Ashleigh Mattern


Ashleigh Mattern is a freelance writer and copy editor based in Saskatoon

Despite struggle, Anglican Church shines a beacon of acceptance

Saskatoon-based lesbian deacon demonstrates the changing attitudes in the church 

Emily Carr (L) wants the gay community to know that the church, despite its problems, can be a place for people like her and her partner, Rebecca Brownlee (R). Photo by Ashleigh MatternEmily Carr (L) wants the gay community to know that the church, despite its problems, can be a place for people like her and her partner, Rebecca Brownlee (R). Photo by Ashleigh Mattern

On Sept. 30, 2012, reverend Emily Carr was ordained as an Anglican deacon in the diocese of Saskatoon. In some ways, the ordination was something she had been working towards for most of her life, having first found a passion for the church when she was still a child.

But this exciting event was tainted when a “small, very loud group” protested her ordination because she is married to a woman. This group included other priests in the diocese, as well as some Anglican parishioners.

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