TRUUsT is saddened to share that Rev. Anya Johnston and Terry Cummings are no longer on the steering committee of TRUUsT. Both Anya and Terry profoundly broke the TRUUsT covenant and would not engage in efforts to call them back to covenant.
As a Unitarian Universalist covenanted community of multiply marginalized people, our shared agreements are deeply rooted in our faith and our belief that how we are together is the first and foremost way we can create the change we seek in the world. Without a covenant, there is no trust, and without trust, there can be no TRUUsT. Continue reading
by Mr. Barb Greve
Blessed are the trailblazers,
who brought us this far,
and are still trailblazing…
Blessed are the drag queens and kings,
who remind us to not take life too seriously.
Blessed are the gender benders, non-binary, gender fluid, and third-gender folk, those who challenge us to reframe our gender paradigm.
The steering committee of TRUUsT has teamed up with the Unitarian Universalist Association’s office of Multicultural Growth & Witness to collect data on the experiences of Unitarian Universalists who are transgender, non-binary, intersex, agender, Two Spirit, or otherwise not cisgender.
This survey will add to the information that TRUUsT already has about trans UU religious professionals in particular, while also creating a snapshot of the experiences of lay and professional trans UUs alike. If you are a trans Unitarian Universalist, please take the survey!
TRUUsT is thrilled to announce that two trans ministers have been called to new Unitarian Universalist pulpits: Rev. Dawn Fortune and Rev. Otto O’Connor. Both have been called as settled ministers.
Rev. Dawn Fortune was called to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore in Galloway Township, New Jersey. Rev. Dawn currently serves as interim minister at both Emerson UU Chapel in the St. Louis area and the First Unitarian Church of Alton, Illinois. They graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in 2015 with a Master’s of Divinity and are in the process of earning a Graduate Certificate in Sexuality and Religion at Pacific School of Religion. Rev. Dawn was ordained into the UU ministry in 2015.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore members participate in a laying on of hands to welcome Rev. Dawn Fortune. Photo courtesy of UUCSJS.
On June 24, 2017, delegates to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly in New Orleans overwhelmingly voted to approve language to make Unitarian Universalism’s second source more inclusive of people of all genders.
Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven principles, drawn from six sources of our faith. The current language of the second source reads: “Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.”
This language excludes most of TRUUsT’s members and a good number of our congregants. The proposal would change the second source to read, “Words and deeds of prophetic people…”, which is more inclusive of people who are genderqueer, non-binary, genderfluid, agender, intersex, two-spirit, polygender, and otherwise gender non-conforming.
Jami Yandle and Marcus Fogliano introduce the proposed change to UUism’s second source.
From April 10-13, the second-ever retreat was held of TRUUsT, Transgender Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together, in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Twenty-seven trans leaders and two allied Unitarian Universalist Association staff gathered together for community, worship, and organizing to support the many varied ministries of trans people within Unitarian Universalism. Attendees were directors of religious education, music directors, youth directors, seminarians, and community and parish ministers; hailed from all corners of North America—from rural Ohio to the San Francisco Bay Area, from Portland, OR, to Montreal; and encompassed a broad diversity of race/ethnicity, ability, sexuality, and gender identity (including woman, trans woman, man, trans man, non-binary, genderqueer, agender, two spirit, polygender, gender fluid, and intersex).