The Lynn Valley United Church Marriage Policy
As approved by LVUC Board of Governance April 14, 2021, with amendments proposed May 2021 - Approved by Congregational Vote Sunday 27th June 2021
Type: Executive Limitations Policy
At Lynn Valley United Church we believe that all people are included in God’s divine plan, and are part of God’s gift of diversity in humanity. Lynn Valley United Church affirms the right of all people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to be married and to full inclusion in all aspects of church life.
For Lynn Valley United Church, marriage is the lawful union of two people, blessed by God. At Lynn Valley United Church, we welcome those who seek God’s blessing on their union.
Weddings at LVUC are under the auspices of the United Church of Canada, and under the Province of British Columbia as the licensing body. We believe that any wedding conducted in or by our church is to be considered as a religious ceremony, and it is our understanding that God is involved in this ceremony in the commitment and covenant that the parties make, recognizing that there are many different ways of understanding God.
Marriage is also a legal matter, coming under Provincial Law. Sanction to marry is given by the issuing of a Marriage License, which will need to be provided to the Church in advance of the ceremony.
The Minister shall not refuse to perform a marriage ceremony on behalf of Lynn Valley United Church, or refuse to allow a marriage to be performed at Lynn Valley United Church by another officiant, on the basis of the sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression of one or both partners.