‘God Is Non-Binary’ - Church of England’s First Trans-Priest

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‘God Is Non-Binary’ - Church of England’s First Trans-Priest

The Church of England’s first-ever "transwoman" priest has declared that “God is non-binary” and questioned whether He is “just genuinely like a guy?”

Reverend Canon Sarah Jones, currently of the St John the Baptist Church in Cardiff, Wales, was ordained by the Church of England some two decades ago, telling the Anglican state church at the time: “‘Look, there’s this medical history that you need to know about.”

The cleric told ITV News that “They were fine” with the disclosure, although they were initially “a little bit sort of, ‘Oh, OK, we don’t really know what to do, but give us some time, and we’ll work it out’.”

“And it did take them time, but they did work it out and eventually I was ordained,” Jones recalled.

The canon claimed that “There have been some occasions where it’s been made pretty plain to me that I wouldn’t be welcome in a certain post and that people disagreed that I should even be ordained” but that, for the most part, support has been “tremendous” — particularly in Wales.

On the subject of God being “non-binary” — similar to claims by the Church of England’s senior Archbishop, Justin Welby, that God is “not male nor female” in 2018 — Reverend Canon Sarah Jones elaborated by suggesting: “[W]hen you really think about it, does God really have a body? I don’t think so, so could God really be ‘He’, just genuinely like a guy?”

“I don’t think so and I think if God created everything, God’s beyond all of these boundaries so whatever God is, I really don’t think God is a standard ‘He’,” Jones insisted, adding: “I would absolutely say that God is non-binary in the sense that God is neither male nor female and I think it’s helpful.”

“It’s not just helpful for the queer community, I think whether you’re straight or gay or whatever you are, the fact that God is not [un]equivocally male perhaps is actually quite helpful in our understanding of humanity,” Jones added.

 

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