Date of Award

5-8-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Religious Studies

First Advisor

Monique Moultrie

Second Advisor

Maura Ryan

Third Advisor

David Bell

Abstract

The resettlement process of refugees and asylum seekers in the United States involves many services to a multitude of marginalized identities. The creation of religious community is commonly foundational for the resiliency of refugees. In terms of transgender and non-binary refugees and asylum seekers, this creation proves more difficult but equally as necessary. The two theological frameworks that welcome gender minorities are inclusive theology and affirming theology. This project examines the current practices of resettlement agencies as to the creation of religious community for transgender and non-binary clients and offers a critique to the theological frameworks. Through improving the creation of religious community for transgender and non-binary refugees and asylum seekers, the concept of home can be better supported and strengthened. This will allow for greater chances for resiliency in the resettlement process for such marginalized groups seeking refuge in the United States.

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