The Affirming Ministries Program is a network of United Church congregations and ministries that declare themselves to be fully inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Before declaring themselves to be Affirming, local congregations, colleges, church courts, and other ministries study issues of sexual orientation and gender identity; make a statement of welcome; and commit themselves to work for justice and inclusion within their congregation, the wider church, and their community. The program was launched in 1992. The United Church officially endorsed the program in 2000 and encouraged its ministries to participate.
To open our new 95 page resource Open Hearts: Resources for Affirming Ministries in The United Church of Canada click here. (Note in its adobe pdf electronic format you can navigate through the table of contents and preset bookmarks)
If you are on a mobile device and want to see some content online, click on the following links to see two excerpts from our Affirming Ministries Kit: Open Hearts
- The Table of Contents (to see the many pieces within our resource)
- The requirements to declare your ministry an Affirming Ministry (the most frequently asked question) – this is also available in an adobe pdf file by clicking here.
Please check out the web sites for various Affirming Ministries from the links in the various lists under “Find a Ministry”
If looking for ideas for opening or continuing discussion -Look at information about the great resource Breaking Barriers in the Church.