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VickySGV

A Name Change In Church This Evening

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VickySGV

The Episcopal Church in the U.S. has recently released a new rite for a Trans person to change their Baptismal / Birth Name in the Church.  I was invited to the ceremony for a young woman in a parish near mine.  I remember the impact my own name change in a similar rite had affected me, and I will just say that it is overwhelming when you are affirmed in your identity in a place that right now has a bad reputation in so many places. The ceremony took about 25 minutes with the "congregation" being told of several Bible verses  when names were changed, always to help the person give service in the church and with love and destiny.  The congregation also made a promise to support the woman by using the new name and honoring it and her new pronouns.  Only the woman and I were Trans.  Surprisingly (or maybe not) many of the people knew me from other activities and mouthy old me was actually welcome to discuss the Trans Experience and the special significance of our NAMES instead of our sexuality.  The young woman did not say much, but when I hit some major points of our lives her smile lit up the place.  The clergy involved were actually eager to learn about the really deep spiritual wealth that we Trans People have whether we are religious or not.

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DeeDee

Vicky that sounds like it would have been a wonderful and very spirit filled service 😊 I am glad you shared. Thank you.

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