Becoming transgender a sacred journey of becoming whole, says ex-Archbishop of Canterbury

Apr 5, 2022 by

by Gabriella Swerling, Telegraph:

Lord Williams of Oystermouth wades into conversion therapy debate as No 10’s stance sparks boycott of its LGBT conference.

Lord Williams signed the open letter to Boris Johnson, along with senior clergy, including the Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Revd Dr David Ison; the Bishop of Buckingham, the Right Revd Dr Alan Wilson; the Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn; and the Dean of Manchester, the Very Revd Rogers Govender.

In the open letter, obtained by ITV News, they added: “To allow those discerning this journey to be subject to coercive or undermining practices is to make prayer a means of one person manipulating another.

“It is a wrong-hearted notion of care and a wrong-headed understanding of conversion. Every church should be a safe space that affirms people in being who they are, without fear of judgment. We see no justification for the ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ excluding trans people.”

The intervention of Lord Williams, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012, along with 13 other faith leaders, came after a string of U-turns by the Government.

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