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February 25, 2017

Ministers Dial for Justice for Transgendered Students

GOLDEN, Colo. –  Centers for Spiritual Living ministers are picking up the phone across the nation to register support for transgender students to use the washrooms of their choice, following the federal government’s decision to roll back protections established under the Obama administration.

Ministers are making calls to the US Department of Justice, the US Department of Education, and their local senators asking for the reinstatement of Title IX, which protects the right of transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities.

“This initiative of ours began from a grassroots decision not to take no for an answer,” said Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader of Centers for Spiritual Living. “We operate from a belief that positive persistent action is what creates change, and that’s what we hope to do.”

The move comes following the Trump administration’s decision that it should be the role of the states – and not the federal government – to make such determinations.

“When it comes to the rights of children, we believe all deserve equal protection,” Gordon said. “Transgendered youth – an estimated 150,000 according to the Williams Institute at the UCSL School of Law – are our country’s children, and as our country’s children they deserve the respect and the space to grow in safety and in love regardless of which state they live in. This is their birthright, as it is every person’s birthright.

Gordon said this marks the second time in less than a month that the LGBTQ community has been targeted with a reverse of hard-fought civil rights. Last month the LGBT rights page on the White House website was removed on the same day President Trump came into office.

“Centers for Spiritual Living sees all people as holding equal value. As a faith community that is home to many members of the LGBTQ community, these recent events are difficult for many of us,” he said. “My hope is that the goodness and the light of compassion will return so that all young – regardless of gender identification – be respected and secure in our schools.”

This marks the second time in less than a year that Centers for Spiritual Living has come out in favor of the rights of the LGBTQ community. This year, CSL canceled its annual convention which was being held in Tennessee this year, following that state’s decision to allow counselors and therapists to refuse to provide treatment for members of the LGBTQ community on personal grounds.

Seaside Center's Statement 

With an open and welcoming policy at Seaside Center For Spiritual Living we have a growing L.G.B.T.Q. attendance included in our base of attending spiritual seekers of all races, ages and beliefs.

 

When asked, Rev. Christian Sorensen D.D. said, "The founder of Centers For Spiritual Living, Ernest Holmes wrote, 'Truth knows no opposites. We are guided by this Star of Truth and affirm that all are equal and all must be afforded the most basic of civil rights.' A  civil right ensures one’s ability to participate in a society with the absence of discrimination and repression, no matter race, gender, ethnicity, religion or national origin. Seaside Center For Spiritual Living supports the civil rights of all in the L.G.B.T.Q community and stands with them in unity in the knowing that we are all One.  What is true of the Divine Spirit is also true of us. We believe the exclusion of one is the exclusion of all, and oneness doesn’t mean sameness."

The spectacle of children of refugees, most fleeing violence in their homelands, being separated, often with force, from the arms of their parents at the United States border, is an offense against humanity devoid of any sense of compassion. This policy of the Administration of President Donald J. Trump, ordered by United States Attorney General Jefferson Sessions, is being done without being enacted into law by the Congress and without current review by the courts. At this writing, over 2,000 children have been separated from parents and are being held in detention centers in the United States. Mr. Sessions also did away with a policy that made it possible to give asylum to women who are victims of domestic abuse or who are raped or threatened by gang members in their home countries.

 

“We are for human rights in every instance,” said Rev. Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader of Centers for Spiritual Living. “We call on the White House to reverse this inhumane policy immediately and to reunite the many families who have been forcibly separated.”

 

Centers for Spiritual Living joins the many voices of religious denominations and civic organizations in calling for an end to these practices and a return to a more humane set of policies for families as their cases are processed. Basic human decency requires nothing less. We must also recognize the emotional damage being done to parents and children alike, and work to heal the damage done.

 

The fact that the administration cited Biblical references to justify their actions is an affront to anyone who holds sacred scripture dear. We should remember that separation of children from their parents by force, according to the Bible they cite, was done by the Pharaohs of Egypt and Pontius Pilate. The core message of The Holy Bible is love, not obedience to secular authority. Tearing children from the arms of their families for the purpose of deterring migration is both cruel and unlawful. Family unity is a fundamental human right, recognized by the U. S. Supreme Court and the United Nations. Since many of those families being separated are seeking asylum, the current policy is even more egregious.

 

We call on our local spiritual communities to speak out on this issue. We call on the U.S. Congress to act to overrule this cruel administrative policy if the administration will not act. We join other communities of faith in demanding a more humane governmental approach to issues of migration and asylum-seeking. We know that when we recognize our mutual humanity, our fear dissipates and compassion pours forth. Let our actions reflect that wisdom.

 

“I salute the God-presence in everyone I meet, and I know that as surely as I do this, the Love dwelling in them responds to the same Presence that is within me. We act in a unison of peace and understanding.” 

~ Ernest Holmes

Keeping Parents and Children Together: A Call for Humanity

 "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and

sisters of mine, you did for me"

~ Matthew 25:40, 45, The Holy Bible (NIV)

June 19th 2018

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