Children’s Wisconsin hospital is raising eyebrows after hiring a transgender activist as its chaplain.
The new chaplain, Kate Newendorp, is known for her leftist ideologies, once publishing to her Facebook page a poem titled, “Jesus at the Gay Bar.” And in June of last year, Newendorp wrote, “What better way to celebrate Pride than being ordained?! Many thanks to my church and classes for being willing to stand for queer folks being included in ministry and for allowing me to follow God’s call.”
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In a flier announcing Newendorp’s placement as the chaplain at Children’s Wisconsin, she described working in a pediatric hospital as “a dream come true,” according to The Federalist. She added, “I am so excited to be working alongside everyone and am pumped to be part of the team. Think of me as your friendly next-door neighbor!”
Newendorp also derided anyone who takes issue with her serving as a minister, despite being engaged to a female seeking to undergo transgender surgeries and using “he” and “they” pronouns.
“Also your casual reminder that my validity as an ordained minister is currently under review by my denomination because of the love I feel for my fiancé,” she reportedly wrote in October. “Do better Church, because I’m not going anywhere. I was called.”
At least one former Children’s Wisconsin employee is speaking out against Newendorp’s placement.
The unnamed ex-employee told The Federalist the new hire “feels like a step too far,” referring first to the actions of another chaplain, Ian Butts, who reportedly interviewed hospital staffers requesting religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination mandate to determine whether he believed their petitions were sincere enough.
“This feels like they have actively recruited activists into this field to further their progressive agenda,” the former staff member said of Newendorp. “I think this situation really calls into question who do we want guiding the spiritual development of our children — especially children who are stuck in a hospital, isolated, sometimes alone, and extremely vulnerable and easily impressionable.”
Additionally, Children’s Wisconsin distributed a flier announcing the hire of Meg Trimm as a “spiritual care intern,” according to the Daily Mail. In October, Trimm — who uses the pronouns “they” and “them” — posted a video to TikTok arguing that “God is trans.” And, in the caption, Trimm wrote that being transgender is “possibly an integral part of God’s saving work.”
@thefragglewhithin I am becoming convinced more and more that being TRANSGENDER is not strange or broken to God, but possibly an integral part of God’s saving work. If God is beyond gender then perhaps God is pangender or/agender. Then perhaps God is non-binary. And then God BECAME a man. 😍😇 #queerchristians🏳️🌈 #praiseandworship #queer #transgender #godistrans ♬ original sound – Meg/Mo Trimm (MMMT) They/Them
Trimm furthermore believes “a professional chaplain’s job is not to convert anyone or preach religion, but to empower each person to find and use the hope and resilience systems they already have.”
The unnamed former employee said she is “deeply concerned with this new infiltration of trans activists into our chaplain and faith-based services.”
“We have already witnessed the erosion and loss of public trust in fields of psychology, psychiatry, social work and general mental health counselors due to the rise of activists in these areas,” the erstwhile staffer continued. “Now parents have to worry about this as well?”
“We have many parents and families at Children’s who are deeply religious and hold traditional Judeo-Christian values,” added the ex-employee. “Will these new chaplains be able to serve the need of these families objectively? How will they properly support a grieving parent who is dealing with a child’s traumatic injury? How will they properly counsel a child who may be alone in the hospital due to a single parent working to make ends meet and maintain insurance?”
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