Transgender Day of Remembrance
MCC Churches world-wide observation
Next week, on 20th November, we observe Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR was started in 1999 as a way to remember the death of Rita Hester, a trans woman who was murdered in her own home. Rita’s story is not an isolated incident. Trans* people remain one of the most marginalized groups in our communities experiencing higher rates of violence from both the public and law enforcement, rape, homelessness, depression, lack of access to medical care, and suicide. As a faith community committed to social justice we bear the responsibility of joining with our trans* siblings to increase trans* visibility, especially during this time when political forces in many communities around the globe are actively working to legally deny the inherent dignity of trans* folks.
God of many names, you called MCC into being.
You whispered in that "still, small voice in the mind's ear" to Reverend Troy Perry, calling forth an audacious, outrageous vision of what your will looks like, when it is done on earth. A new faith movement was born and thousands of us have been transformed because of it.
Now we, your faithful people, stand in a liminal space. We cannot go back to how things were and we do not yet know what you are calling us on to be.
In our Easter Saturday waiting and uncertainty, we trust in the power and hope of Jesus's resurrection story.
We pray particularly at this time for the Moderator Nominating Committee as they guide us all through the process to find our next Moderator, and for all those who will participate in it. May the Holy Spirit bless them with wisdom and grace. Amen
prayer submitted by
REV. ELDER CECILIA EGGLESTON
European REVM Faculty
Supporter Relationship Manager,
Send a Cow - International Development Charity