We affirm that gender and sexuality are gifts of God, and welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Ruth Wood, the minister of Calvary Pastoral Charge in Kingston, Ontario, speaks about her journey as a transgender person and her theological reflection on acceptance and love.

What We Believe

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 (search “Commitment to Inclusion” on United Church Commons).

The struggle for justice against sexism and gender-based violence, and towards justice for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations, are fundamental ways in which the United Church seeks to transform structures and systems and be faithful to God's vision for humanity.

Even as we seek to eliminate sexism, misogyny, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, we know that we, too, are guilty of these forms of oppression. We acknowledge the roles that Christianity and religion in general play in such oppression. We hear the call to take action to end all forms of discrimination. We acknowledge that the work of justice is not just about how we treat people who enter the four walls of our church; what matters is how we treat people out in the world. We are committed to journeying to where all people live in justice and peace together.

What You Can Do

Learn More

Learn more with resources such as Celebrating Gender Diversity and Moving Towards Full Inclusion, as well as the additional recommended resources and timelines available under Downloads, below. Note: Moving Towards Full Inclusion is available as a PDF in French on our French-language site or in Spanish or Korean by request. Please e-mail  justice@united-church.ca  with your request.

Other resources you may wish to explore:

United Church Groups

  • United Church Women is a national group with a presence in United Church regions and local faith communities. 
  • As One That Serves (AOTS) are men’s groups based in local communities of faith. AOTS is no longer a national organization; check with your local United Church about local groups.
  • The United Church Trans Network is for trans people and allies. Send your request to join by e-mail to  transgender@united-church.ca


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