With humility and gratitude to the First Peoples of Turtle Island, we acknowledge that we worship, work and play on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish, Nuu-'chah'nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw peoples. We seek healing and reconciliation with the First Peoples of Canada and are continuing to learn what that means in concrete terms, and how we must go about our part in that work.
Ministering on these traditional territories, we are a regional expression of the Anglican Church of Canada, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and one part of the whole body of Christ.
Established in 1892, the diocese originally covered the entire Canadian province of British Columbia. Over time, as the population of the province grew, new dioceses were formed. The Diocese of British Columbia is now one of five dioceses and one territory of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon, and includes 46 worshipping communities on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands of the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia), Broughton Archipelago and Kingcome Inlet.
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We are a thinking church; we value reason and thought, and we value diversity as part of our unity. With our roots in the British Isles, our historical attitudes to mission and our current expression have been deeply shaped by colonialism. As we awaken to this reality, we seek healing and reconciliation with the First Peoples of Canada.
We are a progressive church, open to the leading of the Spirit in this time and place. We seek the full inclusion of all people. This extends to our sacramental practice, where seekers are welcome to receive communion, and baptism, marriage and ordination are available on an equal basis to any qualified candidate. We are committed to serving the poor and working for economic equality for all people on these islands and inlets.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to be faithful stewards of the gifts entrusted to us to further Christ’s church. Over 6000 members strong, the Anglican church on these islands and inlets is actively engaged in service to our neighbours through the local expression of 46 worshipping communities and numerous other ministries.
Inspiring Gospel work is being undertaken in every corner of our diocese. Whether it is the revitalization of living indigenous languages, Christian arts programming, worship renewal, theological and lay leadership formation training, summer programs for children and youth; innovative parish renovations, or creative online communications strategies—we are a church enthusiastically responding to God’s vision for Renewed Hearts, Renewed Spirits and Renewed People on these islands and inlets. Learn more about the collective ways we are a part of what God is up to in the world by visiting the Living our Vision section of our website.