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Last week was the 50th anniversary of the 1st Moon landing. I’ve been gobbling up all the Audible.com deals on syfy books this week! But there have also been a flood of other news related to our need to understand the universe.

A lovely friend and fellow geek shared a recent CNN.com news article about the 20th anniversary of the Chandra X-ray Observatory – one of four observatories in NASA’s Great Observatories family. “Chandra sees X-rays, while Spitzer detects infrared light, Hubble captures visible and UV light, and Compton was designed for gamma rays. Because the observatories can capture these different wavelengths of light, they act like detectives and uncover views we can’t see with the naked eye by using telescopes. The telescopes can also work together to provide insight on cosmic mysteries.”

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To find out ways to understand the need in our current context (in our denomination and in our country), I am writing a theology of (non)gender identity and covenanting together, through a Queer Theology lens and with Liberation Theology framework. I’m gathering qualitative data via focus groups, electronic survey, and interviews. This qualitative, narrative research is part of that project.

I am trying to get the survey out to as many as might be willing to share their story. The survey is anonymous, but with the option of including an email address so that I may gather a few focus groups for deeper discussion around our stories – messages we received about God and gender, and how that impacts our view of, and relationship with God; and, further, the way these messages impact how we covenant together, find meaning in our relationships.

I would love all the help I can get, so if you know others who might want to share their stories, would you please post this link and explanatory introduction to your group page, social media, and/or email? I am grateful for any input and look forward to knowing God better by knowing you and the people with whom you find relationship and meaning!

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Nicole Oliver Snyder’s expertise lies in the areas of leadership, gender issues, and mindfulness practice as it affects both. Leadership, particularly in an urban setting, requires community-relations skills, and an ability to clearly convey justice issues as they relate to felt, spiritual ones. Dr. Snyder is author of Leading Together: Mindfulness and the Gender Neutral Zone, and specializes in teaching mindfulness leadership development, formative spirituality, counseling, and Old Testament theology (emphasis on justice issues). She has a diverse background in international community-relations work combined with volunteer work in multi-ethnic communities, and with local institutions. She is an ordained Clergy; holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, w/Education Certificate, an MA-Counseling, MDiv Equiv., holds a Doctor of Ministry and Advanced Certification in Formative Spiritual Direction, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (CO, MI).

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