C of E approves transgender liturgies

Dec 12, 2018 by

The Church of England publishes guidance for gender transition services

[Editor’s note: Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn and the President of Church of England Evangelical Council, commended guidance developed by C of E priests and transgender activists and published in December 2018, to permit the marking of gender transition through reaffirmation of baptismal faith with a new name and gender identity. He later signed a document with other CEEC leaders critiquing the guidance. Following the CEEC annual meeting in early January 2019, Bishop Julian clarified that he regretted his role in commending the liturgy, and instead stood by the CEEC position. Below are listed further reports and comment on what appears to be a major shift in understanding of Christian anthropology from the Church of England, signs of cracks appearing in the collegiality of the Bishops, and opposition to the revisionist programme growing among evangelicals…]

Most recent items at the top.

Leading evangelical bishop apologises for role in gender transition liturgy guidance – and now opposes it, by David Baker, Christian Today

Report of the January 2019 Meeting of the Church of England Evangelical Council

Comment on the follow-up Statement from the Church of England re. liturgies to mark gender transition, from Gafcon UK

The House of Bishops and transgender: fifteen wasted years, by Martin Davie, Reflections of an Anglican Theologian


Posts before 31 December 2018:

Baptizing the Spirit of the Age, by Matthew Lee Anderson, First Things

Statement from the Bishop Primus, Free Church of England

Dissent in the Church of England over new guidance on transgender services, Christian Today

GAFCON chair slams CofE transgender guidance as ‘false teaching’, Christian Today

Church of England’s plan for transgender baptisms outrages bishops by

Bishops and priests line up to rebel against trans baptisms by Nicholas Hellen, Sunday Times (£)

Letter to the Archbishop of York on Liturgy Celebrating Gender Transition by Julian Mann, VOL

Statement in response House of Bishop’s Guidance on welcoming Transgender people by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

Concerns raised on Bishops’ transgender guidance by Ian Paul, Church Times

What does gender have to do with genitals? by Julie Bindel, UnHerd

Accommodation is not Guidance by the Bishop of Maidstone

Anglicans and Transgender A series of reflections by Andrew Symes, published on the Anglican Mainstream website ‘Editorial Blog’ pages, 2015-2018

No need to get baptised again just because you’re changing sex by Christopher Howse, Telegraph

That was the week that was… from Northern Souls blogspot

Affirmation of Baptismal Faith, from The Society

C of E dives down the trans rabbit hole by Will Jones, The Conservative Woman

What does it profit to bishop to give his soul, not for the whole world, but for transgenderism? Low drama, high farce and  spiritual tragedy in the C of E by Gavin Ashenden

Anglican bishop who hailed transgender rite as biblical calls it flawed in shambolic U-turn by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest

A response to the House of Bishops’ “Pastoral Guidance for use in conjunction with the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith in the context of gender transition”, from Church of England Evangelical Council

[Editor’s note: This lengthy critique of the House of Bishops’ guidance concludes that the transgender liturgies “establish a position which is incompatible with biblical teaching”, and calls for “clarifications and…modifications”. It is signed by a number of CEEC officers including, bizarrely, Bishop Julian Henderson himself, after he had previously described the liturgies as “rooted in Scripture”.]

Baptism-style ceremony for men who ‘transition’ to female? Why Church of England has imploded by Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSite

A Sex-Change Ritual in the Church of England – Bishop Keith Ackerman

The Church of England’s New Transgender Service Subverts the Bible, Will Drive People Away by Tyler O’Neil, PJ Media

Statement from Bishop Andy Lines following the Church of England’s guidance on liturgies to celebrate gender transition, Gafcon

Wisdom and folly: the bishops’ guidance on transgender welcome by Ian Paul, Psephizo

Anglican Transgender ‘Confirmation’ by Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

Transgendered baptism: Anglican Unscripted with Kallsen and Ashenden

‘Baptism and the transgendered in the C of E’: the cruelty of the ‘would-be kind’ and incompetent, by Gavin Ashenden

Transitioning a liturgy, by Lee Gatiss, Church Society

Church of England crosses red line as it blesses ‘genital mutilation’, by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest

New C of E guidance on gender transition services follows ‘devastating trajectory’, from Christian Concern

The secular, postmodern re-shaping of church and society, by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream


See also earlier posts following the previous announcements on transgender liturgies earlier this year

What’s wrong with transgender liturgy? By Ian Paul, Psephizo

Synod debates about liturgy open up bigger questions about truth and religious freedom, by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream

Lex orandi, lex credendi and the proposals for the affirmation of same sex relationships and gender transition by the Church of England. By Martin Davie

The transgender issue is a first order Gospel issue, by Carys Moseley, Christian Concern

C of E vicar protests against use of ‘Valuing All God’s Children’ in schools. Anglican Mainstream report


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