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M Barclay

A note about Trans Day of Remembrance and (white/cis) churches appropriating grief

A note about Trans Day of Remembrance and (white/cis) churches appropriating grief

Tl;dr: What I'm not saying: don't engage with TDOR if you are white and/or if you are cis or that your care/engagement/effort is wrong. What I am saying: let today be an invitation to be mindful. reflect. think critically about how this day has been shaped in recent years by large gay organizations and media. listen to what this day's roots might have to teach you about real solidarity, about centering those most affected, and whether or not you are in relationship with the ones you grieve. I am still un-learning a lot. But, I'm so grateful for those who invited me to begin.Beloveds,This...

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M Barclay

Thank you prayer for National Coming Out Day

Thank you prayer for National Coming Out Day

Thank you to the queer and trans ancestors who left us histories to hold on to.Thank you to every kid who is the first in their class or their school or their town or their family, who made it a little easier for the next one.Thank you to the elders who fought for yourselves and for us.Thank you to the ones who let your freak flag fly.Thank you to the ones who do "queer" in your own way.Thank you to the ones who take each other in.Thank you for kissing in public and holding hands in the street.Thank you to...

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Anna Blaedel

A love poem to queers

A love poem to queers

Written by Rev. Anna Blaedel and Rev. M Barclay Queer lovers,Who long for healingWho ache with exhaustionWho have been alone for too longWho know deep in our bonesHow very good it isHow very much it hurtsTo keep livingTo keep loving. Queer lovers,Let’s remember:That which is strangeThat which is met with disgustThat which is deemedIncompatibleIllegalUnworthyIs the very site of the Sacred and a source of Holiness. Queer lovers,We know far better than they,How to live in unlivable placesHow to pray in Spirit drenched ways in the midst of everyday evilHow to hold each other through impossible choices of inevitable loss. Queer...

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Anna Blaedel

Anna's reflection on the referral to trial

Anna's reflection on the referral to trial

[Support Anna's ministry at enfleshed and get the latest updates at annakblaedel.com] This morning I awoke early, kissed my sleeping beloved’s shoulder, wrapped my bare flesh in the soft and beautiful shawl made by a dear one I haven’t seen in over a decade but whose love crosses time and space, lit a candle rolled with beeswax and myrrh and blessed by students, and sat. Breathed. Prayed. Did tarot, and texted Tyler. Worked on Sunday’s sermon.Today we hear from the Committee on Investigation.At Thursday’s hearing, the Committee chose not to ask me a single question. Tyler and I bore witness...

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