Friday, June 15, 2012

Please Help

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church begins first-thing in July.  That is about two weeks away.  TransEpiscopal will be sending a delegation of faithful Trans Esiscopalians  to be present at the convention.  We hope to send as many as twelve to fifteen individuals for at least part of the 8-day Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Most of the TransEpiscopal Contingent will be footing a good portion of the expense on their own (travel, housing, food, Convention Registration.)

For many years I served as a moderator for a long-standing Trans support group.  Over an over I heard how trans people were ostracized from their families, jobs, friendships and worst of all their Churches.  I have long hoped that the Episcopal Church, the church of my baptism, confirmation, marriage and ordination would be an accepting and open home for everyone, including trans people.  When I transitioned my own Bishop stood by me as did the other Priests I worked with.  Though it was challenging most of the people in the congregations accepted my changes and accepted my continued ministry.  I have a hope that The Episcopal Church can be accepting and nurturing of all Trans people everywhere.

For these reasons, I look to this General Convention to affirm the right of Trans people to be full participants in or church.  Three years ago, at the Convention in Anaheim, CA great strides were made.  This year I hope we can  to firm-up the rights of everyone to be considered for ordination.  Collectively we hope to educate the Church about who we are and what we experience.  Together we hope to meet the leaders of our Church.

To do all the above TransEpiscopal needs your financial support.  For those who have already given, I and TransEpiscopal thank you.  If you haven't yet given or if you plan to give more please do it now!  There is a Donate button to the left.  You do not need a PayPal account.  Alternately, you can mail a check made out to our fiscal sponsor, Integrity USA -- just be sure to put TransEpiscopal in the memo line, then mail to:
               IntegrityUSA, 838 East High St. #291, Lexington, KY 40502.
Thank you again for your support, follow our progress online at our website or our Facebook page, and most of all, please keep us in your prayers.

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