by Duncan Dormor
from Modern Believing Vol 58:4 - October 2017

Abstract:

Over the last couple of decades many liberal and mainstream Protestant denominations have welcomed transgender Christians as congregational members and affirmed their ministry as leaders and teachers. A growing number of Protestant churches in Europe and the USA ordain transgender people as pastors and teachers and conduct weddings for transgender people in their confirmed gender. The issues raised by transgender are complex for religious authorities and churches in the modern world, as they have an impact upon communities, relationships between believers, and shared understandings of the sacred. Three catalysts for change have been ministers or priests who have transitioned and sought clear validation about their continuing public role as Christian teachers and leaders; the requirement for churches to respond to newly-introduced legislation which gives transgender people certain marriage and employment rights; and the consciousness-raising of a growing number of advocates and lobbying groups within the churches. Consequently, there has been slow but steady progress in the acceptance of transgender people within the Christian community across the spectrum of mainstream Protestant denominations.

Keywords:

TRANSGENDER, PROTESTANT, CHRISTIANITY, LEGISLATION, LEGAL STATUS


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Editorial by Steven Shakespeare
from Modern Believing Vol 58:3 - July 2017

In the week before writing this editorial, Article 50 was triggered in the UK, initiating the start of its withdrawal from the EU

At the same time, Reker Ahmed, a young Kurdish asylum seeker, was viciously beaten by a gang in Croydon, leaving him in a critical condition. Commenting on the event, the head of a fostering agency which works with many young asylum seekers, said ‘We have made several reports to the police of hate crimes. We think it is rising. It is entirely linked to the environment that has been created by the public discourse about people coming to this country from overseas’ (The Guardian, Monday 3rd April 2017).

by Robert B. Slocum
from Modern Believing Vol 58:3 - July 2017

Abstract:

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy (“Woodbine Willie”) was an Anglican priest and British Army chaplain who served heroically at the front during World War I. His poems and theological reflections were inspired by times of crisis and troubling questions he faced in the war. He came to see war as an unmitigated evil. He was a Christian advocate for peace, forgiveness, and social justice. His theology focuses on reconciling belief in God with the prevalence of evil (especially war). He finds the suffering love of God revealed in Jesus, the crucified God who shares our pains and trials with us.

Keywords:

CRUCIFIED GOD, FAITH AND SUFFERING, FAITH AND WAR, INDUSTRIAL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, MILITARY CHAPLAINS, PROBLEM OF EVIL, STUDDERT KENNEDY, GEOFFREY ANKETELL, SUFFERING GOD, THEODICY, WORLD WAR, 1914-1918 – ARMISTIC MEMORIALS, WORLD WAR, 1914-1918 – RELIGIOUS MEANINGS


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