New details: 2019 annual conference at Hillhurst United Church, Calgary

Our 2019 annual conference will be hosted by Hillhurst United Church in Calgary, July 26-28. AUSE Council expresses gratitude and excitement at this chance to work alongside Hillhurst and other Affirming ministries in the Calgary area, who work together through Affirming Connections. We look forward to a rich time of learning, visioning, and being together.

The conference will likely begin with registration late Friday afternoon, a BBQ dinner on Friday July 26, followed by evening programming; we’ll continue all day Saturday and through the evening, with conversation, workshops, and exciting theme speakers and exploration. The theme will likely focus on bringing together trans and queer justice with commitments to decolonization. Sunday we’ll join the congregation of Hillhurst United for worship and lunch, and then wrap up with a brief annual general meeting. There may be after-conference opportunities to explore Calgary and area- stay tuned!

We’re very grateful to the Hillhurst for its commitment to making this time fully inclusive of youth and children; programming will be offered for a range of ages.

Accommodation will include hotel and university residence options that will be listed on the website, as well as billeting with Calgary-area Affirming supporters. We thank all hosts in advance for helping to make this conference more accessible for everyone!

The registration fee will be kept as reasonable as possible. AUSE welcomes designated tax-receiptable donations that will support those for who the registration is a barrier. Donations can be offered here: http://affirmunited.ause.ca/donate/ We are a member-funded movement and are grateful for all the work that your donations of time, money, and talent make possible.

Please watch our annual conference page for further details and registration, and start planning your visit!

 

Six Affirming celebrations on April 28, 2019!

When you have a good problem: so many Affirming celebrations on one day that posting them all under “News” will fill up most of your news feed.

Please have a look at our upcoming celebrations page, and take a minute there to send a short note of thanks and congratulations to the six ministries officially joining the family on April 28 2019:

St Andrew’s United Church, Spruce Grove, AB

Knox United Church, Russell MB

Silverton United Church,  Silverton MB (This is Russell-Silverton pastoral charge- both points are becoming Affirming and they’re having a celebratory turkey supper April 28 that you know is worth driving across the West for.)

Queen St United Church, Lindsay ON

Riverside United Church, Ottawa

Trinity United Church, Smiths Falls

THANK YOU to all of these ministries for their commitment to safer sacred spaces that celebrate gender and sexual diversity!

 

Affirming celebration for Silverton United Church MB, 28 April 2019

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for Silverton United Church (Russell-Silverton Pastoral Charge) on Sunday April 28, 2019 at 3:30 pm at:

Silverton United Church (Russell-Silverton Pastoral Charge),
20 MB-478, Silverton MB
www.russellsilvertonunited.ca
Phone 204-821-5442

(Silverton is located off highway 45, 8.5 Km east of Russell or 11Km west of Angusville. When you turn north off highway 45 onto MB-478, the United Church is on your left and the Community Hall is on your right.)

All welcome! And, all are also invited to a celebratory Turkey Supper at Silverton Hall Sunday April 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm.  Adults $20; Youth 6-12 yrs $12; Children – free.  Reserve tickets by calling office at 204-773-2071 or email Kim at  knoxmb@mymts.net before April 21.

Please send a note of congratulations to Silverton United Church through this form:
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Affirming celebration for Knox United Church MB, 28 April 2019

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for Knox United Church (Russell-Silverton Pastoral Charge) on Sunday April 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm at:

Knox United Church,
200 Memorial Avenue North
Russell  MB
www.russellsilvertonunited.ca
Phone 204-773-2071

All welcome! And, all are also invited to a celebratory Turkey Supper at Silverton Hall Sunday April 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm.  Adults $20; Youth 6-12 yrs $12; Children – free.  Reserve tickets by calling office at 204-773-2071 or email Kim at  knoxmb@mymts.net before April 21.

Please send a note of congratulations to Knox United Church through this form:

 

Affirming celebration for St Andrew’s United Church Spruce Grove AB, 28 April 2019

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for St Andrew’s United Church on Sunday April 28, 2019 at 10:00AM at:

St. Andrew’s United Church,
1A Fieldstone Drive,
Spruce Grove  AB  T7X 2Z3
www.sprucegroveunited.com/
Phone: 780-962-0488

All welcome!
Please send a note of congratulations to St Andrew’s United Church through this form:

 

Affirming celebration for Queen Street United Church Lindsay ON, 28 April 2019

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for Queen Street United Church on Sunday April 28, 2019 at 10:00AM at:

Queen Street United Church,
55 Mary Street
Lindsay  ON
K9V 5Z6
https://www.queenstreetunitedchurch.ca
Phone: 705-324-4372

All welcome!
Please send a note of congratulations to Queen Street United Church through this form:

Affirming celebration for Riverside United Church Ottawa ON, 28 April 2019

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for Riverside United Church on Sunday April 28, 2019 at 7:00 PM at: Riverside United Church,
3191 Riverside Drive
Ottawa ON, K1V 8N8
http://riversideunitedottawa.ca
Phone: 613 733-7735

All welcome!
Please send a note of congratulations to Riverside United Church through this form:

 

Affirming celebration for Trinity United Church Smiths Falls ON, 28 April 2019

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for Trinity United Church on Sunday April 28, 2019 at 10:30 am at:

Trinity United Church,
41 Market Street N.
Smiths Falls, ON  K7A 4S9
Phone:  613-283-4444
www.trinityunitedsf.ca

All welcome!
Please send a note of congratulations to Trinity United Church through this form:

 

PIE video- more about the hosts and ministries!

People have been asking about the hosts of our new video, who take us through what PIE means, and spend a lot of time eating pie. And our new 15 minute free video on a Public, Intentional, and Explicit welcome for LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit people also features five Affirming ministries from BC, Alberta, Ontario, and PEI. Learn more about them all here! (What’s “Affirming”? Learn more here.)

Running time: 15 minutes. Download or stream and enjoy: https://vimeo.com/320966739

Thank you to Gifts with Vision and all who support Affirming Connections and Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble with your time, love, and resources. Read on to get to know our storytellers, and please share the video widely.


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