Reverend Megan Rohrer, who uses the pronouns ‘they’ and ‘them’, has been appointed as the first openly transgender bishop in a service held in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
The bishop will lead one of the church’s 65 synods, and will oversee almost 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada.
This is what Rohrer told worshipers:
“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, my hope is to love you and beyond that, to love what you love.”
— Sierra Pacific Synod (@spselca) September 12, 2021
Rev. Rohrer broke new ground when they became the first trans pastor in the Lutheran church when he was elected to lead the synod for a six-year term in May.
Back at the time, they said it’s humbling, inspiring, and they believe that this call is bigger than them – it’s about serving God and a place in history that means a lot to a lot of people.
They added that their new role involves being the pastor of the pastors and cheerleader of almost 200 congregations.