Calvin book cover

About Calvin

Calvin is a boy and knows it in his heart and mind. He tells his family, as the first day of school approaches.

This picture book for children can help children and adults remember how to apply kindness and empathy, so that all children (and all people) can feel safe, respected, welcomed, and included.

The authors, JR and Vanessa Ford, wrote from their personal experience of raising a transgender child. The authors will be with us this Sunday. They’ll do a book reading, tell us a little of why and how they wrote the book, and then answer questions.  Please join us for this event, in-person or on Zoom, and let others know who might be interested!

We will have gathering time in-person and on Zoom from 11-11:15 to socialize a bit, then begin promptly at 11:15 am ET.  We will try to end by 12:15, reducing in-meeting participation time.  In-person socializing time (with social distancing and masking) will be until 12:45 pm, the Zoom room will be open until 12:45 pm for socializing.

Ethics for Children is in-person, 10am - 11am with supervised play until 12:15pm, and requires in-person registration.

Contributions to "Sunday Sharing" are shared between RYSEC and this month's sharing partner.  Read more and contribute:

Attending in Person

Registration for in-person attendance is open from the previous Sunday. Registration closes at 5 pm Saturday for Ethics for Children participation to be sure we're adequately staffed, and at 9 am on Sunday for adults attending the Platform Meeting.

Proof of vaccination (at least first dose) is required if attendee is 12 or older. Also required: mask while indoors, sanitize hands, respect social distance.

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Nov 14 2021


America/New York
11:00 am


Meeting House AND Zoom


  • JR and Vanessa Ford
    JR and Vanessa Ford

    JR and Vanessa Ford are nationally-known advocates for LGBTQIA+ rights, specifically rights for transgender youth. Their advocacy and work has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and in “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric.” They were both founding members of the Human Rights Campaign’s Parents for Transgender Equality. They live with their two children, one of whom is trans, in the Boston, MA area.


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