This Sunday, at 7 pm, Bishop Jane will preside and celebrate at Equally Anglican, an inclusive LGBTQ+ affirming ministry of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037-84 Ave, Edmonton. Special guest preacher will be Fr. Michael Lapsley from The Institute for the Healing of Memories.
Equally Anglican was started by lay members of HTAC about three years ago and has gradually grown through community connections and a regular presence on social media. The Rev. Lorne Manweiler, recently received by Bishop Jane as a priest in the Edmonton diocese, has been appointed the community’s principal priest by rector the Ven. Chris Pappas.
“I love connecting with this community that acknowledges we have each been created equally in God’s image and baptized into Christ; no matter where we come from; no matter what our sexual identity or gender expression,” says Manweiler. “Equally is a supportive community of hope and spiritual nourishment from which people can go out into their relationships, their corner of the world and brighten it with the love of Christ for all people,” says Manweiler.
“Unapologetically, openly and proudly Anglican,” Equally recognizes we are all part of one body and have a place at God’s table. “Those aspects and things of specific concern to the community are reflected in the prayers, the preaching, fellowship and connection time both before and after the service,” says Manweiler.
As Equally continues to evolve as a ministry of the parish, Manweiler says there has been much reflection on what it means to be an integral part of the community outside the church: “a community of disciples striving to model our lives after Christ.”