Members and donors: our ministry would be impossible without you

If you are able to contribute money as well as time and talent, know that your donations and memberships make up the vast majority of AUSE’s budget. THANK YOU for your generosity and your deep commitment to safer sacred spaces. Have a look at our 2018 year in review for more details about the year behind us.

We have around 150 ministries in the (free) Affirming process, and our budget helps us accompany them. This figure has almost doubled over the past five years: thank you for helping us keep pace.

Your donations enable our volunteer Council to gather, and for our network to come together once a year. Thanks to you, we can keep that annual gathering affordable and offer full subsidies. Thanks to you, we can gather a task group on outdoor ministries (camps) in the Affirming process. We can hold meetings to explore new avenues for the Affirming process.

Gathering and communion at Dundas Square, Toronto, as part of the 2018 annual conference.

Your memberships also keep us strong. Often this work is isolating, and it’s always geographically stretched. When Affirming or ally ministries, and individuals and households, take out memberships, you help us create stronger relationships. And when we get a rare chance to meet and worship together in person, the conversation never ceases- as our 2018 conference in Toronto showed.

This Advent, AUSE thanks you for the ways you have contributed hope, joy, peace, and love to our movement. We look forward to that continued relationship in 2019. Join us or donate anytime!

Affirming celebration for Bridgewater UC, NS, 27 Jan 2019

Bridgewater United Church choirs, from youth to seniors.

A celebration to be declared an Affirming ministry will be held at Bridgewater United Church on Sunday January 27 at 10:30 AM at:

87 Hillcrest Street,
Bridgewater NS B4V 1T2
Phone: 902-543-4833
www.bridgewaterunited.ca
All welcome!

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

 

Affirming ministry celebration for Trinity-St Andrew’s UC, Nov 25 2018

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for Trinity-St Andrew’s United Church on Sunday, 2018 at 10:00 AM. All welcome!
Location
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Trinity- St Andrew’s United
291 Plaunt Street South, Renfrew, Ontario K7V 1N2
www.tsarenfrew.ca

Media coverage of the celebration, too!

Please send a note of congratulations to Trinity-St Andrew’s United Church through this contact form:

 

Affirming celebration for Carleton Memorial UC Ottawa, 2 Dec 2018

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for Carleton Memorial United Church on Sunday December 2, 2018 at 10:30AM at:

Carleton Memorial United Church
740 Melfa Crescent
Ottawa ON K2C 0P2
www.cmuc.ca
Phone: 613-224-7433

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

 

Reflection- Kamloops United Church, Orange Shirt Day 2018

Reflection: Kamloops United Church, Orange Shirt Day 2018, by Christine Dolson. She explains, “Our Affirming Sunday coincided with Orange Shirt Day. Reconciliation and being Affirming arise from the same Source.

The artists and the Affirming chair. (Left to right) Barb Hollingshead, Heather Mewhort, Christine Dolson, Marie Allen (project’s leader), and Marcia Skaarup.

It is colourful here today isn’t it? Orange shirts, and rainbows. So many colours, so

many symbols. Colours and symbols have power. Colours and symbols can make us feel something. Colours and symbols serve to celebrate and to remind us about things that are important.

Today we are celebrating and remembering.

Today we celebrate a special remembrance that over 22 years ago, this community of faith, Kamloops United Church, committed to being an Affirming congregation, and officially became a member of the national organization, Affirm United.

We are also a community of faith committed to Reconciliation. Today, September 30, is Orange Shirt Day, as part of the ‘Every Child Matters’ campaign. Continue reading

Intersectional conversations-racism and a kairos moment at General Council

Intersectional conversations: racism and a kairos moment at General Council

(An article from our September 2018 newsletter.) A kairos moment is a door from ordinary, linear, chronos time to sacred and transformative time. Such a moment took place in the closing hours of the 43rd General Council of the United Church of Canada, when the Moderator invited people of colour and Indigenous people to come to the mics and tell their stories as racialized people in the United Church of Canada.

The LGBTQIA+ community in Canada is no more free of White privilege and racism than the rest of the church or the rest of the country is. The sacred place where our diverse genders and sexualities meet diverse racial identities is one we must seek as an Affirming movement. Often it’s a painful place, as well as a growing place, as we saw a couple of years when queer and trans members of Black Lives Matter stopped the Toronto Pride parade in order to have their perspectives and experiences heard.

You are invited to take the time to watch and absorb these two hours of sacred storytelling. Your reflections on what this moment might teach the Affirming movement are most welcome. You can use our contact forms, or our Facebook group to share your thoughts.

AUSE thanks Meewasin Valley United Church for their legacy donation

 

A group of about 20 people receiving their Affirming certificate.

The people of Meewasin Valley UC receiving their certificate at their April 2016 Affirming celebration.

AUSE is deeply humbled and grateful to have received a generous legacy donation from Meewasin Valley United Church, an Affirming ministry in Saskatoon. Thank you to the community of Meewasin Valley United Church for thinking of Affirm United as you journey towards closure. We are honoured that you have blessed us with this opportunity to live out part of your legacy in the areas of education and social justice. We at Affirm United are inspired by Meewasin Valley’s support, which has shown us that there are many ways in which a community of faith can live out a commitment to being an Affirming ministry. (Photo: the people of Meewasin Valley UC receiving their certificate at their April 2016 Affirming celebration.)

Affirming celebration, Greenwood UC, Baddeck NS, 4 Nov 2018

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Church will be held for Greenwood United Church in Baddeck, NS on Sunday November 4 at 7:00pm at:

Greenwood United Church,
98 Twining St,
Baddeck NS, B0E 1B0
Ph: 902 295 2706
www.greenwoodbaddeck.com 

All welcome!

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

 

Affirming ministry celebration for Kawartha Highlands Presbytery,19 Sept 2018

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for Kawartha Highlands Presbytery (Bay of Quinte Conference, Ontario) on Wednesday September 19, 2018 at 7:00PM, at:

Trinity United Church,
44 William Street,
Bobcaygeon ON
http://kawarthahighlands.com

Please send a note of congratulations to Kawartha Highlands Presbytery by filling out this contact form:

 

Affirming celebration for Wesley United Church, Regina SK, 23 Sept 2018

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry for Wesley United Church will be held on Sunday September 23, 2018 at 10:30 AM at:

Wesley United Church,
3913 Hillsdale Street
Regina  SK  S4S 3Y2
Phone: 306-586-5220
http://www.wesleyuc.sk.ca/

Guest preacher Lynn Caldwell BA (Hons), MDIV, MA, PhD. Our God welcomes everyone.  As a community, we acknowledge and give thanks on this day for the gifts of respect, diversity, inclusion and justice.  We proclaim our welcome.

All welcome!

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