Mother discusses transgender son, Catholicism

first_imgMembers of the Saint Mary’s community gathered Monday night to listen to alumna Emily Garvey speak about her experience with her transgender son, entitled “A Theological Journey with My Transgender Son.” “She does what we want to prepare all our Saint Mary’s students to do: to take risks that matter,” Megan Zwart, professor of philosophy, said. “In this case, sharing a deeply personal experience. To see the value of reflection and critical engagement, not just in the classroom, not just in the world of work, but in the whole of her life.”Garvey said she feels Catholic Social Teaching and the Church place an emphasis on connecting with others, even those different from you. “It’s this relational aspect of the Catholic faith that I have always found nourishing,” Garvey said. “Particularly in the last few years I have been drawn to the accounts of how Jesus related to other people in ways that were thought to be unconventional, or irregular or unusual.” She found this to be helpful in her journey with her transgender son’s identity. When her first-born child was 18, Garvey said that she asked to begin seeing a counselor. Shortly thereafter, she asked to read a letter to Garvey during an appointment.“In that appointment, she said, ‘Mom, I am transgender. I am not a girl, I am a boy. I am now your second son, and I would like to be called James.’ And suddenly the path of life that I talked about felt really lonely, and scary and long,” Garvey said. This caused Garvey to begin a journey with coming to terms with both her transgender son and her faith, she said. “Both of these realities, I have a transgender son, I am Catholic, can be held together,” Garvey said. “Moreover, I believe that because I am Catholic I am able to accompany my son as he flourishes. And because I am Catholic, the past two years have led me to experience God’s mercy in new ways, and thereby have a more conscious connection with my brothers and sisters on the path of life.”Garvey said that through this journey, she saw three important factors emerge: bewilderment, gender and mercy. This began with the moment she told her transgender son she would support him in the journey. “I said, ‘Honey, thank you for telling me. That took a lot of courage. I don’t know what this means, and I am totally confused, but I know we can get through it together. Let’s walk this together,’” Garvey said. “So my first-born grabbed my hand, and she started crying, and the counselor teared up, and then I felt like I was trying to swallow an encyclopedia stuck in my throat … and I can say that in that moment, I realized that it was a moment filled with mercy.”Not only did this start a journey with God’s mercy, Garvey said, but her confusion with the concepts of gender and sexuality began a period of bewilderment as well. “I now see that prolonged period of bewilderment as a grace, because it was ultimately a portal for humility and subsequent growth,” Garvey said.This confusion about what gender meant stemmed from her previous understanding of gender as a binary, Garvey said. “If I’m being honest here, and it’s humbling to admit this, it made me uncomfortable,” Garvey said. “Just all of it made me uncomfortable. And because I was trying to fit it all within a Catholic understanding at the time of gender. How can it be that you formed within me and you were a girl, and now you’re a boy? How?”To work towards a better understanding, Garvey said she turned to her faith. “I started with the messages of mercy, love, radical inclusivity that we see in the gospels,” she said. “And, I believe my child’s desire to be whole was and continues to be holy.”Garvey said she feels that ultimately gender does not have an impact on the way one acts in the likeness of God. “Born in the image and likeness of God does not mean gender, for God is not gendered,” Garvey said. “But where we may image God is in our capacity to love, feel compassion, forgiveness and mercy.”[Editor’s Note: The Observer retained Garvey’s use of pronouns when referring to her son for clarity.]Tags: Catholic, gender identity, Transgenderlast_img read more

The handover of duties took place in the Ministry of Tourism and Sports

first_imgToday, the handover of duties took place between the new Minister Nikola Brnjac and the current Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, the Ministry of Tourism reports. “Croatian tourism is safe in the hands of the new Minister Nikola Brnjac, and now that it has been further strengthened with the sports segment, I believe that we can represent Croatia even better and more recognizably in the world. In this period of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of the Republic of Croatia, led by President Andrej Plenković, has created the preconditions thanks to which tourism is still achieving significant results, and I have no doubt that it will continue to achieve exceptional results in the years ahead.”, Pointed out the former Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli during the handover, and stressed that there will continue to be support for Croatian tourism through work in the Croatian Parliament. On that occasion Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac She thanked the current Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli for her work and emphasized the importance of tourism and sports for the Croatian economy and the recognition of Croatia in the world: “Tourism is extremely important for Croatia, it has always been the driver of the economy and I am sure it will be in the future. My first goal will be to ensure the stability of the tourism sector during this period. Tourism should be better positioned in the future financial perspective of EU funds in order to remain the flagship of the Croatian economy”.center_img Photo: Ministry of Tourism and Sportslast_img read more

Trump EPA eyes former Obama energy official to lead climate science faceoff

first_img Matthew Wisniewski/Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) “It makes sense because he has positioned himself as an honest broker,” Ebell said. “He doesn’t think that the consensus is what some of the alarmists claim it is, and there’s a lot that needs to be discussed.”When reached by phone, Koonin declined to comment on whether he was in talks with the administration about the climate job. But he added, “I think it would be a good idea if that kind of exercise took place.”EPA has also consulted with groups like the free-market Heartland Institute for input on which scientists to include in the effort, but the agency didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about Koonin or its outreach.Koonin served as DOE’s undersecretary for science from 2009 to 2011 under President Obama, overseeing activities tied to science, energy and security. He also led DOE’s first Quadrennial Technology Review for energy, according to his online bio.Before joining DOE, Koonin was a professor of theoretical physics and provost at the California Institute of Technology, and he was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Koonin also spent five years as a chief scientist for BP PLC, where he helped establish the Energy Biosciences Institute, according to his online bio. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Caltech and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Koonin in the past has called for a debate on mainstream climate science, and even pitched the “red team, blue team” concept in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal in April. 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Country Originally published by E&E NewsU.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is considering a former official in President Barack Obama’s Energy Department to lead the agency’s debate on mainstream climate science, according to a former leader of the Trump administration’s EPA transition effort.Steve Koonin, a physicist and director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University, is being eyed to lead EPA’s “red team, blue team” review of climate science, said Myron Ebell, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a Trump transition leader. Steven Koonin in 2011. Email Steve Koonin center_img In an interview in April with the Journal, Koonin said the science isn’t settled and skepticism is muted in policy-informing communities where people don’t like to discuss uncertainties.”One of the biggest debates is how can we separate human influence from natural variability,” he said. “That’s very important because if we can detect human influences, then we can start to project their impact going forward.”Koonin said scientists who question mainstream climate science are often shunned by colleagues and can lose federal funding. When asked about scientists who have also questioned climate science, Koonin pointed to prominent climate skeptic Richard Lindzen of MIT; Judith Curry, who recently retired from Georgia Tech; and Freeman Dyson, a retired professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton University.Koonin is no stranger to such team debates or the controversy they trigger.In January 2014, Koonin oversaw a daylong symposium to discuss the American Physical Society’s statement on climate change where the debate became testy. Koonin at the time was leading an APS subcommittee reviewing the society’s position (Climatewire, April 14, 2015).In a transcript for the event held in Brooklyn, N.Y., Koonin said the panels would review both consensus views on climate change and scientists who “credibly take significant issue with several aspects of the consensus picture.”Nine months later, Koonin resigned from his APS post to “promote his personal opinions on climate science in the public arena,” according to the group.Ebell said the debate was productive but accused APS of not publicizing the event and the media of failing to pay attention.”That was a good example of how you can come to some deeper understanding by making people confront opposing arguments and then seeing where they lead,” Ebell said. “That was a very useful exercise, but it never got much publicity or the media just didn’t pay attention to it.”Jim Lakely, the Heartland Institute’s spokesman, said in an email that the White House and EPA had reached out to help identify scientists for a “red team” and called the debate “long overdue.” The group has long called for a team approach to debating mainstream climate science and is sponsoring the publication of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, or NIPCC.Lakely also applauded EPA for examining “alarmist dogma,” adding that climate scientists who have dominated debates and products of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have gone unchallenged.Reporter Robin Bravender contributed.Reprinted from Greenwire with permission from E&E News. Copyright 2017. E&E provides essential news for energy and environment professionals at www.eenews.net Read more… One of the biggest debates is how can we separate human influence from natural variability. That’s very important because if we can detect human influences, then we can start to project their impact going forward. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) By Hannah Northey, E&E NewsJul. 24, 2017 , 1:45 PM Trump EPA eyes former Obama energy official to lead climate science face-offlast_img read more