"The Church of England is to debate plans to introduce a ceremony akin to a baptism to mark the new identities of Christians who undergo gender transition.
The Rev Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory, has proposed a motion to the General Synod to debate the issue, after he was approached by a young transgender person seeking to be “re-baptised” in his new identity.
The motion, which was passed by Blackburn Diocese last month, calls on the House of Bishops to consider whether it should introduce a new service to mark the milestone in the life of a trans person. A spokesperson for the Archbishops’ Council confirmed that the motion had been received, but said it would not be debated imminently…"
I hope this only prompts mature and charitable discussion.
FWIW the CofE is doing its best to be “relevant” and while the end result if one emerges will be frankly a little embarrassing because of the way the CofE expresses its inclusivity in language, it should be warmly applauded for the attempt I think.
However…given baptism is a mark upon the soul rather than the body, it doesn’t really matter if you change your name (or what you have between your legs), surely? You can’t ever be re-baptised (and whatever the Church’s position on Anglican sacraments are in general, obviously the baptism is valid)… A baptism isn’t a naming ceremony; people change their names all the time and no one has remotely thought until now that this somehow confuses God. I’m not sure why the CofE is going down this particular cul-de-sac.