If you're like Mieke and me, it can be easy to just keep trucking along, getting swept up in proclaiming the need for justice in our world. The streets are our pulpit and often we can't seem to catch our breath as we proclaim God's vision of a world where all of us are embraced and loved for who we are. But today we need to step back. We need to pause as a church and a movement based around God's love. We need to pause to grieve. And we need to pause to confess. When we hear the staggering numbers of trans people killed in the past year simply because of who they are, we are sad beyond sad. It is outrageous that we live in a world this broken.
We think of how we might step up in a more pro-active way to prevent these murders. As the church we have been struggling so long for the ordination of people in same-sex relationships, that it is too easy, and too damaging, to let the concerns, needs, and experiences of transgender persons slip to the wayside. Too often the "T" of LGBT is more of an afterthought than anything else. Our gay and faith communities must communicate through actions, if not explicitly in our words that our trans siblings cannot be ignored.
Today, on this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we ask you to pray with us and ask God's forgiveness for the ways we have, at best, ignored our transgender siblings. We ask for you to raise your voice in you community as you listen and learn from our friend and Inquirer Alex, who has written two posts for Trans Day of Remembrance. The first can be found at More Light Presbyterians and the second can be found at GLAAD.
Trans people like Alex are brave enough to share their stories with us. Let us honor them, responding in love and commitment to even more broadly show God's love and welcome. Now is the moment to make our churches a place where trans people can feel welcome, celebrate trans lives and experiences, work for religious and civil policies that dignify trans people, and take the time to broaden our understanding of what it means to live in the bodies God has given us.