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Transitioning: A Profound Spiritual Journey

Tom Rosiello

By Jon Sievert

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Service, the Rev. Tom Rosiello explores the struggle within for those who identify as transgender.

The poet May Sarton once wrote:
Now I become myself. It’s taken
Time, many years and places;
I have been dissolved and shaken,
Worn other people’s faces.

Many of us have known the feeling of being less than our authentic self, even perhaps as May Sarton says, “wearing other people’s faces.” For some of us, it has been a real struggle to become who we really are. The expectations of our family and our society, especially around gender and sexual identity, can make that journey difficult. For those whose struggle involves a transition from one gender to another, there are daunting challenges to be faced. Rev. Rosiello will focus on the courageous and inspiring stories of this journey for several transgender individuals. Within their stories of transformation are stories of how their change has affected others. These “back stories” of often difficult acceptance and support are equally incredible stories of great love and personal sacrifice. Finally, we will look at our level of comfort with transgender individuals and support of transgender rights.

UU Service
“The Struggle to Become Who You Are”
By Rev. Tom Rosiello
Sun, Jul 23, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15

Truly becoming who you are is a profound spiritual journey. However, the ultimate spiritual challenge may be growing a soul wide enough to allow others who are different from you to embrace their unique identity. As Unitarian Universalists, affirming the equal worth and dignity of every person is fundamental to our faith. We have been at the forefront of equality for gay and lesbian folks. Nonetheless, are we doing enough to embrace the transgender community?

The Rev. Rosiello retired last month as the minster of the First Parish of Stow and Acton, which he served for 15 years. Upon his retirement, the congregation installed him as their minister emeritus. He and his partner Malcolm Halliday have moved to San Miguel, which they will make their principle home.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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