Most of you know I am one of the Campus Pastor's at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. Our chapel service this week was in honor of Worldwide Trans Day of Remembrance (officially Nov. 20th). Statistically Trans folk (most specifically Trans Women of Color) are more likely to be victims of violence than almost any other single group worldwide. Trans Day of Remembrance seeks to lift their names and stories into the consciousness of the wider world. Yesterday's chapel service most certainly did that, and went far beyond that, holding space for a vision of actively changing that story ending, and lifting up the vibrant lives and work of trans folk in our world. We have a substantial cohort of trans women and men, and gender queer folk at PSR (most likely the largest of any seminary) who led us all in a chapel service entitled "Who do you say I am: Living Stories Unsilenced" echoing Jesus words before Pilate. It was a service about remembering, honoring, thriving, and transforming. Below is this stunningly beautiful graphic by one of our students, Rae Strozzo (in collaboration with a friend in Tucson). Blessings on all Trans women and men and gender queer folk - may your lives be strong and vibrant and may you be defined by your own stories of who you are! Blessings on those of us who are more (it's a spectrum) cis gender, may we come to understand your blessings and gifts.
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You can read the blog about my newest book project, "What's Remembered, Lives!" here...