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Rev. M Barclay is a provisional deacon appointed as RMN’s Director of Communications where they also served for two years as staff liaison to United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion (UMATI). M received a BA in Communications in Florida before moving to Austin, Texas where they attended grad school at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary where they earned their Master of Divinity. M has worked as a hospital chaplain, youth director and justice associate, faith-based organizer for reproductive justice, and does extensive speaking, writing, preaching, and teaching on the intersections of faith and social justice. A self-identified theology nerd, M is convinced that in every conversation about social justice and being human together, there is an opportunity to engage the Divine, Mystery, Love, and the interconnectedness of all of creation. M is pansexual and a non-binary trans person who uses singular they/them pronouns.

Recent Posts

Jul 07, 2017

In her book The United Methodist Deacon, Rev. Dr. Margaret Ann Crain explains, “Because deacons are also ordained but usually do not do what elders do, we are challenged to think about ordination as identity rather than function.”

This understanding of ordination as identity deeply characterizes much of where my awe, overflowing joy, and gratitude come from this morning as I think about being commissioned as a Deacon last month.

It feels surreal. How can it be?

Apr 27, 2017

As an aspiring pastor in The United Methodist Church (The UMC) and a staff person at Reconciling Ministries Network, I spend a lot of time trying to explain my work to strangers, new friends, taxi drivers, and anyone else who might casually ask, “So, what do you do?” 

Apr 28, 2016

As a young queer and trans person seeking ordination in The United Methodist Church, I am incredibly blessed to have a wealth of role models to look to as I imagine the type of minister I hope to become. This may seem a strange thing to say in a denomination that has written discrimination against me and my queer family into its practices and policies.

But this same discrimination also works to “separate the sheep from the goats,” so to speak.

May 22, 2015

Rev. Dr. Gerald Trigg was a minister who not only understood, but lived Biblical Obedience through his support of civil rights and later LGBTQ advocacy. He died at 81 years old this week but he left a life-long ministry of social justice work that speaks well of this United Methodist leader.

Mar 11, 2015

When I first came out to my friends and loved ones as a non-binary trans person, I was forced to take a leap of faith I really wasn’t sure I wanted to take. I didn’t yet have the language to well describe my experience, who I was becoming, or how people could better understand what it meant for me.

I didn’t feel like I was intellectually ready to “make a case” for the right to be myself in a world that is largely unfamiliar with and unfriendly to trans people of all genders.

May 15, 2014

In June 2013, Mary Ann Barclay was removed from her ordination process by her United Methodist Board of Ordained Ministry after she married a woman. After being reinstated in December 2013 by Southwest Texas Bishop Jim Dorff, Barclay interviewed before the board this week and was not recommended for commissioning. The following is her statement on this decision.

Jun 18, 2013

I recently took a United Methodist History course and more than anything, I enjoyed reading the primary documents made available to us. The voices of women silenced not so long ago expressed the struggle they endured—a personal, theological and spiritual struggle where their calls did not jive with the institution of their time. Many, like Anna Oliver, felt they had no alternative even if it was not yet socially acceptable or was against the laws of the church, to preach.

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