“Washroom Walls” Project

This spring, Gower Street United goers took to writing on the Church washroom walls. Mind you, not without permission.

The “Washroom Walls” project places flip chart paper and markers in all the church loos extending an invitation to everyone to anonymously, but publicly, express their thoughts and feelings on same-sex unions.

The discussions were initiated by Gower’s Worship and Sacraments Committee as part of the “Year of Conversation” – a full year dedicated to engaging members in a dialogue about same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2004. And while the United Church of Canada endorsed it in 2003, so far the only United Church in the province to perform same-sex unions is in Lab City, says Reverend Dr. Kate Crawford. She explains that within the denomination it is up to each congregation to come to a decision on the matter. Gower Street United is dedicating monthly sermons and public information sessions to the conversation in hopes of reaching a decision at the year’s end.

By the looks of it, the chatter brewing in the bathrooms has been a great springboard for getting people talking, with comments ranging from, “God made man + woman for each other,” to “Love is grand,” to our favorite, “Gwan by, noding wrong wit it sure.”

—Lesley Thompson
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