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Transgender people encouraged to become priests in Church of England diversity drive

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “And to those who seek to treat us as a problem, to harm and dismiss us and deny our gifts and callings – that their behaviour will no longer be tolerated.”  The organisation added that it “understands that other dioceses are doing work along similar lines to Lichfield”. Last year the Church released new guidance about homophobic and transphobic bullying in its 4,700 schools. At the time the Archbishop of Canterbury said: “All bullying, including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying causes profound damage, leading to higher levels of mental health disorders, self-harm, depression and suicide.”Central to Christian theology is the truth that every single one of us is made in the image of God.”Priests and bishops in the Church of England are allowed to enter civil partnerships, but not same-sex marriages. They are allowed to enter into same-sex relationships only on the understanding that they will remain celibate. Several gay priests have left the church in order to get married, while one, Jeremy Pemberton, lost a discrimination case after he was prevented from taking up a post as a hospital chaplain having married his male partner.  Progressive groups within the church welcomed the move. OneBodyOneFaith, which works to promote LGBT inclusion, said the guidance was “encouraging”. The organisation’s chair of Trustees, Canon Peter Leonard, said: “It’s my hope that the work being undertaken by Lichfield diocese, and this clear statement, will send a very strong signal to LGBT+ people that they’re welcomed and valued on equal terms with our brothers and sisters.   The new guidance, which is signed by three other bishops within the diocese, warns clergy that they may not “tell or insinuate to people that sexual orientation or gender identity will be changed by faith or that homosexuality or gender difference is a sign of immaturity or a lack of faith”.If they are approached by someone unhappy with their sexuality, they must “be alert to the power relations involved in such prayers and conversations, and the possibility of spiritual or emotional abuse,” the guidance says.  It adds: “As Archbishop Justin has made clear, the perception that the Church is homophobic and transphobic is harming our mission, especially to young people. “We need to challenge this perception by reaching out to LGBT+ people with the good news of God’s love, modelling God’s welcome and care for all people.” Transgender people are being encouraged to become Church of England vicars as bishops launch a diversity drive. Bishops in the diocese of Lichfield have issued new guidance to parishioners and clergy reminding them that LGBT people “can be called to roles of leadership and service in the local church”.The guidance, titled “welcoming and honouring LGBT+ people”, warns that the church’s reputation as being unwelcoming towards gay and transgender people is stopping young people attending. “We very much hope that they, like everyone else, feel encouraged to serve on PCCs, or as churchwardens and worship leaders, for instance, and are supported in exploring vocations to licensed lay and ordained ministries,” the guidance says.”Nobody should be told that their sexual or gender identity in itself makes them an unsuitable candidate for leadership in the Church.”The group, led by diocesan bishop The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, also warn against “intrustive questioning about someone’s sexual practices or desires, or their experience of gender”, saying it is “almost always inappropriate”. Last year the Church’s general synod voted to call on the Government to ban so-called “conversion therapy”, which is aimed at helping gay people change their sexuality. It also voted to support the introduction of a new liturgy for transgender people, though bishops announced earlier this year that one was not needed, and that people in this circumstance could instead use the existing liturgy for affirmation of baptismal faith.  read more

Tuschen residents take to streets to demand justice for 4yrold accident

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related5 months after, family of 4-yr-old Tuschen accident victim continues to demand justiceAugust 9, 2017In “latest news”Tuschen fatal accident: Authorities awaiting DPP’s adviceMarch 22, 2017In “Crime”Police seeking coroner for further probe into death of 4-year-old – JamesJune 22, 2017In “Crime” Residents of Tuschen New Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, today, took to the streets to call for justice for 4-year-old Ramkarran Mohan who was fatally struck down on March 14, 2017 by a female driver, who is yet to be formally charged.The scene in Tuschen today was chaotic as the family along with villagers protested what they deemed as injustice for the driver of the car which struck down Mohan to have been released on $20,000 station bail.Villagers who joined the protest indicated that the woman, who is said to be the daughter of a senior Police Officer in “D” Division had reportedly claimed that she is “untouchable”.Family members of the victim are also claiming that the investigating officers are giving them the “royal runaround” whenever they attempt to inquire about the case.As such the dead child’s mother, father, grandmother and other relatives and friends are calling for justice to be served and vow to keep on protesting until such time.“I’m the grandmother of this baby, Ram,  and I’m calling [for] justice because this female driver that hit my grandson and drag him and run him over [is] paying no interest. They do not even come and sympathize with me. He [driver’s father] is the second under the commissioner of police and she could walk free, she is untouchable”, the 4-year-old’s grandmother, Bibi Nazmoon Khan said.In addition, Khan said “I need justice. Who will be the next? This is a baby and this is the road, I need justice for my grandson!”The mother of  dead child questioned whether her son was the only victim who  was injured by the errant driver while noting that the same driver is allegedly unlicensed.The lad  of Lot 1088 Tuschen New Housing Scheme, EBE, was returning home in the company of his uncle when he met his demise on Tuesday last.Reports are that the duo went to purchase a ball at a nearby shop around 11:00h when the accident occurred. After the child was struck, the woman was reportedly unaware that she had hit the lad and stopped several feet away after the child’s uncle ran in front of the vehicle.Accident victim: Ramkarran MohanThe  injured boy was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries.Meanwhile, when contacted, D Division Commander, Leslie James related that the case file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice. read more