Open Hearts Table of Contents

Open Hearts was created by Alyson C. Huntley in conjunction with the Affirming Ministries Program Coordinators.  The table of contents is provided below to give you a taste of what is in this resource.  Please click here to open the full document in pdf file.

Contents

Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 1
The Purpose of This Resource……………………………………………………………………………….. 2
How This Resource Is Organized……………………………………………………………………………. 2
About Language ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Part 1:  Affirming Ministries…………………………………………………………………………… 6
Affirm United and the Affirming Ministry Program………………………………………………………. 6
Criteria for Being an Affirming Ministry…………………………………………………………………….. 8
Signs of an Affirming Ministry ……………………………………………………………………………….. 9
We’re Already Welcoming, So Why Become Affirming? ……………………………………………….. 11
How to Become an Affirming Ministry ……………………………………………………………………… 15
Sample Affirming Vision Statements from Affirming Ministries ……………………………………….. 18
We’re Affirming, So Now What?  Program and Action Ideas for Affirming Ministries ……………… 21
FAQs about Affirming Ministries ……………………………………………………………………………… 25
The United Church of Canada and Issues of Gender Diversity and Sexual Orientation ………….. 28
Part 2:  Education, Discernment, and Action Planning for Affirming Ministries 30
Openings and Closing ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 30
Affirming Ministries:  The Basics …………………………………………………………………………….. 32
Storytelling Circles ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 34
The Bible and Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity …………………………………….. 36
Activity Sheet:  Bible Passages and Daily Living …………………………………………………………. 39
Handout:  Instructions for Small Groups …………………………………………………………………… 42
What would It Mean for Our Ministry to Be Affirming? …………………………………………………… 43
Handout:  Case Studies for Small Groups ………………………………………………………………….. 45
Discerning Visions, Hopes, and Possibilities for an Affirming Ministry ………………………………… 48
Developing an Affirming Vision Statement …………………………………………………………………. 50
A Five-Step Process for Developing an Action Plan ………………………………………………………. 52
Explorations for Youth ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 55
Explorations for Children ………………………………………………………………………………………. 58
More Ideas for Learning and Reflection …………………………………………………………………….. 61
Strategies for Addressing Opposition, Fear, or Concern …………………………………………………. 63
Part 3:  Resources for Affirming Ministries …………………………………….. 66
How to Obtain Resources ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 66
General Print Resources ………………………………………………………………………………………… 66
United Church of Canada LGBT Resources ……………………………………………………………….. 68
LGBT Youth ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 69
Children ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 70
Popular Films on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity ……………………………………………. 71
Documentaries on LGBT/Gender Identity Issues ………………………………………………………….. 72
Trans Issues …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 74
Links to Organizations …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 75
United Church Resources on Aboriginal Peoples and Indian Residential Schools …………….. 77
United Church Resources on Antiracism, Racism, and Cultural Identity ……………………………. 77
Hymns for Affirming Ministries:  Music That Celebrates Diversity ……………………………………..
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