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Bradford church celebrates becoming 1st LGBTQ affirming church in town

After 2 ½ years of study, discussion and prayerful discernment, Bradford United Church celebrated their decision to become an affirming congregation within the United Church of Canada.
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Living Waters Presbytery chairperson Terry Davies, from left, Bradford United Church Rev. Jim Keenan, and church council chairperson Ken Clarke. Submitted photo/Sheila Armstrong

After 2 ½ years of study, discussion and prayerful discernment, Bradford United Church celebrated their decision to become an affirming congregation within the United Church of Canada.

The congregation’s mission/vision statement now reads: “We live out our mission as an inclusive, progressive, life-affirming community within The United Church of Canada, welcoming people of all ages, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and mental ability, economic circumstance and marital status.”

All who join us in this faith journey are invited to take part in every aspect of our church life.

At the celebration June 10, congregants and guests were treated to great music provided by the church choir and special guest Paul Rumboldt.

The sermon opened up through humour and solid scripture study how this decision flows directly from the Bible, rather than being in opposition to its teachings.

Communion was celebrated by all who had gathered.

Julie Kumar brought greetings from the Bradford West Gwillimbury Diversity Action Group.

Terry Davies, the chair of Living Waters Presbytery, presented a certificate of congratulations to church council chairperson Ken Clarke.

Congratulations were received from numerous sources, including the United Church Moderator, the Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell.

The celebration ended with a delicious potluck.

— Submitted by Bradford United Church Rev. Jim Keenan




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