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The Archives 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 (2018-A088) and approved for distribution by Executive Council at its October 9–11, 2020 meeting.  The Executive Council’s resolution and an additional bibliography of resources are available under the website’s “Text Center” tab above.  The Guidelines for Policy on Amending Church Records for Name and Gender Changes are available in Spanish.  The Church archivists welcome questions and comments on the guidelines.

To Our Patrons

We remind our users that the Archives Research Office is temporarily closed to most research use while the Archives relocates to another Austin location from the Seminary of the Southwest, which has begun a campus renovation starting with the library building we formerly occupied.

Please use the Research Contact Form to submit your research request.  We will attempt to respond if we can direct you to an online or other source.  Otherwise, it will be queued for a response after September 30.  If you are a member of an interim body of General Convention or DFMS staff, please telephone the Archives with your request (5124726816).  Be sure to consult the Digital Archives and other resources on this website for key governance information.  We look forward to having the Archives’ research service fully restored as soon as we possibly can.  Thank you for your understanding.

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