Supporting our bishops

Within the LGBTQ community there is a need for affirmation of trans people of faith.  There is a particular need for them to affirm their faith, in their new identity, after they have transitioned.

The Church of England’s House of Bishops has issued  Pastoral Guidance for use in conjunction with the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith in the context of gender transition.    The full text of this document is available as a pdf document here.  The Affirmation of baptismal vows is an official Church of England liturgy which has existed for many years.  It is not a new liturgy and the guidance offers advice to clergy on how they may use this liturgy when someone who is trans wants to reaffirm their faith.  It is not a baptism service.

There has been a conservative and negative response to this guidance, which is asking the Bishops to remove their guidance.  This response can be found here.  I have been unable to find out who actually wrote the letter, but there is an open invitation for people to sign it.

The best way to respond to this non affirming material is to write to your own bishop, supporting the guidance and supporting the House of Bishops.  A list of diocesan bishops and their contact details are to be found in the campaigning section of this website or a pdf version is available by following the link here.  All the information is in the public domain.

LGBTQFaithUK wholeheartedly supports the Pastoral Guidance from the House of Bishops.

 

 

 

Author: LGBTQFaithUK

We believe and affirm gender and sexual minorities in their chosen faith. This site is a resource for those people of faith who are gender or sexual minorities and their allies. It is a place to find information about different faiths and some of the relevant issues. There is also news of upcoming events and book reviews. This site is affirming of people of faith outside of the cis gender and heterosexual majority. All are children of God and deserve respect and affirmation.

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