invisible killers: the deep closet for gay, transgender men and a new, untreat

How to Build a Spiritual Community - Queer Theology
www.queertheology.com

Being a part of a spiritual community is vital for growing in your relationship with God and enabling you to follow Jesus in your day to day

The Arts of Living and Dying: Spiritualities for Transgender Day of Reme...
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In preparation for Transgender Day of Remembrance, those who celebrate and survive may draw from ancient traditions of world cultures that m

PRIDE (SHAME) - Spit & Spirit Issue 10 - Queer Theology
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SPIT & SPIRIT a digital magazine wrestling with the reality of faith Our lives are not so easily divisible: soul & body // sacred & profane

I really appreciate the time Richie puts into making sure the design is just right as well as the care and detail as he works and even ensures safe healing with personal follow-up.
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