Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day when we remember those transgender or gender diverse people who have died because of who they are, whether through violence, suicide or medical inequality
It is estimated that at least 409 people across the world are known to have died because they were transgender or gender diverse. The youngest was just 15, the oldest 79. That is just those who are known. Countless others have been on the receiving end of violence and abuse, have been made to feel worthless and afraid.
The church is not blameless; the church has added to the transphobia which causes this violence and abuse, these murders, these suicides, these medical inequalities. I am not saying that this parish has done so, I am not accusing any one individual church, and there are hugely welcoming and affirming churches across the world. But the church as a whole has not been like this, the church continues to discriminate and preach against those who do not fit gender ‘norms’.
There are two videos here. The first is a video here is a quiet and sad reflection about these terrible facts and a call for us to see where we can bring about a change.
The second is a deeply moving and sombre service, produced by Open Table Network
Today is the 11th November, Remembrance Day, the day we commemorate those members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. It is observed on November 11th as this was the day on which hostilities ended in the First World War in 1918.
On Remembrance Sunday (this year November 8th), here in the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale we held Acts of Remembrance at the three War Memorials – Badshot Lea, Weybourne and Hale – when the names of the dead of the villages were read out. We have also recorded online versions of these ceremonies and you can find them here:
The online Remembrance Sunday services are also here:
There is also a garden of poppies and crosses in St John’s churchyard.
Prayers for Remembrance Day
For those who have died
Almighty and eternal God, from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted, either by death or life: hear our prayers and thanksgivings for all whom we remember this day; fulfil in them the purpose of your love; and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For those who have died on active service
O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those men and women who have died in active service: in Iraq, in Afghanistan and elsewhere. As we honour their courage and cherish their memory, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever. Amen.
This year the Farnham Festival of Remembrance is online.
With thanks to: The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP Cllr Pat Evans, Mayor of Farnham Jonathan Jones Lt Jonathan Huse, POWRR Sea Cadets Aidan, Bastie and Ella Sara Burnie, Waverley Singers Cdt Sgt Peacefull, Aldershot Army Cadet Force Farnham Heath End School Badshot Lea Village School Folly Hill School Hale School William Cobbett School Farnham Brass Band Olivia Jasper FHES – Abbi, Madison, Elinor Finn & Megan Hale Scouts – Amberley May The Rev’d Michael Hopkins The Kay Family – St Mark’s St John’s Choir The Rev’d David Uffindell Ian Hunter – Royal British Legion The Rev’d John Morris Bob Skinner Sean Malik
Serving the Villages North of Farnham: Badshot Lea, Hale, Heath End & Weybourne