Hello Harmony members and supporters -
We are thrilled to share that there is another affirming congregation in the world.
The Vancouver, BC Congregation, located in Canada West Mission Centre, is the newest Welcoming and Affirming member congregation in Community of Christ! Vancouver successfully completed Harmony's Welcoming & Affirming Program with the official adoption of the following welcome statement.
Here is their statement:
"Community of Christ welcomes all people as they are.
We embrace each person as their fully human, perfectly imperfect, authentic self.
We believe each of us, in our diversity, embodies the spirit of God, and that all of us are equally deserving of unconditional love and acceptance.
We acknowledge the hurt we have caused to those who were not included, and actively seek to reconcile and learn more ways to uphold the worth of all persons.
With grace and open hearts, we welcome people who are LGBTQIA+, Indigenous, those with diverse abilities or beliefs, all races, cultural backgrounds, ages, and sizes.
Wherever you are on your journey,
when you enter this sacred space
know that you are welcome here.
You are loved!"
On behalf of the Harmony Board of Directors, we wish to extend our sincerest gratitude to the dedicated members of the Vancouver Congregation for prioritizing this holy work. May your ministry be blessed!
Please join us in congratulating the Vancouver Congregation for their commitment to inclusion in our beloved denomination. Consider contacting Sky Lee to share any words of encouragement and gratitude. You may also consider making a donation directly to Vancouver (contact Sky for details) for their dedication to this holy work.
In the coming months, the Vancouver Congregation will host a celebration service to commemorate this major milestone. Stay tuned!
We are encouraged by the growing number of congregations participating in our Welcoming & Affirming Program, and we look forward to sharing more good news like this!
With excitement and hope,
Your Harmony Board of Directors