Central to Canvas’s identity is the welcome we extend to everyone and our conviction that all who confess Jesus as Lord are our siblings in Christ. In February of 2020, the session of Canvas unanimously approved this Statement of Inclusivity:
Canvas Presbyterian Church embraces diversity and affirms the dignity and worth of every person as a beloved child of God.We welcome into full membership and participation in our community persons of every race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability and socio-economic status. We welcome all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, and blessings of participation in our congregation.
We acknowledge the role the church has played in the exclusion and oppression of the LGBTQ+ community and that this treatment has harmed LGBTQ+ folks as well as family members of our LGBTQ+ siblings who long for the church to be a safe and supportive space for their loved ones. Through our work in our Continually Learning LGBTQ+ series, we have come to recognize that living into the fullness of one’s gender and sexual identity, much like the life is faith, is a lifelong journey and that this journey needs love, care, support, and understanding. We this in mind, we are embarking on creating two affinity groups:
Queer & Questioning = For people of faith who also identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community or who are questioning their gender or sexual identity seeking connection with others.
Parents & Family = For parents and immediate family members of LGBTQ+ folks to find community with others on the journey to uplift, encourage, and be better allies for their loved ones.
Our hope and prayer is that these confidential spaces will provide support for those on these journeys and that through them folks will find community along the way.
If you are interested in joining either group, please fill out the interest form below. This form is connected to our [email protected] email address which is monitored by a single trusted member of our community; they will get back to you promptly with more information.