To our LGBT* parishioners, their friends and families,
With you, we have been puzzling over and processing the statement from the recent Primates’ meeting in Canterbury. This statement temporarily excludes The Episcopal Church (USA) from certain bodies of the Communion because of their acceptance of same sex marriage.
We have listened to our own families, our friends and many of you. We are very aware of and share the deep hurt that the sanctions against The Episcopal Church have caused to loyal Anglicans in the pulpits and pews of the Canadian Church.
As your clergy, we want you to know that the Primates’ statement changes nothing in our commitment to making All Saints Kingsway (ASK) a safe and inclusive place for all LGBT people. We are a diverse community and no one should feel they need to hide themselves or who they love when they come to ASK. With the General Synod of 2004, we “affirm the integrity and sanctity of committed adult same-sex relationships”. We are also committed to our baptismal vow, with God’s help, to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being”.
We have asked every parishioner to be a bridge-builder, to be a part of healing the division amongst us. We know the relationship between the Anglican Church and our LGBT members is also broken. We will keep working to build this bridge. We hope and pray you can, too.
Finally, we know the exclusion that you experience in the Christian church, but be assured you are not alone. Here at ASK, across this city and around the world there are Anglicans of all genders and orientations working towards greater inclusion of LGBT people. We have found great hope and encouragement in these communities as well as in our interactions with the people of ASK. We will do all we can to help you find that same hope and encouragement.
Blessings to all,
Interim Senior Associate
*lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered