Amending Church Records for Identity Changes
The Episcopal Church has prepared a set of recommendations for local churches in developing a policy on making name and gender changes to Episcopal Church records. These guidelines for policy development accommodate individuals’ requests to align name and gender entries with usage they have legally adopted in civil jurisdictions. Name and gender identity in records is particularly sensitive in instances where individuals seek to safeguard their privacy, protect themselves from harm, or simply to revise records that do not accurately represent their identity. The guidelines were prepared at the request of General Convention, circulated for comment to interested parties, and approved for distribution by Executive Council at its October 9–11, 2020 meeting. We welcome questions and comments on the guidelines.
- Guidelines for Policy on Amending Church Records for Name and Gender Changes
- Pautas para la política de enmienda de los registros de la iglesia para los cambios de nombre y de género
- General Convention resolution 2018-A088
- Executive Council resolution recommending the guidelines
- Bibliography of Sources