Candle in Trans Colours

On 20 November each year, MCC Churches around the world observe and honor the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. As a global denomination with a special ministry to the LGBTQ+ community, we are painfully aware that violence and harm against transgender and gender diverse people is an issue that affects every country and many of our siblings within the Beloved Community of MCC.

This past September, as part of a growing global movement, MCC participated in the first Trans Pride marches in Stuttgart, Germany and London, England. These were followed by MCC’s participation in the U.S. National Transgender Visibility March in Washington DC, with support from MCCs around the world. In the same spirit, MCC now continues to raise visibility by recognizing the human toll of anti-transgender bias and violence marked by this Day of Remembrance.

To help MCC’s honor this day, a toolkit (that includes various resources for hosting a vigil and a ‘Call to Prayer’) will be made available in the next several days. Watch for an email from the denomination and postings on social media.

Though this day is set aside specifically to honor the lives of those lost during the past year, it also presents an opportunity to lift up the strength and resiliency of transgender and gender diverse people everywhere through prayer, education, and raising awareness. May we continue, past this Day of Remembrance, to do what we can and what we must to affirm the living, and to stand firm in our resolve and promise to work toward justice and equality until the day when all lives may flourish.

Scripture guides us saying, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10 NIV)

Dear friends, in all we do may love be the reason, our passion, and our guide.MCC Trans* Ministries