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Preparing for Transgender Day of Remembrance 2008 [Nov. 10th, 2008|07:51 pm]
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Its been an interesting week preparing for the TDOR services that will be held at Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis on this coming Sunday Nov. 16. Some people have questioned why we don't hold the service on November 20 which is the actual date - for us to get the largest turnout holding the service concurrent with our regular Sunday worship services just makes sense. Since there will also likely be other services on the 20th we also have the chance to increase awareness of the violence that claims far too many lives in the Transgender community and spread that awareness out over several days.

So what will the ceremony consist of? We will start with a few opening comments about TDOR and its significance and a prayer, then there will be a reading of the names of this years victims and the date and place of their passing. For each name read, a candle will be lit and when all the names have been read a traditional hymn "Amazing Grace" will be sung and then a closing prayer. Later in the worship service will come a special communion service in honor of both the victims and those who continue their journey in search of the chance to be at peace in their own bodies.

If you will be in or around Saint Louis, Mo. on the 16th why not join us?

Cross posted from my personal LJ

[User Picture]From: leavingtheeddy
2008-11-11 03:01 am (UTC)
that's really great. i am planning a service for my seminary's chapel for the 19th. it'll be the first one that's ever been held for TDOR.

hope all goes will with your service.
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[User Picture]From: radioreed
2008-11-11 03:38 am (UTC)
thats great. i spoke with my pastor on Sunday about doing something similar.
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[User Picture]From: a_nony_mouse54
2008-11-11 03:32 pm (UTC)
The thing to remember about TDOR is that the services are a cross between a Memorial Service and a Protest. The Memorial part is to pay respect to those who have died on account of anti trans violence in the course of the year. Many times they were not given any respect at the time of their death - not even the courtesy of having their chosen name acknowledged by family or the press. That Memorial services can be a downer is a given. The Protest part is or should be obvious - that so many die each year in a violent way for merely trying to be at peace in their own bodies is flat out wrong and needs to be addressed. To go or not is a personal choice, at MCCGSL we don't dwell on the cause of their death but rather we celebrate their lives and the courage that it took to live in an authentic manner and try to be at peace in their own skin. And that is the ultimate form of respect in my book.
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[User Picture]From: a_nony_mouse54
2008-11-11 04:07 pm (UTC)
I Understand that your wish to avoid some people might outweigh your desire to attend the service. Perhaps you might just light a candle and say a prayer for them in your own private ceremony. It isn't about "attending" a ceremony - whats important is that we remember and respect those who have died.
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