“Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise, thou my inheritance, now and always,” goes the Irish traditional hymn “Be Thou My Vision.” It’s a wonderful hymn to sing in Lent, a Lent this year in which we hope to cultivate curiosity and playfulness and to fast from things that prevent us.
This past week New Vision was on the watchtower, so to speak: somewhere around 15 of us from New Vision and our allies were at City Hall on Monday morning in support of the City’s new Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Protocol. Dixon Challoner and I were part of the 11 member United Church delegation that addressed the committee, and Dixon was one of two of us who spoke (see the photo). His focus was on the need for resources, milestones, and effort to make the Protocol a living part of the life of the city. City Council passed the Protocol unanimously on Wednesday.
Those of us who were there on Monday, however, heard some very dehumanizing delegations against the protocol. I invite folks to join a small circle after worship on Sunday to debrief and address the hurtfulness of those speakers.
Sunday is our turn at the Wesley Centre to make and serve Sunday dinner. Thanks to all who have donated to purchase the food to prepare, and all those who will be coming out to help put it all together and serve. Sometimes there can be as many as 200 at this dinners.
See you Sunday at worship ~