Sunday, July 12, 2009


I am taking a moment to rest and reflect. It is Sunday Morning and there are no sessions until later today. There is a large service for the UTO ingathering, but I have decided not to go. Services with thousands of people are tough and I need the break. I want to reflect on some significant moments to this point, for me and for the TransEpiscopal team.

Certainly worship has been extremely significant. The Integrity Service was mostly wonderful and for me it was extremely important that for the very first time to my knowledge out Trans Clergy participated in the final blessing at that service. For me this was big! I have been to previous Conventions and I have celebrated and participated in services at General Conventions, but I was not out to the world or even to myself. This year we had three trans priests and a deacon participating in the final blessing.

For the very first time, ever, TransEpiscopal held a Eucharist at General Convention. Last night 19 Trans people, allies and friends gathered together in a small room at the Mariott Courtyard and celebrated the Lord's Supper together. We had chairs in a circular pattern and a collapsible table. Gari went out and bought wine and a waiter at the Mariott gave us a loaf of bread. We borrowed a plate and a wine glass from the bar and we came together in the presence of the Lord and were filled with the Holy Spirit. We lifted up transitioning to the Lord in our words, in our hearts, and in our lives. I was moved especially by the presence of the friends and allies who joined us and became part of us. We are not alone!

Ok, I am crying tears of joy and thankfulness and taking a deep breath. I'm better. There is a sadness that one of our number has to leave and go back to her world. Everyone has to earn a living. The Rev. Gari Green has been a great presence on our team and she will be greatly missed. God go with you Gari, have a safe flight.

I have had many personal joys here and the Convention isn't half over yet. I have met and touched base with some old friends and I have met some new ones. I am sure Cameron will post soon on legislation so I will end here for now.

God's Peace, Michelle Hansen+

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