ACTIVITIES at a GLANCE:
June 13 10AM – Milestone Sunday
June 14 12noon – COVID H&S Team
June 14 6:30PM – LOGOS Steering
June 14 7:30 – Finance Committee
June 15 7PM – Presbytery
June 16 12noon – Stewardship Team
June 17 7PM – Inclusion Initiatives
We acknowledge that Knox Waterloo is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Neutral Peoples.
SUNDAY WORSHIP – MILESTONE SUNDAY
On Sunday, we celebrate with those in the Knox Community who are graduating this year, and extend gratitude to those who have served as Sunday School teachers and on the Faith Formation Team.Here’s the story for Sunday.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANADA
June 6-9The General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada met this past week and made some decisions which affect the lives of many people within the denomination. Highlights, minutes and other information on Assembly can be found at this site.
The report of the Rainbow Communion was heard by the Assembly. 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. The Rev. Dr. Bob Faris and Knox Elder Sue Senior, co-conveners of this committee, presented the report, which included a moving video presentation containing words of some of the 139 people interviewed by the committee. Knox supports the adoption of this report, and sees this as an important step toward healing in the lives of those who have been harmed by homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism and hypocrisy within the church. Knox believes that God’s love includes everyone, and that the adoption of this report is a hopeful step by the PCC to ensure that harm does not continue. Below, you’ll find a link to a video summary of the work of Rainbow Communion.
It was also a joy to see the adoption of Remit B, which allows Presbyterian clergy to perform same-sex weddings. This Remit changes the law of the church regarding the definition of marriage. Two parallel definitions of marriage now exist within the PCC: as a covenant relationship between a man and a woman, and as covenant relationship between two adult persons. Sadly, this remit also allows congregations, sessions, ruling and teaching elders to exercise liberty of conscience and action on marriage. While many in the church (including the leadership of Knox) would argue that this Remit permits discrimination to continue, its adoption can be also seen as a positive step towards full inclusion.
Thankfully, Remit C, regarding the ordination of LGBTQI persons (whether married or single) was adopted as well. This allows congregations and presbyteries the ability to call and ordain LGBTQI person as ministers and ruling elders. This Remit also allows liberty of conscience and action regarding participation in ordinations, inductions and installations, a provision which also permits continued discrimination within the church. However, its adoption is a positive step towards full inclusion within The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
We give thanks for the wisdom, compassion and spirit of those who worked to bring these reports to life, helping The Presbyterian Church in Canada to continue further along the path of justice, inclusion, and welcome.
Not All Are Welcome, a 17 minute video summary of the work of Rainbow Communion.
STANDING WITH OUR MUSLIM SIBLINGS
Knox grieves with Muslim communities in Canada, indeed all people, who have been affected by the tragic murder of a Muslim family in London on Sunday. We condemn such attacks, and stand in solidarity with Muslims in speaking out against Islamophobia.
As Knox Waterloo continues to grieve with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation at the discovery of the unidentified graves of 215 children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., we invite children, youth and adults to paint a rock orange–or decorate it using the colour orange–to symbolize our solidarity with Indigenous siblings. You may drop your rock off at the church (in a box under the mailbox, parking lot entrance) before Friday, June 19th. They will be arranged into a public display of our grief and solidarity.
Read a statement by the Ministers of Knox regarding the discovery the unidentified graves of 215 children found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Kamloops, B.C.
From the KNOX LIBRARY
You may be wanting to learn more about Residential Schools, a very sad chapter in Canadian history and in the history of the church. Click on the image to see what books on this subject can be found in the Knox library.
YOUTH GAMES NIGHT
Join Carole for a Youth Virtual Games Night this Friday, June 11, at 7pm to celebrate the year end.
Zoom info will be sent out in an email.
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.
COMMUNITY CARE & PRAYER
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Alice Hambly, who died on June 5. She, her husband Peter, and their family were active members of Knox. Read the obituary at this link.
“She was our friend.” – Words written on a sign held by those who knew Yunma Afzaal, 15, at a vigil for her and her family. They were killed because of their faith by a domestic terrorist in London last Sunday.
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