Grieving the tragic loss of Dominique Lucious

As a community of faith, we express our heartfelt sorrow upon the loss of Dominique Lucious, who was shot and killed in Springfield on April 8th. Our hearts break for her and her loved ones. 

We affirm the statement from our friends at the GLO Center: “Trans women, particularly trans women of color, are disproportionately victims of violent crime. This murder and the other senseless slaying of trans folks must be contextualized within the anti-trans rhetoric and actions taken by too many. It is 2021 and we must understand that trans rights are human rights.”

We further affirm that all people are created in the image of God, including our transgender siblings. During this time we are especially holding our transgender friends and neighbors close to our hearts in prayer.