Our Table is a series of conversations among trans and gnc folks about spirituality, joy, ritual, gender, and sex. This audio series is hosted by enfleshed’s trans faith intern, Nite Hunt, who explains the meaning of the project:
“Though our stories and presence are often erased, trans spiritual and religious people exist and always have. Many of us have found spiritual wisdom and practices to be essential sources of strength, comfort, nourishment, and solidarity. However, because many religious spaces still don’t welcome us or the conversations we want to have, it’s difficult to find resources for exploring our spirituality together.”
Listen to the discussions below or find enfleshed on Spotify.
Host of Our Table
Nite (also known Night or Knight) is a recent graduate of University of California Santa Barbara with a bachelors in Religious Studies and minor in Feminist studies with emphasis on gender and sexuality. Academically, he is inspired by writings such as Chris Evan’s The Burden of Black Religion, Elizabeth Perez’s Religion in the Kitchen, and many more. His commitment to understanding the function and integration of religion in the everyday lives of minority communities in the U.S. has driven his professional and personal work. This helped inform and motivate him as a queer peer educator at UCSB.
When Nite doesn’t have his nose in a book, you can find him playing video or board games with his roommates, friends, and family. He also enjoys cooking for and with his friends and family, especially savory dishes. And if you can’t find him in the kitchen or online, then he is probably swimming laps or participating in some type of full body contact sport.
Nite joined enfleshed as the inaugural trans faith intern in the spring of 2021.
Nathan O.A. Bakken, MDiv (They/Them), a Seminary Certified Witch, is a white, queer and trans, movement spiritual care provider, astrologer, tarot practicioner, and writer raised on unceded Duwamish land (Seattle, WA) currently based on unceded Ohlone land (Oakland, CA). In 2017, they earned their Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, with a focus on the spiritual and theological life of LGBTQIA+ people, pop culture, and theologies of liberation. In 2019, they were certified as spiritual director through Still Harbor. They exist comfortably at the spiritual intersection of good food, Dolly Parton, collective liberation, and spiritual care.
Rev. Yunus Coldman
In September of 2013, Reverend Yunus made the milestone, life changing, life affirming decision to move forward in the process of transition and to become a visible activist for the Transgender community within ministry.
Reverend Yunus is the Eastern Regional Minister of Trans Saints. Trans Saints is a community of Transgender faith leaders involved in advocacy focused on the unique perspectives of the African American Trans* community. He is a minister and Board Member at Rivers of Living Water NY UCC. There he serves as Director of The Circle and the Co-Director of the Healing & Restoration Ministry. Reverend Yunus provides ministerial support on several committees with the National LGBT Task Force and has provided chaplaincy services to the Trans community at Riker’s Island.
He serves as a faith leader for New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray’s Unity Project Faith Network Team to address some of the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ young people. He is an active Board Member with LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent and is an Honorary Board Member of Harlem Pride, Inc.
Additionally, Reverend Yunus participates in many panels discussions, etc. from the intersections of Transgender and faith experiences at religious and spiritual gatherings, medical groups, and LGBTQI+ causes.
Reverend Yunus Coldman is CEO of Soulful Touch Services which, as a licensed NY Wedding Officiant provides ceremonial services throughout the New York tri-state area and Long Island and as a Certified Reiki Master Teacher offering Reiki healing practices, counsel and meditation.
God and Gender
Enrique Cintrón (they/them/elle) is a queer, Puerto Rican, nonbinary writer, spiritual director, podcaster, Spanglish speaker, and self-described “themologian,” that is, they theologize from a nonbinary perspective at the intersections of race, queerness, and faith. Enrique considers deep listening and storytelling to be two of their most important spiritual practices. As a spiritual director trained through Still Harbor, they offer spiritual accompaniment as a way to listen and walk alongside others in their spiritual lives. Enrique also hosts Fruits of the Spirit, a podcast sharing and celebrating the faith journeys of queer and trans people of color. In their spare time, Enrique enjoys watercolor painting, cooking, playing video games, and buying far too many books than they have room for on their shelves. You can read Enrique’s writing and learn more about them on their website, enriquecintron.com and follow them on Twitter and Instagram, @themologian.
Rev. Alaina Cobb
Rev. Alaina now serves as the Interfaith Pastor and Director of Sanctuary a collaborative effort between queer and trans activists, ministers, and organizers to provide a space of healing, education, and resistance. She serves as the Chair of the Leadership council of her ordaining body, the Progressive Christian Alliance, an international, transdenominational association of Christian ministers, ministries and laypersons. She has previously served as a Tri-Chair for the Poor People’s Campaign of Tennessee and has worked extensively with various anti-fascist organizations to combat the increased presence of white supremacist groups within her home state. Her first book of poetry and prose “The Gods of Purgatory” is currently available while her latest “Abandon” is forthcoming.
Celebration and Joy
Sam Ames is a civil rights attorney, author, and national advocate with a decade of experience fighting for LGBTQ rights. Sam grew up in Los Angeles and received their B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz; their J.D. from George Washington University; and their Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, with a focus on Religion, Ethics, & Politics. They are a member of the California Bar.
Sam most recently served as the Interim Executive Director of Our Family Coalition, an organization working to advance equity for the full and expanding spectrum of LGBTQ families and children through support, education, and advocacy. Prior to that, they served as the Interim Executive Director of Trans Lifeline, an organization that provides direct emotional and financial support to transgender people in crisis; as well as a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, working on constitutional law cases involving marriage equality, employment discrimination, and family law.
Sam is the founder the Born Perfect Campaign – a national effort to end anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy through legislation, litigation, and public education. They served for a year as a hospital chaplain at UCSF Medical Center, with a focus on inpatient psychiatric treatment and religious trauma. Sam has testified in state legislatures, Congress, and the United Nations Committee Against Torture. They have been featured in the NY Times, LA Times, Teen Vogue, Newsweek, BBC, The Guardian, TIME, VICE and MSNBC. They are also a consultant on LGBTQ issues nationwide, an avid AIDS LifeCycle rider, and a Gryffindor.
Rev. Kai Greer
Rev. Remington Johnson
Divinity and Sex
J Mase III
Rev. KC Slack
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