Affirming Statement LGBT

Affirming news and events for March-May 2014 – Click to download the pdf

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”  John 15:12

As Christians we believe that Jesus summoned all people into loving, accepting community as children of God.

We believe that all are called by God to use their skills and talents and to share the love, laughter and challenges of those who walk the path of Christ in the world.

Knox United Church fully supports the United Church of Canada in its ongoing efforts to include those marginalized in our society and world.

We admire the efforts of those who led the way in establishing an ever more inclusive church.

We salute the progress made in recognizing the rights of women and in correcting wrongs of exclusion and inequality.

We celebrate the full participation and inclusion of people of all sexual orientations in our community and lament the hurt and injustice done to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered and two-spirited (Aboriginal) Christians by parts of the Christian Church in the past and still today.

As an inclusive church, respectful of our differences and loving in our solidarity, Knox United Church publicly affirms the following fundamental principles that have guided our actions in the past and will continue to guide them in the future:

  • All are welcome in our faith community, regardless of age, colour, ethnic, religious or linguistic background, gender, gender identity, social or economic circumstances, sexual orientation and physical or mental capabilities.
  • All members and adherents of Knox are welcome to serve in any appropriate position within the Church, in accordance with their desires and abilities.
  • All services offered by the Church, including baptism, marriage, communion and pastoral care, are available to all members and adherents of Knox

Recognizing that the advocacy of the rights of all people to equal treatment and respect is an inherent part of our responsibility as Christians, we commit to work for the full inclusion and affirmation of all in the life and work of Knox United Church, the United Church of Canada and our local, national and worldwide communities.

About the Knox LGBT Community

Most of Knox’s LGBT members are in the 40 – 80’s age range and comprise of singles and couples, where one or both attend Knox. There seems to be more men than women in this group as well. Many of us are parents and grandparents and some were in straight marriages earlier in our lives.

Our LGBT members are involved in many areas of the Knox community, serving in worship groups, on the board, in the choir, in social justice, and behind the scenes at Knox. Knox’s LGBT members integrate wholly and easily into the church community.

Because of this full integration, we believe it’s important to have “LGBTQ only” social activities. There is still a need to be able to speak freely and openly about our sexuality, plus family and church of origin rejection issues that still linger in many of our lives.

And, not everyone is out at work or to their family, so we need a time and space to be able to be 100% un-guarded. Even though this seems like segregation (it’s hard to explain to someone who isn’t gay) it’s very necessary for us to interact in a closed and safe group once is awhile.

Knox has informal “gay ole potlucks” a couple times a year. We take turns hosting and the food is always plentiful and delicious. This is also where we get to meet each others’ partners who may not regularly attend church, which is really good too.

Betsy Young, of the Calgary Affirming ministry network, organizes several LGBT events for the Calgary churches and many Knox members go to these as well. Betsy also organizes the inclusion of the United Church Presbytery in the Gay Pride parade that is held the Sunday of Labour Day weekend. On Gay Pride Day, the LGBT members and our allies get a special blessing from the minister before running off to join or watch the parade.

We post public events for the LGBTQ community on our blog and church bulletins.

For all of Knox’s LGBTQ related activities and blog posts, check the archives.

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Social Opportunities

We have occasional potlucks and gatherings for the LGBT community of Knox and other Calgary area churches. Notices are put in the bulletin or announced during church services.

Check the Knox blog for upcoming events. Affirming Archives from the Knox blog

Don’t be shy!

If you are new to Knox, please ask to get introduced to other members of the LGBT community at coffee time after Sunday service. Some of our LGBT members are more visible than others, so don’t hesitate to approach us.

We realize that sometimes it’s hard to enter the doors of a Christian church that may have rejected you in the past for being LGBT. So if it takes you a few weeks to actually go to coffee after the service, that’s cool. Sometimes just being in a church is all you need.

Knox is a safe place for you to be.