At Erindale we are constantly seeking to grow in faith and in our understanding of what it means to be followers of The Way of Jesus.  In 2019 the Erindale congregation officially made the decision to work toward becoming a fully Inclusive Church.  

We have a newly established (2021) Equity and Inclusion Team who is learning and growing in their awareness as well as sharing with the congregation how we as individuals and as a congregation can be increasingly Equitable and Inclusive.  Below we recommend a number of resources for reading and reflection.
 

Session has created a new values & purpose statement (2019) for Erindale that reads:

As a fully inclusive and open-hearted congregation,

we are joyfully gathered around the presence of Jesus Christ & guided by the Holy Spirit, as we:

      §   Grow in faith
      §   worship in community
      §   share in mission & seek social justice
      §   provide pastoral care and prayer
      §   and live life’s deepest questions

 

so that we might live into the will of God for us in this time and place.

Erindale continues on this journey

 

What you need to know about the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada

June 6th-9th

The General Assembly is the highest court of our church and makes decisions which affect the church on a denominational (national) level.  You can watch a live-stream of the proceedings daily.  Stewart Conway from Erindale is a voting Comissioner at this year's Assembly.  Please pray for him and all Commissioners as they make important decisions about the church.  If you would like to watch the proceedings, you are welcome to do so by clicking below:

Click HERE to watch the daily Assembly 

Meetings will be held daily 12noon-6:30PM Eastern time. 

Sunday opening worship will be 1:45PM Eastern time.

Our Erindale Children's version of The Lord's Prayer

will be included in Sunday's worship, which will begin at 1:45pm.  

 

Why is this General Assembly
of particular importance?  

 

Many items come before the General Assembly each year, including updates around the work of the National Church along with recommendations and decisions of many kinds.  This year there are 2 especially significant items coming before the court:  The final report of The Rainbow Communion and 2 Remits regarding the full inclusion of 2SLGBTQIA+ peoples.

For many years now, the National Church has maintained that being 2SLGBTQIA+ is not a sin and that all people are beloved children of God.  However, equal marriage and ordination of 2SLGBTQIA+ persons in committed relationships have not been allowed.   In 2017 the Moderator was asked to write a letter of apology and repentance to the 2SLGBTQIA+i community here it is: 

CLICK HERE

 

The 2021 General Assembly is of particular importance because through it a decision will (hopefully) be made (after decades of indecision), regarding Full Inclusion within our Denomination.

Voting on “The Two” Remits

The two remits (statements of theology and practice) coming before the General Assembly would allow for both marriage and ordination of 2SLGBTQIA+ Presbyterians.  Knox Waterloo has prepared a helpful one page summary of what the remits are about. 
 

Click HERE for clear information


Some in the Presbyterian Church in Canada are opposed to full inclusion and seek to postphone the reception of these remits for discussion at Assembly, it is the hope of many including the Erindale Session, that this General Assembly will receive, discuss, and vote on the remits.

 

The Rainbow Communion

The Rainbow Communion is a committee that was established by The General Assembly in 2017 to listen to stories told by 2SLGBTQIA+ persons and others, of harm done to them within and by the church, and to share their stories of God’s grace experienced by them in Christian ministry.  The full report and summary can be found HERE.  This committee will be bringing forward a number of recommendations addressing harm done and to help ensure that harm does not continue.

 

Again, there are a number of people, congregations, and groups throughout the national church who are seeking to delay the reception of this report, with the hope of postphoning it to a future Assembly.  Others (including the Erindale Session) believe it is of vital importance that the voices of those harmed be heard, and a delay in the reception of the report would further the harm done to our 2SLGBTQIA+ siblings.


 

Erindale Presbyterian Church

is a congregation of

The Presbyterian Church in Canada

We are an Affirming Congregation

 

A number of years ago Erindale adopted this Purpose and Values Statement:

As a fully inclusive and open-hearted congregation,
we are joyfully gathered around the presence of Jesus Christ

& guided by the Holy Spirit, as we: Grow in faith,

Worship in community, Share in mission & seek social justice,
Provide pastoral care and prayer, and live life’s deepest questions
so that we might live into the will of God for us in this time and place.

 

We at Erindale affirm and celebrate all who are a part of our faith family including our 2SLGBTQIA+ siblings.  We are learning, working, and are committed to becoming a church where all are welcome and where we actively work against homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and the harm they cause.   
 

Erindale is home to people who represent a wonderful diversity of faith and spirituality.  Even in our differences, we pray we can all agree that ensuring the safety and well-being of every person in our congregation, from harm, is essential.  

 

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments please be in touch with Rev. Jen or your Elder.  We would be glad to talk and pray with you.

With Love,
The Erindale Session

Victor Armstrong

Selwyn Baboolal

Marie Chapman

Stewart Conway

David Dusto

Martha Fini

Janet Fraser

Margaret Fraser

Sherry Makham

David Ogram

Bill Raney

Ann Marie Lorenz, Clerk of Session

and Rev. Jen Sokolowsky

Equity and Inclusion

Erindale's Ministries

Recommended

Resources

re:  anti-Black Racism

This is not an exhaustive list of resources.  If you have recommendations, please email the church office. 

This list is periodically updated.

 

Growing in awareness:

Books:

Articles and Websites:

Podcasts:

Movies & Videos:

  • coming soon

Recommended LGBTQ2+

Inclusion Resources

This is not an exhaustive list of resources.  If you have recommendations, please email the church office. 

This list is periodically updated.

Adult Books - Non-Fiction

  • Shameless: A Sexual Revolution by Nadia Bolz-Weber

  • Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America by Jeff Chu

  • In the Shelter by Padraig O’Tuama Podcasts

  • Blue Babies Pink (a coming out story from an evangelical Christian man)

  • Un-Erased: The Story of Conversion Therapy in America

Websites:

Picture Books

 

Films

 

Plays

Adult Books -- Fiction

Video:  God is love

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