On Sunday afternoon, I was sitting in front of a cafe in downtown Washington, sipping coffee under a sliver of roof on a wet day, minding my own business, when three people who were clearly tourists walked up and gestured for me to take out my headphones. I asked them why they wanted to pray for me, and the same person answered that they felt called by God to walk around the streets of D. I sure as hell caught the gist of why these folks happened upon me to offer prayer.
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More than 2, clergy and lay members of the Church of England have signed a letter calling on bishops to withdraw or change recent guidance on welcoming transgender people to the church. Last month the church issued advice to clergy and congregations recommending an adapted affirmation of baptism service to allow transgender Christians to celebrate their new identity and name. In recent years controversial new theories about the relationship between biological sex and the social meaning of gender have been linked to gender dysphoria.
The transgender debate is becoming all-encompassing. Issues such as education, law, government, entertainment all fall in the crosshairs of the transgender debate, and our culture moves with such speed that working out how to respond seems overwhelming, if not impossible. So here are five essential things for Christians to keep in mind as we think about and speak about transgenderism.
The stumbling block, at every point, has been the church. Whether we know it or not, transgender people are already a part of our church communities. As ofat least 1.
Tattooed on my left arm is an anatomically correct heart with my interpretation of a God-shaped hole in it. In fact in some details it is mild compared to the violence others have suffered in the name of faith. Granted, hostility exists on both sides: Religiously inspired hatred has often been matched with disdain towards congregational life from queer and trans communities.
Thank you for asking this question. Click To Tweet. There is only one passage that seems to point to displeasure with transgender people, and it has to do with clothing.
Hartke deftly weaves biblical stories with the life stories of real transgender people, including himself. It was here that I came to believe Transforming would be as outstanding a tool for cisgender parents and pastors as it would be for transgender Christians like me, who can use some tools to find their way in the Christian community. Through the next nine chapters, Hartke shows many ways the Bible urges us to embrace those who are not like us, just as Jesus did.
Jump to navigation. Visit EarthBeatNCR's new reporting project that explores the ways Catholics and other faith groups are taking action on the climate crisis. Overnight, calls quadrupled to TransHelp, the suicide hotline by and for transgender people. This "leak" may have been an election device to pander to Trump supporters, but it underlines both the fragility of this marginalized group and the contempt with which portions of our society treat us.