In 2020, Liam released a little book which offered a robust eco-centric, gender-and personhood-expansive, anthropological theology. This early experiment with topical interest and readership is, currently, no longer in print.
Rooted in expansive Torah inquiry, practical mysticism, an affirming exploration of the natural world, vibrant embodiment, and the vital, daring proclamations lived through the persistence of gender transcendent persons, Liam’s theological explorations are ongoing and the original book is in revision for a second edition.
With a revised edition currently in progress, here is what people had to say about the first version of Liam’s constructive theology:
“I’m endlessly curious about and fascinated with the spiritual paths and practices of my trans family. Where do we go for refuge when we’re in the grip of overwhelming gender-based desires, anger, and confusion? Trans-forming Proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is a path of joyful, queer, Judaic mysticism, and ecosexuality; at once ecstatic and academic, challenging and comforting. It’s Talmudic wisdom for the rest of us. Thank you, Liam M. Hooper, old friend, for this soul-nourishing vision of gender, trans and beyond.”Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us
“In language bursting with vitality, theologian Liam M. Hooper exhorts transgender people to recognize their lives as “living proclamations.” Rejecting a view of the world as it has been narrowly constructed in favor of one which sees the world teeming with diversity as it actually is, Hooper’s book of vital insights is a great gift, not only to transgender people but to us all.”Rabbi Mark Sameth, author of The Name: A History of the Dual-Gendered Hebrew Name for God.
“Liam Hooper tenderly explores gender and the Bible in a work that defies genre. With rich patches of poetry, memoir, and devotional, Hooper weaves together his inspiring literary insights with grounded, original, and informed scholarship. Trans-Forming Proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is new wine in a new wine skin. Inventive, artful, and liberating.”Peterson Toscano, performance activist and Bible scholar, creator of Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible
Listen to Peterson’s interview with Liam about the book.
In addition to revising his first book, Liam continues to explore other forms of writing. Tentatively titled Sitting in Sage Dust, his emerging book moves away from the tropes of living proclamation to an exploration of interweaving personal story with reflective inquiry into relational interconnectedness and interdependence, experimenting with Talmudic tropes and thought worlds. Keep an eye out for updates.
Initially begun as a collaborative project between Liam and quirky, queer Bible scholar and climate activist Peterson Toscano, the Bible Bash Podcast has been widely enjoyed by a diverse population of listeners.
In 2021, as Peterson’s podcasting and climate-change work expanded, the Bible Bash evolved in tone and audience when new co-host, Rev. Don Durham joined the team. Sadly, in September of 2022, Don suffered a sudden cardiac event and passed on to whatever world comes next, where Liam and Peterson are sure he carries on, inspiring all who knew him to keep shaking things up and searching for revelations all around us. (Long-time listeners will be glad to know that Dog, Don’s constant companion, has a new home where he is cared for and loved.)
Throughout the podcast’s run, Liam and his gifted co-hosts presented trans-que(e)ried readings of the Bible from perspectives and positions along the socio-political margins across both Biblical eras and our own times. Listen to the Bible Bash podcast on Podbean today!