In what ways can the church respond with grace and truth toward those struggling with their gender identity and their families? Denise Schick has had personal experience with transgenderism as her dad questioned his identity as a man when she was 9 years old, eventually transitioning to life as a woman. Denise works with families and individuals who are confused about their gender identity. She offers insight into how parents can engage the conversation with their children and how the church can help families going through gender dysphoria.
The women of the Bible may have lived in a different culture and time but their stories have much to teach us today. Bible Scholar Marina Hofman talks with Deb about her study of the women of the Bible. Marina researched these women for her doctorate, but it was a terrible accident that had her experience these stories on a whole new level. Listen in to hear how these women of faith speak into our faith story today on Ken and Deb in the Morning.
Denise Shick is the founder and director of Help4Families, an outreach that brings an understanding of the emotional pain and spiritual confusion that people face when a loved one has gender-identity confusion. She is the author of My Daddy’s Secret, leads a church-based support group for people with sexual addiction and was the Administrator of Family related issues with TGIF (Transgender International Fellowship). Denise has worked in crisis pregnancy counseling, a substance abuse clinic and started an abstinence program.
Marina Hofman (PhD, theology) is an interdisciplinary scholar and award-winning writer known for fresh insights and engaging style. Her approach to the Bible inspires readers to personally connect with the stories of women in the Bible. She has a joyful spirit that inspires faith and hope in others and is a survivor of life-threatening trauma. Marina is a faculty member at Palm Beach Atlantic University and published in the fields of biblical studies, theology, psychology, trauma, education, ministry, and ethics.