Rev. Keltie Van Binsbergen, lead pastor at Comox United Church.

Church marks Pi (PIE) Day to celebrate diversity by ‘drawing the circle wide’

Around the world, people celebrate March 14 as Pi Day (3.14), an excuse to honour all of the round things that we love such as the planet Earth, the sun, our favourite music CDs, and of course that most geometrically perfect of foods, pie.

Comox United Church is taking Pi Day one step further by claiming Sunday, March 17 as PIE Sunday – a day to celebrate radical inclusiveness of worship community, with special attention to the gender and romantic diversity of LGBTQ2S people in our midst.

Comox United is one of hundreds of United Churches across Canada which, recognized by Affirm United as being a welcoming and affirming congregation, will join in a country-wide celebration featuring Canada’s friendliest dessert.

As members and guests eat and visit, they will be introduced to PIE as an acronym for how to create a warm and spiritually safe church for all: (P) Publicly declaring our acceptance; (I) Intentionally learning about the LGBTQ2S community; and (E) Explicitly welcoming romantic and gender minorities as full participants in ministry of the United Church.

To be an Affirm United ministry, the church cannot be secret, or discreet, uninformed or vague about its welcome. A truly warm welcome in a diverse world deserves its own event and its own dessert—PIE.

All are welcome to join Comox United for worship at 10 a.m. followed by PIE and coffee at 11 on Sunday, March 17.

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