At Red Deer Lake United Church, we choose to be a community of compassion and inclusion.
We affirm God’s unconditional love and acceptance of all people by welcoming individuals of any ethnic/cultural diversity, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic or marital status, gender identity and expression, mental health, or physical ability to all aspects of our life together.
We seek to create supportive spaces and programs that are inviting and nurturing for all.
We understand that attending church can be challenging and intimidating. By embracing everyone with open hearts and open minds, we hope to bring comfort and acceptance to those with doubts or questions, those who are new to this church, and those who are exploring what faith and spirituality mean.
Relying on God’s love and grace for guidance, we open our doors to all to celebrate our diversity and join our spiritual journey.
why we celebrate pride (and how we’ll do it this year!)
We start every Sunday worship service by saying, "We are an affirming church that gratefully gathers on Treaty 7 land." There's a reason for that. We believe everyone is intentionally, purposefully and beautifully made by God, deserving of belonging and celebration exactly as they are.
Regardless of your ethnic/cultural background, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic or marital status, gender identity and expression, mental health, or physical ability, you are welcome and loved here because all are welcomed and loved by God. We are people invited by Jesus to love with God's big love and to do anything else misses the point.
We are allies and advocates of the LGBTQ+ community and proud supporters of Calgary Pride Week August 23 to September 1, 2019. To everyone celebrating Pride: We hear you. We see you. We stand with you. May you know you are loved and may you know you are not alone in your fight and work for justice, equality, and freedom.
We encourage you take part in the Pride Parade in downtown Calgary on Sunday, September 1 from 11 am – 1 pm. We also encourage you to attend the pre-parade service at Knox United Church. We will hold a worship service at RDLUC that day, but if some of the chairs aren’t filled that's because many of us are downtown at the Parade, and that’s awesome!
Here’s some information about Knox’s service:
Knox United Church, along with Affirming Connections, Calgary Queer Church, and the Affirming Faith Community Network, is proud to present the first-ever City Wide Pride Service at 9am on September 1. It will be a morning of pride-themed music, reflections, and more. Join us before the parade to eat muffins, drink coffee, sing, worship and get blessed. You can then stay to watch the parade as it flows right past the doors of Knox United. Whether you want to march with the other United Churches in the parade or just watch, we invite you to make this service a part of your Pride Week.
As Calgary Pride Week approaches, we have been asked to spread the word that the End of the Rainbow Foundation is looking for furniture donations to support new LGBTQ+ immigrants to Calgary. Please go to https://endoftherainbow.ca/volunteer/ to donate.
what is affirming?
“Affirming” is an official designation from our denomination, the United Church of Canada, that signifies we have spent an intentional period of time (one year) exploring our inclusivity; it’s a time when we ask whether we are going to just say or embody those radically inclusive words of “welcome, wanted and accepted,” and not only towards each other but to people for whom ‘church’ is not an easy place to be. An “Affirming Church” is a church that recognizes being welcoming and hospitable takes more than politely shaking hands, but does the hard, vulnerable and intentional work of creating a space where all are made to feel welcome, wanted and accepted. There are 10 other United Churches in Calgary that are ‘Affirming’ and many more around the country. You can find more information about it here.
First and foremost, because it’s what our faith and spirituality are about. At the heart of what Jesus is about is revealing a God who loves and accepts everyone and creating a just, peaceful, and colourful world where everyone has enough and everyone has a place. Jesus called this world ‘the Kingdom of God’ and invited us to join him in creating it. The Affirming process invites us embody and practice this through helping us explore, become and be a radically hospitable and extravagantly welcoming community of Jesus, a place where people are seen, heard, and loved just. as. they. are. It helps us be the kind of Church that God is calling us to be: a people who, out of love and kindness, make room for others because room was made for them.
so what does this mean for you?
No matter your gender identity, sexual orientation, mental health, where you're at with your faith, or anything else you are welcome to participate and engage fully at rdluc.
That means weddings, baptisms (of you or your kids), communion, leadership, and jobs are all open to you.
Interested in getting involved with other great affirming events and programs in Calgary? Check out Affirming Connections!