Living Statement of Affirmation of LGBTQ2SIA+ Persons
This statement was adopted by Our Saviour's Lutheran Membership on January 31, 2021
At Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, we are an ELCIC congregation of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, ethnicities, ages, beliefs, histories and experiences. We live in God's unconditional love and grace, and believe this gift is for all.
We believe we are all called to fully live out God's purpose as we have been created. Through our experience of God's love we are called to learn and grow, creating a spiritual home in our community for LGBTQ2SIA+ people and families to be who they are.
We welcome people wherever they are on their spiritual journey. We seek an expansive understanding of a loving God. Through curiosity, critical thinking and contemplative practices, God opens us to infinite possibilities for dynamic connection, growth, and wholeness in Christ.
This is a living covenant that will continue to evolve as our understanding grows.
Our Fruity Families
A corner of comfort, companionship, and joy here in Prince George for queer individuals of all ages. Fruit Combo and FruiTEA are two queer support groups that create space for equality, while making bonds with others in our community. All are welcome in our queer groups, including allies! Come by or contact our LGBTQ+ worker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fruit Combo is a fun, community setting for those aged 14-20 for some creative and age appropriate fun. each session has a creative project, or activity to help foster confidence and relationship building; and create a close knit group of young individuals.
FruiTEA is an adult LGBTQIA2S+ support group oriented around giving individuals the opportunity to create bonds and have a sense of community. This afternoon group often focuses on undirected free time opposed to pieces being programmed in for each session. although there may be special occasions where activities are optionally laid out.
(closed for the summer)
What Participants Say
" In the summer of 2021 I had the opportunity to work at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, my childhood congregation. During this time I helped with our rainbow heart mural for LGBTQ2S+ reconciliation and pride. Naturally, a community started to form of artists and volunteers, most of them Queer youths, and the mural painting sessions became a safe place for them. Many of the people told us that since school was over for the summer, going to the church was a fun activity to do to hang out with people, instead of being alone and bored. For me, it was my job to come and help but I was super happy to hang out with people. I made good friends with many of the volunteers and I enjoyed feeling like I was a part of something bigger than myself. That’s when we decided to start fruit combo. It’s super important for kids, especially Queer kids, to have a strong support system, since many queer kids don’t get support and comfort at home. The concept of found family is very integral to the Queer community so having a youth group to attend is super important for these vulnerable kids. Fruit combo is special not only because of how organically it began and its importance to the LGBTQ2S+ community, but also because it is located in a church, making it a symbol of healing. The group is not a religious group, nobody who attends had to be Christian and we don’t discuss Christian themes, but the space being located in a church and run
by religious people makes Christianity more accessible for any queer kids who want to be involved in the church, and helps change the narrative around LGBTQ identities and the church. I am proud of my part in the founding of the group and even more proud of the brave kids who attend. I recently moved south for school so I’m no longer a leader of fruit combo but I still attend some nights when I am in town. It’s always something I look forward to, and I feel very blessed to know that through fruit combo I’ve also found a second family. "
Hannah is an artist, student, photographer, and head to our queer support groups here at our saviours Lutheran Church. During the summer season Hannah worked on and completed our queer mural and hopes to be a helping hand to the LGBTQ+ community here in Prince George.
Hobbies: Hannah enjoys spending time with their guiniapig Juda, as well as their family.
Favorite Colour: Rainbow!
Ambitions: To create a safe place for LGBTQIA2S+ youth, and in their own way change the world for people in the community.
Favorite Animal: Panda
Our Story So Far
The Pride Mural
In summer 2021, we set out on a mission. One of visibility and inclusion for those who identify as LGBTQIA2S+ in our church. Over the creation of the mural we have been blessed to work with different local artists and queer youth to create a beacon of hope and inclusion right here in Prince George. It is as important as ever for LGBTQIA2SIA+ individuals to have a safe space and to know that they are seen, loved, and valid- which was our aim in this project. A sense of care and belonging, belongs not to one, but to all.
Our Saviour's marched in the Prince George pride parade in 2020. Click to learn more.