Affirming celebration for Ralph Connor Memorial UC, Canmore AB 27 Oct 2019

All welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Ralph Connor Memorial United Church on Sunday October 27, 2019 at 10:00AM.
Location:
Ralph Connor Memorial United Church
617 Main Street
Canmore  AB  T1W 2B1

Phone:  403-678-5354
www.ralphconnor.ca

Please send a note of congratulations to Ralph Connor Memorial United Church through this private form:

 

Affirming celebration for Knox United Church, Fernie BC, 13 Oct 2019

All welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Knox United Church on Sunday October 13, 2019 at 9:00AM! Location:

Knox United Church
201 2nd Avenue
Fernie  BC  V0B 1M0
Phone:   250-423-6010
www.knoxunitedferniebc.ca

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

 

Affirming celebration for UC Chaplaincy at Dalhousie University, NS, 16 Oct 2019

All welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for the United Church of Canada Chaplaincy at Dalhousie University on Wednesday October 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm! Location:

Room 303 (elevator accessibility), Dalhousie Student Union Building
UCC Chaplain: 902-670-1617
Office: 902-494-2287 X 6650
www.dal.ca/campus_life/health-and-wellness/services-support/multifaith-services

This is the first Affirming chaplaincy in The United Church of Canada! Please send a note of congratulations to the UCC Chaplaincy at Dalhousie University through this private form:

 

Affirming celebration for Trinity United Church, Edmonton AB, 20 Oct 2019

All welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Trinity United Church on Sunday October 20, 2019 at 10:30AM. Location:

Trinity United Church,
8810 Meadowlark Road
Edmonton AB T5R 5W6
https://www.trinityunitedchurchedmontonab.com/
Phone: 780-489-0860

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

Affirming celebration for St James United Church, Dartmouth NS, 20 Oct 2019

All welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for St. James United Church on Sunday October 20, 2019 at 10:00AM! Location:

St. James United Church,
181 Portland Street
Dartmouth NS  B2Y 1J5
Phone:  902-464-8852
www.stjameschurch.ca

Please send a note of congratulations to St James United Church through this private form:

 

Affirming celebration for Rideau Park UC, Ottawa, 29 Sept 2019

 

A group of smiling people stand in the sun behind a white banner with the United Church logo on the left and Affirm's logo on the right. It reads: "Rideau Park United Church, all are welcome. God is love".

Rideau Park United Church at Ottawa Pride 2019.

All welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Rideau Park United Church on Sunday September 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM at:

Rideau Park United Church,
2203 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa ON K1H 7L9
www.rideaupark.ca
Phone: 613 733-3156

Please send a note of congratulations to Rideau Park United Church through this private form:

 

Affirming celebration for Windermere UC, Toronto, 29 Sept 2019

All welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Windermere United Church on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 10:30AM, at:

Windermere United Church
356 Windermere Avenue
Toronto  ON  M6S 3L3
Phone:  416-769-5611
www.windermerechurch.ca

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

 

2018 annual report available now!

Are you a super-supporter of Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble? A keener? A generous donor? An avid reader of reports about truly amazing cross-Canada work? Then this soon-to-be bestseller is for you!
Our annual report, covering highlights and accountability reports for 2018 and the first half of 2019, is available now, right here. Enjoy stories and photos that show not only the range of work we’re about- but show you how important your support is. Thank you for all the love-affirming ministry you’ve offered our movement through your gifts of time, skill, experience, and financial support. Onward to the rest of 2019!

Is an Affirming journey even needed? Four voices

From a thread on the United Church of Canada Facebook group, spring 2019. The post related to the United Methodist Church’s March 2019 decision to renew its ban on LGBTQIA+ clergy and equal marriage.

Part of the conversation turned to the Affirming process in the United Church: whether it should be a priority since the perception is that the whole church is “already welcoming”; whether it was accessible to congregations who struggle with a lack of volunteers; or whether it’s needed at all. Different opinions about how welcoming our United Church ministries really are were expressed, and debate offered up. Here are some stories from responders in that conversation, used with permission. Please note that they are speaking from their personal experiences, and not speaking on behalf of the ministries they serve.

Leigh Sinclair (Minister, Robertson-Wesley United Church, Edmonton AB): I have been in affirming congregations and welcoming congregations. There is a difference. How often do we preach love from the pulpit, how much do we discuss each marriage request and most importantly are we telling the community we live in what we believe on the outside of our building or in the safety of our hearts? The harm done by the Christian faith towards the LGTBQ communities can only be atoned for when love is shared as publically as it once proclaimed hate. Continue reading

Annual conference 2019- theme, promo, registration 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

Online registration is now closed, but you can register in person at any time at Hillhurst United Church.

Here’s the draft schedule (PDF) and bios for some of our awesome resource people!
Read on for registration, theme, costs, accommodation info, children’s programming, and more. Look for updates right here May through July, and see our Facebook event here.Can you help us promote this gathering? All images, posters, text and PowerPoint slides are available right here– share away!Together we will engage in conversation, workshops, worship, enriching dialogues, theatrical performances, food, and more! Children’s programming is available!If you are looking for new ways to engage and expand your faith and social justice work, this conference is for you! All faiths and identities, backgrounds and abilities are welcome! Share with your friends and colleagues! Continue reading