From General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens
I am disturbed by the recent events in the United States where we continue to see human beings subjected to acts of prejudice, hate, bigotry and discrimination. Scripture affirms that all people are created in the image of God and share with all others in the worth that comes from being unique individuals; (Gen. 1:26-27). And Christ commands to love one another as Christ has loved us (John 13:34-35). By this, all people will know that we are his disciples. And so, we re-affirm the humanity of transgender persons.
Service to an individual’s country should not be dependent on gender identity, but rather a willingness and ability to serve. Though the door was officially opened just last year, there are many transgender individuals who have served, and are currently serving, in the armed forces with honor and distinction. Regardless of our varying political ideologies or theological perspectives, Holy Scripture affirms that all people are created in the image of God and share with all others in the worth that comes from being unique individuals. In this fragmented world, may the unconditional love and amazing grace of God through Jesus Christ be the foundation of the witness we make together as we journey toward wholeness.