Church Of England To Consider Baptisms For Transgender’s New Identity

THE Church of England is to debate plans to introduce a ceremony akin to a baptism to mark the new identities of “Christians” who undergo gender transition. The Rev Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory, has proposed a motion to the General Synod to debate the issue, after he was approached by a young transgender person seeking to be “re-baptised” in his new identity. The motion, which was passed by Blackburn Diocese last month, calls on the House of Bishops to consider whether it should introduce a new service to mark the milestone in the life of a trans person. A spokesperson for the Archbishops’ Council confirmed that the motion had been received, but said it would not be debated imminently. Newlands urged the church to take the lead on welcoming a group that suffered high levels of discrimination.

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