This was the slogan on the t shirts of members of Anglican Churches walking in the Ottawa Pride Parade proclaiming a welcome to the LGBT community.
Despite the hot weather churches from across the city were represented along with international representation from St Chrysostom’s, Manchester due to a specially designed t shirt made for me by my placement church, St Michael and All Angel’s, Ottawa!!
It was a colourful and joyful celebration of diversity, with representation from people of all ages and backgrounds. Enthusiastic members of churches, including priests and archdeacons, held banners which included the bible verses, “Whoever loves is born of God” and “We are all created in God’s image and that pleases God.” The church’s presence was received by applause, tears and heartfelt cries of “thank you” from the crowds.
As one member of our group said, “when was the last time the church received public applause?”