Church of England Considering Ceremony to Re-Baptize ‘Transgenders’ in Their New Name

BaptismLONDON — The Church of England is considering adding a ceremony to its services for “transgender” persons who seek to be re-baptized in their new gender identity and under their new name.

According to reports, Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory, recently proposed the addition to the General Synod after being approached by a girl who identifies as a boy who wished to be baptized again under her male name.

“I said, ‘Once you’ve been baptized, you’re baptized,'” Newlands recalled to the Guardian. “[But] he said, ‘But I was baptized as a girl, under a different name.’”

“I said, ‘Let me have a think about it.’ So we did, and then we created a service, which was an affirmation of baptismal vows where we could introduce him to God with his new name and his new identity,” he said.

Newlands soon submitted a motion for the issue to be considered by the denomination as a whole.

“That this Synod, recogniing 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 read.

The motion was approved by the parochial church council, the Deanery Synod and the Blackburn Diocese, and is set to next be debated by the General Synod. However, it may be some time before the matter is discussed as it is among a queue of other topics up for consideration.

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“I wanted to bring it to the General Synod as a commitment that bishops will take seriously, and for them to take the next step of getting a liturgy which parish priests can use for people who do the transition where they can be affirmed in the church,” Newlands stated.

But Andrew Symesn of the Anglican Mainstream said that the proposal runs counter to Christian beliefs.

“To recognize all people is something the church should be doing, but to have a service of blessing for someone to change their gender is a new idea,” he said. “The Christian faith has always taught that people are created male and female.”

“We are aware there are a number of people who want to change from one gender to another and that’s a new thing for the church to deal with,” Symesn continued. “It would be something that would go against the teachings of the church up till now.”

The denomination had also debated female ordination up until last year, with some asserting that requiring only men to hold leadership roles was akin to Sharia law. The Church of England ordained its first woman bishop in January, but not without opposition as one man called out during the service, “No! Not in the Bible.”

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  • Sheadian Whilby Cantu

    May the Lord comfort your heart’s no pain is greater

  • Peter Leh

    Love and prayers to the family

  • Ronda Hansen

    Prayers are upward bound. May God comfort you at this time.

  • HisChild

    Father God, as we pray for Your comfort to the hearts of this young couple, we also pray that through this you will draw Mr. Deans closer to Jesus. Show Gentry and Hadley Your deep love for them in incredible and tangible ways. Cause Mr. Deans to cry out to you and walk more closely with you. If he doesn’t yet know you Father, I pray he will be drawn in to Jesus. Thank you for being the God of our comfort and of our praise. In Jesus name, amen.

  • Shaunagh

    God bless this couple and comfort them in their pain in Jesus name Amen

  • DNelson

    Very sad. I will say a prayer for him.

  • Allison McClure

    My heart breaks for you..Father God, please help this family cope with this horrible tragedy. Please comfort them in their anguish and pain. Let them feel your presence so close and like never before..bring healing and peace that only you can give them..Amen Ps 34:18

  • Faith Apostolic

    Prayers for this family. Dear Lord please comfort the hearts…

  • shellyTheGreat

    wow that is tragic. I am so sorry, I hope that this family can remember the good times they had with their son and lean on each other and god for strength as they rebuild their lives.