The following statement is our desire to provide complete transparency to the LGBTQ+ person interested in learning how we understand the Bible’s teaching and the Church’s understanding of human sexuality.
As a ministry under the authority of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), we are governed by the canons and bylaws of the CANA East Diocese. These documents shape our teaching and understanding of the Bible.
The following statement is an excerpt contains our dioceses theological position on human sexuality.
Canon 5 Section 2 “Sanctity of Marriage.”
In view of the teaching of Holy Scripture, the Lambeth Conference of 1998, and the Jerusalem Declaration, this Diocese upholds faithfulness in marriage between one man and one woman in lifelong union; believes that abstinence from sexual relations is right for those who are not called to marriage; cannot legitimize or bless same-sex unions or ordain persons who engage in homosexual behavior. Sexual relations should take place only between one man and one woman who are married to each other.
The CANA East Diocese does not yet have a canon explicitly addressing gender orientation. Therefore we believe the following:
Gender orientation is a person’s congruence between their mental and emotional, spiritual, and physical biology. A person experiences “dysphoria” or “anxiety” when these aspects are incongruent with each other. At Grace Nation, we believe the binary of male and female was initially intended by God when He created human beings. However, after the fall of human beings, sin entered the world even affecting gender orientation. In some cases, we observe that even the physical body can be incongruent with one’s psychological framework. Gender dysphoria is a painful experience for some and so we desire to provide compassion and care for those who desire.
Our priority is to extend the love of God to all people. Our second priority is to nurture faith identity in transgender people.