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he Weekly ANCHOR
PSALM 57:10
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
T he Weekly ANCHOR
PSALM 57:10
T he Weekly ANCHOR PSALM 57:10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
Faith For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; Faith your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
An open letter to Education Minister David Eggen

On January 13th, says otherwise is simply playing with words. The truth Students have the right not to tell their parents. Ok, I
education minister David is: there are a range of expressions that are considered guess. Only bother them with important things, like
Eggen released mandatory masculine or feminine, but male and female are fixed. academics.
guidelines for LGBT Ironically, if we concede that a person can choose their 4) This one has had the biggest criticism: “Students
policies for every school gender identity, it actually reinforces gender with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and
board in Alberta. I had a stereotypes! gender expressions have a right to accommodation
look at the 21 page The most loving thing we can do is tell the truth. when it comes to the use of washroom and changeroom
document myself. Most of Consider the case of the anorexic who self-identifies as facilities that are congruent with their gender identity.”
the document is good, and overweight. It would be harmful to agree. (12)
all of it is well intentioned, If my son self-identified as a Great Dane, I would So that means: a boy could use the ladies washroom,
but on a number of points, not, for that reason, feed him dog food. change room, and showers, if he so chooses, as long as
it really needs to go back to 2) “All individuals have the right to be addressed by he says he is a girl (see quote #1).
the drawing board, their chosen name and to choose pronouns that align I get it: privacy is important, unless you are actually
especially where it relates Pastor with their gender identity and/or gender expression” female who wants privacy in her locker room. Mr.
to transgender students. Aaron Kauffman (p.8). Eggen, can you explain how this policy makes schools
I know Mr. Eggen is I've got no problem with people being able to choose “welcoming, caring, respectful and safe” (p.4)?
trying to do the right thing, their own nickname. But this policy forces everyone Praying for our leaders,
and wants to creative learning environments that are else to call “she” what they believe to be a “he,” or
“welcoming, caring, respectful and safe” (p.4). Believe vice versa. I call that government mandated lying. guidelines-released-for-mandatory-lgbtq-policies-in-
me, that is what I want as well. I believe we are Freedom of identification will soon trump freedom of alberta-schools-1.3402154
obligated to love and care for all people; “Love your speech, never mind the right to believe the Bible's view 2 1626737/91383-
neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). And students of gender. attachment-1-guidelines-final.pdf
who struggle with gender identity issues have 3) Privacy. The document states schools will “protect 3 As argued at
challenges most of us have never experienced, and a student's personal information and privacy . . . quick-links/understanding-gender/
need support as much as anyone. having a student's explicit permission before disclosing
Here are some statements that I find most information related to the student's sexual orientation, Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those
problematic. gender identity or gender expression to . . . parents, of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or
1) The document states that “Self-identification is the guardians or other adults in their lives” (p.9). position of this newspaper.
sole measure of an individual's sexual orientation,
gender identity or gender expression.” (p.6)
That means a boy could decide that he is, in fact, a
girl, or non-gendered, or multi-gendered. And the
opinions of parents, doctors, medical records, birth
certificates, or common sense are not relevant. The
only thing that matters is what the student believes.
(And there are no guidelines about the age at which a
student can decide. Seriously, do you how many times
my 5 year-old has said: “Look Dad, I'm an airplane!”)
Love always tells the truth. The Bible instructs us
to “speak the truth in love” (Eph 4:15). It is possible to
Pastor speak the truth without love – and that happens too
Bryan Walter often. It is possible to speak lies with good intentions.
But lying is never an act of love. “Love . . . rejoices in
the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:9)
Genetics, biology, history, and common sense, all
show that humans are a gendered species: male and
female. The Bible agrees: “male and female he created
them” (Gen 1:27). There are those for whom it is hard Renate Orthey, Dianne Dykstra, Rev. Suzanne Cameron and Audrey Baron sang heart-warming
to tell, but the exceptions don't make the rules. gospel tunes to residents and guests at Parkland Lodge on January 25. “We have played together for
I'll be blunt. Gender is not a spectrum. Anyone that years and years and we just call ourselves the Gospel Singers.” photo Deanna Mitchener


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Pastor George Stone - Ph: 795-2132
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Youth Group: Fridays 7 p.m. First Sunday - St. Catherine’s Sunday Worship Service and Sunday School at 11 a.m.
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For additional information regarding Youth and Family events or other activities Pastor Father Varghese Munduvelil 4820 4 Avenue, Wildwood, Alberta
contact Pastor Aaron. Mass: Saturday: 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m. Phone 780-325-3999
Call office for weekday Mass times. Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m.
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