In the same way that Jesus reached out to all people, our faith community is called to be open and inclusive.
We continue to seek ways to be inclusive of all people of the Bow Valley, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, cultural background, education level, mobility challenges… ALL people!
One major focus of our quest to embrace inclusion, is to strive to “live into right relations” with our First Nations sisters and brothers. We respect the apologies offered by the United Church of Canada to the indigenous peoples of this land, and have held a number of workshops to help us take seriously the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). We acknowledge that each time we gather, we do so on the traditional lands of the Stoney Nakoda and other signatories of Treaty 7.
Another effort to be more inclusive began in the spring of 2017, when Ralph Connor officially began the “Affirming Process.” This process of study and action begins with a specific focus on inclusiveness related to the LGBTQ2 community, and fans out to all other aspects of inclusion and inclusiveness. As a start, we provided rehearsal space for “The Coming Out Monologues – Bow Valley”, are hosting a youth group for LGBTQ2 youth and allies, and have performed a number of same-sex weddings… but the process has just begun.
Ralph Connor is proudly entering our third year as we move to become an Affirming Ministry within the United Church of Canada. We are excited to be offering some new even ts and programs over the course of 2019 celebrating our diversity and inclusion.
Please check out what’s happening on our Affirm Calendar of EventsCLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you have experienced any previous barriers to your participation in Church life,
please contact us so we can discuss ways that we can “open the doors” to you at Ralph Connor!!