DATE: 13 June 2014
Contact: Jason O’Neill, MCC Communications
MCC Moderator Urges Southern Baptists to Stop Condemning God
SBC condemns transgender people and creates a climate of persecution and discrimination
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches, which has ministries in over 40 countries. Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT faith delegation to meet with White House staff in 1979. She served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, global leader of Metropolitan Community Churches, spoke out today to urge Southern Baptists to learn about humanity rather than to pass resolutions that reject people based on their gender identity.
“Jesus said, ‘judge not lest ye be judged,’ but the Southern Baptist voting members ignore this core message of grace when they reject God’s children who happen to be transgender,” said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson. “The lives of transgender people are at stake. When a person’s outer gender does not match their inner identity, it is almost impossible for them to lead a full and meaningful life. For over 45 years, MCChas provided a church home for all people who are rejected by their churches because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Now it’s time for all churches, including the Southern Baptist Convention, to learn about the diversity of humanity as created by God. Stop condemning God for creating wonderfully diverse human beings who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer!”
“When churches reject transgender people, it contributes to a climate of rejection and condemnation,which leads to persecution and violence against transgender people,” said Dr. Wilson. “In one study, 83% of transgender people reported suffering verbal attacks, half experienced job discrimination, and a third experienced physical attacks. Transgender women of color are literally hundreds of times more likely to experience violent attacks than the average person. Where are Southern Baptists when a child of God who is transgender is murdered?”
Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, aging, and global human rights. MCC was the first to perform same gender marriages and has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide.