rev. m barclay 

Rev. M Barclay (they/them) is Co-Founder and Executive Director of enfleshed, a nonprofit creating and facilitating resources of spiritual nourishment for collective liberation. M is passionate about bringing fresh and relevant perspectives to the questions, traditions, and theologies that have sustained faith communities for centuries. They have extensive experience in writing, preaching, and teaching on Christianity and its relationship to queer and trans lives, feminism, white anti-racism, and other pressing matters of justice. 

Born and raised in the deep south, M comes from a fundamentalist faith background and has spent much of their adult life unlearning both toxic theologies and social norms. Liberation theologies have been a key component in leading them to a more rich, loving, and meaningful relationship to God, self, and neighboring creatures and creations. Inviting others to deepen into this spiritual and freeing work of trading in modern Christianity's greatest lies about God for a faith that "sets the captives free" is one of their greatest joys.

M is a leader with the UMForward Collective and formerly served as Director of Communications at Reconciling Ministries Network. They have also enjoyed working as a hospital chaplain, youth director, justice associate and faith coordinator for reproductive justice in Texas. 

M is proud to be a 2018-2020 Culture of Health Leader with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

They delight in queer community, finding the nearest hike while traveling, reading theologies, and working with stained glass. 

Contact M at Follow M on twitter & insta at @mxbarclay.

Rev. Barclay in the media

11/20/2019 - Autostraddle
Warning: Somebody's body

3/10/2019 - The Advocate

Methodist Vote Reminds Us to Fight All Forms of Oppression

3/5/2019 - The New York Post

Queer United Methodists’ Uncertain Future

10/24/2018 - Huffington Post 

Trans Christian Leaders Speak Out: Trump Can’t Erase Our Divine Dignity

8/7/2018 - Aboundant

Top Digital Ministers for 2018

6/2018 - WATER (Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual)

Feminist and Queer Theology in Action: Rev. M Barclay

6/2018 - Princeton Theological Seminary Institute for Youth Ministry

GENDER QUESTIONS - Gender Identity in Youth Ministry

4/2018 - The Curiosity Hour

Episode 59 - Rev. M Barclay

4/2018 - The Christian Century

Nonbinary gender and the diverse beauty of creation

2/9/2018 - Kaleidoscope Podcast

Breaking the Binary

11/17/17 - Vice Media

How Two Reverends are Queering the Modern-Day Church

10/11/2017 - Huffington Post
Queer Christians Respond To Jeff Sessions’ New ‘License To Discriminate’

9/13/2017 - WATER (Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, & Ritual)

WATERtalks: Feminist Conversations in Religion Series - “In Conversation about Transgender Inclusion”

7/14/2017 - Traitor Radio
Queer and Called

6/8/2017 - Huffington Post

United Methodist Church Appoints Transgender Deacon

6/7/2017 - The Washington Post

The United Methodist Church has appointed a transgender deacon

6/1/17 - Sojourners
Just as I am

5/9/2016 - Love Your Neighbor Coalition

A Love Letter to Our Church from Your LGBTQI Religious Leaders

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