Malcolm Himschoot to Preach at First Church September 29
The Reverend Malcolm Himschoot will be our guest preacher on September 29. Malcolm serves the United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio, as the denomination’s Minister for Ministerial Calls and Transitions. He studied urban ministry at the Iliff School of Theology, graduating with an M.Div. in 2004, and was ordained in the UCC while serving the ecumenical Denver Inner City Parish. From there he served in pastoral ministry with Plymouth Church, Minneapolis; and Arvada UCC, Community UCC of Boulder, and Parker UCC, all in Colorado. He briefly taught at Iliff and served a program coordinating role with the UCC’s Open and Affirming Coalition.
A widely-known transgender man and educator, Himschoot’s early story was made into a documentary, Call Me Malcolm, which showed at film festivals, colleges, universities and seminaries. For that work he was the 2011 recipient of the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries’ Social Prophet Award. His volunteer work has included community organizing for responsible development, immigration reform, criminal sentencing reform, and Showing Up for Racial Justice.
Himschoot is a father, an urban farmer’s husband, and a writer. His 2016 article, Practices of Spirit for Transgender and Genderqueer Christians was published in Vol. 8 of Sacred Spaces: The E-Journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
And after worship, Malcolm will lead an adult nurture discussion about the Practices of Resilience and Spirit by Trans and Nonbinary People. The nurture is open to all and these practices may be helpful for anyone struggling in today’s political and cultural climate.