Liam M. Hooper, M.Div., is the founder of Ministries Beyond Welcome, which aims to affirm, honor, and celebrate the inherent worth, vitality and indomitable spirits of transgender/non-binary, gender non-conforming, and intersex persons and communities through education, community-building, organizing, and collaborative engagement, activism, and general support activities. Liam is a gender theorist, a theological activist, writer, podcaster, and a professional consultant, educator and trainer. To these services, he also brings over twenty years of experience and skills as a mental health counselor, program developer, and professional trainer.
Liam is committed to intersectional change-making by naming, interrogating, and working to dismantle systems of privileging and oppression. Liam believes strongly that, in this work, we are always beginning with the colonized, culturally conditioned oppressor within ourselves: seeking liberation by transforming ourselves so we may participate more fully, ethically, and responsibly in transforming our world. He is also committed to accompanying and working with individuals and groups/communities in the work of becoming more competent in the creation of gender/sexuality-diverse communities. Liam takes seriously the tasks of hearing and respecting the stories of others, working for relational community-building as a path to liberation, and striving for deeper authenticity, openness, and loving kindness.
Liam is keenly attentive to, and concerned about, the multidimensional factors affecting individual persons as we seek freedom to be and become, achieve self-determined personal flourishing, and gain fuller participation in a more just, humane, and peaceful world. In addition to his advocacy/activism, he has developed a skill-based model for coping, increasing stress management competency, self-affirmation, and self-acceptance, which he presents to interested groups. This model ~ Integrated Mindfulness Training ~ has both everyday, practical components as well as spiritual dimensions. Liam tailors workshops and consultation around particular needs and concerns.
In all of this, Liam strives to practice these principles in his own life and make time for self-care, personal interests, and family. He enjoys reading, woodworking, gardening, and taking walks with his spouse. Liam refuses to give up on his long-held desire to learn to play the mandolin and the guitar. When he is not working on his own writing, he can often be found in cafes, local hide-aways, or at Temple, studying Hebrew, Torah, or some other socio-politically relevant history with his friends and colleagues, or his rabbi.
Liam lives in the south with his wife, Diana, a freelance publishing professional who keeps his calendar in line and reminds him to laugh and play. Diana and Liam are adjusting to their son being away at college and home in the summers, which keeps them on their toes. They strive to tend the gardens around the yard and take plenty of walks with their dog, Dodi.