Celebrating Winter Solstice with the Clearing

The Clearing’s first collectively-planned service/ritual was a powerful Winter Solstice ritual and gathering, held at The Vault, a black-owned community event space that showcases the art and culture of Durham and is particularly supportive of local organizing efforts among queer and trans people of color. It was a beautiful and heart-opening moment for the community!

“TRANS-Forming Proclamation”: A Revival of Renewal & Resistance

Transforming Hearts Collective co-leader Rev. Mykal Slack joined with other trans spiritual leaders and clergy during the weekend leading up to the International Transgender Day of Remembrance to organize and offer "TRANS-forming Proclamation," an inaugural trans-led, trans-voiced, trans-envisioned revival of renewal and resistance in North Carolina.

Radical Welcome Pilot Program

The Transforming Hearts Collective is thrilled to announce the beginning of plans to launch a pilot program for congregations that want to take their “welcome” to the next level, growing out of a call to support congregations in becoming places where queer and trans people of all races/ethnicities, abilities, classes, and ages can fully get their spiritual needs met and bring their gifts forward!

The Clearing Grows Through Community Conversations

The Clearing is growing! This emerging spiritual community centering the voices, experiences, and liberation of queer and trans people of color and open to all, has been deepening its work in Durham, NC—most recently holding two community conversations to explore people’s hopes for spiritual community.

National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice

The Transforming Hearts Collective partnered with the Religious Institute on a National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice, resourcing faith communities for spiritually grounded transgender justice work within and outside congregations and other places of worship and spiritual practice. 

Creating Care at Creating Change

At the LGBTQ Task Force's annual Creating Change conference this January, co-leaders of the Transforming Hearts Collective and other LGBTQ faith leaders spearheaded the creation of a Spiritual Care Team and a dedicated spirituality room for rituals, spiritual care, and other offerings, allowing attendees were able to access care and spiritual practice in new ways.