I wrote a piece for UU World, the magazine of the Unitarian Universalists, about Lina and me. It’s similar to others, but relates how the church was of great support to us before, during, and after Lina’s transition. And still is! You can read it here.
Lina and I belong to ERUUF (pronounced E-ruff), aka Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, in Durham, NC. We got to know the UU’s when we chose a Unitarian minister to marry us. I’ve been a long-standing atheist, which is fine with the UU’s. We take all kinds. We have no dogmas, but we do have guiding principles. I still have a hard time saying the word “church,” but Lina and I do go on many Sundays, and we stand up and sing and sit down and listen to sermons. So there you have it.
The story came to be because an old friend, Michelle Bates Deakin, a writer and editor there, saw another piece of mine on the subject and asked if her magazine could run something. Thank you, Michelle! And let me take the opportunity to promote her books: Social Action Heroes: Unitarian Universalists Who Are Changing the World (Skinner House, 2011) and Gay Marriage, Real Life: 10 Stories of Love and Family (Skinner House, 2006).