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The Resistance Prays

October 26, 2018
By Reverend Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft

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Today's Top Story
On Monday, a New York Times piece broke that revealed the Trump administration’s plans to implement strict legal definitions of gender, defining gender “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.”
Scripture 
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. - Galatians 3:28
God Loves Trans People
  • Transgender people have long been recipients of violence, erasure, and malice, but this week’s news brings to light anew how vulnerable and targeted trans people are.
  • As people of faith we must dig into our Holy scriptures and explore what they tell us about God’s love and who can and should be included in that love. Newsflash: All people are included in that love, most certainty the trans community.  Therefore, we must loudly and visibly be about that love in these threatening and dehumanizing times for the trans community. 
  • On Tuesday, The Huffington Post published a beautiful piece highlighting several Trans Christian Leaders. One such leader, Rev. M Barclay, proclaims, “Because all human bodies are made in God’s image, anything that harms the lives and bodies of transgender, intersex or gender-nonconforming people also harms God.” Barclay continues, “The God of my tradition is a liberator of the oppressed and a healer of destruction; the gender of any given person is far less important to God than the systems and prejudices that keep any of us from thriving.” 
  • Alex McNeil, Executive Director Of More Light Presbyterians, who was also quoted in the article, participated in a Facebook Live discussion with me yesterday about Trump’s latest attacks on Trans Rights and how we can be involved spiritually and politically.  Watch and share Alex’s poignant words.
Act

Move your place of worship towards visible signs of love and acceptance for trans people. Order these pins, make them available to your community, and encourage your work place to add pronouns to email signatures. 

Pray

A Prayer  for Transgender Justice by Transforming Hearts Collective:

Spirit of life and love that resides within and among us, we enter this moment with all that we are, with an open heart, and with a love for justice.

We hold in love and prayer all transgender people, so many of whom live under the weight of violence, fear, and intolerance. We hold in love and prayer all the ways that transgender people have survived and thrived in a hostile world. We hold in love and prayer all who recognize the significance of gender justice for all people.

We who believe in freedom will not rest until it comes. We pray for the dawn of a new day when the very humanity of trans people is no longer called into question or ignored. We pray that physical, emotional, and spiritual violence will come to an end. We pray that a spirit of compassion and care will fill us to overflowing, that we may have the capacity to listen, learn, and grow not only in our awareness but also in our willingness to act. We pray for teachers, spiritual leaders, social workers, lawyers, and all people who heed the call to support Trans liberation, Trans leadership, and Trans visibility. May they ultimately lean into the Light of truth and justice, offering hope to Trans and gender nonconforming youth and adults.

On this day, we commit and recommit to creating a world where people of all genders know peace, love, and justice. We commit and recommit to living lives of compassion and care for all of humanity. We commit and recommit to the healing work of relationship-building that will help every person know, no matter their gender or sexuality, that they are loved and valued.

Amen

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