In 2022, after a focussed Affirming Discernment Process, our congregation voted overwhelmingly in favour of our local church becoming "fully affirming." When we say "fully affirming" we mean that people of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations are valued and welcomed into full participation in the life, discipleship and leadership of the church including baptism, communion and marriage. This may include roles in leadership, worship, children's ministry, or staff roles based on an individual's qualifications, gifting and spiritual maturity.
We have much still to learn but we want all of our 2SLGBTQIA+ siblings in Christ to know-- YOU are welcome and valued. We need you and what you bring to our community!
Check out some of our preaching, collaborations, & events...
- Rich preaching on "Genesis & Gender"
- Rich preaching on the "Clobber Passages"
- 2023 PIE Day service
- 2022 PIE Day service
- As part of the YYC Affirming Network of Faith Communities, Jess represents The Road on the planning team for the annual Citywide Pride Interfaith Celebration. Join us at this year's celebration August 27, 2023 at 7pm at Temple Beth Tzedec featuring guest musician & story teller, Emmet Michael.
The Road community is committed to seeing, knowing and being God's love everywhere we are. This includes our siblings in the queer community. We mean it. You, your story, and your embodied identity are valued here.
At The Road Church, our hope and encouragement for human relationships, intimate and otherwise, is founded on relationship with a reconciling God. We follow Jesus here. It is Jesus' character and example that shapes our understanding of God's design for healthy, life-giving relationships. Because we firmly believe that the image of God is in each one of us and because we lament the ways that those who identify as gender and sexual minorities have been harmed and excluded by the Church, we have been on an intentional learning journey over the last several years. Through preaching, formal events, leadership decisions, and informal conversations, we are (re)considering our Biblical theology around inclusion as well our own contributions to harm, whether knowingly or unknowingly. We are genuinely seeking to ask ourselves-- how can The Road Church be a safer space?
Within our wider denomination, we continue to advocate for wholehearted inclusion while we also acknowledge that those in our denomination hold many divergent and in-process views on human sexuality. Currently, our denomination does not officially support same-sex marriage, yet our local congregation voted in favour of full participation for marriage. Finding ourselves in this tension, we are presently in a discernment process around potential disaffiliation.
For further conversation and clarification, please do not hesitate to contact one of our pastors.