A priest talks about transgendered and gay children

Pastor Jimmy Bartz discusses the intersection between homosexuality and religion and shares advice for parents.
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A priest talks about transgendered and gay children

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Sometimes when folks are wondering how to engage the idea that their child is gay or lesbian or transgendered, that can bring up a lot of old religious, spiritual feelings. You know, my basic advice as a priest and a pastor is to look toward the nature of God. If we really have some sense that the nature or the identity, the true character of God is love, then the most important environment that we can create to nurture the authentic identity of our child, whether he or she is gay or lesbian or transgender or just expressing a more normal gender identity, the most important cultural familial context that we can create for them is a loving supporting environment, because that's the nature and character of God. So if God is love, then our families should be exuding love too.

Pastor Jimmy Bartz discusses the intersection between homosexuality and religion and shares advice for parents.

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Jimmy Bartz

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Jimmy is the founder and convener of Thad’s—a spiritual community meeting on Sunday mornings in The Writer’s Bootcamp in Santa Monica. An ordained Episcopal priest, Jimmy has spent most of his professional life leading communities in the work of making a love-spreading difference in the world that surrounds them.

His recent work includes studying the relationship between the outdoors and positive, psycho-spiritual health. When not in the office, he can be found in the ocean or in the mountains, usually with his wife, Cindy, or his two children, Jas and Jade.

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