On Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020 members of SCM and their friends gathered online to honor the trans* lives lost in the past year. Led by trans* members of SCM, the vigil was a time of mourning, honouring, and hope as we looked to the future.
As part of the vigil attendees wrote a line expressing their thoughts and hopes about TDOR. These lines were put together into the following poem.
No Name Unknown to God
The names are read,
I rage and lament
that within my lifetime
I could hear the name of friends I love
in this annual litany,
A litany that merely scratches the surface of our grief.
When will our tears bring justice,
our longing bring liberation,
our God bring life?
We need a time of purple courage
to create worldwide equality and love.
The cry of a sorrow too hard to bear,
Long after our candles have gone out,
You will go on remembering them,
You know them all by name.
I pray for a world in which it is safe,
for everyone to be who God made them to be.
Longing for greater understanding and acceptance,
and a celebration of diversity.
Safety for my loves and their loved ones.
Opposites, confined in rigid boxes,
separated by a gulf of hate and fear,
now free; merging together,
creating unimaginable beauty,
colours never before seen,
birthing a new creation.
Let us celebrate the love of God's rainbow creation
No life escapes God's Love and Liberation.
In our sanctuary of hope,
all are welcome.
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