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2022 UUA Transgender Day of Remembrance Service

Unitarian Universalist Association Transgender Day of Remembrance Friday, November 18th Special Guest: E.N. Hill Musical Guests: Shana Aisenberg & Melanie DeMore

By Michael J. Crumpler, Adrian Ballou

Thank you for joining us at the 2022 Trans Day of Remembrance Service. Here is a link to the recording of the service: 2022 UUA TDOR Service Recording (Vimeo) You are encouraged to use this recording and any of the resources below for your own congregation/community’s TDOR services if helpful.

Taking Care of Self

As Laura Conkle shared during the service: Talking about trauma and grief, particularly when it is collective and generational, is not easy and can take a toll on all of us. As you can, please give yourself grace and care today. You can also access other resources to care for yourself. Here are two resources that can be helpful:

Remember please, you matter.

If you need to talk to someone for additional support, please try some of the following resources:

  • Trans Lifeline for any trans/nonbinary+ person in need of support: US (877) 565-8860 / Canada (877) 330-6366
  • The Network/La Red Hotline (for LGBTQIA+ people experiencing partner violence) - 800-832-1901

Take Action & Join Community

  • Are you trans/nonbinary+ and in need of support, resources, or community? Want to show up for trans/nonbinary people? Check out resources both within and outside of UUism. This includes information on how to help your congregation be more trans-inclusive, organizations that can support children, families, and youth, and places to donate, among others.

Information from the Service

Special Guest: E.N. Hill

Special Musician Guests: Melanie DeMore, Shana Aisenberg

Order of Service

  • Prelude–Melanie DeMore
  • Chalice Lighting–”Blessings of our Ancestors, Our Praying Grandmothers” by Déjà Baptiste from The Black Trans Prayer Book
  • Instrumental piece–“Song of the Ancestors,” Shana Aisenberg
  • Spiritual Reflection–E.N. Hill
  • Musical interlude– “I’m Sending You Light,” Melanie DeMore
  • Remembering the Lives Lost–Parts 1 and 2
  • Prayer–E.N. Hill
  • Musical Selection– “Mourning to the Moonlight (YouTube),” Spirit McIntyre
  • Closing Words–Laura Conkle
  • Extinguishing the Chalice–read by Adrian Ballou
  • Postlude–“I Need You to Survive,” Hezekiah Walker

We are glad to have you with us in community. Than you for your presence, your care, and your bright existence in the world. Sending love.

About the Authors

Michael J. Crumpler

Rev. Michael J. Crumpler joined the UUA in early 2017. Shortly thereafter, he was ordained to Reverend in the United Church of Christ....

Adrian Ballou

LGBTQ Ministries and Clara Barton Gender Justice Fellow

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