The Rhode Island State Council of Churches announced Friday that beginning next month, the organization’s executive minister, the Rev. Don Anderson, 70, will begin a three-month sabbatical during which he will transition into a woman named Donnie.
“… After 11 years of service our Executive Minister the Rev. Dr. Don Anderson has been granted a three month sabbatical starting on June 1st. Last fall Dr. Anderson shared with the Governing Board that she is transgender and in the process of transitioning. This sabbatical will afford Dr. Anderson the opportunity to do that free of the day to day operations of the council,” Chontell Washington, the council’s governing board president said in a letter to the public.
“During the sabbatical Dr. Anderson will be changing her name from Donald to Donnie. The council is appreciative of Dr. Anderson’s ministry and totally supportive of her transition. Please join us in wishing her well in this time of transition. We look forward to welcoming the Rev. Dr. Donnie Anderson back from her sabbatical in September,” Washington added.
The organization notes in its mission statement that it is “seeking to be followers of Jesus” by bringing together “denominations, congregations, organizations, faith leaders, and individuals to serve as a catalyst for ecumenical, cultural, and interfaith dialogue; offer resources to and with each other; advocate for peace and social justice.”
Anderson, who has stated that his decision to transition into a woman is a personal matter for him and his family, said he wanted people to know why he would be away from office and promised to discuss his change when he returns in September.
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Source: Christian Post