Christ Church Anglican Cathedral is an inclusive community of disciples of Jesus Christ serving God in downtown Vancouver through worship, ministry and outreach. Since 1888 people have met on this site to worship God and witness to Christ’s love for the world. The Cathedral is enriched and enlivened by the diversity of its community. It is a place for worship, and for outreach to near and far. It is a place where faith is nurtured and all age groups are welcomed. The performing and visual arts find a home here. This is a safe, welcoming and positive space for LGBTQ people, their friends and families.
Our motto is “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds.”
Following our vision, our mission is to deepen faith and commitment to the God we know in Jesus Christ by:
1. worshiping God in the Anglican tradition with beauty, reverence, and creativity;
2. nurturing the spiritual growth and stewardship journeys
of individuals and the community;
3. reaching out in Christ’s name to those in need through actions
that express justice, peace, and compassion;
4. being the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of New Westminster;
5. promoting a caring and pastoral community;
6. acting as effective stewards of our heritage building;
7. encouraging and supporting the performing arts.
Ordination of Women
Key legislation regarding the ordination of women to the priesthood in Canada was enacted by the General Synods of 1973 (Act 31) and 1975 (Act 64). The first ordinations of six women as priests took place on the same day, 30 November 1976, in four dioceses across Canada, including two (The Rev. Elspeth Alley and The Rev. Virginia Briant) at Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver.
Bishop Michael Ingham authorized a liturgy for the celebration of lesbian and gay covenants in December 2002. Diocesan guidelines require that parishes who want to offer this ministry seek the approval at a meeting of Vestry.
Christ Church Cathedral’s Annual Vestry meeting in February 2003 gave approval for this ministry to be offered as part of the parish’s pastoral care for the community.