A prayer for Transgender Day of Remembrance:
God of all mercy and consolation, come to the help of your people as we mourn the loss of the dead on this Transgender Day of Remembrance.
God who wept, weep with us as we remember the hatred, violence, and fear that killed your holy children whom we remember today. Weep with us for those whom we lost to gun shots and beatings. Weep for us for those lost in acts of violence between strangers, and those lost to child abuse, partner abuse, killed by people who were close or killed by people who had power over them. Weep with us also for those we lost to suicide and self-hatred. Weep for us, and then remind us that nothing, not even death, can separate us from your love.
Give us the courage to challenge oppression. Give us the light to examine ourselves, our comfort, our privilege and fear. Move us to let go of the ways we confuse human gender stereotypes with your law for us. Move us to new relationships with the people around us, and towards a world where transpeople are valued, employed, loved, housed, and honored. Holy Spirit, breathe new life into your churches so that all people may be recognized, honored, and celebrated as your beloved children, created in your divine image.
(From Metropolitan Community Church of Louisville’s 2014 TDOR service)
We invite all to a service of remembrance in Caldwell Chapel on the campus of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary this Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
We welcome Donna Phillips, who will be the Women’s Center Student Coordinator for the 2015-2016 academic year! Donna is a first-year Master of Divinity student from Louisville. She has a BME in Music Education and a BA in Music Performance from the University of Kentucky. Donna has served Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky as Choir soloist, Children’s Choir Director, and Adult Handbell Choir Director since 1996. Donna was also Music Programs Coordinator for Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill from 200 -2015. In addition, Donna is a singer, composer, and playwright. We look forward to seeing all the gifts that Donna will bring to the Women’s Center this year.
With great pleasure, the Women’s Center at LPTS welcomes Sandra Moon as its Director for the 2015-2016 academic year. Sandra was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. For her undergraduate degree, she attended Vanderbilt University where she received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude with a double major in political science and religious studies.
After college, Sandra served as a Presbyterian Church (USA) Young Adult Volunteer in Belfast, Northern Ireland. During her year of service, she worked primarily with children and youth at the Vine Community and Advice Centre and at Crumlin Road Presbyterian Church in a project focused on peace and reconciliation efforts in north Belfast.
Sandra earned her Masters of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and her Juris Doctor from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in May 2011. Prior to her recent return to LPTS, Sandra was the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Ascension Lutheran Church in Louisville. Sandra also continues her employment as an attorney at Eddins-Domine Law Group in Louisville where she focuses her practice in the areas of family law, real estate, and estate planning.
Under care of Maumee Valley Presbytery in northern Ohio, Sandra is a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). We are thrilled to have Sandra join us.
Rev Mary Sue Barnett, Director of the LPTS Women’s Center, with Rev Dr Marie Fortune in Chicago for the FaithTrust Institute workshop on Teaching Healthy Boundaries.