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 for Cummer Ave UC, Toronto-21 Oct 2018

A celebration for to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for Cummer Avenue United Church on Sunday October 21, 2018 at 10:30 am at:

Cummer Avenue United Church,
53 Cummer Avenue
Toronto  ON   M2M 2E5
Phone:   416-222-5417
www.cummeravenueuc.ca

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

 

Affirming celebration for Atherley UC, ON- 28 Oct 2018

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for Atherley United Church on Sunday October 28, 2018 at 4:00PM at:

Atherley United Church
46 Balsam Road
Atherley ON  L3V 6H7
www.brechinatherleyunitedchurches.com

All welcome!

Please send a note of congratulations to Atherley United Church through this contact form:

 

Affirming celebration for Gladwin Heights UC, Abbotsford BC, 28 Oct 2018

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for Gladwin Heights United Church on Sunday October 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm at:

3474 Gladwin Road,
Abbotsford, BC, V2S 7B4
www.gladwinheightsunitedchurch.org
Phone: 604-852-3984

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

 

Affirming celebration for St Paul’s UC Orillia ON, 28 Oct 2018

A celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held for St. Paul’s United Church on Sunday October 28, 2018 at 10:30AM at:

St. Paul’s United Church,
62 Peter Street North
Orillia, ON, L3V 4Z1
Phone:  705-326-7351
www.stpaulscentre.ca

All welcome! Please send a note of congratulations to St Paul’s United Church through this secure contact form:

 

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 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:

 

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: