An Iris Stands Tall: Religious Perspectives

THE "AT THE HEARTH" CONVERSATION SERIES
IS SPONSORED BY
RONNI LACROUTE, THE HENRY LEA HILLMAN JR. FOUNDATION,
AND WELCOMES:

REVEREND JAMES JOINER,
RABBI RACHEL JOSEPH,
ANNETTE SABATER

Religious Perspectives

As part of our month-long art installation AN IRIS STANDS TALL by Annette Sabater, we welcome the chance to have deeper conversations on the subject of transgender individuals. Please join us for this special offering, a forum on Religious Perspectives with guests Annette Sabater, Reverend James Joiner, and Rabbi Rachel Joseph.

6:00p.m. Doors open for exhibit.
7:00p.m. Forum and discussion.
Stay with us until 8:30p.m. 
for more time with the large-scale art exhibit.

AN IRIS STANDS TALL
A MOTHER'S JOURNEY, A DAUGHTER'S TRANSITION

An art installation of 46 pieces of original art - with an accompanying narrative - by local artist Annette Sabater, who's child began medical treatment to transition from an adolescent boy into a young woman at age sixteen. This unique exhibit traces the experience of a parent as she enters the new and mysterious journey, at times filled with doubt and grief. The collection is rendered in a combination of graphite and oil pastel by a parent who is exploring the deeper understanding of her child.

Reverend James Joiner (St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Portland) will speak on queer and trans interpretations of Christian scripture, focusing particularly on Galatians 3:28 "in Christ there is neither male nor female", exploring the question "If the Christian path is about putting on the sacred persona we've come to know as Jesus, and that persona defies the human binaries we've created around gender identity, what do trans identities teach us about holiness?"  Reverend Joiner will be joined by Associate Rabbi Rachel Joseph (Congregation Beth Israel, Portland) who will speak on B'tzelem Elohim: we are all created in the image of God.

Funding has been made possible by both the Regional Arts & Culture Council,
and by the Puffin Foundation Ltd.