SAN FRANSISCO: The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America has installed an Openly Transgender person as bishop for the first time. The service took place at the Grace Cathedral in San Fransisco.
Reverend Megan Rohrer will take charge of one of the church’s 65 synods and will look after 200 congregations in Nothern California, and Nothern Nevada.
“My call is … to be up to the same messy, loving things I was up to before”. “But mostly, if you’ll let me, and I think you will, I hope to love you and beyond that, to love what you love,” Rohrer told worshipers.
In May this year, Rohrer was elected to serve as bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod for six years after Synod’s current bishop took retirement. In a statement, Roher said, “I step into this role because a diverse community of Lutherans in northern California and Nevada prayerfully and thoughtfully voted to do a historic thing.” “My installation will celebrate all that is possible when we trust God to shepherd us forward.”
The church has 3.3 million members and is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States. “They” is the pronoun used by Rohrer to identify them, earlier they served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in San Fransisco and helped in ministering to the city’s LGBTQ+ communities and homeless people. They also serve as chaplain coordinator police department of San Fransisco.
Rohrer has master’s and doctoral degrees from Berkely’s Pacific School of Religion. Rohrer is happily married and has two children. Rohrer was one of the seven LGBTQ+ pastors accepted by Evangelical Church back in 2010 when the church decided to allow ordinating pastors who are in a same-sex relationship.