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The Church of England - - FEATURE -

It was cer­tainly a rather dif­fer­ent kind of show on Premier Ra­dio last week when they ran a one-hour doc­u­men­tary telling the story of trans­gen­der Chris­tians.

“Trans­gen­der is­sues have of­ten been left out of les­bian, gay and bi-sex­ual dis­cus­sions within the church,” says Dave Rose, Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor. But this pro­gramme was go­ing to change all that.

Stefan, a trans male from a tra­di­tional Ja­maican back­ground said: “God knows your jour­ney. God knows ex­actly what you’re go­ing to do through­out your life be­cause he planned it for you. So God knew I was go­ing to be trans­gen­der; I’m ful­fill­ing my pur­pose.”

The doc­u­men­tary heard from the­olo­gians, sci­en­tists and writ­ers, many re­flect­ing the tra­di­tional per­spec­tive that Dr Christo­pher West made: “Maybe we don’t heal the prob­lem by chang­ing the body; maybe it’s a spir­i­tual prob­lem and there is a heal­ing for the soul.”

How­ever, in a pro­gramme that was timely and re­veal­ing, Stephanie, a trans fe­male who tran­si­tioned in 1979, be­lieves churches have a duty to be in­clu­sive.

“We as Chris­tians need to ex­am­ine our own mo­tives about why we are re­ject­ing peo­ple. God never re­jected any­body and The Word tells me he wants ev­ery­one to be saved – ev­ery­one – so what­ever you are, God wants you to have an op­por­tu­nity to be saved,” she said. very spe­cial,” he said.

“I’m pre­pared to ac­cept he was the Son of God, I do be­lieve that there’s a God out there and I do be­lieve he was the Son of God.”

Al­though Mr Pais­ley was at the other end of the ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal spec­trum, it was this shared faith that helped the two to find com­mon ground. Now who said faith was di­vi­sive? A re­mark­able ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dis­cov­ery was made in France last week. A frag­ment of silex was found near Berg­erac (in the Dor­dogne re­gion) that con­tained a 35,000-year-old en­grav­ing that bore a re­mark­able sim­i­lar­ity to the Twit­ter logo.

Per­haps an­cient Gauls had a pre­mo­ni­tion about the very mod­ern way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing, but it raises in­ter­est­ing ques­tions in the In­di­ana Jones world.

First, would Twit­ter claim longer roots than we first thought? (The com­pany was launched, help­fully, a decade ago this week, on 21 March 2006).

Or could there be a more sig­nif­i­cant im­pli­ca­tion?

The ar­chae­ol­o­gist Wil­liam Skyv­ing­ton (an Aus­tralian liv­ing and work­ing in France), won­dered: “This dis­cov­ery prob­a­bly sug­gests that the French gov­ern­ment might look into the pos­si­bil­ity of ac­quir­ing this pres­ti­gious com­pany and declar­ing it a part of France’s na­tional her­itage.

“That would mean, of course, that all tweets, from then on, would have to be writ­ten in clas­si­cal French, and ap­proved by the Académie française.”

Let’s hope the Brex­i­teers don’t make an is­sue of this one!

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