ACTIVITIES at a GLANCE:
June 6 10:00AM Worship & Communion
June 6 11:30AM Youth Conversation
June 6 2:00PM Opening of General Assembly (online)
June 6:00-9:00 General Assembly (online)
June 7 7:00PM Futures Committee
We acknowledge that Knox Waterloo is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Neutral Peoples.
SUNDAY WORSHIP & COMMUNION
The 10th Anniversary of the Knox Waterloo Building
On Sunday, we hear just how wide God’s table is.
Come to the banquet!
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANADA
The General Assembly is the highest court of our church and makes decisions which affect the church on a denominational (national) level. You can watch a livestream of the proceedings daily at this site. Meetings will be held daily 12noon-6:30PM Eastern time. Sunday opening worship will be 2PM Eastern.
While many reports—covering a wide variety of ministries—are presented to each General Assembly, two items are of particular significance this year. The first is the report of the Rainbow Communion: Special LGBTQI Listening Committee. This committee was formed by the 2017 General Assembly and empowered to invite LGBTQI people and others to tell stories of harm done to them within and by the church, and to share their stories of God’s grace experienced by them in Christian ministry. Knox Elder Sue Senior is co-convener of this committee. The full report and summary reports can be found here. Sadly, there are those within the church who seek to delay the reception of this report, hoping to postpone it to a future Assembly. Others (including the leadership team at Knox) believe it is of vital importance that the voices of those harmed be heard, and a delay in the reception of the report would further the harm done to our LGBTQI siblings.
The second item is the reception and vote on the Remits. Click this link for an informative article prepared for the latest ACross the Pews newsletter on the content and significance of these remits. While some in the PCC who are opposed to inclusion seek to postpone the reception of the remits for discussion at Assembly, it is our hope that this General Assembly will receive, discuss, and vote on the remits.
If you have any questions, feel to speak with Hugh, Courtney, or Sue Senior.
Jr & Sr HIGH YOUTH DISCUSSION about GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Sunday, June 6th at 11:30am on zoom
Have you ever wondered…
…if a Presbyterian minister is permitted to perform a same-sex wedding?
…if an ordained minister comes out as transgender, are they still allowed to be a minister?
…if someone who identifies as LGBTQI can be elected as an elder in the church?
…if a Presbyterian Church can call a minister who has a same-sex partner?
Some important decisions related to inclusion in The Presbyterian Church in Canada are being made next week at the General Assembly (the national meetings of our denomination). If you’re curious to know what the conversations will be about, come to an information session on Sunday, June 6, at 11:30 AM. Courtney, Hugh and Sue Senior (Knox elder and commissioner to this year’s General Assembly) will be present to provide you with some information and to answer any questions you may have. Contact the church office for the Zoom link.
From the KNOX LIBRARY
It’s been a difficult couple of weeks. With the focus on residential schools you may be wanting to learn more about this sad chapter in Canadian history. See what books on this subject can be found in the Knox library.
The final Connecting Together event of the season will be held on Monday, June 21, 7PM. It will be an evening of song with Stacy Guse and her group The Unraveling. If you would like a link to this Zoom event, please email Liz. The Connecting Together leadership wishes to extend thanks for everyone who has been involved in and supported this ministry, and they hope to continue connecting again in the fall.
“The road we travel is of equal importance to the destination we seek. There are no shortcuts. When it comes to truth and reconciliation we are forced to go the distance.”
― Justice Murray Sinclair
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada