Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility
March 30, 2023
Today on 31 March we celebrate Trans Day of Visibility, a day of pride and recognition of trans people, their achievements and experiences.
The Uniting Church fundamentally celebrates all God's people as beloved and made in the image of God. We are committed to seeking to be places of safety and welcome where all people can belong and grow in faith.
"by your grace help us see your rainbow children"
"On this day of Trans Visibility, I rejoice in all the giftedness transgender people bring to the church and community," said Uniting Church President Rev Sharon Hollis. "I lament the ways in which trans people are subject to violence, victimisation and exclusion."
"As a Church we need to do better at honouring people as they grow into their true selves, honour their new names and their pronouns. We need to learn how to provide pastoral care that is appropriate and supportive. We must speak out when we see violence and harassment."
We are delighted to share this prayer from Rev James Douglas, Minister at St Luke’s Uniting Church in Mt Waverley, Melbourne.
God who has seen us
change, grow, develop, transform.
Loved us through all our natural entrances:
into the world,
into older age;
by your grace help us see your rainbow children,
watch with love their transformation,
hear their self-identification
and enter with them your new creation,
opening hearts and eyes.
Begin a conversation in your community about ways to be more inclusive of people of diverse genders. See this resource from the Assembly's Transforming Worship Circle.
Read this article by trans theologian Rachel Mann, Twisting Words: What does it mean to protect women and girls?
Read the address given by Pitt St Uniting Church Minister Rev Josephine Inkpin at the Steps of Solidarity event yesterday. Find the link here to Rev Inkpin's website.