Three queer Christians of Asian descent who have found refuge in the affirming congregations of the United Church.
The month of June is celebrated across Canada as Pride Month. For this celebration, we interviewed three queer Christians of Asian descent who have found refuge in the affirming congregations of the United Church. We hope it brings encouragement to our congregations and a light of hope to those needing refuge and healing in their body, soul, and spirit.
As a key theological tenet, The United Church "affirms that gender and sexuality are gifts of God, and that all persons are made in the image of God. We welcome into full membership and ministry people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The United Church is opposed to discrimination against any person on any basis by which a person is devalued" (from "Commitment to Inclusion" in the United Church Commons).
"Geraldine" tells of her experience navigating the complexities of her Asian and LGBTQI+ identity.
Rev. Sunny (Sun-Young) Kim writes about the unique challenges of being queer, Asian, and Christian, and remarks on the upside of being an outsider.
Simon Bondoc shares how his discovery of God’s love and acceptance led him on the path toward ministry.
The views contained within these blogs are personal and do not necessarily reflect those of The United Church of Canada.