by Jonathan Draper
from Signs of the Times No. 67 - Oct 2017

Anthony Woollard, editor of Signs of the Times. asked that I should let readers of Signs of the Times know a little bit about me and something of the vision I have for Modern Church as I begin my work as our General Secretary.

I have been in the ordained ministry of the Church of England for the best part of 35 years, serving in a variety of capacities (parish priest, theological educator, cathedrals) in a wide variety of places. This always seems surprising to me since I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and am really a Baptist boy from New Jersey, brought up as a very conservative evangelical.

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Modern Believing is Modern Church's journal, published quarterly by Liverpool University Press, with articles promoting theological liberalism.

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  • Reviews Editor: Revd Dr Michael Brierley
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Vol 58:4 October 2017 - Guest Editor: Susannah Cornwall

Special edition: Variant Sex and Gender, Law and the Churches

Guest editorial by Susannah Cornwall
from Modern Believing Vol 58:4 - October 2017

Variant Sex and Gender, Law and the Churches

Whilst sex, gender and sexuality in religious perspective are impassioned topics of discussion both within faith communities themselves and among their observers, variant sex and gender are still relatively under examined. This special issue of Modern Believing focuses in particular on intersex and transgender, and examines how legal recognition of transgender and intersex people impacts on religious (especially Christian) communities, and on the implications for intersex and transgender people’s spiritual wellbeing of their participation in and full recognition by churches.

by Rob Clucas
from Modern Believing Vol 58:4 - October 2017

Abstract:

In this article, I discuss the situation of trans people within the Church of England. I outline instances of legal and institutional discrimination in the following situations: the Equality Act 2010 in the context of employment, promotion and training; trans candidates for ordination; and marriage involving (a) trans person(s). I discuss some theology relating to this discrimination. I explain the impact of disadvantage and discrimination for minority groups with reference to minority stress, and clarify the microaggressive messages contained in differential institutional treatment for trans people. I suggest that the harm done by Church discrimination against trans people is real and significant, and ought to be recognized and addressed. 

Keywords:

CHURCH OF ENGLAND; DISCRIMINATION; DISCRETION; EQUALITY ACT 2010; LGBT; MARRIAGE; MICROAGGRESSIONS; MINORITY STRESS; ORDINATION; PREJUDICE; TRANS; TRANSGENDER.


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by Andrew Worthley 
from Modern Believing Vol 58:4 - October 2017

Abstract:

Despite recent legislative and policy improvements regarding transgender equality, levels of awareness and understanding vary significantly. The Equality Act 2010 extended protection of trans rights through the Public Sector Equality Duty (“PSED”), forming part of what Cathi Albertyn terms ‘transformative equality’. The Church constitutes the statistically major faith group in the UK, with the Church of England holding the greatest claim to quasi-public status. This paper therefore proposes that the Church of England volunteers to bring itself into line with the Public Sector by adopting its own version of the PSED, or a ‘Faith Sector Equality Duty.’ Commitment to such an overarching ethos would effectively constitute an optimal form of ‘enforced self-regulation’ and so invigorate the rights of trans people in the UK.

Keywords:

CHURCH, DUTY, EQUALITY, FAITH, LAW, PUBLIC, RIGHTS, SECTOR, TRANS, TRANSFORMATIVE.


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