Taj M. Smith is a master of divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School studying politically engaged ministry and philosophical theology. He is a member of the United Church of Christ where he is invested in conversations that will expand hospitality to transgender and gender non-conforming people. Prior to attending HDS, he had another life as a singer/songwriter and a professional street performer. Eventually, Taj received a BA in political theory from UC Santa Cruz where he was involved in several on-campus political organizations and off-campus political campaigns. He served as the coordinator for United Campus Christian Ministries, helping students find their footing in church leadership and social justice advocacy. He sees no limit to the imagination and seeks out creative ways to advocate for justice, usually through artistic expression. His passions include language, postmodernism, and satire. He is planning to pursue doctoral studies in theology exploring the connections between science fiction and gender expression.