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FIRST-EVER (USA) NATIONAL HIV TESTING WEEK

MCC, GLOBAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE, AND HIV/AIDS ADVISORY COUNCIL JOIN TESTING CAMPAIGN

MCC has partnered with the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) to promote the USA’s first-ever National HIV Testing Week.  It begins Saturday, June 21 and runs through June 27.  The theme is “Talk HIV, Test HIV, Treat HIV.”  The partnership seeks to increase how many people know their HIV status.

  

Culminating in National HIV Testing Day (Friday, June 27), the campaign encourages everyone, including churches, to reach out to health providers and community organizations to plan and expand events to raise awareness, provide testing, and offer supportive services that encourage people to get into care.  Events and testing sites are being hosted around the nation, and they include government offices, doctor’s offices, health clinics, bathhouses, bars, and chemical dependency treatment facilities, among others.  Check out www.nhtwus.org to find a testing site near you or your church.  logo-transBG

 

Here are some actions you can take to engage the campaign:

  • Share your story/program about what you and your church are doing to promote testing, treatment, and/or care.  Share them here
  • Download, share, and promote the coalition’s Testing Week resources. 
  • If your congregation or ministry group does not currently have an HIV/AIDS program in place, consider using this year’s Testing Week to plan the launching of one. Resources on how to start that discussion can be found here.

Knowing one’s status is a crucial first step in getting people into systems of treatment and care.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Treatment Cascade analysis shows that the path to health and viral suppression starts with diagnosis.  If we can get people tested, they will know their status. If they know their status, we can link them to systems of care.  If we can link them to care, we can support them so that they stay in care.  If we can get them to stay in care, we can support an appropriate antiretroviral therapy program.  And if we can keep them on their medication and accessing other supportive services, we can keep them alive and thriving.  It all starts with testing.  As people of faith, we are called to do this work. 

 

Talk HIV, Test HIV, Treat HIV

World AIDS Day 2013

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World AIDS Day, Sunday 1 December 2013

GETTING TO ZERO

World AIDS Day on 1 December brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world.

Between 2011 – 2015, World AIDS Days will have the theme of “Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths”. The World AIDS Campaign focus on “Zero AIDS related deaths” signifies a push towards greater access to treatment for all; a call for governments to act now. It is a call to honor promises like the Abuja declaration and for African governments to at least hit targets for domestic spending on health and HIV.

December 1 is a Sunday this year and we, the HIV/AIDS Advisory Council thought that we would encourage our churches to engage their members, etc. to wear something red that day, (even if it is just the AIDS ribbon) to take pictures and post to Facebook, Instagram, etc. in solidarity of our theme. On Twitter we are asking our members and friends to post using #MCCGetting2Zero

We recognize that 1 December is also the first Sunday in Advent, so we offer the following prayer for MCC to use in the lighting of the Advent wreath or during prayer time.

Here is the suggested Liturgy:

Communal Prayer

One:           Listen, learn and live! Keep open to life’s changes. Be ready to be transformed by the power of love.

Many:         We are open to life’s changes. We are ready to be transformed by the power of love.

One:           Listen, learn and live! Take strength from each other, so that you may always be hopeful and have comfort, even in great loss.

Many:        We take strength from each other, so that we may always be hopeful and have comfort, even in great loss.

One:           Listen, learn and live! May the One who creates and sustains you be with you and bless you this day, and always, whoever you are and wherever you go.

Many:        The One who creates and sustains us is with us and blesses us this day, and always, whoever we are and wherever we go.

All:            Listen, learn and live! Amen!

 

Our Prayers

One: O God, we come before you this day with longing, with hungering, with tremendous need of your healing presence. We pray on behalf of ourselves, our loved ones, our community, and our world on this World AIDS Day and commit to “Getting to Zero” together.

Many:  Loving God, we receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.

One:  For people who have tested HIV positive and endure tension-filled waiting; sometimes hopeful and optimistic, sometimes frozen with fear and despair …(silent prayer); loving God,

Many:  We receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.

One:   For groups of people who are viciously scapegoated as the cause of the spread of AIDS, and too often pronounced “non-innocent” sufferers of AIDS diseases because they are poor, or black, or Puerto Rican, or gay, or African, or a prostitute… (silent prayer); loving God,

Many:   We receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.

One:     For the families of someone dying of AIDS that are torn apart and divided because of ignorance and prejudice, or that are rendered entirely invisible, not recognized as a “real family”… (silent prayer); loving God

Many:   We receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.

One:     For people stricken by grief at the death of a loved one from AIDS…(silent prayer); loving God,

Many:   We receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.

One:   For the sickness and indifference that infuses the fabric of our wealthy nation, tolerating policies that would cut funding or which supports price gauging of the necessary elixirs of health…(silent prayer); loving God,

Many:    We receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.

One:     For the nations that are being decimated by the disease of AIDS and apathy…(silent prayer); loving God,

Many:   We receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.

One:   For the people who continue to yell, “Enough,” give us strength for the struggle, and bring your justice now…(silent prayer); loving God,

Many:    We receive your gentle, powerful, healing touch.


 

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for you to learn the facts about HIV and put your knowledge into action. Find out how much you know by taking our online quiz: Are you HIV aware? Test your knowledge and awareness by taking the quiz and act aware by passing the quiz on and sharing it with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.

If you understand how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and the reality of living with HIV today – you can use this knowledge to take care of your own health and the health of others, and ensure you treat everyone living with HIV fairly, and with respect and understanding. Click here to find out the facts.

You can also show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.

 

International Organizations working towards Getting To Zero.

The global theme for World AIDS Day from 2011-2015, as selected by the World AIDS Campaign, is “Getting to Zero.” Backed by the United Nations, the “Getting to Zero” campaign focuses on the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths.

How exactly is the world affected by AIDS?

Here are some of the devastating effects of this disease.

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Households

The most affected families are often those that do not have a lot of options for their means of living. With the death of males in the family due to AIDS, women and children are forced to provide their households the basic needs. This is a problem in countries that have many male-dominated industries – when the heads of the families get sick, women are forced to leave homes and work in industries such as carpentry or farming. In a lot of countries affected by AIDS, women are still viewed to be in charge of housework. Read more.

 

International AIDS Society 2013 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The IAS 2013 programme is available online through the Programme-at-a-Glance (PAG). Links to abstracts, slide sets with audio, rapporteur reports and e-posters will be added as they become available. The PAG allows delegates to build and print personalized itineraries. It also features topic-focused roadmaps to help delegates navigate each day of the conference.

Click here to read about the scientific highlights of IAS 2013

Act AWARE

Act Aware by supporting our campaigns!

 

NATNAT (National AIDS Trust)(UK) doesn’t just campaign on World AIDS Day – throughout the year we work on a range of issues affecting people living with HIV, including benefits, employment and human rights. We are committed to ensuring that the laws and policies affecting people living with HIV are fair, and we work to raise awareness of HIV and the importance of HIV education in the UK today.

To get involved in our campaigning, find out more here.

AIDS2014_bannerInternational AIDS Conference 2014

The convening of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2014 represents a tremendous opportunity to highlight the diverse nature of the Asia Pacific region’s HIV epidemic and the unique responses to it. Gathering in Melbourne, we will work together to strengthen our efforts across all regions and around the world, building on the momentum of recent scientific advances and the momentum from AIDS 2012.

The biennial International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policymakers, people living with HIV and others committed to ending the epidemic. It will be a tremendous opportunity for researchers from around the world to share the latest scientific advances in the field, learn from one another’s expertise, and develop strategies for advancing all facets of our collective efforts to treat and prevent HIV.

Read more…

Fact Sheets

 


Litany for World AIDS Day 2013

Developed by the Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
and Strength for the Journey-Los Angeles
LEADER: As we gather to worship on this World AIDS Day, we are reminded that, as members of the Body of Christ, we are called to boldly proclaim the human rights of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
PEOPLE: We take this moment to pray for a cure, even as we remember the millions who have died from this disease.
LEADER: We take this moment to lift up the millions of infected women, men and children who suffer the misguided judgments of a world that would shun them and shame them.
PEOPLE: We take this moment to give thanks for the transformative power of God’s Spirit.
LEADER: God’s Spirit empowers us to break the shackles of apathy, ignorance, and condemnation so that we are able to provide healing for the sick, comfort for the troubled, and hope for the forsaken.
ALL: God’s Spirit emboldens us to love unflinchingly, to share unconditionally, and to serve unreservedly.

World AIDS Day resources through the Global Ministries of the UCC and the DOC. http://www.globalministries.org/resources/special-days/aids-day/Daily Devotional for World AIDS Day throughout the season of Advent, available in English, Spanish and French http://advent.ecumenicaladvocacy.org/

Resources from the United Methodist Church

Bible Study: Chicken & Biscuits and More: AIDS Ministry and Christian Hospitality

Christian hospitality is a key aspect of congregational ministry with people living with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones.

Sermon: “Where Is the Promise?” (Advent)

Christmases weren’t always this hard. There were so many things that John Matthew didn’t want to be reminded of. There was the fact that he never seemed to have enough money to be able to get the presents he wanted to give his friends…

Worship Resources: Be a Force for Change

Come, Holy Spirit, empower us today– convert us, move us, strengthen us to be a force for change from now on.

Worship Resources: God Cares About AIDS

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus told his disciples about how God cares for all of creation, even small creatures like birds, and that God cares for humankind even more.

Worship Resources: Jesus, A Man Who Made a Difference

Jesus was a man who changed the world forever. He actively sought to bring healing to individuals and society. He stood with the crowd on a “level place”: he treated them as equals.

Poem: ‘Tis a Fearful Thing

Anonymous

Prayer: I Care About AIDS (An Affirmation)

Kathleen Wilder

Reflection: “This Is the Day” (AIDS Caregiving Journal)

Peter Braswell

Scripture Selections

Spiritual comfort in times of trial.

International Worship Resources

The Maryknoll AIDS Task Force Prayer

handsclaspedGod of all compassion, comfort people who live with HIV. Spread over us all your quilt of mercy, love and peace.

Open our eyes to your presence reflected in their faces. Open our ears to your truth echoing in their hearts.

Give us the strength to weep with the grieving, to journey with the lonely, to be with the depressed.

May our love mirror your love for those who live in fear, who live under stress and who suffer rejection.

Loving God grant rest to those who have died and hope to all who live with HIV.

God of life, help us to find the cure now and help us to build a world in which no one dies alone and where everyone lives accepted, wanted, and loved.

Adapted from the Maryknoll sisters of the San Salvador Diocesan HIV/AIDS program and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

Prayer of Hope

(for use on World AIDS Day)

God of Hope
All of us are affected by HIV/AIDS.
At this time of Advent Hope,
As we prepare for the coming of your son into this world
We give thanks for signs of hope.
For growing understanding
For medical advances
For changing attitudes and behavior
For greater awareness and concern in your church.
God of Unity
Bind us together with strong ties of love
That this church community may be a place where
All can find acceptance,
May it be a place of welcome for all affected by HIV/AIDS.
May it be a place where care is given and received, especially
for affected children and youth,
Where stories are told and heard,
Where fear is overcome by love,
Where you are to be found. Amen.

Adapted from The Diakonia Council of Churches in South Africa

Prayers of Intercession: Halting the Spread of HIV/AIDS

Heavenly Creator, we give you thanks for those national leaders and governments who have given publicity to the crisis of HIV/AIDS and who are committed to halting its spread. Give your wisdom to all who are in positions of leadership that they may work effectively for the well-being of the people they serve. We ask this for the sake of him who came to bring good news to the poor, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

Open our heart to all that brings sickness and pain to our siblings around the world. Give us the will to protest against inequalities that make all vulnerable to infection; to oppose violence and war that put lives at risk; and to combat ignorance and poverty which lead to the spread of disease. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, you showed on earth your love for children. Guide by your Spirit all those who are entrusted with teaching children and young people about the spread of HIV/AIDS and how to prevent it. Help teachers and health workers to present the facts clearly and lovingly, and to enable children to pass on that message to others. Amen.Prayer and Reflection to Support People Caring for Those With and Affected by HIV/AIDS

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest. Luke 10:2

Loving and caring God, thank you, for You call us to love and serve Your people. You call those who care for all affected and effected by HIV/AIDS to be healing balm in Your hurting world. You send us as compassion, to suffer with those who suffer. Day and night we labor to comfort Your people.

Yet, many times the comforters are depressed by the amount of suffering seen. And many times they are totally exhausted by the amount of work that must be done. They often neglect their own health and families in the HIV/AIDS struggle. O Lord, renew their strength. Amen.

From the Church World Service website, www.churchworldservice.org, and are adapted from Dube, M., Africa Praying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS

A Prayer for Holistic Healing

Heal us from the bodily pains of HIV/AIDS that depletes our immunity, and leaves us open to opportunistic infections.All: Heal us Lord, Have mercy on us

Heal us from our broken hearts and grief that continues to pain our spirits and minds and leave us empty about the meaning of life.

All: Heal us Lord, Have mercy on us

Heal us from the psychological pains of HIV/AIDS that engulf us in fear and hopelessness and leads us to die before the virus kills.

All: Heal us Lord, Have mercy on us

Heal us from HIV/AIDS social stigma and discrimination that leads us to uncompassionate acts of isolation, and failure to provide quality care and prevention.

All: Heal us Lord, Have mercy on us

Heal us from unhealthy sexual relations that expose partners and spouses to HIV/AIDS infection and leaves them powerless to protect themselves.

All: Heal us Lord, Have mercy on us

Heal us from poverty that exposes millions to HIV/AIDS. Heal us from exploitative social structures that condemn many to poverty and expose them to infection.

All: Heal us Lord, Have mercy on us

Heal us from violence that spreads HIV/AIDS. Heal us from ethnic and civil wars. Heal us from domestic violence and the rape of children.

All: Heal us Lord, Have mercy on us, Amen.

From the Church World Service web site, www.churchworldservice.org, and are adapted from Dube, M., Africa Praying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS

Prayer of Hope for Children

I pray of a world where the youth are free,
Free to play with each other without fear,
Free to touch, tickle and to embrace,
Free to be themselves and respected for that.

I pray for a world where the young blossom,
Where potential is harnessed and realized,
Where people’s efforts are rewarded,
And where one can fly to reach the sky.

I pray for a world without HIV/AIDS,
I dream of a kaleidoscope of youth,
Who sing a song of praise and not shed tears,
I dream of the fullness of life and no more death. Amen.

From the Church World Service web site, www.churchworldservice.org, and are adapted from Dube, M., Africa Praying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS

Prayer for protection of girls

We are gathered together to affirm the humanity of the girl child. We celebrate the fact that the girl child was created in the image of God and is loved by God. We claim responsibility to protect the girl child and give her the opportunity to grow without fear of being abused by anyone. We pray for a safe environment that is created by all for the safety of the girl child. Amen.

From the Church World Service web site, www.churchworldservice.org, and are adapted from Dube, M., Africa Praying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS

Prayers for Healing

(can be used on St. Luke’s Day, a day of healing, on October 18)

Let us pray for the needs of all those living with HIV/AIDS (especially ____________), that God’s never-failing love may enfold them; that all who care for them may be strengthened in that ministry; and that the church may be to them a place of refuge where Christ is made known.

Let us pray for recovery from sickness, that God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of the suffering, may mercifully hear our prayers and grant to ______________ healing power, that in Christ their sickness may be turned to health and our sorrow to joy.

Let us pray for those who serve in the professions of healing, that God may guide physicians and nurses and all those called to practice the arts of healing. Strengthen them by your spirit so that the health of all people may be promoted and Christ glorified.

Let us pray for the ministry of family and friends. Give strength and gentleness, patience and faithfulness to family members and friends. Let their love be in you, and by their ministry of love let your love be made known.

Let us pray for all those who depend upon our prayers. Blessed Lord, we ask your loving care and protection for those who are sick in body, mind, or spirit and who desire our prayers. Take from them all fears and help them put their trust in you, that they may feel your strong arms around them. Amen.

Themes of Advent and HIV / AIDS

The traditional themes of the Sundays of Advent are hope, peace, joy and love. Many congregations light a candle each week and focus part of the liturgy on the concept for that week. Each of these words has unique meaning in a world where an estimated 33 million people are living with HIV or AIDS and an estimated 2.7 million more people are being infected with HIV annually.

Since World AIDS Day usually falls between the first and second Sundays in Advent, we will focus on the themes of hope and peace. If you are incorporating these themes into your preaching and/or your liturgy, consider asking yourself, at least on a Sunday close to December 1, how that theme relates to HIV and AIDS. Below are some reflections to get you started.

Hope

What does hope look like in an HIV+ world? What does hope look like for those in your community most affected by HIV and AIDS? For your outreach partners? For those in your own congregation who have been affected but have never been asked to share their stories or who are at risk for infection and don’t know it? Maybe it looks like:

Educating and Increasing Awareness

Educate all people, regardless of gender, age, race, or nationality on the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of HIV, as well as educating them about the hope after diagnosis, and the hope that undergirds preventative measures

Ask questions about HIV and AIDS in the places where your congregation already does outreach work, locally and globally.

Observe World AIDS Day with other people of faith in your community.

Commemorate World AIDS Day at your Sunday morning service of worship.

Advocating

Advocate for increased access to life-saving antiretroviral drugs.

Support targeted prevention efforts leading to changes in sexual behavior and a drop in new HIV infections.

Nurturing Acceptance

Create a “safe place” for persons who are HIV+ by asking your own congregation to share their stories about how HIV and AIDS have touched their lives.

Invite someone who is HIV+ to share their story with you and your congregation.

Taking Action

Pray for all those affected and effected by HIV and AIDS.

Honor a community organization who is working for the eradication of HIV/AIDS.

Trans* Day of Remembrance

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November 20, 2013

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved. Read more.

Transgender Day Of Rememberance Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/135497773258086/

Tips for hosting a successful Day of Remembrance event

http://www.transgenderdor.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/tips-on-how-to-hold-a-successful-tdor2.pdf

Remembering…

New figures published 17 May 2013 show 78 trans people were murdered in 13 countries from 1 January to 30 April this year. – Read more.

 

Dwayne "Gully Queen." Jones (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

Dwayne “Gully Queen.” Jones (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the age of 14 but also helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew up.  Read more

 

Kelly Young (Baltimore, MD USA)

Kelly Young (Baltimore, MD USA)

Police say 29-year-old Rodney Little, who identifies as Kelly Young, was shot in a home in the 2200-block of Barclay Street early Wednesday morning. She was found on the floor suffering from a gunshot wound and transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Read more.

 

Yung LT (Milwaukee, WI USA)

Yung LT (Milwaukee, WI USA)

Milwaukee Police Sergeant Mark Stanmeyer told reporters yesterday that the department has called off the search for the body of Evon Young (better known as Yung LT), a transgender rapper who was allegedly murdered ealier this year. According to Milwaukee’s TMJ4, police spent three weeks searching the landfill where the alleged killers had told them they dumped Young’s body after murdering him. Read more

 

Gaye (Istanbul, Turkey)

Following suit of a disturbing trend of anti-trans violence in Turkey, authorities discovered a transgender woman dead in her Istanbul apartment Monday night.

The murder marks the fourth homicide of a trans individual in the past seven months in Turkey. The exact cause of death of the woman, who has only been identified as Gaye, is currently pending investigation. Read more

 

Dora Özer (Aydin, Turkey)

Dora Özer (Aydin, Turkey)

Police in Aydin, Turkey are investigating the murder of a 24-year-old transgender woman who was stabbed to death at her home on Tuesday. Dora Özer was found dead by her housemate, and is the latest victim of a spate of transphobic violence in the country. Read more

 

Cecilia Marahouse (Fortaleza, Brazil)

Cecilia Marahouse (Fortaleza, Brazil)

According to the ‘Guerrilla Angel Report’ blog site, it is claimed the victim, named by the site as Cecilia Marahouse, worked as a performer and that the shooting took place near Fortaleza, north-eastern Brazil, on 11 January 2013. Read more

Image http://www.pinknews.co.uk/images/2013/01/Cecillia-Marahouse-CREDIT-Lexi-Cannes.jpg

 

Laura Aguilar (Rio Grande, Argentina)

Laura Aguilar (Rio Grande, Argentina)

Trans activist Laura Aguilar stabbed to death in Rio Grande, Argentina during an apparent domestic dispute with her ex-partner Carlos Humbeto Traberg. According to TransGriot, Aguilar was among the first under the new Argentine Gender ID law to get an ID change. She is being remembered by her activist friends for her pioneering role. Read more.

 

Diana Martinez (Monterrey, Mexico)

Diana Martinez (Monterrey, Mexico)

According to a social media post, a trans woman was murdered in Monterrey, Mexico this week. Diana Martinez was shot 4 times inside the Hotel Colon by a single gunman according to a witness.

The same report said another trans woman was brutally murdered in Hidalgo a few days earlier.

 

Mylène (Haute-Vienne ,France)

Mylène (Haute-Vienne ,France)

Thursday evening firefighters responding to a call from friends found  Mylène, a transgender woman in her Couzeix residence around 8:30 apparently the victim of an attack. Couzeix is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Limousin region in western France. Read more.

MCC is a Partner of TDOR Unite!

Join Transgender Day of Remembrance Unite!

We are a multi-racial, multi-faith, multi-generational coalition of people with diverse gender experiences, joining forces in 2013.

We are uniting around our concern for the violence against women and transgender people — and that particular targeting of transgender women of color that is so evident on November 20 each year.

We also delight in the spiritual vitality of transgender communities around the world — with a commitment to unite across lines of age, race, culture, class, nationality, worldview and spiritual tradition.

http://www.tdorunite.org/

Resources

Coming Out as a Trans-gender Person http://mccchurch.org/?wpfb_dl=366

Transsexual Road Map http://www.tsroadmap.com/index.html

HRC Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.

Coming Out as Transgender http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/transgender-visibility-guide

COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.

For LGBTQ Parents

Transgender Europe

http://www.tgeu.org/  Transgender Europe envisions a Europe free from all discrimination – especially including discrimination on grounds of gender identity and gender expression; a Europe where transgender people are respected and valued, a Europe where each and every person can freely choose to live in whichever gender they prefer, without interference.

Books for Young Transgender People

Choir Boy by Charlie Anders (2005)

Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers by Chris Beam (2008)

Branded T. by Rosalyne Blumenstein (2003)

Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein (1995).

Hello Cruel World by Kate Bornstein (2006)

My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You or Something Else Entirely by Kate Bornstein (1997)

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan (2003)

London Reign by A. C. Britt (2007)

Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits by Loren Cameron (1996)

Films for Young Transgender People

Beautiful Boxer(2005) 118 minutes, Not Rated

Beautiful Daughters (2006), Rated TV-14

Boy I Am(2006) 72 minutes, Not Rated

Boys Don’t Cry (1999) 118 minutes, Rated R

The Brandon Teena Story (2008) 88 minutes , Not Rated [a documentary on the story that led to the film Boys Don’t Cry]

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) 91 minutes, Rated R

Just Call Me Kade (2002), Not Rated

Ma Vie en Rose (My Life in Pink) (1997) 88 minutes, Rated R

No Dumb Questions(2004) 24 minutes, Not Rated

Normal (2003) 110 minutes, Not Rated

Safe “T” Lessons: HIV Prevention for the Transgender Community (1996), Not Rated

Soldier’s Girl (2003) 112 minutes, Rated R

Southern Comfort(2001) 90 minutes, Not Rated

Straightlaced: How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up (2009) 67 minutes, Not Rated

Transamerica (2006) 103 minutes, Rated R

Transgeneration (2005) 272 minutes, Not Rated

Trantasia (2006) 92 minutes, Not Rated

Wild Tigers I Have Known (2006) 98 minutes, Not Rated

XXy (2008) 91 minutes, Not Rated

Join the MCC Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Ministry on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MCC4All

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MCC

Since being founded in 1968 by Rev. Troy Perry, the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC, commonly known as MCC) has sparked a spiritual revival and been at the vanguard civil and human rights movements by addressing important issues such as racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression. MCC has been on the forefront in service to and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS, in the struggle towards marriage equality in the United States and other countries worldwide, and continues to be a powerful voice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality and other human rights movements.

Coming Out As Sacrament Rev. Dr. Mona West  MCC read here

Rev. Brendan Boone for the Many Voices Video Campaign from Many Voices on Vimeo.

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MCC Congregational TDOR Media Release - DAY OF EVENT
MCC Congregational TDOR Media Release - DAY OF EVENT
MCC Congregational TDOR Media Release - DAY OF EVENT.doc
Date Updated: 12 November 2013

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Resources

 Commemoration & Candle Light Vigil Bulletin
Commemoration & Candle Light Vigil Bulletin
Commemoration & Candle Light Vigil Bulletin.doc.docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Commemoration & Candle Light Vigil Commentary
Commemoration & Candle Light Vigil Commentary
Commemoration & Candle Light Vigil Commentary.doc.docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Commemoration & Candlelight Vigil Script
Commemoration & Candlelight Vigil Script
Commemoration & Candlelight Vigil Script.doc.docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Congregational Press Release
Congregational Press Release
MCC Congregational TDOR Press Release.doc.docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Day of Remembrance Flyer - Candles (B&W)
Day of Remembrance Flyer - Candles (B&W)
TDOR Flyer w-Candles (Black and White).docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Day of Remembrance Flyer - Votive Candles
Day of Remembrance Flyer - Votive Candles
TDOR Flyer with Votive Candles (Color).docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Day of Remembrance Flyer - Votive Candles (B&W)
Day of Remembrance Flyer - Votive Candles (B&W)
TDOR Flyer w- Votive Candles (B&W).docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Example Order of Worship
Example Order of Worship
Order of Worship Example.doc.docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Example Worship Service
Example Worship Service
Example Worship Service.doc.docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Sample Service Guide & Layout
Sample Service Guide & Layout
Sample Service Guide and Layout.doc.docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Single Page Information Sheet
Single Page Information Sheet
DOR2007SingleSheet.pdf 9.docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Small Flyer
Small Flyer
TDOR Small Flyer w- Candles in a circle (B&W).docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Tips for hosting a Day of Remembrance event
Tips for hosting a Day of Remembrance event
Tips for hosting a DOR Event.pdf.docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Trans DOR 2013 Sample Homily
Trans DOR 2013 Sample Homily
Trans DOR 2013 Sample Homily.doc
Date Updated: 12 November 2013
Trans DOR 2013 Sample Service
Trans DOR 2013 Sample Service
Trans DOR 2013 Sample Service.doc
Date Updated: 12 November 2013
Trans DOR 2013 Sample Service
Trans DOR 2013 Sample Service
Trans DOR 2013 Sample Service(2).doc
Date Updated: 12 November 2013
Vigil Liturgy
Vigil Liturgy
TDOR Vigil Liturgy.doc.docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Vigil Liturgy Bulletin
Vigil Liturgy Bulletin
TDOR Vigil Liturgy Bulletin .doc.docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012
Worship Service Example Bulletin
Worship Service Example Bulletin
Worship Service Example Bulletin.doc.docx
Date Updated: 11 November 2012

Resources for National Native American HIV AIDS Awareness Day, 20 March 2013

National Native American HIV / AIDS Awareness Day

20 March 2013

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logo-nnhaad[1]National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

(NNHAAD) is a nationwide effort designed to promote HIV testing in Native communities through educational materials and use of marketing strategies.

The Goals and Objectives are to:

  1. Encourage Native people to get educated and to learn more about HIV/AIDS and its impact in their community;
  2. Work together to encourage testing options and HIV counseling in Native communities;
  3. Help decrease the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.

Learn more.

 

Collaborating Organizations

 

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Commitment to Action for
 7th Generation
Awareness & Education

 

 

 

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Inter Tribal Council
of Arizona, Inc.

 

 

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National Native American
AIDS Prevention Center

 

 

apiwc
Asian & Pacific Islander
Wellness Center

 

 

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Great Plains Tribal
Chairmen’s Health Board

 

National Native American AIDS Prevention Center

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To address the impact of HIV/AIDS on American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians through culturally appropriate advocacy, research, education, and policy development in support of healthy Indigenous people.

Official NNHAAD_posterWhy the First Day of Spring

The first day of Spring was the chosen as the date to celebrate National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  This day was chosen by individuals in the community who had participated in a national survey to determine what day would be most appropriate.  It was acknowledged that in many Native cultures across the U.S. that the four seasons are highly respected because they closely represent the cycle of life.  Spring also represents a time of equality and balance and is the only time when day and night are at equal lengths.  It is considered a time of profound change, new beginnings and birth, and a celebration of life for all people.

 

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Founded in 1987 by American Indian and Alaska Native activists, social workers and public health professionals, the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) is the national leader in addressing HIV/AIDS issues that impact Native communities, such as stigma, discrimination, homophobia, complacency, incomplete or absent educational information, lack of political and social support for preventive approaches to health problems, limited technology and media access, and conflicting messages and attitudes across reservation and urban communities.

61Teach Us

Weaver of the Web of all life,
Teach our children
What you have taught our ancestors,
That whatever befalls one
Befalls us all.
Teach our people:
If one is infected by HIV,
We all are infected.
This we should know.
Teach our children
All things are connected:
Life, death, sickness and health.
Everyone and everything is connected.
Teach us
Until there is a cure,
We walk this path
Together.
 Amen.
Vickey Gibbs

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reports:

 

img-cdcLogoHeaderHIV/AIDS is a growing problem among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

 

Even though the numbers of HIV and AIDS diagnoses for American Indians and Alaska Natives represent less than 1% of the total number of HIV/AIDS cases reported to CDC’s HIV/AIDS Reporting System, when population size is taken into account, American Indians and Alaska Natives in 2005 ranked 3rd in rates of HIV/AIDS diagnosis, after blacks (including African Americans) and Hispanics.  American Indians and Alaska Natives make up 1.5% (4.1 million people) of the total U.S. population.  The rate of AIDS diagnosis for this group has been higher than that for whites since 1995.

 

 

Free Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Webinars

 

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The following topics are covered:

  • Diabetes & HIV
  • Hepatitis & HIV
  • Using Traditional Treatment with Clinical Treatment
  • Native Case Management: Ahalaya Model

IndiansReading Resource

For anyone who teaches “American Indian” students or teaches about “American Indians”,

 

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but

 

Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer is a trove of answers to questions you didn’t know you had.
(Recommended by Teaching Tolerance.)

 

 

State By State HIV Laws Chart

PJP Consensus Statement with Endorsers

MCC Churches: Ministry Development Team Needs Your Input

Ministry Development Survey
 

The Team

Rev. Kevin Downer.

 

Rev. Tania Guzman

Rev. Carol Rawlings – Chambers

Vickey Gibbs

 

Season of Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.

 

 

Ministry Development Team Purpose

MCC is growing rapidly in many places around the world and we see renewed interest in developing a variety of innovative and creative ministries. The Ministry Development Team seeks to support our growing movement by:

· Connecting ministries with similar needs;

· Improving collaboration;

· Providing support for ministries in the earliest stages of development;

· Providing resources and lessons learned to emerging ministries so that new ministries may have a healthy start and build momentum.

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Begin at the Beginning

In order for us to fulfill our purpose, we need to know what ministries are being developed, thus the reason for our survey. Please complete this survey by June 27, 2011, so that we may ascertain what ministries are developing so that we may generate appropriate resources and contacts to assist in healthy growth. Your ministry may be at any point along the continuum from thought to emergent. To take the survey please click here.

 

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

DIrector of the
Office of Emerging Ministries

3540 Crain Highway, #655
Bowie MD 20716 USA

Office Phone: 1-281-201-0320 Cell Phone: 1-210-380-7881
Fax: 1-310-388-1252

Skype: darlene.garner
Website: www.icmmccregion6.org
Blog: http://mccpadlink.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.  They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And Spirit added to their number daily those who believed. .

 

 

Ministry Development Team

MCC Headline News – Final 2010 Issue

Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Take the Journey...

MCC Headline News

Headline NEWS Feature – TRANSFormative Church Ministry Program
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MCCTM celebrates month three of our “TRANSFormative Church Ministry Program”!  We are excited to announce that more than 170 books were ordered in our original release!  We look forward to the New Year and new ministries being started from the ongoing program.  Our first set of UPDATES are expected in the first quarter of 2011, including our first MCC workshop focused on Significant Others, Friends, Families and Allies!  Keep an eye to MCCTM for more information!

The MCC “TRANSFormative Church Ministry Program” is now available for download on the MCC Website!  Click here to download all program materials!

What’s The Word?

The Preaching Moment - Rev. Mel preached at MCC Philadelphia on November 7th.  Mel’s sermon was entitled “Who is the Bully?” The message focused on the recent deaths of our young people and our various responses to these events. Scripture: Luke 18:9-14. Many thanks to MCCP for receiving Mel!  Watch Online

The Preaching Moment - Angel preached at St. John’s MCC in Raleigh, NC on November 21st. Angel’s sermon “Embrace the Journey” offers personal stories and reflection.  Scripture:  James 1:2.  Thanks to St. John’s for receiving Angel! Click here to watch online!

From the Desk of Rev. Mel

MelMy work with HRC’s Religion and Faith Program culminated in an invitation to represent the program during Soulforce’s Symposium in Philadelphia, November 5-6, 2010. I was exceedingly impressed by the diversity of the gathering, both among attendees and presenters.

We gathered on the Friday prior to our day-long symposium in Love Park (downtown Philadelphia) for a LIFE Rally.  Featuring a performance by Ray Boltz, this rally called for solidarity against bullying in our schools.  We shivered together, cried together, and spoke together “We Are Accepted!”

Our symposium began early Saturday morning and continued throughout the day.  The opening plenary by Jay Bakker (pastor of Revolution NYC church and speaker at MCC’s General Conference 2007) shed light on an ally’s journey among religious leaders.  Jay’s perspective:  “Silence is Violence!”  Amen!

Break out sessions, workshops, discussion panels, and community meals offered all gathered at the symposium the opportunity to consider our next steps and best tools for combating the destructive spiritual violence found in reparative therapeutic measures…Read the full report here.

From the Desk of Angel Collie

Angel CollieReport from Angel Collie Regarding HRC Representation in Virginia – October 2010

Angel Collie recently facilitated the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Gender Identity and Our Faith Communities: A Congregational Guide for Transgender Advocacy sponsored by Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond (Virginia) and People of Faith for Equality of Virginia.  His report is below.

Though I have facilitated this curriculum on multiple occasions, this particular study of HRC’s curriculum seemed more important than ever.  With so much at stake considering the current state of ENDA, a clearer understanding of transgender experience in our faith communities and our civil lives is timely and necessary. We need real advocacy for transgender people in our communities and congregations.  This training was an opportunity to explain the need for advocacy, outline the pressing issues, and foster leaders in this movement.

The class was a wonderful experience with an intimate group of 15 people.  Everyone in attendance eagerly accepted the opportunity to learn, ask questions, and engage in the process.  Many of those gathered felt they wanted to be inclusive of transgender people, but just didn’t know how to be!

Transformation in attitudes, language, and understanding affected each participant through the course of our time together….Read the full report here.


More from Angel…

Also take a moment to read Angel’s report from the TransFaith Summit in California!

Now What?

Are you connected to MCC Transgender Ministries on Facebook? We’d love to hear from you! Add us, message us, and share us!!!  Facebook.com/MCCTM

Didn’t order your copy of MCC Transformative Church Ministry Program? Download it today!  We offer this program’s materials free of charge online. Simply click here to download your copy and access updates as they are released!

Looking for that perfect congregational New Year’s resolution? Now that you’ve received/downloaded your MCC Transformative Church program get set with your New Year’s Intention to begin the program!!! Email Mel or Angel to officially begin this program in your congregation!!!!   Angel and Rev. Mel

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s from MCC Transgender Ministries!!!

A Note From the Editor
Hello All,

Wow, it is hard to believe that the year is drawing to a close in the next couple of weeks. With that in mind, MCC Kathy BeasleyHeadline News will be taking a  break during holidays.  We began this journey together earlier this year with the hopes and intentions of bringing you real MCC news and information that you can use. This year had been filled with information from the global justice front, resources, updates from the MCC Moderator and a myriad of things to help you and your congregations begin to change the world right where you are. We have brought you calls for action, justice, prayer and captured the stories of MCC from a denominational level all the way to the work that our people are doing in and around the world. Thank you for taking this journey with us and supporting us with your vision and prayers.

I would like to thank the members of the MCC Communications Team: Barbara Crabtree, Rev. Melanie Martinez, Carlos Chavez and Judy Dale for their vision, efforts and creativity. Your presence and dedication keeps the work that we do together real and fun; you all are amazing and I am blessed by my time with you.

On behalf of the MCC Communications Team, we wish you a beautiful holiday season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We will pick up with more MCC Headline News in January of 2011.

Namaste,

Kathy Beasley

MCC Director of Communications

People of African Descent, Friends & Allies Conference 2011

Loving Ourselves Into Liberation

Give the gift of PAD Conference Registration to those on your holiday
shopping list.

Register Today for this life changing event! Look for more information on MCC’s 2011 PAD Conference in your inbox.

Save the Date!

19 – 22 May 2011 in Washington, DC

Complete the MCC 2011 Clergy License Renewal by December 31st

Online License Payments and Downloadable Forms

Click Here To Renew!

Congratulations

Angel Collie, Co-Lead of MCC Transgender Ministries (MCCTM), will be traveling to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (January 4-8, 2011) on a training mission organized by LGBT Organization Labrys and funded by LGBTI Initiative of Open Society Institute.  Angel is traveling as one of a three-person facilitation team to conduct a training for Central Asian LGBT Activists on advocacy and capacity building.  Angel will facilitate a simulation on crisis situation and conduct a session on gender identity, sexual orientation and faith at the training.  Additionally he will take part in Labrys strategic planning session sharing his experiences of working with MCC and serving on Soulforce Q’s Equality Rides. His presence will undoubtedly draw attention to his work with MCCTM as well as his many other accomplishments through sister LGBT organizations.  Congratulations and thank you for your service, Angel!

MCCTM: Angel’s Report from TransFaith Summit 2010

Report from Angel Collie Regarding HRC Representation at the Trans Faith Summit in California – October 2010

From the desk of Angel Collie, Co-Lead, MCC Transgender Ministries

The Trans Faith Summit, which happened in conjunction with the Unity Fellowship Convocation in Los Angeles California, was amazing. HRC asked me to represent them (Gender Identity Curriculum) and I was also encouraged to represent MCC and the curriculum that MCC Transgender Ministries recently released. Bishop Rawls is very intentional about fostering relationships inclusive of MCC / The Fellowship, and made sure to include MCC / The Fellowship / Unity representation in many of the panels and workshops. On many of the panels and workshops Bishop Rawls made sure to include MCC / The Fellowship / and Unity representation.

I served on a panel called “Clergy Conversations” and delivered part of the sermon at the Closing Worship along with Louis from The Fellowship.

MCCers were there from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, North Carolina, and elsewhere.

Overall, the summit successfully brought together influential and dedicated members of MCC, The Fellowship and Unity. Plans for a similar conference, scheduled for July 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina, are already underway. I look forward to MCC’s continued involvement in summits like this one and, more specifically, for MCC Transgender Ministries to have a place at the table.

MCCTM: Angel’s Report – HRC Training in Virginia

Report from Angel Collie Regarding HRC Representation in Virginia – October 2010
Angel Collie recently facilitated the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Gender Identity and Our Faith Communities: A Congregational Guide for Transgender Advocacy sponsored by Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond (Virginia) and People of Faith for Equality of Virginia. His report is below.

From the desk of Angel Collie, Co-Lead, MCC Transgender Ministries

Though I have facilitated this curriculum on multiple occasions, this particular study of HRC’s curriculum seemed more important than ever. With so much at stake considering the current state of ENDA, a clearer understanding of transgender experience in our faith communities and our civil lives is timely and necessary. We need real advocacy for transgender people in our communities and congregations. This training was an opportunity to explain the need for advocacy, outline the pressing issues, and foster leaders in this movement.

The class was a wonderful experience with an intimate group of 15 people. Everyone in attendance eagerly accepted the opportunity to learn, ask questions, and engage in the process. Many of those gathered felt they wanted to be inclusive of transgender people, but just didn’t know how to be!

Transformation in attitudes, language, and understanding effected each participant through the course of our time together. As a facilitator and transgender person, I always feel so welcomed and touched by the warm responses, true eagerness to learn, and willingness to participate even when it becomes uncomfortable. It warms my heart to literally see the “Ah-ha” moments as people begin to truly understand the cost of exclusion of transgender voices and gifts in their communities.

Throughout the training many different moments of connection appeared between the participants and the voices and stories of transgender people featured in the training. Questions were answered, understanding happened, and people began to grasp how deeply exclusion in faith communities hurt transgender people and, thus, why change is necessary.

Participants came in curious and left as advocates who will push for change and inclusion.

I also celebrated an opportunity to spend time with Rev. Robin of MCC Richmond and attend the Sunday Services! The congregation was very excited to hear about MCC Transgender Ministries and had lots of exciting questions! It was a blessing to worship and be in fellowship with my MCC family in Richmond!