Affirming celebration for Smithers United Church, BC, 15 Sept 2019

All are welcome to a celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry for Smithers United Church, Smithers BC, Sunday September 15, 2019 at 10:00AM at:

Smithers United Church,
3889 – 8 Avenue
Smithers  BC  V0J 2N0
Phone:  250-847-3333

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

 

Affirming celebration for Trinity UC, Cannington ON, 23 June 2019

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for Trinity United Church, Cannington ON, on Sunday June 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM at: Trinity United Church, 50 Laidlaw Street North,
Cannington, ON  L0E 1E0
Phone:  705-432-2721
www.trinitycannington.ca

All welcome! Please send a note of congratulations to Trinity United Church through this private 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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Affirming celebration for Cole Harbour-Woodside United Church NS, 7 April 2019

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for Cole Harbour Woodside United Church on Sunday April 7, 2019 at 7:00PM (note the evening time!) at:

Cole Harbour United Church,
15 Bissett Road
Dartmouth, NS  B2V 2T1
www.chwuc.ca
Phone: 902-434-7714

Please send a note of congratulations to Cole Harbour Woodside United Church through our secure form:

 

Why P.I.E? at Kamloops United Church

A talk offered by Christine Dolson March 17 for Affirming PIE Day 2019 (drawing the circle wide on or after Pi Day and exploring Public, Intentional, and Explicit celebration/ welcome of LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit people.)

Good morning!

As you can see we have a bit of a pastry situation going on.

I want to talk to you about pie, all kinds of pie and about some of our pie practices around here.

Affirm United is the national organization that works for the full inclusion of people of all gender identities and sexual orientations in the United Church, and in wider society. They help ministries to become truly welcoming safer sacred spaces. In 2019, to have a little fun and build awareness, they declared that March 14 would be National Affirming Pie Day. Today, belatedly, KUC is celebrating PIE day.

Why PIE ? Well… Public; Intentional; Explicit is the standard for an affirming welcome of LGBTQIA+ and Two-Spirit people. Two-spirit is a uniquely Indigenous identity.

Why Pi?    Love is a circle. It’s irrational, inclusive and infinite. So why not add that affirming twist to International Pi Day celebrations on March 14?

Why pie? …Why not?  Pie makes everything better!

So let’s slice up some PIE. Continue reading

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