The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on Saturday put in its first brazenly transgender bishop.
Reverend Megan Rohrer was elected in Might to function the bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod — one of many church’s 65 synods — and can oversee practically 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada.
The set up ceremony passed off on the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
A ‘historic’ transfer
“I step into this function as a result of a various group of Lutherans in Northern California and Nevada prayerfully and thoughtfully voted to do a historic factor,” Rohrer, who makes use of the pronouns “they” and “he,” mentioned in a press release.
“My set up will have fun all that’s potential once we belief God to shepherd us ahead.”
“My name is… to be as much as the identical messy, loving issues I used to be as much as earlier than,” Rohrer informed churchgoers.
“However principally, should you’ll let me, and I feel you’ll, my hope is to like you and past that, to like what you’re keen on.”
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America is among the largest Christian denominations within the US and has about 3.3 million members.
Who’s Megan Rohrer?
Rohrer, 41, was ordained in 2006. They served as a pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in San Francisco in 2014 and because the chaplain coordinator for the town’s police division.
Rohrer, who’s married and has two kids, was one among seven LGBTQ pastors accepted by the progressive Evangelical Lutheran church in 2010 after it allowed pastors in same-sex relationships to be ordained.
They studied faith at Augustana College in South Dakota, earlier than shifting to California to pursue grasp and doctoral levels on the Pacific Faculty of Faith in Berkeley.
Rohrer acquired nationwide consideration once they talked about their expertise as a younger LGBTQ Christian on the truth TV sequence “Queer Eye“.
Not like homosexual bishops in mainline Protestant church buildings within the US, transgender individuals are sluggish to search out acceptance as church leaders.
Rohrer’s election is a primary within the Lutheran denomination and different main Christian denominations within the US.