During our recently-completed assembly, Reconcilling Works 2012, the formation of TransLutherans was proclaimed, an affinity group of transgender, gender-nonconforming and allies.
The primary goals of TransLutherans are four-fold
a) to lift up and provide support for transgender and gender non-conforming people;
b) to call out to the people of God to welcome them as part of God’s sacred creation;
c) to educate others about transgender and gender non-conforming people and the issues they face;
d) to advocate for welcome and full inclusion of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the life of the Church.
All transgender and gender non-conforming people and allies are invited to join the new affinity group.
The principal point of contact for TransLutherans in ReconcilingWorks’s leadership is JamieAnn Meyers, Trans Representative on the Board of Directors,(trans@ReconcilingWorks.org).
JamieAnn Meyers said, “TransLutherans is both a source of support and safety, as well as an extraordinarily powerful force for advocacy and change. If you are a Lutheran transgender or gender non-conforming person or an ally, no matter where you are in your journey of faith, please contact me and join TransLutherans. If you know of someone who should be told of TransLutherans, tell them. There is strength in numbers as all of us, people of an infinite variety of sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions, walk together with one another and with God.
“Please pray for this newborn affinity group and for our work among us. God continues to call all of us by name — there is a place at the table for all of us, no exceptions. Let us all be reconciled with one another through Christ, whose love and mercy and grace are infinite.”
More detail will come to you in the next issue of the Concord about TransLutherans and its work.