On January 31, 1999, our congregation embraced a new identity as an affirming congregation within the United Church of Canada! In doing so, we committed ourselves to be a community of authentic welcome, acceptance and safety for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual and heterosexual persons. We continue to celebrate the ways that our church community is enriched by the diversity and unique gifts each person brings who joins our journey and shares in our life and work.
Our commitment is grounded in a vision of acceptance, inclusion and affirmation of the many diverse expressions of our common humanity including sexual orientation and gender identification. As an affirming community, we seek to:
- Explore and celebrate our spirituality together as people of every age, gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical ability, marital status, economic or cultural background.
- Communicate clearly that our church celebrates and affirms the inclusion of heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and transsexual persons, their families and friends with respect to church membership, celebrating life passages (including services of marriage), leadership and mission.