Annual conference 2019- theme and other details!


Annual conference 2019, Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble:
DISRUPTIVE FAITH: Forging Brave & Inclusive Communities in Divided Times
July 26 at 4:00PM, all day and evening Saturday July 27, to Sunday 28 after lunch, at Hillhurst United Church, Calgary

Join us for the Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble Annual Conference 2019, in partnership with Hillhurst United Church and Affirming Connections.  Our time together will include theme speakers, worship, lots of conversation, children’s programming, meals, and AUSE’s annual meeting- so that you too can have your say in this growing movement.

Read on for who should come, registration, accommodation info, theme, children’s programming, and more. Look for updates right here May through July, and see our Facebook event here.

Join us for a weekend of inspiration, learning, challenge and community, envisioning, entertainment and imagining. Let’s explore a new narrative that reaches bravely across the gap, burning through the barriers to Love’s presence. Together let’s forge braver communities, and build bridges to God’s vision of a more beautiful world.

Stay tuned for more information on our program of events, keynotes, and workshops. We are excited to provide opportunities to learn about becoming an Affirming Community, and how to take your Affirming Community to the next step with workshops on expanding and amplifying your voice. We are working with regional ministries, theatre artists, and performers to bring you some exciting and relevant programs to challenge, titillate and transform! More details to come!

WHO? Everyone! All identities welcome. We ask that you bring a respectful spirit and open mind, and that all participants come with the belief that sexual and gender diversity is part of God’s beloved creation. Our movement believes that being gender and/ or sexually diverse is a gift, not a sin.

REGISTRATION: Link to come shortly!
Cost:
1) Entire conference (Friday 4:00PM-Sunday afternoon, including Friday dinner and performance, Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday brunch): $175
2) Saturday only (lunch, dinner, snacks included): $150

Subsidies are available. If you need one, please note this when you register.

THEME: Disruptive Faith
The recent shift in the political landscape of Alberta has sent ripples across the country. Our world seems more divisive than ever. How can we respond as loving and affirming faith communities? In a call out culture, how do we call each other back into community? How can we get past our defenses, which seek to divide us, and lean into the discomfort of reconciliation and real healing in our communities? When the voices of religious intolerance, prejudice and hatred seem to be growing louder, how do we amplify our voices as affirming faith communities, and speak up for love and inclusion?

We wouldn’t be given the vision of a better world if it were not possible: in God all things are possible.

 Join us for a weekend of inspiration, learning, challenge and community, envisioning, entertainment and imagining. Let’s explore a new narrative that reaches bravely across the gap, burning through the barriers to Love’s presence. Together let’s forge braver communities, and build bridges to God’s vision of a more beautiful world.

LOCATION: Hillhurst United Church. Hillhurst is celebrating its 10th year as an Affirming congregation in the heart of Kensington, Calgary, situated on Treaty 7 land at the foot of the Rocky Mountains of Southern Alberta. These are the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations), and home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

ACCOMMODATION: Billeting and affordable dorm housing options are available- we will post details, and watch our website conference page for details. Hillhurst United Church is also situated near many AirBnB’s in the Kensington Sunnyside area, and 1 train stop from downtown hotel accommodations!

PROGRAMMING: In collaboration with St. Andrew’s Regional Ministries, we are thrilled to be presenting keynote speaker Harlan Pruden, and their talk “Two-Spirit Reconcili-action!” Harlan is Two-Spirit First Nation Cree/Nēhiyaw, a Ph.D Student at UBC, Community Organizer, Managing Editor of TwoSpiritJournal.com, and past advisor to Obama’s White House on HIV/AIDS. Join us in conversation with Harlan as we explore the diverse nature of pre-contact Indigenous gender identity, expression, and sexuality. Learn how 2-spirit reconciliation plays a key role in decolonizing our hearts and communities, and how we can take action in our commitment to right relations.

CHILDREN and YOUTH PROGRAMMING: We aim to provide child care and children’s programming in Hillhurst United Church’s Kid Space – make sure to let us know in your registration details your child care needs!

RESOURCE PEOPLE, with more info on more people to come

Harlan Pruden (First Nation Cree/nēhiyaw) works with and for the Two-Spirit community locally, nationally and internationally. Currently, Harlan is a Ph.D student at the University of British Columbia and is an Educator at the BC Center for Disease Control’s Chee Mamuk program. Harlan is also the Managing Editor of the TwoSpiritJournal.com, an interactive multi-platform Two-Spirit media/news site.