OCUUC Music Ministries are preparing two big events for our community in November. Both annual events have been re-designed to work on Zoom this year.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event on November 20 that honors the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. This is the third year that OCUUC has observed this day with a ceremony, and the second year that we have produced it in collaboration with Resurrection Beach Metropolitan Christian Church and The Center OC. This year, the name of the event has been changed to Transgender Day of Resilience and Remembrance to highlight the strength and hope in the transgender community.
This is a virtual live event on Zoom instead of an in-person event this year. A candlelight ritual will still be performed to memorialize the transgender people who were murdered in a hate crime this past year, including Daniela Hernandez, a transgender Latina who was brutally murdered on October 4, 2020 in Los Angeles. There will be three speakers who are transgender; poetry by our trans siblings; and music by Trans Chorus LA, singer-songwriter and trans activist Shea Diamond, classical vocalist transwoman Tana Brown, plus Orange Coast Choir. The event is free and open to the public.
The other big event this month is the Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council’s annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Music Celebration on November 22. I am producing the event as I did last year, with soloists and ensembles from 8-10 congregations in our area (including, of course, Orange Coast Choir), plus a mass finale with all the musicians gathered in one virtual choir piece.
Both of these events will be on Zoom, and the links will be on the church website and on our Facebook page as well. Please mark your calendars and invite your friends. These annual events are great ways to get OCUUC’s messages out to the community: support for LGBTQ rights, peace and unity among different religions, and strength in our gathered community. And we are hoping that because the events are on Zoom, geography, commute time, and night driving are no longer obstacles.
Beth Syverson, Director of Music Ministries
Beth Syverson is Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church's Director of Music Ministries. She plans and arranges the music for worship on Sunday mornings, provides piano music during services, and directs the Orange Coast Choir. She is also the artistic director of OCUUC’s concert series—Orange Coast Concerts—which features several eclectic concerts throughout the year.