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Charis welcomes Bex Mui in conversation with Leo Seyij for a discussion of House of Our Queer: Healing, Reframing, and Reclaiming Your Spiritual Practice. In House of Our Queer, activist and organizer, Bex Mui M.Ed., takes readers on a winding path through her spiritual journey. This event is co-sponsored by Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP), a queer + trans, arts + advocacy organization centering Southern queer communities.
Raised Catholic--with Buddhist influences from her father and his family--Bex shares the complexities that arise from being queer in religious spaces and shares her journey back to her spiritual roots after years of shutting out faith. Whether you have felt shut out by religion, or have wanted to find your own queer spiritual path, this book is for you.
Throughout the text, the author describes her own spiritual practices including energy work, astrology, tarot, ancestor altars, moon rituals, sacred sexuality, and reframed Christian practices and beliefs. Each chapter ends with offerings that readers can incorporate into their own spiritual practice. The author guides and inspires readers to reclaim spiritual practices that work for them.
Spiritual practices can help people find stability and community and to develop trust in intuitions. Yet, too often, queer people feel that they must sacrifice queerness and pleasure to benefit from everything that spirituality has to offer. House of Our Queer poses that great change can happen when if queerness is held at the center, rather than at the margins of religious experience. Bex Mui creates the foundation for reclaiming faith and spirituality without sacrificing the essential parts of who we are. The text serves as a reminder that queerness is a blessing, and offers tools we can use to honor that truth in our daily lives.
Bex Mui, M. Ed, (she/her) is a biracial, first generation, queer witch, energy worker, and equity consultant committed to the work of LGBTQ+ affirmation. Bex founded House Of Our Queer, a QTBIPOC-centered spiritual playspace where she shares offerings for the queer and trans community. In her book, House of Our Queer: Healing, Reframing, and Reclaiming Your Spiritual Practice, Bex shares about her spiritual journey and current practices including astrology, tarot, sacred sexuality, and honoring ancestors.
Leo Seyij (he/they) is an unapologetically Black/queer faith and justice organizer and lifelong pursuer of the kin[g]dom of heaven on earth. He has served as a congregational minister for two Atlanta-based churches and has also worked alongside Southern coalitions and campaigns to build transformative solidarity through spiritually rooted community organizing. Since 2015, his efforts have been directed toward to confronting anti-Blackness, ending immigrant detention, and the flourishing of QTPOC communities. Leo Seyij is currently the Georgia Director for Faith in Public Life. He is an alumnus of Howard University and 2023 graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary.
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Queerness is a blessing. Reclaim your Spiritual Practice.