Affirming Vision Statement
We are a welcoming Christian community respecting inclusivity, diversity, and the earth. We the people of Avondale United Church will continue our commitment to creating a community where people of all ages, differing abilities, ethnic backgrounds, physical or mental health, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or economic backgrounds are treated equitably and encouraged to participate in all aspects of life and work of the ministry. We believe in God and Jesus of Nazareth who teaches us to respect, care for, love and forgive one and other as we continue to ponder our faith. We celebrate richness that diversity brings even if it challenges us.
Marriage Policy
Weddings at Avondale United Church occur in the context of a worship service in which couples declare their love for each other publicly and in the presence of god. AUC welcomes and treats equally couples of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
What is An Affirming Church?
God’s love extends widely and is offered to all people throughout the world. This love is made known in the ministry of Jesus where hospitality is revealed. It is a particular welcome to those who have been marginalized and pushed aside.
An Affirming Church , inspired by this ,seeks to follow this example by intentional commitment of hospitality and welcome. With a particular focus on including people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, this community of faith seeks to offer a tangible witness to God’s ongoing work of hospitality.
Our desire is to be people who are justice oriented, compassionate, work toward right relationship, equality and healing for others.
We will continue to support and participate in ongoing initiatives to seek justice for those who have been marginalized and discriminated against.
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Avondale Affirming Pamphlet