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Rumi

april 20, 2011

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Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation. Rumi was a sufi poet. Sufism is a mystical branch of islam that in many respects is similar to quakerism, as the above quote illustrates.

The power of symbols

april 5, 2011

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This picture made me so happy. It really illustrates that there is hope in this world. You can read the article about an Australian fight against homophobia and Islamophobia here.

Prayer

februar 16, 2011

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Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me. Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.   Excerpt […]

«Where does my great passion meet the world’s great need?»

februar 1, 2011

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I found this question over at quakerquaker in a discussion about calling. I am certain that my calling in life is to be a writer, and through my writing inspire others. I also have a calling to speak up against injustice, so far for transgender people. I expect more challenges from God as my passion […]

You will recognize me by my fruits

januar 31, 2011

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Jesus tells us how to recognize his followers by their fruits. I use this as a test for my own life. What fruits come from me? Through my poems (two published books so far) I hear that people get a feeling of deeper understanding for transgendered people, themselves and the injustice in the binary gendered […]

What has God been teaching me?

januar 31, 2011

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I got this question over at quakerquaker in response to my «Community on a Sunday«. It is a timely question, but a big one. I think this blog answers it to some extent, so I will try to keep this answer short by making a list. List of lessons learned: To trust ze* To trust […]

Community on a Sunday

januar 30, 2011

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For several weeks, since I started the series about the Quaker testimonies, I have wanted and feared to write about community (a separate testimony with the Norwegian Friends). I have felt that before I can become a Friend, I’ll have to attend meetings for worship regularly. I am not even sure they would let me […]

Simplicity

januar 16, 2011

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Another one of the quaker testimonies, and one of the hardest. I don’t think that I am justified just because I am poor. I live in one of the richest countries in the world, and my poverty is nothing compared to poverty in other parts of the world. Norway has very good social security compared […]

Quaker roots

januar 10, 2011

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For the obvious facts, visit Wikipedia. The Religious Society of Friends (as quakers prefer to call themselves) emerged in the 17th century. In the preceiding centuries, Europe had seen several small groups of independant christians. The Catholic church had fought hard against this «heresy». Several of these groups were mysticists and had quite a lot […]

Truth and integrity

januar 8, 2011

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I am going to write my way through the Quaker Testimonies, to reflect on what they mean to me and were I should focus to grow. Truth and integrity. This is who I am. This is the reason I am. If I did not believe in the truth I have found or have integrity, I […]

Becoming what we always were

januar 8, 2011

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Though no one would choose to be what we are, it is a rare Human Being that knows truly who their friends are. To know that we respect each other for not what we have become, but for becoming what we always were. To display courage rather than to wish for it To wear our […]

Transgender Prayer

november 11, 2008

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I recently read Transgendered – Theology, Ministry and Communities of Faith by Justin Tanis. It is a great book, and I hope to return with a proper review. For now, I just want to quote one prayer from the book: Blesser of all things, You created us in your likeness and in your image And […]

Transgender prayers

oktober 30, 2008

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Like last year, I’m making a church service for Transgender Day of Remembrance. In my research I found some prayers I would like to share with you:

Trans Nature, TransCulture and Trans God

juni 19, 2008

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Ryan is interested in the monstousness of trans bodies. He quotes Susan Stryker: The transsexual body is an unnatural body. It is the product of medical science. It is a technological construction. It is flesh torn apart and sewn together again in a shape other than that in which it was born. This got me […]

And God created the Testosterone + busy summer

juni 19, 2008

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I’m so thankful! My life is on the right track. I thank God for the gift of testosterone every day when I apply the gel. This summer is going to be a very busy one, although I have no job. I’ve already been to London and will be travelling almost all summer, ending in Stockholm […]

My own prayer today: Thank you!

juni 7, 2008

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Dear God. I come to you today filled with joy, happiness and thankfulness. You have given me so much more than I have deserved. All I have comes from you. I believe in your plan for me and understand that the recources you give me are neccessary. Give me courage to fulfill your plan.

Set me free

juni 3, 2008

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Patti Smith: Privilege (Set Me Free) I see it all before me: the days of love and torment; the nights of rock-and-roll. I see it all before me. Sometimes my spirit’s empty; don’t have the will to go on. I wish someone would send me energy. Give me something. Give me something to give. Oh, […]

Fundamentalism

mai 25, 2008

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BIBLE MAN! He comes from another world, another age, inerrant King James Version in a 100% genuine bonded-leather shell. He means business. Do not cross him. Do not transform him. Do not modify him. Do not redact him. Do not criticize him. Do not analyze him. Do not twist his words. Believe everything he says, […]

Introduction

mai 11, 2008

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Reading the Bible

mai 5, 2008

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It’s time for me to buy a new one. My old one is probably on the bottom of some box not unpacked since the last time I moved, 4 years ago, and has underlined things that I no longer find important. I’ve started over so many times since I read in it last time, it’s […]