Letter of Repentance to LGBTQI Community
February 15, 2018
The Rev. Peter Bush, Moderator of the 2017 General Assembly recently published a Letter of Repentance for the church's failure to be a safe and welcoming space for members of the LGBQTI community.
In the letter, Rev. Bush writes: "...we live in a culture and a world where LGBTQI persons are bullied, brutalized and sometimes killed. Moreover, bullying and violence occurs in congregations or in the community with the support of church members. Presbyteries and sessions fail to hold church members and church leaders accountable for their hateful acts. For our failure to protect those attacked and brutalized, we are sorry, and we repent. For our ongoing failure to hold people accountable for abuse and hatred, we are sorry, and we repent."
The Moderator is the duly elected Chairperson of the denomination's annual leadership gathering and his letter was written at the direction of the 2017 General Assembly.
To see Moderator Bush's letter in its entirety, check our denomination's website (www.presbyterian.ca), see the attachment below, or simply click here: Moderator's Letter of Repentance.
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