(Reuters) Episcopalians debate transgender issue in Ministry

A proposal to expand the U.S. Episcopal Church’s nondiscrimination canons for the ordained ministry to include “gender identity and expression” passed its first hurdle on Thursday, when it won committee approval at the church’s General Convention…..

“Please don’t focus on us as an abstract issue,” said Rev. Vicki Gray, a deacon at Christ the Lord Episcopal Church in Pinole, California, who identifies as transgender. “We are flesh-and-blood human beings.”

“The resolution is important so transgender people can have access to our church. ‘All’ is not sufficient,” said Gray.

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