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Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins born 1958, is the senior reverend at Groveland Congregational Church. She graduated from Lynn Classical High School, North Shore Community College. Regis College and Newton Theological Seminary. After her marriage at age Twenty-eight, she and her husband started a church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She discusses her struggles with body issues, endometriosis, overcoming cancer, returning to health, and discovering her identity. She was involved in North Shore Community College’s BEGLAD and served on the board of directors of North Shore Alliance of GLBTQ+ Youth, NAGLY. She has officiated many weddings and funerals for the community.

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A typical West Lynn blue collar Irish family.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

At 40 I accepted my authentic self.

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Gays were ousted and shunned.

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I was overweight due to endometriosis.

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I didn't know any gay people.

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Leslie educated Audrey and me.

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I became Mama D.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

47 Central, best church I'd ever been to.

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Kids thrown out by religious families.

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I sang in the Night of 100 Stars .

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47 Central brought diverse people together. Copy

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Mama D transitioned into Pastor Donna.

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My Phoenix Rising church didn't survive COVID.

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Youth today are not afraid like we were.

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How do youth today find their tribe?

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"Queer"is deragatory.

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I stand for social justice.

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My religious walk started on my niece's death.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

Gays were ousted and shunned.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

Illness means you have sin in your life.

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I was in a wheelchair at 31.

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I'm not a lesbian, just in love.

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Finding Michael on the AIDS quilt.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

47 Central, best church I'd ever been to.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

Kids thrown out by religious families.

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Experiencing Provincetown was the most beautiful I've seen.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

Impassioned about transgender lives, I started a church.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

47 Central brought diverse people together.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

We belong to God and each other.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

Youth today are not afraid like we were.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

Our history needs to be taught.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

The arc of history bends toward justice.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

Officials want to bring about the second coming.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

So much work needs to be done.

Reverend Donna Spencer Collins

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