Reconciling Works: Lutherans for Full Participation advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their church and congregations. http://www.reconcilingworks.org
Recovery of Hope Counselling has caring professionals who welcome people of all backgrounds and provide services to all who desire to make a change or work through an issue or problem. It is a program of Eden Health Care Services with locations in Winnipeg, Steinbach, Winkler, Altona and Portage la Prairie. http://edenhealthcare.ca/roh
At separate meetings of the Hanover School Division Trustees, presentations were made by Michelle McHale (parent), and Mika Schellenberg (SRSS student) asking Hanover School Division Trustees to re-write their policies to protect LGBTTQI* youth from bullying, to welcome teachers to speak about LGBTTQI* issues in their classrooms, to allow teachers to protect the confidentiality of LGBTTQI* youth who are in conversation with them, and to provide curriculum that is inclusive of same-sex families. SNFC members were present for Mika’s presentation where she received a standing ovation.
At the June 7th public meeting of the Hanover School Division Trustees, each trustee offered a response to the requests of Michelle McHale and Mika Schellenberg. While two trustees spoke strongly in favor of revising policies regarding “Sensitive Content”, others were strongly opposed. As a result of comments made by a few of the trustees, Michelle McHale and her partner lodged a Human Rights Complaint, which is now in process.
From the Media:
- Local mom asks HSD to update policy
- CBC coverage of Steinbach mom’s request
- CBC news: Human rights complaint against Hanover School Division
- Steinbach Online: Read the complaint here.
- The Carillon: Hanover trustees clash on LGBT talk in schools
- Winnipeg Free Press: Trustees clash on LGBT discussions in schools
- CBC news: Hanover trustees in LGBT debate
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If the Church were a Haven (First Things), Wesley Hill
Intersex Realities and the Church: The Unwelcomed, Unwanted Neighbor, Val Hiebert, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Providence University College (16:51)
Is it Homophobia or Something Else? by Dennis Hiebert (Download 289kB PDF)
Listen, Mennonite Church Canada (32:43) www.listeningchurch.ca
October 28 and 29, 2016
Steinbach Neighbours for Community presented Still Listening:Voices Among Us to full houses on October 28 and 29, 2016 at the SRSS Theatre in Steinbach.
Voices Among Us is a collection of stories as told by people living in our community. These stories, delivered through theatre, poetry and music, represent a wide range of people, some who identify as LGBTTQI*; other accounts come from family, friends and allies. Each story is being lived by the person who was willing to share their narrative with us and with you, our audience.
The play was well received, and comments included large measures of gratitude for the strides being made in making room for conversation in our community.
June 14, 2016, Tuesday, 8 p.m.
K.R. Barkman Park, Steinbach
Steinbach Neighbours For Community, along with Steinbach Pride, invited the public to attend a vigil in response to the June 12th massacre in Orlando, Florida, in which forty-nine people were killed and more than fifty wounded while attending a gay nightclub. The event, which drew 200 people, included speeches from several local and provincial spokespeople, as well as the reading of the names of the victims.
October 17, 2015
SRSS Theatre, Steinbach
Steinbach Neighbours for Community brought “Listening for Grace” to the city in an endeavour to open up a grace-filled dialogue about the LGBTTQ* presence in our community. Produced by Ted Swartz, Listening for Grace is a compelling and enlightening play that follows the story of a widowed father whose son has just come out as gay. Through his relationships with his son, an estranged cousin, people in his church and a pastor who deals with issues of sexuality in the Bible, the main character is challenged by many different viewpoints and experiences.
The advance billing was so well received that SNFC had to add a second show. About 375 people attended.
My Exodus: From Fear to Grace, Alan Chambers (Zondervan 2015)
Sex Biology Redefined: Genes don’t indicate Binary Sexes (Stanford Medicine), Andrea Ford
The End of Sexuality: Why Sex is Too Important to Define Who We Are, Jenell Williams Paris (Intervarsity Press 2011)
Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays vs Christians Debate, Justin Lee (Jericho Books 2012)
Welcoming in the Gentiles: A Biblical Model for Decision Making, Sylvia Keesmaat (link to the PDF)
Welcoming the Stranger: Same-Sex Marriage from a Canadian Mennonite Perspective, Susanne Guenther Loewen (Download PDF)