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.
It grew from a simple request. A young man had asked for re-baptism with his male name, surmising that God might not recognize him, as he was originally baptized as a girl. He wished to be reintroduced to God in his new identity.
The vicar of St Mary’s in Lancaster, the Revd Chris Newlands created a liturgy which drew from the baptismal service and allowed the young man to renew his baptismal vows.
Father Newlands feels that as more trans folk hear of this service, they may be inclined to make the same request. The above motion has been passed by the Dio Blackburn diocesan synod and has now been sent to the Church of England’s upcoming General Synod.
Originally reported here.
Posted by David Allen