As printed in The Guardan, Tuesday May 22, 2018.
In recent days, CBC News reported that P.E.I.’s Public Schools Branch (PSB) will not be sending field trips to Camp Seggie this year. This decision was reached when PSB principals and staff learned that the camp’s hiring practices were not in alignment with the inclusionary practices upheld by the PSB. Camp Seggie will not hire people who identify as LGBTQ+ because the camp, with the convention of Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada, believes that to do so would be a violation of their code of conduct which addresses, among other things, “sexual integrity”. Implicit in that belief is that those who identify as LGBTQ+ are lacking in “sexual integrity” and are unfit to be leaders of children and youth at a Christian camp.
As the Affirm Committee of Trinity-Clifton United Church, an affirming congregation in good standing within the Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada, we stand in full support of P.E.I.’s PSB’s decision. To be an affirming congregation is not only to accept but to celebrate the diversity of all people, encompassing people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. To do otherwise is to participate in perpetuating heterocentric norms, institutionalized homophobia and transphobia, and heterosexism. It is to violate the code of conduct found in the Christian Gospel of love and grace.
In a world in which LGBTQ+ children and youth are often bullied and are at greater risk of suicide and substance abuse than their heterosexual peers, we are thankful for the witness of countless affirming Christians. There are many communities of faith across denominational lines which accept, celebrate and affirm the blessedness and transformative presence of our LGBTQ+ members and kin.
All are welcome at Trinity-Clifton United Church every Sunday for worship at 10:30 a.m., including a special Celebration of Diversity on June 24th and LGBTQ+ Pride on July 22nd. Together let us strive to live out the words of the Hebrew prophet, Micah: to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.
Rev. Cathie Crooks and the Affirm Committee, Trinity-Clifton United Church of Canada, 220 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, PE 902.892.4114
As part of Music PEI’s Canadian Songwriter’s Challenge, 12 musicians have been chosen to write together for 2 days and record demos. Six of the musicians are from PEI; the other six are musicians from across Canada. Join us for a special songsmith session, where the musicians will debut their new songs, and no doubt a few surprises!
The 6 musicians from across Canada are: Reeny Smith (Music Nova Scotia), SHAUN LB (Music / Musique NB), Sean Panting (MusicNL), Step Copeland (MusicOntario), Shantaia (SaskMusic), and Alexandria Maillot (Music BC).
Friday, May 25th @ 7:30 PM
Trinity United Church – 220 Richmond St, Charlottetown
Tickets are $12 and are available at the door. For more details, check out our Facebook page.
Please join us, it’s going to be a great evening of Canadian music!
Camper applications are available online or on our bulletin board outside the church office. We appreciate any help you can give for sponsoring a camper. Early bird deadline is May 31.
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Arioso, a delightful woman’s choral ensemble from Kensington PEI, will be performing at historic Trinity United Church in Charlottetown on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 each (plus an additional $1 for phone/internet sales) and are available at the Eastlink Centre Box Office, by calling (902)629-6625, or online. They will also be available at the door after 6:00 p.m. on the evening of the event.
Trinity United Church, 220 Richmond St., Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. June 3, 2018 at 7:00 P.m. Arioso, a local woman’s choral ensemble, will perform in concert as part of Trinity’s developing concert series.
Brought together by a love of music, friendship and song, Arioso is a women’s choral ensemble that has delighted Island audiences with their joyful and melodic performances. The name “Arioso” means vocal music that is more melodic than recitative but less formal than an aria. The ladies have many familial connections that take their performances to a deeper level. Their love of music and each other is evident in every performance. Every year Arioso takes a week’s vacation together in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, which reminds them of the reasons that they love to sing together. Arioso is currently comprised of vocalists Maureen Brennan, Claire Caseley-Smith, Heather Coulson, Juliana Elsinga, Meghan McCarthy, Victoria Coulson, and pianist Jennifer MacDonald. All of these ladies have deep roots in music, many are music teachers and most have been performing since they were children!
Arioso’s repertoire ranges from Celtic, folk, and contemporary to sacred and classical. They always ensure there are a few favourites audiences are sure to recognize! Over the past 10 years they have had the pleasure of appearing at the Indian River Festival, Summerside’s Chautauqua Festival and Charlottetown’s Canada 150 Celebration, where they sang alongside the “Men of the Deeps”. Arioso has also appeared in many beautiful Island churches, with concerts in aid of the congregation as well as local charities such as “The Christmas Tree of Hope” and “Friends of St. Mary’s.
The venue, Trinity United Church in Charlottetown, is well known for its amazing acoustics and warm, welcoming congregation. The roots of Trinity go back to 1778, but the present sanctuary structure was opened and dedicated for public worship in November of 1864 and it is the oldest Charlottetown church building in continuous use as a place of worship. Community is very important at Trinity. Over the past few months Trinity has been developing a concert series as a means to provide an intimate musical experience for its congregation and the Island community at large. This concert is sure to delight!