미국 복음주의 루터교 교회, 최초로 공개적으로 트랜스젠더 주교 임명

미국 복음주의 루터교 교회(Evangelical Lutheran Church of America)는 토요일 샌프란시스코의 그레이스 대성당(Grace Cathedral)에서 열린 예배에 처음으로 공개적으로 트랜스젠더 주교를 임명했습니다..

Megan Rohrer 목사는 교회의 65 synods, overseeing nearly 200 congregations in northern 캘리포니아 and northern Nevada.

“My call isto be up to the same messy, loving things I was up to before,” Rohrer told worshippers. “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 in May to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod after its current bishop announced his retirement.

“I step into this role because a diverse community of Lutherans in northern California and Nevada prayerfully and thoughtfully voted to do a historic thing,” Rohrer said in a statement. “My installation will celebrate all that is possible when we trust God to shepherd us forward.”

Rohrer, who uses the pronoun “they,” previously served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in San Francisco and a chaplain coordinator for the city’s police department, and also helped minister to the city’s homeless and LGTBQ+ communities. They studied religion at Augustana University in their hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, before moving to California to pursue 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 after it allowed ordination of pastors in same-sex relationships. Rohrer is married and has two children.

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

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