Mycroft Masada is a queer trans faith leader who moved to the Washington DC area of Maryland’s Montgomery County from their lifelong home of Boston in 2014. Mycroft co-chairs the MoCo Pride Center, is a TransFaith National Council member, a TransEpiscopal Steering Committee member and former Congregation Am Tikva board member. Mycroft is particularly called to pursue justice at the intersections of LGBTQI+ and fat communities, and is an advocate, organizer, consultant, educator, trainer, writer and artist. They are partnered with Julia McCrossin, the massculine fatshion blogger, and with her co-parents a dogter. Their central online home is MasadArts.blogspot.com.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

May Leonard Nimoy’s memory be a blessing

I had this door poster on the wall above my bed in high school and college; I just learned it was first published in 1976, the year I was born.

Shabbat shalom, and may Leonard Nimoy’s memory be a blessing. Shekhina knows that he has lived long and prospered.

Of course I must remind you – now and forever – that he and I share a hometown in Boston (we don't call it The Hub Of The Universe for nothing). I saw he and William Shatner there when they appeared at the Hynes Convention Center when I was in high school in the early 90s. Much later, I worked for Mensch Housecleaning at The Boston Synagogue, where the handpainted donor plaque that included Nimoy’s parents’ still hung.

Perhaps my favorite thing about him was how he photographed fat women in his Full Body Project. And let's not forget to visit and appreciate a fat woman who photographs fat women and others -- Substantia Jones of Adipositivity (whose latest Facebook posts include some great Nimoy material).

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ash Wednesday Week

My plate at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at Episcopal Church of the Ascension -- King cake, veggie and meat sausages, pancakes, applesauce; maple syrup. There were gluten free pancakes and other options, and I had one with my second helping and was impressed. 'Twas much like last year, which was our first, and 'tis a good thing.  We aren't in their Facebook photo album, but it's a good way to see much of what we did.

Ascension’s labyrinth was available in the Chapel from 10 to 6 on Ash Wednesday, and we visited in the last hour – and found we had the place to ourselves. But it was all ready for us, complete with signage, labyrinth info, baskets of athletic socks and pretty handkerchiefs, and a New Agey CD in the stereo. The lights were off and we left them so, since we had enough light from the last of the sunset through the hazy clouds, eventually joined by the outdoor lights. A very different experience than our previous, which was the Lenten retreat last March. And we reentered the outside world to find it in the midst of a snow squall (which left less than an inch).

Home for dinner and whatnot, then back to Ascension for the 7:30 Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes service (bulletin not on website yet), which was partly bilingual (we have a Spanish-speaking congregation) and had all acapella music (our Director is visiting his next position in another state). There was also a noon service, and Ashes To Go at the nearest MARC station from 4 to 6.

“Remember that you are dust*, and to dust* you shall return.” (*“Snow” if you are in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, which was my home until a year ago.)

‪#‎AshWednesday‬  ‪#‎ashtag‬  ‪#‎datash























Mark Alves is the "Godfather of the ‪#‎ashtag‬".  "Submit to a bit of Lenten discipline and let's see if we can repeat the #ashtag again this year."

And as to quote Rabbi Simcha Bunem of Przysucha (1765 - 1827; Itturei Torah, volume 1, page 145): “Every person should have in his/her two pockets pieces of paper with these written on them:
In one pocket: ‘For my sake was the world created’ (Mishnah, Sanhedrin 4:4).
In the other pocket: ‘I am dust and ashes’ (Genesis 18:27).
At certain times and places, you should pull out the appropriate piece of paper.
But know that most people make this mistake: They take out the wrong piece of paper at the wrong time!”

#‎Jewscopalian‬  ‪#‎ashabbat‬  ‪#‎ashalom‬ ‪ #‎LenTorah‬ ‪ #‎LenTalmud‬

Youth Sunday at Episcopal Church of the Ascension was canceled / postponed due to the weather, but we did get to observe Girl Scout Cookies Sunday when we went to our local Giant Food (now the same company as Stop & Shop back home); the Scouts were even wearing handmade sandwich boards, awww (maybe their take on Bling Your Booth?). We got Samoas, Tagalongs and Thin Mints -- Julia’s favorites. Still not made from real Girl Scouts, but tasty all the same.

And because we did next week’s music, I got to reflect on “Wash me, cleanse me, and I shall be brighter than the snow” in the more figurative light of ‪#‎BOSnow‬ and the more literal of the few inches we received last night, which were atop a few previous ones.



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My “Good News: A Sermon On Fat Justice” will be published this Summer!

GOOD NEWS!!  My first official sermon about fat justice – conveniently entitled “Good News: A Sermon On Fat Justice” – has been accepted into the Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society’s special issue on Religion and Fat, to be published sometime this Summer!

Also, a reminder that my Julia has a book review in the current issue.  Much of it is paid access only, but she is and I will be allowed to send our pieces to anyone who requests them, and I hope to make a reprint happen as well.

So whether this makes you feel like celebrating or breaking out the torches and pitchforks, start planning your field trips to party and home improvement stores accordingly.