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15
May

Celebrate All the Diversity Which Makes This Community Amazing!

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Happy People
Diversity makes the world go round. We have diversity all around us. Think of the variety of flowers, trees, birds and animals. We delight in the mountains and prairies, rivers, creeks and fields. In our community, think of the variety of sports opportunities, bike paths and roads for all sorts of vehicles, music events from classical to country and more, art galleries, rodeos, parades, festivals and more. There is something for everyone! Think of the variety of faiths – Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Baha’i, Wiccan and more all in our community. Think of the variety of people – all sorts of colours, genders,...
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09
May

Blessings for Whatever You Are Experiencing on this Mother's Day!

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Mothers Day
To all those who offer mothering love in so many ways, to birth mothers, adopted mothers, stepmothers, foster mothers, chosen mothers, grandmothers & godmothers, to soon-to-be mothers and those yearning to be mothers, to those of all genders who offer tender care and understanding to children, to all who are missing their mothers and those grieving for their mothers, to broken-hearted mothers grieving for their children, gone too soon, and to all who carry pain in their hearts as mothers or because of mothers,   we pray that you will know God's presence with you as you mark this day, whatever it...
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08
May

Human Beings Love "Samesies"

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       As human beings, we are naturally more comfortable with those we consider the same as us. “Samesies” is one of the first ways of forming a relationship with another human being. This is also a survival instinct. We feel we can trust someone who is the “same.” Yet we must also remember that what we consider the ‘same’ is a learned concept. As human beings, we are able to move beyond “samesies” in our relationships and discover the wonder of diversity and the richness it brings to our lives and relationships. While we might not feel we understand another person, because...
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27
Mar

Jesus Taught Radical Inclusion - That Includes LGBTQ+

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As Paul wrote in Galatians 3:28, “There is no longer Jew or Greek; slave or free; male or female, all of you are one in Christ.“ Jesus was not afraid to interact with, eat with, and welcome into his band of disciples those who were rejected, cast out, considered inferior/untouchable and judged by the rest of his society. The love of Jesus is unconditional. Radical inclusion is necessary when following the Way of Jesus.  That's why we include people of the LGBTQ+ spectrum in all of our work and worship as a community of Jesus. ...
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20
Mar

Some Important Statistics Related to Trans Youth

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  Here are some important statistics related to trans youth:             (from a 2019 Canadian Medical Association Youth Health survey)  -77% of trans-youth have avoided using public washrooms for fear of being harassed, assaulted or outed as trans -66% do not feel safe in school washrooms -58% are not comfortable talking to their health practitioner about gender care -transgender youth are 5 times more likely to think about suicide and 7.6 times more likely to attempt it, compared to other youth. -only 47% of trans and non-binary youth live in their felt gender full-time, 38% live it...
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06
Mar

Transgender People are People First

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Did you know that approximately 1% of the world’s population are transgender? In the 2021 census in Canada, of those age 15 and older, less than 1% identified as transgender/non-binary: 0.19% identified as transgender and 0.14% identified as non-binary. The data shows that out of the 4.2 million Albertans aged 15 and older, 99.63 per cent are cisgender, meaning they identify the same as their sex at birth. That means that only a fraction of one per cent of Albertans, 7,305, are transgender Albertans — 3,420 transgender men and 3,880 transgender women. Another 5,170 Albertans are non-binary, meaning they may identify as gender-fluid,...
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29
Feb

Gender Care Is Already a Long and Thoughtful Process

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The process toward gender transition is a long and thoughtful one right now, based on current medical and mental health practices, with no new legislation needed. First, the trans youth and their parent(s) need to come out to their family doctor, if they have one. The family doctor then needs to agree to refer them to the gender care clinic. The gender care clinic team accompanying a trans youth and their parent(s) includes nurses, therapists, doctors, and a psychiatrist. Currently, the psychiatrist, who has to sign off on any hormone therapy, has a one year wait list. If there is...
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22
Feb

Youth Need Medical Access to Puberty Blockers before Age 16

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It is important for trans youth (and other children) to have access to puberty blockers. Puberty is beginning earlier, for some girls as young as 8 years old. The changes to the body that happen during puberty can be distressing if they are not in line with a youth’s gender. Puberty blockers can help relieve this distress. Delaying puberty gives the young person more time to explore their gender identity & make a mature decision, before bodily changes happen that can’t be reversed. The effect of puberty blockers is completely reversible. If a youth decides not to transition, they go...
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15
Feb

Transwomen Should Be Involved in Women's Sports

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Should transwomen be banned from women’s sports?  NO!  Transwomen have no advantage over cis-women in sports. They face the same challenges as any female athlete. Banning transwomen from women’s sports can harm all women athletes with invasive tests, accusations that a woman is “too masculine” or blaming any woman's win on not really being a woman. Cis-women may naturally have higher or lower hormone levels.  There should not be separate teams for trans-people since that segregates them as targets for bullying. Trans youth need to be welcome to play sports alongside other students at school.  It is naïve to think that we...
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15
Feb

It Makes Sense that Children Will Tell Their Teacher before Their Parents

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Why would a child tell a teacher before they tell a parent about their gender and sexuality? It actually makes total sense. It is a very vulnerable and scary thing in our society to name that you might be something other than male or female, cisgender and heterosexual. Children hear attacks all the time on LGBTQ+ people. So it is easier to tell a teacher. If the teacher rejects them or tells them it is nonsense, they will have a new teacher next year. But if they tell their parents and their parents reject them, then that is the most...
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Sit and Be Fit - New Session
Created On Thursday, 23 May 2024
The new sessions of Sit and Be Fit with KJ Johnson run Tuesday, June 11 - July 9, and Thursday,...
Please check the lost and found.
Created On Wednesday, 15 May 2024
The HRUC lost and found is bursting at the seams! If you have attended church services,...
Calling for Green Thumb Volunteers
Created On Monday, 06 May 2024
It's wonderful to see the daffodils and perennials popping up in front of the chuch doors,...
Spring Garage Sale Collection
Created On Thursday, 18 April 2024
The HRUC Annual Spring Garage Sale is fast approaching! We will begin collecting items on May...

 

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