Rev. M Barclay (they/them) is Co-Founder and 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 spiritual matters of living towards abundant life, structural justice, and collective joy.
Born and raised in the deep south, M comes from a fundamentalist faith background and has spent years 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.
Prior to enfleshed, M's vocational background included over a decade of LGBTQIA advocacy in and beyond The UMC, hospital chaplaincy, working with youth, faith organizing on reproductive justice in TX, and other work in the places where justice and spirituality meet.
M is a 2018-2021 Culture of Health Leader Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In their spare time, they enjoy working with - and especially queering - stained glass.
Interviews and resources
10/2020 - Faith in Harm Reduction
Spirit of Harm Reduction: A Conversation with Toolkit Contributors
6/2020 - The Academy for Spiritual Formation
A Conversation with M Barclay
5/2020 - enfleshed
Unraveling, unlearning, unwriting the stories that bind
11/2019 - Duke Memorial UMC
Queerly Beloved Pride Service
11/20/2019 - Autostraddle
Warning: Somebody's body
6/2019 -Personal Facebook Page
As I'm ordained
5/2019 - Our Movement Forward Summit
3/10/2019 - The Advocate
3/5/2019 - The New York Post
3/2019 - Riverside Church Be Still and Go Lenten Podcast
2/2019 - Broadway UMC
Black History Month Sermon
10/24/2018 - Huffington Post
8/7/2018 - Aboundant
6/2018 - Rio TX Annual Conference MFSA gathering
Peace and Justice Luncheon
6/2018 - WATER (Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual)
6/2018 - Princeton Theological Seminary Institute for Youth Ministry
4/2018 - The Curiosity Hour
4/2018 - The Christian Century
2/9/2018 - Kaleidoscope Podcast
11/17/17 - Vice Media
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)
7/14/2017 - Traitor Radio
Queer and Called
The United Methodist Church Has Appointed Its First Transgender Deacon
6/8/2017 - Huffington Post
6/7/2017 - The Washington Post
6/1/17 - Sojourners
Just as I am
2/2017 - Reconciling Ministries Network
Northern Illinois Board of Ordained Ministry supports M Barclay
5/9/2016 - Love Your Neighbor Coalition
12/30/2015 - Austin Lionheart
M is also featured in - and highly recommends - Austen Hartke's "Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Trans Christians."