Rev. Leenane Shiels
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The congregation of Golden Ears United Church has voted to become an Affirming church! Led by a dynamic Affirming team from our congregation and the wider LGBTQ+ community, we have undergone a two year study and discernment process. Over that time we have had workshops, guest speakers, film screenings and have attended conferences. An affirming statement was developed and approved:

 

Golden Ears United Church Affirming Statement 

At Golden Ears United Church, we celebrate and affirm the wonderful diversity of people created in God’s image and we truly welcome all.

We believe that we grow more Christ-like as a community the more diverse we are. 

We offer a welcome to you whether you are single, partnered, married, divorced, or widowed.

We appreciate people of all ages and stages from babies to elders. 

We believe that God created a rainbow spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities.

All are welcome here – cisgender, transgender or two spirited, whether you are straight, lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, or asexual – and are encouraged to participate fully in the life of the church.  

We welcome you regardless of where you came from, or where you now live, no matter your race, ethnicity, skin-colour or national origin, your social location or economic circumstance.  

We won’t judge you by the size of your wallet or by what you are wearing, whether you are pierced and tattooed, or if you prefer pearls and a twinset. 

We welcome and value the gifts and ministry of people of differing abilities.

Wherever you are on your faith journey, you are welcome to walk with us as we walk with Christ and grow in our own faith, opening our doors, minds and hearts to you and each other.

If you would like to know more about being an Affirming Church means - you can read about the Affirm United organization.