Public celebration to be held May 26
Emmanuel United Church in Sault Ste. Marie welcomes all to attend its public celebration of being designated an Affirming Ministry by The United Church of Canada.
This event will take place this Sunday, May 26 during the 10:30 am service at the church at 224 Bennett Blvd. A time of refreshment and conversation will follow in the church hall after the service.The Affirming Ministry designation means Emmanuel now publicly proclaims it is open to all, including those who are lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual, queer, and two-spirited.
The Emmanuel congregation’s vote to become Affirming, held in March, was unanimous.
Emmanuel is the first church in Sault Ste. Marie to receive Affirming status. It was also the first in the Sault to pass an inclusive marriage policy back in2007,giving the minister permission to preside at weddings in the church for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities.Before declaring themselves to be Affirming, the Emmanuel congregation studied and reflected on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and committed to work for justice and inclusion within their congregation, the wider church, and the community.
The Affirming Ministries Program was launched in 1992and is a network of primarily United Church ministries who committed to working for justice and inclusion of all people.Emmanuel is fully accessible to those with mobility issues and offers audio conferencing to those who cannot attend services in person.