New resources to help your work

These resources are designed to help your work, whether you’re considering beginning the Affirming process or have been an Affirming ministry for decades. Check out our infographic, our Becoming Affirming flyer, and our travelling banners. Note that we all Affirming resources are available on our Affirming ministry and our Resources/ handouts pages.  Continue reading

AUSE Conference 2018 July 13-15, Toronto

We’re delighted to announce that Royal York Road United Church will host the 2018 Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble annual conference July 13-15 in Toronto.  We’ll gather on Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, and Anishinabek Territories; we look forward to creating a safer space and a deeply inclusive welcome for all.

AUSE also thanks Toronto Conference of the United Church for its generous contribution to staff support for this gathering. We’re deeply grateful to Affirming ministries like Royal York Road and Toronto Conference, and we hope our time together will be a chance for all to experience and learn from Affirming ministries across the land. As always, people of all identities are welcome, and we’re in an accessible space with public transit at the door.

Please watch this site, www.ause.ca for registration and details. Our annual conference: includes community, worship, learning, discussing, eating, and probably films and dancing too! All identities welcome. We’ll post registration and agenda links here when they’re ready. For now, please hold the date! And please share the invitation widely, as a PDF for printing, or as a JPG for social media and your newsletters (right click on the image above).

This weekend falls before the United Church’s national triennial meeting, General Council, and its public Festival of Faith in Oshawa, about an hour east.  If you’re travelling to General Council, come early and join us. Or, stay on after for the Skylight Festival July 27-29 at Five Oaks near Paris ON.

Celebration for Port Carling and Bala United Churches

Port Carling United Church, and Bala United Church, Ontario, will together celebrate their declarations of becoming Affirming Ministries on Sunday December 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM at:

Port Carling United Church
1 Armstrong Point Road
Port Carling, Ontario  P0B 1J0
Phone:   705-765-5596
www.bpcunitedchurch.com

All welcome!
Please send a note of congratulations to Port Carling United Church and Bala United Church by filling out this contact form:

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Affirming ministries-a decade ago

Throwback Thursday/ Throwback Anyday: Affirming ministries a decade ago, and a lot of change since.

Huron Shores United Church, Grand Bend ON, at their Affirming celebration in September 2017– one of over 30 new ministries welcomed to the family in 2017.

At times it feels like the church is making slow progress at becoming truly LGBTQ+ welcoming. While AUSE is edging towards 200 Affirming ministries, it’s too easy to look at the United Church’s roughly 3,000 ministries and courts and focus only on how far we have to go. But, look at this Observer story from a decade ago for some context.

Writer Mike Milne noted, “only 31 United Church congregations (as well as three regional ministries, three retreat centres and two colleges) now officially call themselves Affirming. It’s a tiny portion of the United Church’s 3,500 congregations — less than one percent.” Continue reading

Volunteer of the Year Award 2017-Gary Simpson

Every year, AU/SE honours individuals who strengthen and bless our movement in especially significant ways. In 2017, we honour two Albertans: Gary Simpson and Bryon Delarue. Council member Jen Carter-Morgan writes,

“It is a great delight to be able to introduce a wonderful man who is one of the faces of the Edmonton Pride Community – Gary Simpson.

Gary Simpson decked out in his usual Affirming splendour at the Edmonton Pride parade, 2017.

Gary and I first crossed paths at the start up gatherings of a group called Soul Outing, which is a queer worship community in Edmonton that we were both involved in and he still is. He is a dedicated and colourful participant in the Pride Week activities, from walking/riding with the United Church groups to volunteering at the festival afterwards, to staffing an information table. Continue reading

AUSE Volunteer of the Year Award 2016-17- Bryon Delarue

Every year, AU/SE honours individuals who strengthen and bless our movement in especially significant ways. In 2017, we honour two Albertans: Bryon Delarue and Gary Simpson. Gary and Bryon’s work both appears on our website and social media; in 2017 Bryon offered a timeline of all the many and growing Affirming ministries in Alberta, and a reflection on how this was accomplished. Continue reading

Celebration for St James UC Peterborough

St James United Church, Peterborough ON, will celebrate their declaration of becoming an Affirming Ministry on Sunday October 29, 2017 at 10:30 AM at

St. James United Church
221 Romaine Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 2C3
All welcome!  

Please send a note of congratulations to St James United Church by filling out this contact form: 

Celebration for Gaetz Memorial UC, Red Deer AB

Gaetz Memorial United Church, will celebrate their declaration of becoming an Affirming Ministry on Sunday November 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM at

Gaetz Memorial United Church
4758 50 Street
Red Deer, AB T4N 1X2
gaetzmemorialunitedchurch.ca

All welcome!
Please send a note of congratulations to the Gaetz Memorial United Church community by filling out this contact form:

Celebration for Manitou Conference

Manitou Conference, Ontario, will celebrate their declaration of becoming an Affirming Ministry on Sunday November 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM at

St. Andrew’s United Church
399 Cassells Street
North Bay, ON
P1B 3Z4

The Moderator, Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell, will be preaching. All welcome!  

Please send a note of congratulations to Manitou Conference through this contact form: