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:
Guidelines for Safer Church Courts and Committees
The guidelines in this resource will help make the courts and committees of the church safer spaces for all.
Resources to Address Situations that May Arise within a Church Court
This resource is to be used by courts, agencies and congregations of the church to resolve disputes related to inclusion.
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.
Guidelines re Ordination and Marriage
The Clerks of Assembly have prepared guidelines intended to ensure that calls to LGBTQI ministers and the election of LGBTQI elders are facilitated in presbyteries and congregations. The guidelines outline relevant information related to human rights legislation, liberty of conscience, pastoral considerations, and session decisions about wedding policies.
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.