During the early morning of Sunday, May 10, Grosvenor Park United Church, McClure United Church and St. Andrew’s College at the University of Saskatchewan were vandalized with homophobic graffiti. All three are Affirming ministries of The United Church of Canada, offering a public, intentional, and explicit welcome to LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit people.
These acts have hurt and shocked our communities and leave us determined to continue our commitment to solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community. As followers of Jesus we wish to practice compassion towards the vandal; we also stress the need for the police and our wider community to take these incidents seriously. As we deal with this very concerning experience, we offer our thanks to the community allies who have helped at this time.
As communities of faith, we will follow up, collectively and individually, to identify next steps, clean up the sites, and care for all who are affected. We welcome the support of the wider community and we invite those who wish to decorate your sidewalks and walkways with chalk art sharing messages of compassion and love.
Rev. Nobuko Iwai
Grosvenor Park United Church
Rev. Debra Berg
Rev. Laura Fouhse
McClure United Church
Dea. Dr. Richard Manley-Tannis
St. Andrew’s College
at the University of Saskatchewan