Cel­e­bra­tion ser­vice for af­firm­ing min­istry set for Feb. 14

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION -

Trin­ity United Church in Char­lot­te­town will be­come an af­firm­ing min­istry.

The pub­lic is in­vited to a cel­e­bra­tion ser­vice at 10:30 AM on Sun­day, Feb. 14, at Trin­ity United Church to help us cel­e­brate. All are wel­come.

Trin­ity-Clifton pas­toral charge voted to be­come an af­firm­ing min­istry on Dec. 6, 2015. It’s the first af­firm­ing min­istry on P.E.I.

A United Church that is an af­firm­ing min­istry is one that specif­i­cally de­clares it­self to be fully in­clu­sive of all peo­ple – re­gard­less of abil­ity, age, eth­nic­ity, gen­der, gen­der iden­tity, race or sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion.

“It means more than be­ing wel­com­ing. We want to be a just church in a just so­ci­ety,” says Rev. Greg Davis, min­is­ter at Trin­ity United Church.

Af­firm­ing min­istries pro­mote aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing and work to end dis­crim­i­na­tion, alien­ation and ig­no­rance. They are ex­plic­itly wel­com­ing around is­sues of sex­u­al­ity and gen­der, and fully sup­port­ive of peo­ple who are non-het­ero­sex­ual.

Th­ese min­istries also demon­strate a broad com­mit­ment to jus­tice and ad­dress­ing is­sues such as racism, eco­nomic jus­tice, ac­ces­si­bil­ity, and car­ing for the planet.

“Trin­ity-Clifton has a long his­tory of work­ing for jus­tice, so be­com­ing an af­firm­ing min­istry is an­other step in that com­mit­ment. As a com­mu­nity of faith that takes their in­spi­ra­tion from the life of Je­sus, the Trin­i­tyClifton con­gre­ga­tion looks for­ward to wel­com­ing the tal­ents, growth, friend­ship, lead­er­ship, and vi­tal­ity that comes from de­lib­er­ately en­rich­ing their con­gre­ga­tion with di­ver­sity,” says Davis.

The church is lo­cated at 220 Rich­mond St, Char­lot­te­town.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact June San­der­son, af­firm com­mit­tee chair at 902-566-3655 or Rev. Davis at 902-892-4114.

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