#TransDayOfVisibility & Learning

Today, we celebrate another difference that make us human. Why would we want to deny someone who they are? Today is Trans Day of Visibility. Interested in learning more about Trans Folx? Want to get involved in advocacy for equal rights for the Trans Community?

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How does the Swedenborgian Church feel about LGBTQIA+ issues? As stated on https://swedenborg.org

Welcome and Support of All People in the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus*) Community

The Swedenborgian Church of North America (SCNA) publicly declares itself to be LGBTQ+ Embracing. The SCNA encourages all its constituent bodies to become LGBTQ+ Embracing.
As an LGBTQ+ Embracing organization, the SCNA recognizes that the LGBTQ+ community, in particular those of color, continue to experience prejudice, discrimination, and condemnation at the hands of many religious institutions. The SCNA will clearly and publicly make known their welcome of all LGBTQ+ people, will advocate in the public sphere for their rights, and will educate themselves on the care and pastoring of people in the LGBTQ+ community. We welcome LGBTQ+ seekers and support their identities and loving relationships. All rites and sacraments of the SCNA are available to LGBTQ+ people including, baptism, confirmation, communion, marriage, consecration as a licensed pastor, ordination, and services of remembrance and resurrection.
The SCNA understands the message of love and inclusion taught to us through the Bible and insights of Emanuel Swedenborg to affirm diversity in all its exciting complexity, offering equal value and worth to all people with a variety of God given gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, and loving relationships. The SCNA will seek to interpret the Bible and the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg in ways that honor the equal value and worth of all sexual orientations, genders, gender identities, and gender expressions. We will support everyone who is engaged in the regenerative journey—individual or partnered. We affirm any partnered relationships that are entered into freely, are grounded in mutual fidelity and respect, and have as their end the well being and spiritual growth of each partner. We acknowledge that living in truly loving and wise ways is possible for finite and fallible human beings only with the Lord’s leading.
As our understanding of this continues to unfold, the SCNA is dedicated to educating itself and others. The SCNA respects the judgment of those who make decisions for its constituent bodies and lends its support to them as they discern whether to become LGBTQ+ Embracing and will offer resources and guidance to facilitate the process.

*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus—including: intersex, pansexual, two-spirit, non-binary, gender non-conforming, aromantic, and asexual

#CincinnatiPride “All are Welcome”

While people didn’t celebrate Pride month in typical ways this year, please know that our church, while not open physically, is open to all LGBTQ+ folx, to hold a place for their light and love in the world. We are here to celebrate your spirit, your connection to the Divine and your place here in our small, but open and loving congregation.

Find your church, find your home. #ChurchNearMe #Open #Affirming #Welcoming @NewChurchCincy

#Tunesday: “She Who Makes Her Meaning Clear” @cincimusechoir

Let the words and the voices touch your soul. Happy Tunesday. Grateful for the power of these voices and the women who sing them.

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. – Audre Lorde


Attend @OutReels: #Cincinnati Weekend @WFITheater

This weekend, you can attend the OutReels festival. OutReels is a volunteer-run organization that seeks to enlighten, educate, and entertain the community through the exhibition and discussion of LGBT-themed films.

Tickets are $10 per time block or $50 for the whole weekend. Fore more information, click here.

“Leelah’s Highway,” a film about the efforts to memorialize local transgender teen, Leelah Alcorn, who took her life four years ago, will play during the Saturday, 2:45 block.

Read the write-up from CityBeat: https://www.citybeat.com/movies-tv/film/blog/21031095/documentary-short-about-leelah-alcorn-to-be-screened-at-cincys-outreels-film-festival

and watch the trailer: