Church of England votes to consider special transgender services

The Church of England’s governing body voted Sunday for bishops to consider special services for transgender people.

The motion, approved during a four-day General Synod meeting in York, said transgender people need to be “welcomed and affirmed in their parish church,” and that bishops should consider “preparing nationally commended liturgical materials to mark a person’s gender transition.”

The Rev. Christopher Newlands, who proposed the motion, opened Sunday’s debate by saying transgender people are God’s children, too.

“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,” he said, according to a statement by the church. WASHINGTON TIMES

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