One of the most powerful tools in the world is language. Words can be used for good, to build a world of understanding, love, empathy, and respect. They can build bridges between individuals and nations. They can soothe the soul, express our innermost thoughts and feelings, and connect us as no other tool can. However, words can also destroy. They can be used to express hate, bigotry, and exclusion, attacking individuals or nations with the sole purpose of belittling, insulting, or demeaning.
Language has a powerful impact on how we live with respect in God’s creation. The United Church believes gender and sexuality are God’s gifts – with all persons being made in the image of God. To be inclusive, it is important to understand the language used with respect to the LGBTQ community. Heterosexuals understand what it means to identify as male or female. For the LGBTQ community, there is a continuum of human sexuality with a host of labels to define their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Our journey of affirmation dictates that we understand the language that describes the experiences of all people. Times have changed and the range of descriptive labels has grown over the years and continues to change. It is important to remember that if there is any doubt, simply ask people what words they prefer to use to describe themselves and their experience.
We encourage you to read about “What does LGBTQ mean” found on pg. 3, About Language, in Open Hearts, Resources for Affirming Ministries.
The link is: Open-Hearts-AUSE_Final_May192020.pdf
Trinity United Church
33 Main Street East
Huntsville, ON P1H 2B8
We are Christians working to be a vibrant, progressive, innovative, faith-filled congregation.
Our doors and our hearts are open to all: doubters, searchers and believers.
In our centrally located and well-maintained building, we will be a place of community
where opportunities exist for everyone,
as we encourage and support each other on our individual faith journeys.