The Church of Sweden continued its radical agenda of reforms this week by referring to itself as “trans” in a letter to the country’s LGBTQ community.
According to Pink News, the Vasteras diocese website published a letter, titled “Personal letter to you who are trans,” in which it referred to the church as being “also trans.”
“We are writing to you from a church that is also trans,” the letter, which was penned by four priests, read.
“A church is made up of people. People are different. We have religious teachers, employees, churchwardens, elected representatives, non-profits and other parishioners who define themselves as transgender people,” it continued. “The church thus also consists of transgender people. Therefore, the church could be described as trans.”
The letter went on to apologize to the trans community for “how the media has treated you and we mourn the part of feminism that has fought for its rights and that now wants to limit yours.”
“In recent years, we have seen how newspapers, radio and television, even those that claim to be serious [media outlets], have given space to opinions where you as a transgender person and your rights have been questioned,” it continued. “We have seen a conversational climate where you have become public property, where poorly substantiated theories may stand unchallenged and become the norm for what should apply to your life.”
The church even lamented its own role in being responsible for the perpetuation of “trans hate.”
“It is sad that groups, organizations and individuals who are responsible for this hatred have a place in front of the microphones, on the debate pages, in the cultural programs and on the TV couches. This contributes to the normalization of trans hate,” it continued.
Feminists who exclude transgender individuals were denounced as “radical right-wing Christian groups and right-wing populists.”
The letter was signed by nearly 1,000 priests, deacons, and members.
“Whatever you encounter and whatever others say, no one can take away your gender identity and your human dignity. God loves you, just as you are,” it concluded. “We believe in a church and a God who welcomes people beyond power, national boundaries, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity. A humanity in all the colours of the rainbow, absolutely fantastic and infinite in its diversity. We are different and that is good. And God saw that it was good.”
In 2017, the Church of Sweden also elected to call God only by gender-neutral pronouns. The former state church, headquartered in Uppsala, which serves as home to 6.1 million baptized members, discussed gender-neutral language regarding God all the way back in 1986. Their leader, Archbishop Antje Jackelen, a woman, told Sweden’s TT news agency that theology demands God be referred to as some kind of eunuch.
“Theologically, for instance, we know that God is beyond our gender determinations, God is not human,” Jackelen said.
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