As the next step in continuing the conversation about human sexuality, Deanery meetings were held in 2012 for all clergy and lay delegates to the 63rd Synod of the Diocese of Edmonton. Our conversations were about the church’s role in discussing and teaching on issues associated with our creation as sexual beings made in the image of God. In these discussions we shared the issues related to human sexuality that are foremost in people’s minds.
“It is a great tribute to the men and women of the diocese that these discussions have taken place with prayer and with respect for our brothers and sisters. There was an acknowledgment that the issues presented, whether they were abuse, divorce, same-gender relationships or hyper-sexualization of children and in the media, were issues that touched on real lives. We took as our basic assumption that as people of faith we are all sincere in our beliefs, including our reverence for Holy Scripture. Jesus has commanded us to love our neighbour as ourselves (Mark 12:31; Matthew 22:39) and this was evident in our discussions. There was an overwhelming hope that this area of discussion would not ignite conflict at any level in the church and that we would do our best not to develop a winners and losers mentality.” – The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jane Alexander, Bishop of the Diocese of Edmonton.