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A devotional calendar of saints, festivals and memorials for Radicals

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September 9th – Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

 

9th September 1828 – 20th November 1910

“We do not acknowledge allegiance to any human government. We recognize but one King and Lawgiver, one Judge and Ruler of mankind. Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind. We love the land of our nativity only as we love all other lands. The interests and rights of American citizens are not dearer to us than those of the whole human race. Hence we can allow no appeal to patriotism to revenge any national insult or injury”

–  The Kingdom of God is Within You, Leo Tolstoy


Leo Tolstoy was a Russian author and spiritual leader. After a successful career as literature author Tolstoy experienced a spiritual awakening which lead him to become a dedicated follower of the teachings of Christ as an Anarchist and pacifist. Continue reading “September 9th – Leo Tolstoy”

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July 22nd – Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

22nd July


Mary Magdalene was the first person to meet the Resurrected Christ and so has the honourable title of Apostle to the Apostles. Despite being marginalised and slandered by the Church throughout the years she remains one of the most important people of all time and a key person for the Christian faith.

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July 20th – St Wilgefortis

Wilgefortis

20th July


Saint Wilgefortis was crucified for miraculously growing a beard after a period of prayer and was a popular religious figure across Northern Europe during the Middle Ages. Continue reading “July 20th – St Wilgefortis”

May 3rd – Christine Jorgensen

Christine Jorgensen

30th May 1926 – 3rd May 1989

“I gave the sexual revolution a good swift kick in the pants”

-Christine Jorgensen


Christine Jorgensen was a transgender woman who is famous for being the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery and hormone replacement treatment.

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April 26th – Tamar

Tamar

26th April


Tamar was a virgin princess in the Old Testament. She was raped by her half-brother.

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April 23rd – Hagar

Hagar

23rd of April 


Hagar was an Egyptian slave girl who gave birth to one of the patriarchs of Israel, her story is found in the book of Genesis.

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April 6th – Miriam 

Miriam

April 6th


Miriam was a prophet of ancient Israel who, along with her brother Moses, helped lead the Israelites to freedom in the book of Exodus.

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February 20th – Marcella Althaus-Reid

Marcella Althaus-Reid

11th May 1952 – 20th February 2009

“All theology is sexual theology. Indecent Theology is sexier than most. What can sexual stories from fetishism and sadomasochism tell us about our relationship with God, Jesus and Mary? Isn’t it time the Christian heterosexuals came out of their closets too?”

Indecent Theology, Marcella Althaus-Reid


 

Marcella Althaus-Reid was an Argentinean Theologian specialising in Liberation, Queer and Feminist theology. She is most known for coining the term ‘Indecent theology’, which is a theology of sexuality that crosses boundaries by taking experiences from those considered “indecent” by patriarchal, heterosexual society and uses the experiences found in taboo sexual practices such as Fetishism and S&M as starting points for theological discourse.  She worked as Professor of Theology at the University of Edinburgh and at the time of her appointment was the only woman professor of theology in the country. Continue reading “February 20th – Marcella Althaus-Reid”

February 19th – Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rivera

2nd July 1951 – 19th February 2002

 

“Hell hath no Fury like a Drag Queen scorned.”

Sylvia Rivera


Sylvia Rivera was a Drag queen and prominent LGBTI+ rights activist. She was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, the Gay Activists Alliance and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. She dedicated her life to raising awareness of homeless trans youth, drag queens and trans women of colour.
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February 18th – Barbara Gittings

Barbara Gittings

31st July 1932 – 18th February 2007

for 48 years I’ve had the satisfaction of working with other gay people all across the country to get the bigots off our backs, to oil the closet door hinges, to change prejudiced hearts and minds, and to show that gay love is good for us and for the rest of the world too. It’s hard work — but it’s vital, and it’s gratifying, and it’s often fun!”

Barbara Gittings 


Barbara Gittings was an early Gay rights activist in America. After discovering the severe lack of educational materials on homosexuality during her early teens Barbara dedicated her life to raising awareness and making positive teaching material more easily available for gay and lesbian people. 

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February 11th – Jarena Lee

Jarena Lee

11th February 1783 – 1864

““And why should it be thought impossible, heterodox, or improper for a woman to preach? Seeing the Saviour died for the woman as well as for the man. If the man may preach, because the Saviour died for him, why not the woman? Seeing he died for her also. Is he not a whole Saviour, instead of a half one?”

Jarena Lee


Jarena Lee was an African American free woman who, after an intense religious awakening, became the first women authorized to preach in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America. Continue reading “February 11th – Jarena Lee”

January 20th – St Sebastian

St Sebastian 

20th January

Saint Sebastian was a third century christian martyr from Milan. The many famous depictions of his martyrdom have made him a popular icon in the gay and fetish scenes.

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