C.of E. General Synod Welcomes Trans-Gender People

Welcoming Transgender People

09 July 2017
The General Synod of the Church of England has passed a motion on welcoming transgender people.

Members of Synod, meeting in York, supported a call for the House of Bishops to consider preparing nationally commended liturgical materials to mark a person’s gender transition.

The motion also recognises the “need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church”.

It was moved by the Revd Christopher Newlands on behalf of the Blackburn Diocesan Synod.

Opening the debate, he said: “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.”

Speaking during the debate the Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge said: “Our response needs to be loving and open and welcoming and the passing of this motion would be a very important factor in that.”

An amendment to the motion, moved by Dr Nick Land of the Diocese of York, calling instead for the House of Bishops to consider the theological, pastoral and other issues around gender transition, was rejected by all three houses of Synod.

The votes in the House of Bishops were 30 for and two against, with two abstentions.
In the House of Clergy 127 backed the motion with 28 against and 16 abstentions.
In the House of Laity 127 supported the motion with 48 opposing and eight abstentions.

Notes to Editors

The motion passed reads:

That this S 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.

A live stream of Synod proceedings, including previous sessions, can be viewed here.9 July 2017
The General Synod of the Church of England has passed a motion on welcoming transgender people.

Members of Synod, meeting in York, supported a call for the House of Bishops to consider preparing nationally commended liturgical materials to mark a person’s gender transition.

The motion also rs the “need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church”.

It was moved by t on behalf of the Blackburn Diocesan Synod.

Opening the debate, he said: “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.”

Speaking during the debate the Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge said: “Our response needs to be loving and open and welcoming and the passing of this motion would be a very important factor in that.”

An amendment to the motion, moved by Dr Nick Land of the Diocese of York, calling instead for the House of Bishops to consider the theological, pastoral and other issues around gender transition, was rejected by all three houses of Synod.

The votes in the House of Bishops were 30 for and two against, with two abstentions.
In the House of Clergy 127 backed the motion with 28 against and 16 abstentions.
In the House of Laity 127 supported the motion with 48 opposing and eight abstentions.

Notes to Editors

The motion passed reads:

That this Synod, recognising 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.

A live stream of Synod proceedings, including previous sessions, can be viewed here.

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Despite the uncertainties of reliability of internet connections on board ship, I have managed to access this article from the Church of England’s official web-site recently – an article which will no doubt cause GAFCON and its satellites around the Anglican world to retire with the smelling salts – at the mother Province’s intention to bring its archaic rules and regulations on matters of gender and sexuality under the scrutiny of the modern world. Moreover, there is the underlying intention of influencing the rest of the world-wide Anglican Communion to follow suit, in outlawing endemic homophobia and sexism from with its ranks.

With GAFCON intent on reliance upon out-dated teaching about human gender and sexuality; their Archbishops will be breathing fire and brimstone upon all Anglicans who believe that the Mother Church is only seeking to redress historic injustice. This is already evidenced by Nigeria’s Archbishop Okoh’s (Chair of GAFCON) statement of severance from such Anglican inclusivism. He and other GAFCON Primates are still in favour of punishing LGBTI people with all the force of law that their host countries – mainly in Africa – are wont to hand out against the existence of such a minority group.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

(presently afloat off Lisbon)

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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