A 10+ year Journey
Jubilee has been exploring inclusion through events and adult education for over 10 years. This has been engaging the full congregation for the last three years. Most recently in a series of three congregational listening circle sessions. The results of which were published to the congregation and discussed at council
on June 13,2023. Resulting in this communication:
"In addition to this feedback from the congregational listening circle sessions, Council reviewed and discussed public statements of inclusion from eleven other CRC churches in Canada and the U.S. All this together led Council to draft and come to consensus on the following statement, that we are calling Jubilee's Statement of Faith and Action.
Statement of Faith and Action
Jubilee Fellowship Christian Reformed Church is a community of faith where we recognize that all persons are created in the image of God, loved unconditionally by God, and are welcome to be fully included in all aspects of the life and ministry of the church regardless of age, ancestry, colour, race, origin, ability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, or economic circumstances.
In doing so we recognize that this means:
· We honour committed monogamous marriage between all persons.
· We welcome all persons in good standing to participate fully in the life of the church, including serving as ordained office bearers.
· We recognize diversity in humanity as a gift from God.
We also recognize that sincere and committed Christians can and do hold a range of views on many issues and that we may each understand scripture differently, but we commit to loving all within our community fully, without reservation.
The congregation will have a chance to discuss this statement at a future congregational meeting, likely to take place in the fall."