Transgenderism, Transsexuality, And Gender Identity

August 7, 2017

(ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL PRESBYTERY IN SESSION AUGUST 5 & 7, 2017) According to Scripture, when God created human beings, He created them “male and female” and blessed their marital union (Genesis 1:26–28; 2:20–25). Later authors of Scripture interpreted this twofold act of creation and blessing to entail moral norms such as the mutual cultivation […]

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Stop the Hate: Protect And Support Our Transgender And Gender Non-Conforming Family

June 26, 2016

2016 Action of Immediate Witness BECAUSE—“Injustice at Every Turn,” a 2011 nationwide survey of transgender and gender non-conforming people, detailed overwhelming discrimination across multiple major areas of their lives: education, employment, health, family life, housing, and public accommodations; BECAUSE—Equality in all these areas is a fundamental human right; BECAUSE—Transgender and gender non-conforming people are routinely […]

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On Biblical Sexuality And The Freedom Of Conscience

June 15, 2016

WHEREAS, In the beginning God created male and female in His image as the crowning act of Creation (Genesis 1:26–27); and WHEREAS, Marriage is between one man and one woman, ordered by God toward the union of the spouses, the means of procreation, formative of family, and foundational to the common good of society (Genesis […]

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Oppose Therapists Engaged in Changing Sexual Identity

June 30, 2015

Resolved, That the 78th General Convention supports legislation banning state-licensed therapists and other service providers from engaging in discredited and dangerous practices that try to change a person’s sexual orientation or force them to deny their gender identity. General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of…The Episcopal Church, Salt Lake City, 2015 (New York: General […]

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Homosexuality, Marriage, And Sexual Identity

August 5, 2014

THIS STATEMENT WAS ADOPTED AS THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT BY THE GENERAL PRESBYTERY OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD IN SESSION AUGUST 4-5, 2014. Increasing political and religious advocacy for homosexual1 practices, same-sex marriage, and alternate sexual identities has prompted us to clarify our position on these critical issues. We believe that all matters of faith and […]

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On Transgender Identity

June 11, 2014

WHEREAS, All persons are created in God’s image and are made to glorify Him (Genesis 1:27; Isaiah 43:7); and WHEREAS, God’s design was the creation of two distinct and complementary sexes, male and female (Genesis 1:27; Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6) which designate the fundamental distinction that God has embedded in the very biology of the […]

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On Transgender Identity

June 10, 2014

WHEREAS, All persons are created in God’s image and are made to glorify Him (Genesis 1:27; Isaiah 43:7); and WHEREAS, God’s design was the creation of two distinct and complementary sexes, male and female (Genesis 1:27; Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6) which designate the fundamental distinction that God has embedded in the very biology of the human race; and […]

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Becoming a People of Grace and Welcome to All

September 12, 2013

BECOMING A PEOPLE OF GRACE AND WELCOME TO ALL WHEREAS, “We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world,” called to welcome others as we have been welcomed by God[1] and to practice hospitality to one another,[2] as well as to strangers;[3] and WHEREAS, Scripture affirms that all people are created in the image […]

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GENDER IDENTITY DISCRIMINATION

August 1, 2013

Resolved: To receive with gratitude the memorials of the Eastern North Dakota, Northern TexasNorthern Louisiana, Eastern Washington-Idaho, South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, Southwestern Texas, Saint Paul Area, Sierra Pacific, Northwest Washington, Greater Milwaukee, Southwest California, Minneapolis Area, Metropolitan New York, Northwestern Minnesota, Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Southwestern Minnesota, Southwestern Pennsylvania, Metropolitan Washington, D.C., […]

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Affirming Access to Discernment Process for Ministry

July 31, 2012

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That Title III, Canon 1, Sec. 2 of the Canons of the Episcopal Church be hereby amended to read as follows: No person shall be denied access to the discernment process for any ministry, lay or ordained, in this Church because of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities or age, except as otherwise provided by these Canons. No right to licensing, ordination, or election is hereby established.

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