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The Episcopal Church Gives Its Blessing to Trans Clergy

The Episcopal Church Gives Its Blessing to Trans Clergy

 

The full convention of the Episcopal Church has voted in favor of transgender nondiscrimination, while church leaders have also advanced liturgy for the blessing of same-sex partnerships.

Reports the Washington Post:

In a separate vote Monday, the full convention approved new anti-discrimination language for transgendered clergy candidates and church members. Some dioceses already ordain transgendered people or elect them to positions of parish leadership. However, advocates for the amendment argued they needed an explicit statement of acceptance as the churchwide policy.

The Rev. Carla Robinson, who is transgendered and a vicar of All Saints Church in Seattle, said she was lucky to have the backing of parishes and bishops when she was considering ordination, but she said others haven’t had the same support.

“I stand here as a priest today because my diocese specifically said that my gender identity and expression didn’t disqualify me from the discernment process,” Robinson said from the floor of the convention. “I ask that as a church we do the same for my trans sisters and brothers.”

The House of Bishops, convening at the Episcopal General Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, also voted to advance a new liturgy, called “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant,” that would allow clergy, at their discretion, to bless same-sex unions. The Episcopal Church does not yet recognize same-sex marriage but has given great deference to individual clergy who do wish to bless those unions and has allowed them to do so. The new liturgy, then, would offer a standardized blessing in a way that had not before been available.

The decision, passed 111 to 41 with three abstentions. The new liturgy could go into force as early as December.

This would position the Episcopal Church to continue to lead the way in LGBT-acceptance.

The Anglican Church is currently struggling with issues surrounding the ordination of gay clergy and women, practices the Episcopal Church also allows.

 

Related Reading:

California Episcopalian Church to Bless Gay Unions

Presbyterian Church USA Votes to Affirm Gay Clergy in Same-Sex Partnerships

Pope Urges “Defense” of Marriage

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8:49AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Hi Sarah H..............I'm straight! Want to be friends!

Sincerely,
Elaine A.

8:47AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Ahhhhhh, the congregants can go to Disneyland to if they want. It ain't about what they say, LOL! It all comes down to the man upstairs and what he has to say about and I'll give you all a clue .........You're all headed down the wrong alley......If you get my Drift!

8:02AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Wouldn't it be great if other religious organizations practiced transgender nondiscrimination?

5:07AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

If I were a member I would leave! They need to read their Bible! It tells exactly what God thinks of this.

10:25PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

That's why it's the only church I've ever felt comfortable attending! They are always the first to embrace change and they are thinkers not followers!

10:09PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Amen.....

3:09PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

It warms my atheist heart to see humanism in a church! They are actually following Jesus's commandment to love one another.

10:55AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

A Church that is living the teachings of Jesus.

7:20AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Good for them !

5:43AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Great news, amazing!

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