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Mainline Christian church installs first openly trans bishop

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A California church installed the first openly transgender bishop of a mainline Christian denomination in San Francisco.

The Rev. Megan Rohrer was named bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on Saturday, saying the recognition is humbling.

"It's fancy new embroidery but still first part of doing a new job, you want to do well since so many people around the world are paying attention," Rohrer told Fox2 in the Bay Area. "Becoming a bishop is one more field that trans people can be fully equal."

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Rohrer is set to serve a six-year term and preside over the Sierra Pacific Synod, which consists of roughly 200 Lutheran congregations.

The road to becoming bishop has not been smooth, according to Rohrer, who was the first transgender chaplain of the San Francisco Police Department.

Rohrer had reportedly been excluded from the church for its regulations against those in the gay and transgender community.


Rohrer was seen as a member of the clergy in 2010 and has led services as the pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in San Francisco's Outer Sunset neighborhood.

"As I'm thinking about other people who are going to be future pastors, I'm going to do the best I can to remove the hurdles in front of them, just like hundreds of thousands of peoples moved hurdles out of my way," Rohrer said.

Rohrer, who is married and a parent to two children, hopes serving as bishop will help foster egalitarianism, the reverend told the Washington Examiner.

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"Like many other trailblazing trans people who gain entrance to work sacred and secular jobs, I hope my service as bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will lead to greater equality for all who seek to care for their neighbors," Rohrer said.

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Rohrer hopes that being bishop will elucidate the dedication that gay and transgender members have toward faith.

"I hope the news of my installation will reach all the places where trans people need a reminder that God is with them and rooting for them," Rohrer said. "I pray my story will help those who are conflicted to begin imagining the faithfulness of trans."

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Original Author: Luke Gentile

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