As reported by The Christian Post, the Church of England has officially declared that it will not only welcome transgender persons to the church, but will also affirm them, as well.
From a motion that passed during a meeting of the General Synod over the weekend:
“That this Synod, recognizing the need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church, call on the House of Bishops to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person’s gender transition.”
As a matter of fact, not only did the motion pass, but it did so by a wide margin. In the House of Bishops, the favorable vote was 30-2; in the House of Clergy, the margin was 127-28; and in the House of Laity, the motion prevailed by a vote of 127-48.
At the outset of the weekend assembly, Rev. Christopher Newlands of the Blackburn Diocesan Synod spoke encouragingly about the prospect of the measure passing, saying, “I hope that we can make a powerful statement to say that we believe that trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them, and is present through all the twists and turns of their lives.”
And that wasn’t all. The gathered also passed a motion that supports a ban on conversion therapy for gays and lesbians.
One of the highest-ranking Church of England officials, the Most Rev. John Sentamu, went on the record to say “Top of Form that LGBT orientation and identity is not a crime. LGBT orientation and identity is not a sickness.”
Sentamu also assumed what many would surely see as a Biblically-curious position when he declared “that LGBT orientation and identity is not a sin.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large