We are a diverse collection of spiritually-seeking, open-minded, gender-inclusive, justice-oriented, earth-loving people. We’re young and old and in-between. Lesbian, gay, straight, and in-between. Wealthy and struggling to make ends meet and in-between.
We hunger for experiences of the Sacred and thirst for intellectual engagement. We believe science and religion are indeed compatible. We do not align with any one political party but we do believe that Jesus of Nazareth was highly political in his critique of the unjust domination’s systems of his day.
We respect our neighbours of other faith traditions and those of no faith tradition while at the same time being fully rooted in following the way of a simple carpenter, mystic, political activist and justice-seeker.
Put simply, we are a Christian community which values inclusivity, diversity, and the earth.
Esquimalt United Church is great place to be: located on the corner of Lyall and Admirals in Victoria our congregation loves the diversity of all things. As a faith community we embrace questioning rather than offering easy answers; we welcome everyone, not only those who look like us; and we have great concern about the earth and our environment.
In the last few years we have been in transition. Today we are moving forward in our vision: celebrating the diversity that abounds in our world, and in so doing we become aware, present and loving in all aspects of our life. Our current activities include Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. , monthly Taizé services at 6 p.m. on the second Friday of the month, the garden project, Children’s Church and .
Leanne is a diaconal minister as well as a mother, grandmother, partner, and friend. She and her spouse Harvey moved to Victoria in 2011 and love being ‘Islanders’. They enjoy traveling back to Alberta to spend time with their three daughters and partners, three grand-daughters, and one “grand-puppy”. They also enjoy touring the island, exploring new sights, and taking in the diversity of arts, music, and festivals the city has to offer. Leanne enjoys sewing, visual arts, walking, biking, and various spiritual practices. She is currently having fun learning (or trying to learn!) African hand drumming.
As a diaconal minister, Leanne is passionate about social justice. She believes that all people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, age, financial resources or any other factor that attempts to divide and categorize.
Leanne is thrilled to have been invited to be in ministry with the people of Esquimalt United Church. She brings experience in preaching, creative liturgy, spiritual practices, pastoral and spiritual care, children and youth ministry, small group facilitation, and outreach ministries. Most importantly she values the depth and breadth of wisdom and experience of people in the church and desires to work with them so that together we can serve the Holy by serving the world.
Diverse Community Support
Many Esquimalt Community Groups, such as businesses, services and churches, share and work with us in the building. Check out the many diverse groups who share life with us in the church.