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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 12 Dec 2018

Lee Gatiss examines episcopal guidance on celebrating gender transition published yesterday.

The House of Bishops of the Church of England has issued guidance on the use of liturgy to mark and celebrate a person’s gender transition. This follows a statement from the Bishops in January (responding to a motion at General Synod in July 2017) that the existing rite of affirmation of baptismal faith could be used for this purpose.

Church Society and other groups responded then, as we also have on previous occasions (see below for examples). We continue to have extremely serious concerns.

The bishops start by affirming that all people are welcome at church and celebrating the diversity of the body of Christ. Those are things that every evangelical Christian would want to endorse enthusiastically. Our astonishment at God’s amazing grace, that embraces even a sinner like me, drives us to want others to share in that too.

However, this guidance is highly problematic for a number of reasons:

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 12 Dec 2018

Our readings this week speak to us of wrath, repentance, and rejoicing; reminding us that the coming of the Lord is a day we must prepare for well.

The lectionary readings this week are Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7 and Luke 3:7-18.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 10 Dec 2018

Ros Clarke and Amanda Robbie discuss Phoebe by Paula Gooder

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