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Let Your mercies come also to me

Let Your mercies come also to me
My mother Joyce Speegle has always lived outside the boundaries of what many would consider ?normal.? In 1971, at the age of 25, she decided to acknowledge her homosexuality. A married woman with three children, not to mention staunch Catholic parents, it was a courageous step. Her parents did eventually accept her sexuality, but her coming out estranged two of her brothers and later her own son for a time. Then in 1982 my mother left a secure position as a respiratory therapist to pursue a calling in the ministry. At a time when female ministers were rare, she began seminary studies, and by 1985 she was pastoring her own church with an outreach to the gay community. Over the years she served in the Akron, Ohio court system as a Guardian Ad Litem for abused children, was a founding member of the Northeast Ohio Task Force on AIDS, and made numerous appearances on television and radio in defense of her faith and sexuality. In 2005 my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer?s disease, but her desire to serve others continues. After her diagnosis she asked me to produce a documentary about her struggle that could be used to aid and inspire hope in others living with the disease.

?Let Your mercies come also to me?? chronicles my mother?s life over the past three years as her Alzheimer?s progresses from the early to the middle stages. In spite of her struggle, her spirit of hope and positivity, and more importantly her faith in God, remain. It is this spirit that I?ve documented. It is this spirit that we want to share with others.

Thank you for helping us to share her story. To view sample footage from the project, please visit our web page at: http://www.vickispeegle.com/Mercies.htm

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