Skip to content

Transgendered, Episcopalian priest to deliver sermon at Washington National Cathedral

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/10/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Church hopes this sends out message of support to transgendered community

The Rev. Cameron Partridge, a transgendered Episcopalian priest is scheduled to give the June 22 sermon at the Washington National Cathedral in Northwest. Dean of the cathedral, the Rev. Gary Hall, says he hopes Mr. Partridge's presence sends a message of support for the transgender community.

An Episcopal chaplain at Boston University as well as a lecturer and counselor for Episcopal and Anglican students at the Harvard Divinity School, Partridge completed his transition to male in 2001, according to Boston University.

An Episcopal chaplain at Boston University as well as a lecturer and counselor for Episcopal and Anglican students at the Harvard Divinity School, Partridge completed his transition to male in 2001, according to Boston University.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
6/10/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Transgendered, reverend Cameron Partridge, Episcopal Church


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "We at Washington National Cathedral are striving to send a message of love and affirmation, especially to LGBT youth who suffer daily because of their gender identity or sexual orientation," Hall said.    

"We want to proclaim to them as proudly and unequivocally as we can: Your gender identity is good and your sexual orientation is good because that's the way that God made you."

Light up the darkness by going here --

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2012 approved the ordination of transgender persons, approving a rite of blessing for same-sex unions. This issue has been a major contributor to the fracturing of Episcopal congregations, as the cathedral performs same-sex marriages.

Integrity USA, a nonprofit that advocates for full LGBT acceptance within the Episcopal Church says that Partridge's visit should be seen as nothing out of the ordinary.

"This is not any sort of shock. This is just a devout minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ who is being given an opportunity to preach the Gospel," Vivian Taylor, Integrity USA's executive director who knows Partridge as a mentor, says. "If anything, this is giving folks the opportunity to see a transgender person of faith, living his faith in an honest and meaningful way that absolutely honors the Episcopal faith."

Executive director at the Pacific School of Religion's Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry Bernard Schlager says that the invitation was "an important and historic moment," as well as "long overdue." However, he warned it could also drive further separation within the church.

"As often happens, I think, justice issues such as the full inclusion of LGBT in the full life and ministry of the church are not embraced by everyone at the same time," he said.

Dawne Moon, an assistant professor of sociology at Marquette University, called the cathedral's invitation to Partridge "striking," given that transgender people are having their voices heard in the national media.

"It seems that the Episcopal Church is working to keep its place at the forefront of the struggle within American denominations to show what some believe to be the all-encompassing nature of God's love," Moon said.

"They are also showing themselves to be open to learning about what God and faith look like from many human perspectives, and not just the perspectives of those who conform to a particular social norm."

An Episcopal chaplain at Boston University as well as a lecturer and counselor for Episcopal and Anglican students at the Harvard Divinity School, Partridge completed his transition to male in 2001, according to Boston University.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed.
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.


Comments


More U.S.

The FBI may investigate Planned Parenthood Watch

Image of It is hoped the FBI will investigate the criminal activities of Planned Parenthood.

An FBI request for un-redacted Planned Parenthood documents from the U.S. Senate could signal an investigation into whether the abortion ... continue reading


After Maria: Catholics helping to rebuild Puerto Rico Watch

Image of Caritas and other Christian charities are still working to rebuild Puerto Rico.

Seven weeks after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, the majority of the island is still without power, and many residents are ... continue reading


Honoring our Veterans on Their Day by Living the Same Principles Watch

Image of

They gave their lives for a country who believed that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain ... continue reading


Fr. Randy Sly on Veterans Day: Live the Values Which Inspired Their Sacrifice Watch

Image of

Today marks the observance of Veterans Day in the United States of America. I am a Vietnam Veteran and this day means a lot to me. As a ... continue reading


A thank you prayer for our Catholic veterans, steadfast defenders of freedom and faith Watch

Image of May God bless all our veterans, by whose sacrifices we remain free.

It is a historical fact that Catholic armies have saved the world many times over. Whether turning back the tides of hostile Islamic ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Catholic Online MasterClass
Learn from experts

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Catholic Media Missionaries
The New Evangelization

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.