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The B- Q Conference Affirming Ministries Action Group recently held two introductory workshops at the extreme east and west ends of the conference.
The first was held on Nov 23, 2013 at Zion-Memorial UC in Carleton Place. Inspired by former Renfrew Presbytery, the first to become affirming in B-Q Conference., the hope was to encourage other presbyteries and the eastern pastoral charges to investigate what it would mean for them to offer public welcome to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual And Transgender (GLBT) community. Eleven congregations from four presbyteries, one presbytery, and Conference UCW Executive were represented.
Guest speakers were Margaret Martin of Portland UC, who told of her personal change of heart , having left the United Church over the 1988 decision to ordain homosexuals, to one of active advocacy; and Jim MacGregor, of Zion-Memorial, recounting his experience as a gay man involved in the life of his church and his desire for that church to stand for up for all social justice issues including public acknowledgment of its inclusion of all people. Continue reading