AUSE annual conference 2018 reflections

By Julie McGonegal. Check our Facebook album for some photos!

A big maple tree hung with rainbow ribbons and a quilt, with people sitting under it talking.

The Rainbow Tree: a lovely old maple, made into a rainbow space by Susie Henderson as the heat inside the church grew more intense.

Many Voices–One Song. That was the theme of Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble’s Annual Meeting and National Conference. It encapsulated the vibrant diversity of the

over 85 participants who gathered together from July 13–15, united by a Spirit-led call to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in the church and wider society.

We may be in different places on the Affirming journey and we each arrived at the meeting, held at Royal York Road United Church in Toronto, from different locations; participants hailed from all corners of the country and represented a colourful rainbow of experiences and identities. Yet we came together to sing a heart song that heals, uplifts, and supports all gender and sexual identities in our church.  As always, people of all identities were welcome to join our weekend-long community.

The diversity of our perspectives, and the common cause that unites our vision for the future, was evident during the business portion of the meeting. Often the mandated annual general meeting is a minor part of the weekend. However, this year our usual sharing of Affirming stories from across the church was preceded by intense discussion about the changes currently facing the United Church, and how these changes affect the Affirming movement. Continue reading

Deep gratitude for annual conference 2018 hosts and planners

The planning team and hosts!

Enormous gratitude to the beautiful planning team and hosts of our just-finished annual conference at Royal York Road United Church in Toronto. Your welcome was warm, your creativity so cool, and your commitment to loving and Spirt-ed community so clear.

May the Spirit bless you as you’ve blessed our gathered Affirming community this past weekend, friends.

And may you have a long nap in a cool space very soon.

Look for a report some time in August. Have a look at our photo album in progress for photos and a taste of what 100 of us shared in: worship, workshops, speakers, and public pop up event at Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.

 

2018 conference registration deadline June 30

Friends, we close registration for our 2018 annual conference on June 30!

Join us July 13-15 at our lovely host, Royal York Road United Church in Toronto, on Dish with One Spoon Treaty territory. Register here.

The planning committee has been labouring over a hot workshop list, confirming amazing speakers, and planning a public worship at Dundas Square in the heart of downtown Toronto. From stained glass creations to allyship with LGBTQIA youth, from supporting LGBTQIA asylum seekers to becoming Affirming in your context, we’ll have it all.

Subsidies and billets available. Allies and all identities welcome and needed. Bring your good energy, ideas, and spirit to our growing nationwide movement. Be inspired, and help Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble continue to grow and transform.

Annual Conference and AGM 2018 Online Registration Form

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

We have closed registration for Affirm United / S’affirmer Ensemble’s 2018 AGM and conference, Many Voices- One Song. Thank you to our 80 plus registrants.

We emphasize that all people of all identities are welcome at this gathering; 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. We look forward to seeing you July 13-15 at Royal York Road United in Toronto!

All of the information you include in this form will be treated as confidential, and shared only as needed with the planning committee and AUSE’s communications coordinator.

Please click here for full workshop information, as you are invited to give your workshop preferences in this registration form. Click here for a draft conference agenda Continue reading

Celebration for Bradford United Church, Bradford ON, June 10 2018

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held Sunday June 10 at 10:00 am at:
Bradford United Church,
66 Barrie Street,
Bradford-West Gwillimbury, ON L3Z 2A7
Phone:  905-775-7268
www.bradfordunited.com

All welcome! Please send this new member of the Affirming family a note of welcome and congratulations using this form:

 

Celebration for Calvary United Church, Prince Albert, SK, June 10 2018

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held Sunday June 10 at 10:30 AM at Calvary United Church, followed by a BBQ:

114 25 Street East,
Prince Albert, SK S6V 1S5
Website

All welcome! Please send this new member of the Affirming family a note of welcome and congratulations using this form:

 

Celebration for Faith United Church, Courtice, ON, June 10 2018

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held Sunday June 10 at 7:15PM at Faith United Church,
1778 Nash Road,
Courtice ON L1E 2L9
www.faithunited.ca

All welcome! Please send this new member of the Affirming family a note of welcome and congratulations using this form:

 

Celebration for Trinity United Church, Gravenhurst ON, June 10 2018

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held Sunday June 10 at 10:30AM at Trinity United Church:

290 Muskoka Rd. N.
Gravenhurst ON
Phone:   705-687-2542
http://trinity.isourchurch.com/

All welcome! Please send this new member of the Affirming family a note of welcome and congratulations using this form:

 

Celebration for Bracebridge United Church, 17 June 2018

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for BracebridgeBracebridge United Church masthead with a lovely Muskoka ON lake and a canoe. United Church, 17 June 2018 at 10:00AM at:

Bracebridge United Church
46 Dominion St. North, Bracebridge  ON  P1L  2A5
705 645 5713
www.bracebridgeunitedchurch.ca

All welcome! Please send this new member of the Affirming family a note of welcome and congratulations using this form: