Terna identifies as a queer Muslim, and when we spoke she was taking on increasing leadership in her spiritual community.

"In Islam there’s a verse in the Quran that says that Allah is closer to you than your own jugular vein," she says, "Which means that God of course knows you far better than you would ever know yourself. You know, your jugular vein that you’re not even aware of... So I ask the question, “If God is closer than my own jugular vein, how could I despise myself?"

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Terna recorded her reflections on Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Pennsylvania.