Saturday, September 25, 2021

ELCA establishes first transgender bishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in the US installed its first openly transgender bishop on Saturday at a service held at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Rev. Megan Rohrer will lead one of the church’s 65 synagogues, overseeing about 200 congregations in Northern California and Northern Nevada.

Rohrer told the worshipers, “My call is … to the same filthy, sweet things that I was before.” “But mostly, if you’ll let me, and I think you will, my hope is to love you and beyond that, to love what you love.”

Rohrer was elected to a six-year term as bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod in May, when its current bishop announced his retirement.

“I stepped into this role because a diverse community of Lutherans in Northern California and Nevada voted with prayer and thought to create a historic work,” Rohrer said in a statement. “My establishment will celebrate all that is possible when we trust in God to lead us.”

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Rohrer, who uses the pronoun “they”, previously served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in San Francisco and a pastoral coordinator for the city’s police department, and also helped minister to the city’s homeless and LGTBQ community. used to do. He studied religion at Augustana University in his hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, before moving to California to earn his master’s and doctoral degrees at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.

Rohrer became one of seven LGBTQ pastors accepted by the Progressive Evangelical Lutheran Church in 2010 when it allowed the ordination of clergy in same-sex relationships. Rohrer is married and has two children.

The church is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States with approximately 3.3 million members.

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ELCA establishes first transgender bishop
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