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Posted on by Amanda Rice

In all this excitement of traveling around the country, listening to insightful reflections, transcribing, editing and planning, I have neglected one thing: blogging! 

From now on, I'll try to document some of the bigger announcements here on the blog. You can also keep up-to-date by following along on Twitter: @Queerituality

Without any further delay, we have some things to celebrate! 

  1. Being on the other side of the interview process. I had a great interview & conversation today with Vanessa at Autostraddle.com, the website for "news, entertainment, and girl-on-girl culture." Vanessa, a queer & spiritual person herself, was one of the first strangers to hear of the project and say, "Yes! People should know about this!" When she first wrote about Queerituality, amazing folks from around the country (and even a few internationally!) got jazzed about this project and volunteered to participate. I've already recorded some of their stories, from Chicago to North Carolina. It was really a pleasure to talk with her in more detail about the inspiration for this project and where it can go from here. Thanks, Vanessa!
  2. More new Queerituality stories. Several amazing Queerituality participants volunteered to transcribe the audio from existing Queerituality conversations. That means that we'll be posting a new story weekly, every Friday! Including one tomorrow... check back to see whose it is.
  3. Queerituality swag via Kickstarter. We're prepping for an upcoming Kickstarter campaign to fund the project into the future. That means a sustainable Queerituality.com with even more inspiring, thought-provoking, and deeply personal stories. It also means an opportunity for you to support the project and get Queerituality swag. So, what would you like? A hand-screened Queerituality shirt? A mug or pint glass? A poster of project participants & their brilliant quotes?  Let me know in the comments!

We're on Autostraddle!

Posted on by Amanda Rice

Gratitude. Awe. Excitement. Check! 

After more than a dozen inspiring interviews in Philadelphia, I am feeling great about this project.

So, apparently, are others.  See, here we are on Autostraddle.com:  

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I've also started hearing from a wider variety of people -- not just Judeo-Christian types, but also Muslims, Buddhists, Pagans, Baha'is, and folks on independent spiritual paths. 

It feels like the rubber is meeting the road, as they say. And it is in a literal way, too - I've traveled 800 miles in the last week.

Thanks, dear reader, for being a part of this project! If you'd like to get even more involved, suggest a stop along the journey, or share the Autostraddle article with your friends.

Gratefully yours, 
Mandi

Connections in a small world

Posted on by Amanda Rice

I am agnostic on the subject of divine will. But I am grateful for the human will to trust and to reach out. It is connection that is leading the way forward on this project.

Next week I am driving south to record Queerituality conversations the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, a free conference of 2,500 trans* people and their allies. A connection suggested that I should go, because they have a whole track of events focused around spirituality. Yes, please! 

The person who recommended the Trans-Health Conference was living in my same town, studying in seminary on the same campus where I worked. But we had never met, and wouldn't have if not for this project.

Here's a little story about how we connected: 

  1. One of my co-workers in Indiana, Friend A, saw my project on Facebook
  2. Friend A spread the word to a connection in Boston (Friend B)
  3. Friend B told a friend of hers in New Orleans (Friend C)
  4. Friend C friend told her ex-wife, Friend D, who turned out to live just blocks away from me
  5. Friend D invited me over for dinner, and suggested I visit the Philly Trans Health Conference.
  6. BONUS: She also recommended I connect with Friend E, Jessica Easter, who later shared her Queerituality story.

This chain of connections, and so many others like it, convince me it is indeed a small world, after all. It is through these person-to-person links that I have connected with more than 100 people interested in sharing their stories about spirituality. 

If you know someone who I should connect with, please take a moment to suggest a stop. Thank you! 

 

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