2014/03/10

Integrity/Saskatoon Meeting, this Wednesday, 7:30pm - AND Invitation to sign letter to Anglican Archbishop regarding anit-gay laws


INTEGRITY/SASKATOON MEETING - Wednesday, March 12, 7:30 pm. St. John's Anglican Cathedral, 816 Spadina Cres. East, Saskatoon. Group for the GLBT community and friends. Includes worship open to all, followed by GLBT reflections and a social/refreshment hour. All are welcome! For Info Contact: Tom & Rose Rogers 306-491-3315, Web site: www.integritysaskatoon.blogspot.com Facebook: 'Integrity Saskatoon'.

INVITATION TO SIGN A LETTER TO THE ANGLICAN PRIMATE OF CANADA REGARDING ANTI LGBT LAWS IN RUSSIA, UGANDA, AND NIGERIA:  At the request of the Integrity/Saskatoon executive Jim Komar has prepared a letter to the Primate of the Anglican Church in Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, asking him to respond publicly to the situation in these countries. We will have a copy of the letter at the Integrity/Saskatoon meeting this Wednesday. We invite you to come and sign the letter. The more signatures the more influence the letter will have.  If you want your name included but cannot attend you can REPLY to this email indicating your wish to be included and asking the Secretary of Integrity/Saskatoon, me, to sign on your behalf. Please also include your name and email address as confirmation of your identity.

We advised Bishop David Irving of the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon of the letter and sent him a copy, to which he responded favourably as noted in the emails below. 

Tom Rogers, Secretary
Tom & Rose Rogers
1534 McKercher Drive
Saskatoon, SK., CANADA, S7H 5E1
rogerstomrose@gmail.com 306-491-3315



-- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2014 10:13 AM
Subject: RE: LETTER TO PRIMATE

Dear Jim,

Thank you for your email with the letter you are sending to Archbishop Hiltz. I would like to let you know everyone has not been silent, there have been a number of us speaking out but perhaps not loud enough. After reading your letter I think for myself the next step will be to take it to the local church leaders group, which meets monthly, to ask them all to sign on. I know there may not be 100% agreement but we can work with what we get. I start a two week holiday on Wednesday but our next church leaders meeting is not until April and I will be back for that meeting.
Please thank Integrity for taking the initiative on this issue.

Peace,
+David  

From: Komar/Irwin [mailto:charliesplace@sasktel.net]
Sent: March-08-14 11:23 AM
To: David Bishop Irving
Cc: Tom Rogers, Secretary; James Komar
Subject: LETTER TO PRIMATE

SAT 8 MAR 2014:

There is growing concern within Integrity-Saskatoon about the plight of LGBT people in Uganda, Nigeria, and Russia.  It has been noted that protest from civil governments and international corporations is rising; but so far the Church has been silent, except for a few local churches, some of them with support from powerful fundamentalist groups in the United States, which support the persecution of gays.

At an Integrity  meeting last week, it was decided to send a letter to the Primate to bring our concerns to his attention, requesting that he respond publicly to the situation, alone or preferably in collaboration with sympathetic provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion, through the World Council of Churches.  It was also hoped that this might encourage interdenominational protest, as this is a matter of basic human justice, and failure of the Church to respond could cloak it with the mantle of irrelevance to the modern world.

In submitting its letter to the Primate, Integrity-Saskatoon is speaking on its own behalf; it is not speaking for the diocese.  It takes sole responsibility for its actions.  Nevertheless, we feel that you, as our bishop, should be kept informed of developments.  To this end, a copy of our letter to the Primate is attached.  Should you consider it appropriate to initiate similar action within the diocese, or even interdenominationally within Saskatoon, we would of course support and assist with the task if called upon.

Respectfully,

Jim Komar

2014/02/27

Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics - Book Event

Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics -  Book Event
March 18th, 2014 at 7:00 pm
St. Thomas More College Room 344 Saskatoon

*Please distribute widely*

Ottawa-based author, Graeme Truelove, speaks about his new biography on former NDP Member of Parliament, Svend Robinson.

This free event will also include remarks from local environmentalist Peter Prebble about Robinson's environmental work over many years including his participation in protests at Clayoquot Sound and Haida Gwai. We will also hear about Robinson's advocacy on LGBTQ rights issues over his years in politics, including his experience as the first openly gay MP in Canada. Copies of Truelove’s book will be available for sale and light refreshments will be served following the event.
Svend Robinson made a mark in Canadian politics, both in the courage he showed in taking on important human rights, environmental and foreign policy issues, as well as in the tactics he used. He risked arrest on several occasions in the bold stands he took. As Jack Layton once said, "Svend Robinson was engaging in Direct Action before anyone had even coined the term." Come out and learn more about Robinson's life and legacy!

Special thanks to the University of Saskatchewan Department of Political Studies and Turning the Tide Bookstore for sponsoring this event.
Information about the book event in Regina on March 17th:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1446146472283515/?ref=br_tf

Read a review of the book by Judy Rebick here:
http://canadiandimension.com/articles/5700/
RSVP to the event on Facebook here:https://www.facebook.com/events/521931451251480/

For more information about this event, please contact:Tracey Mitchell at 306-244-4955 or facilitrace@gmail.com

Ugandan New Anti-gay Law


from News Talk 650 CKOM - Saskatoon Radio Station
http://ckom.com/story/saskatoon-lgbt-activist-weighs-ugandan-law/265948

Saskatoon LGBT activist weighs in on Ugandan law -Law makes homosexual acts punishable by at least 14 years in prison

Reported by Kurtis Doering
 
Tom Rogers with Integrity Saskatoon is optimistic when it comes to Uganda's new anti-gay law.
"It's a step backwards in Uganda for sure, as it was in Russia" he said. "But each step backwards, I think, is often met by a few steps forward."
Integrity Saskatoon is based in the Anglican Church, and offers advocacy and support to the LGBT community.
On Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill which imposes harsh penalties for homosexual acts.
Those acts now carry a first-time sentence of 14 years in prison. A charge of "aggravated homosexuality", meaning homosexual acts with a minor, a disabled person or someone infected with H.I.V., are punishable by a life sentence.
Such a law is not seen as extreme in most of Africa. According to Amnesty International, homosexuality is illegal in 38 of 54 African countries. Being gay is punishable by death in four of them.
Even this new Ugandan law is less extreme than one that was proposed there in 2009, in which some offenses carried the death penalty.
"Many of those countries have severe problems of poverty and sectorial violence" Rogers said, "why they would focus on an issue that is of no harm to them I don't know.
"I hope that our governments, since this is a government law, will also be stating very clearly to the Ugandan government that this is not a way to develop your country" he added.
The United States has already done just that. US Press Sercretary Jay Carney called the new law "abhorrent" and said that their government would be reviewing their relationship with Uganda.
Rogers remains hopeful that the change in attitude towards homosexuality Canada saw will eventually happen worldwide.
"On every occasion, I think, the truth comes out" he said. "Gay people are normal people who create a great contribution to society."
He said that harsh laws like the ones in Uganda and Russia can even serve to create useful dialogue about human rights.
"Little by little, chink by chink, the reality and the justice is improving. So I can invision the world improving" he said.
-With files from the Canadian Press

2014/02/12

CANCELLED - INTEGRITY MEETING TONIGHT - February 12.


Whoa - there's a blizzard outside, Wednesday, February 12, so the Integrity/Saskatoon meeting tonight is cancelled. No valentines.



2014/02/03


INTEGRITY Meeting - It's a lovers meeting : Wednesday, February 12, 7:30 pm. St. John's Anglican Cathedral, 816 Spadina Cres. East, Saskatoon. Group for the GLBTT community and friends. Includes Eucharist open to all, followed by GLBTT reflections and a social/refreshment hour. All are welcome! For Info Contact: Tom & Rose Rogers
306-491-3315, Web site: www.integritysaskatoon.blogspot.com Facebook: 'Integrity Saskatoon'.

2013/12/04

INTEGRITY Meeting: Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 7:30 pm.


INTEGRITY Meeting: Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 pm. St. John's Anglican Cathedral, 816 Spadina Cres. East, Saskatoon. Group for the GLBTT community and friends. Includes Eucharist open to all, followed by GLBTT reflections and a social/refreshment hour.  All are welcome! For Info Contact: Tom & Rose Rogers 306-491-3315, Web site: www.integritysaskatoon.blogspot.com Facebook 'Integrity Saskatoon'

 

2013/10/30

INTEGRITY Meeting: Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 7:30 pm.


INTEGRITY Meeting: Wednesday, November 13, 7:30 pm. St. John's Anglican Cathedral, 816 Spadina Cres. East, Saskatoon. Group for the GLBTT community and friends. Includes Eucharist open to all, followed by GLBTT reflections and a social/refreshment hour. Priest will be the newly ordained Rev. Emily Carr. All are welcome! For Info Contact: Tom & Rose Rogers 306-491-3315, Web site: www.integritysaskatoon.blogspot.com Facebook 'Integrity Saskatoon'

 

2013/10/12

Co-Chair's Response To Anti-Gay Seminar

Integrity Saskatoon Co-Chair Ryan Willey shares his thoughts on Christian Counseling Services' "When Gay Comes Home" anti-gay seminar presented by Wilna van Beek at Rock of Ages Church.  The event advocated that gays should live celibate lives and attracted a large number of protesters.

2013/09/24

Shameful Ex-Gay Event at local Church


September 24, 2013, Saskatoon.  Rock of Ages Lutheran Brethren church today sponsored another attempt by fundamentalist Christians to promote the idea that something is wrong with gays and that Jesus can save them. Organized by the Christian Counseling Society of Saskatoon the event featured Wilna van Beek speaking about her "restoration through Jesus Christ after having lived a gay lifestyle for many years." Despite the evidence of all credible professional organizations to the contrary and laws in some jurisdictions prohibiting such counseling the Christian fundamentalists continue to misrepresent their religion and to denigrate gays  (LGBTTQQ). The gay community protested the event by sending members to the event and by providing messages of gay affirmation in front of the church and to passers by as shown in the sidebar photos.

In 1996 the Canadian Psychological Association issued the following Policy and Position Statement:
 
"1996  - 2 Equality for lesbians, gay men, their relationships and their families
The Canadian Psychological Association supports the inclusion of sexual orientation as a protected ground of discrimination against lesbians, gay men, their relationships and their families in all human rights legislation, public policy, regulation, procedure and practice; and
The Canadian Psychological Association strongly opposes prejudice, bias and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in all areas including spousal and family relationships, benefits and privileges, employment, goods, services, facilities, housing and accommodation."

MSNBC August 29, 2013 reported "A U.S. federal appeals court on Thursday upheld California’s law prohibiting licensed professionals from counseling gay and lesbian minors to change their sexual orientation."

Monday August 19th, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey declared the practice of conversion therapy on minors  illegal in the state of New Jersey by signing into law bill A3500. Christie was found  in support of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) findings of conversion therapy in which results of conversion therapy were found to pose critical health risks including but not limited to depression, substance abuse, social withdrawal, decreased self-esteem end suicidal thoughts."


The American Psychological Association (APA) has the following position statement:


"(Chicago, August 14, 1997). The Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) has passed a resolution affirming four basic principles with regard to treatments to alter sexual orientation, so-called conversion or reparative therapies.
These principles are:

  • Homosexuality is not a mental disorder and the APA opposes all portrayals of lesbian, gay and bisexual people as mentally ill and in need of treatment due to their sexual orientation;
  • Psychologists do not knowingly participate in or condone discriminatory practices with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients;
  • Psychologists respect the rights of individuals, including lesbian, gay and bisexual clients to privacy, confidentiality, self-determination and autonomy;
  • Psychologists obtain appropriate informed consent to therapy in their work with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients."
The resolution further states that the APA "urges all mental health professionals to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with homosexual orientation."










2013/09/19

Integrity Co-Chair speaks out against X-Gay Event




Following is a copy of an article in the METRO magazine: Ryan Willey, Co-Chair of Integrity/Saskatoon speaks out about the problems created by claiming that the gay lifestyle is a choice which can be cured by prayer.

2013/09/08


INTEGRITY Meeting: Wednesday, September 11, 7:30 pm. St. John's Anglican Cathedral, 816 Spadina Cres East, Saskatoon. Group for the GLBTT community and friends. Includes Eucharist open to all, followed by GLBTT reflections and a social/refreshment hour. Priest is Rev. Joe Ponic supported by Rev. Emily Carr. All are welcome! For Info Contact: Tom & Rose Rogers 306-491-3315, Web site:www.integritysaskatoon.blogspot.com Facebook 'Integrity Saskatoon'.

Tom Rogers, Secretary
Integrity Saskatoon

2013/08/05

Integrity Saskatoon Summer BBQ, August 2, 2013

 
INTEGRITY SASKATOON SUMMER BBQ, AUGUST 2, 2013
 
Rev. Anne Marie Nicklin sitting beside her father Rev. Glenn Ash, receives a gift in recognition of her generous and capable service as priest for Integrity Saskatoon over the last few years. Given and presented by Jim Komar and signed by those attending, the gift is a copy of the BCP used by Queen Elizabeth I, 1533-1603, with artwork by Albert Durer, Hans Holbein and others.
 
 
18 people attended the BBQ at the home of Tom and Rose Rogers



 

2013/04/01

INTEGRITY MEETING ** NEW DATE ** Thursday April 11, 7:30pm, St. George's Anglican Church.


INTEGRITY
Meeting: THURSDAY, April 11, 7:30 pm. St. George’s Anglican Church, 624 Ave. I South. Group for the GLBTT community and friends. Includes Eucharist open to all, followed by GLBTT reflections and a social/refreshment hour. Guest Priest is Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck. All are welcome! For Info Contact: Tom & Rose Rogers 373-5165, See our Web site: www.integritysaskatoon.blogspot.com You can sign up to receive Email notices when new information is added to the site.

2013/03/07

INTEGRITY MEETING ** NEW DATE ** Thursday March 14, 7:30pm, St. George's Anglican Church.


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INTEGRITY Meeting: THURSDAY, March 14, 7:30 pm. St. George’s Anglican Church, 624 Ave. I South. Group for the GLBTT community and friends. Includes Eucharist open to all, followed by GLBTT reflections and a social/refreshment hour. Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck presiding. All are welcome! For Info Contact: Tom & Rose Rogers 373-5165, See our Web site: www.integritysaskatoon.blogspot.com You can sign up to receive Email notices when new information is added to the site.

Tom Rogers, Secretary
Integrity/Saskatoon

2013/01/09

MEETING NOTICE, JANUARY 9, 2012


INTEGRITY GATHERING: TONIGHT Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 7:30 pm. St. George’s Anglican Church, 624 Ave. I South, for the GLBTT community and friends. Includes Eucharist open to all, followed by GLBTT reflections and a social/refreshment hour. All are welcome! For Info Contact: Tom & Rose Rogers 373-5165, See our Web site: www.integritysaskatoon.blogspot.com You can sign up to receive Email notices when new information is added to the site.

2012/10/29

Anglican Journal: Edmonton votes to allow same-sex blessings

Anglican Journal: Edmonton votes to allow same-sex blessings


Edmonton votes to allow same-sex blessings

BY LEIGH ANNE WILLIAMS, STAFF WRITER
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Clergy in the diocese of Edmonton will meet in November to decide what prayers and liturgy to use for same-sex blessings. Photo: zimmytws








The diocese of Edmonton has passed a motion that will allow clergy to bless civilly married same-gender couples on a case-by-case basis.
Clergy will ask for the bishop’s permission to offer the blessing, says Dean Neil Gordon, who introduced the motion at the diocesan synod Oct. 12 to 13. This differs from decisions in dioceses such as New Westminster and Toronto where designated parishes have been granted permission to offer the blessings carte blanche.
Although 70 per cent voted in favour of the motion, a second resolution instructed clergy to work together to 


determine just how the blessings will be performed. “We have to work out how we are going to do this in a way that builds up and retains unity,” says Gordon, who is rector of All Saints’ Cathedral in Edmonton and dean of the diocese. Clergy plan to meet in mid-November to and report back before General Synod 2013 in Ottawa next July.
Until now, the diocese has offered same-gender couples the chance to celebrate their marriages with a family eucharist service, as set out in guidelines developed by the House of Bishops. There has been no formal acknowledgement of the marriage in the service, however

2012/08/27

INTEGRITY BBQ AT GARY AND MORGANS, AUGUST 26, 2012

Integrity BBQ at Gary and Morganz's, August 26, 2012

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2012/08/24

INTEGRITY SASKATOON BBQ - JULY 22, 2012

Barb & Lynne Clay hosted the BBQ at their camp site in Saskatoon
See more photos of the BBQ by clicking on the following link showing the Integrity Saskatoon photo album. You might have to copy and paste it into the search engine or URL line.

2012/06/15


JIM KOMAR RECEIVES ACC COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Albert Community Centre hosted the Queen Community on Friday, June 9 for the Avenue Community Centre's Community Appreciation Awards. People who made outstanding contributions to the Queer Community were honoured. Along with a cash bar sumptuous snacks musical entertainment were provided. Integrity's JIM KOMAR was given a standing ovation s he received an award for community service.  See the citation after the following photos..