As ministries of The Presbyterian Church in Canada discern their next steps following the adoption of Remits B and C, 2019 at the 2021 General Assembly, the following resources may be helpful for study or review:
Guidance to Help Amend Policy, Procedure and Practice to Reflect the Church’s Decisions about Gender and Sexuality
A 12-page resource to assist church courts, agencies, colleges and camps as they review their policies, procedures and practices, including the language used to identify and revise aspects that fail to reflect the full inclusion of all people.
Social Action Hub
Read about The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s statements and actions regarding gender, sexuality and LGBTQI inclusion.
Letter of Repentance (2018)
At the direction of the 2017 General Assembly, the Moderator issued a Letter of Repentance to LGBTQI people and all who have been harmed by homophobia and hypocrisy in the church.
In 2017, the General Assembly formed a Special Committee re: LGBTQI Listening (also known as Rainbow Communion) to hear stories of harm experienced by LGBTQI people and others, and to provide an appropriate response to the issue of homophobia, hypocrisy, transphobia and heterosexism in the denomination.
Session Decisions and Definitions of Marriage
In 2021, the General Assembly adopted two parallel definitions of marriage. Since it is the Session that is responsible for all policy and procedures with respect to the use of church buildings and property, subject to the oversight of presbytery (Book of Forms 109.2), the question of whether the church will host same-sex weddings rests with the Session and not the congregation. The Clerks of Assembly have prepared guidance for Sessions regarding wedding policies, including a sample wedding policy that may be adapted.
Provisional Guidelines to Facilitate Calls and Election of LGBTQI Candidates
The Clerks of Assembly have prepared provisional guidelines to facilitate the calls and election of LGBTQI candidates which outlines relevant information about human rights legislation, liberty of conscience, and pastoral considerations. The Clerks invite feedback from the church for the ongoing development of the guidelines by January 31, 2022.
Liberty of Conscience and Action
Read the Clerks of Assembly’s statement about liberty of conscience and action regarding Remits B and C, 2019.
The Assembly Council obtained a legal opinion on the implications of Remits B and C, 2019, from independent legal counsel, Edward Meehan, QC at Supreme Advocacy, LLP.