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Rev. Louis Mitchell is an educator, trainer, public speaker, preacher, and consultant who has been involved in the fight for health, respect and self-determination since the late 1980s, with deep engagement in political, mental health, recovery, and black church contexts. Mitchell is one of the founding members of the TDOR Unite! coalition, and is also a founding member and East Coast Regional Minister of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries’ TransSaints, as well as a founding member of the Trans People of Color Coalition. Find out more about Mitchell here.

Recent Posts

Feb 17, 2017

For those whose families never healed
Broken by water, whips, laws and cultural norms
For those whose breasts unfed upon
Mixed tears with milk at the memories of their babies sold.
For those whose stripes were inflicted and celebrated
By good Christians in white sheets
For every boll gathered, every shoe cobbled or shined
Every masters’ child wet-nursed, every thread woven
By labor coerced by threat and pain.
For every back of the bus, dog and hose, guilt by skin color,

Dec 21, 2016

Tis the season! Those of us in ministry have spent this Advent rallying our minds, hearts and spirits to find celebratory tones of hope. 

I fear that much like our march towards resurrection, without wanting to look at the harsh and ugly realities of state and religious violence that took Jesus to the cross, we want to celebrate the birth of Jesus without dwelling on the lives and circumstances of his coming.

I need to make it personal, just like my relationship with Jesus. 

Dec 05, 2016

Perhaps like many of you, I’m reeling and trying to wrap my head and heart around the election results. But maybe like fewer of you, I know this isn’t a new day or some new reality. 

Jul 01, 2016

Sirach 38:16-17

My child, let your tears fall for the dead, and as one in great pain begin the lament. Lay out the body with due ceremony, and do not neglect the burial.Let your weeping be bitter and your wailing fervent; make your mourning worthy of the departed,then be comforted for your grief.

Most folks I know were deeply jarred by the massacre in Orlando. And most remain traumatized by the heartless responses or absences of a response from their places of worship. 

Mar 07, 2016

I didn’t grow up in a tradition that observed Lent. Perhaps they found it too Catholic for their belief system. Now I minister in a church that observes Lent, Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday.

To say that it was a steep learning curve for me is an understatement.                          

It wasn’t that I couldn’t theoretically understand the Lenten observation. It’s that something about it vexes me.

Feb 19, 2016

It seems that my last 40 years has been about coming out. 

And each time I come out, I’m filled with awe by the courage of those that have come before me. I’m afraid that those who have professed to love me will change their minds. I’m certain that I will again be “too much.” I also wonder if it’s even worth the trouble. I cry and I wrestle. 

I pray and I ask questions, sometimes surreptitiously. 

Feb 04, 2016

The discomfort of being THE black guy in the room is something that I have to negotiate over and over again. Often/especially in progressive and/or queer political spaces, I am one of very few people of color—it seems that there are places where the demographic “count” to cover all bases means that there’s one of this and one of that and a whole bunch of white folks at the table.

Nov 15, 2013

The following piece was written for a virtual Transgender Day of Remembrance service that will be held online this Sunday, November 17, at 9pm ET, offered by the new coalition TDOR Unite! and hosted by the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a congregation without walls.

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