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! 



Starting out on the journey

Posted on by Amanda Rice

Happy Easter, to those who are celebrating today! For others, best regards for Passover, Holi, spring equinox, and the recently passed or upcoming new year.

As we all celebrate spring, I am celebrating a new beginning, too. Tonight am announcing my next project, Queerituality, to record interviews with LGBTQ people about their spiritual faith and religious journeys. I think it is time that queer people have a voice about spirituality, rather than listening to religious leaders tell us where and whether we fit in.

This summer, the plan is to drive around the country to record interviews in person. I will be taking portraits as well, to document the faces and stories of queer people of faith. (Full details here.)

To determine my itinerary and connect with people of the widest possible diversity of geographies, ages, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, genders, political affiliations, relationship statuses, etc., I need your help.

I know you know gay/bisexual/transgender people, and that some of them were raised to be religious or spiritual. Please share this project with your friends who might be good participants, or who could recommend participants. Or, go ahead and make some recommendations yourself:

I appreciate you in advance!