Our Beliefs | Come Join the Conversation
First of all, we believe that church should be safe space for all to explore spirituality and experience community, and so written on the back of our bulletins on Sunday mornings you will find the following:
At Knox-Metropolitan United Church, we are a community of faith, and we respectfully acknowledge that we gather to worship on the traditional lands of the Cree, Anishinaabe, Lakota, Dakota, Nakota and Métis people – Treaty 4 territory.
We welcome and celebrate human diversity – including spirituality, age, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. We declare our commitment to be in solidarity with the poor and marginalized, and to cherish, sustain, and protect the natural world. Here, people of any faith can question and discover the sacred in life through openness, struggle, laughter, music, and prayer.
Knox-Metropolitan United Church does not hold any one set of doctrines as requirement for membership, instead we invite each person into an on-going conversation of faith. Our readings of the Christian Tradition tend to include a strong call to action in areas of liberation and justice, a radical openness to other faiths, and embodied spirituality, and a willingness to name the problematic elements in our own Tradition and history – worth naming particularly is repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery, lamenting our participation in the Residential School System, and heeding the Call to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
As part of the United Church of Canada, we are proud to belong to a tradition that has, since 1936, recognized the valuable contribution of women in ministry through ordination, and resisted the subjugation of their voices (this is of course on-going work). While our current minister is male, we seek to honour and include voices of women as guest preachers and through other important positions of leadership within the church