The Episcopal Church Vote To Approve Transgender Pastors
Wow! There is so much being rushed and pushed, in our opinion, with incorporating gays and transgenders not only in other sectors of society but in the church, of all places.
The House of Bishops voted at the church’s General Convention to include “gender identity and expression” in its “non-discrimination canons,” meaning sexual orientation, including that of people who have undergone sex-change operations, cannot be used to exclude candidates to ministry.
The move comes nine years after the Episcopal Church, an independent U.S.-based church affiliated with the worldwide Anglican Communion, approved its first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, sparking an exodus of conservative parishes.
If you did not know: The Episcopal Church, which has about 2 million members mostly in the United States, now allows gay men and lesbians to join the ordained ministry.
At this year’s triennial convention, being held in Indianapolis, the church’s leadership is also due to consider approving a liturgy for same-sex weddings.
If approved, the church would establish a standard liturgy to use in same-sex unions for use on a trial basis starting in December, 2012.
It’s obvious that President Obama’s immediate agreement with same sex marriage has put a speed rush on how things will be viewed and structured in society and in the church. We will say one thing: it doesn’t matter what new ideas and trends come along, God never changes and we plan on sticking with that doctrine.