Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance (#TDOR)—an annual day of grieving and memory for all the beloved transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and gender expansive people who have been killed over the past 365 days for their gender identity and expression.
Yesterday, the New York Times reported that “the Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.” If such a definition were adopted, as the NYT’s headline suggests, “‘transgender’ could be defined out of existence.”
Denise Konen of First Universalist Church of Minneapolis is the 2018 MUUSJA Visionary Leadership Award, which honors an individual who is living out their Unitarian Universalist faith in an embodied way through bold, accountable, spiritually-rooted work for justice in Minnesota.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato is MUUSJA’s 2018 Beacon of Justice Award, which honors a congregation that has made significant efforts to embody our Unitarian Universalist values through justice-making, both within its own walls and in deep partnership with movements for justice in the community.
From January-June, 2018, MUUSJA partnered with the UUA’s MidAmerica Region to present webinars for social justice leaders in Unitarian Universalist congregations. This six-part series was hosted by Rev. Ashley Horan and Pastor Danny Givens and featured a variety of guest presenters.