All are welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Central Saanich United Church on Sunday June 27, 2021
Time and location will depend on COVID-19 protocols at that time. If possible it will be in person, larger venue as the church has limited capacity and there may/will be social distancing rules in effect – possibly pre-registration required. Details are still to be determined.
Alternate plans will be:
Location: Pre-recorded service posted on website on the morning of June 27th
Addressing Language in Foundational Documents; racism, ableism, intersectionalities
Calling Volunteer Participants!
Are you a member of Affirm United/ S’Affirmer Ensemble?
We are beginning to update some language in our organizations foundational documents. This discussion specifically will address racism, ableism and other intersections that exist and should inform our work at Affirm United/S’Affirmer Ensemble… Are you interested in joining the conversation around this and looking at re-writing these statements?
Meet on Zoom on Thursday March 25th from 7-8pm and we will start the discussions. Lead by Rev. Emma Pipes and Rev. Cindy Bourgeois.
All across Canada faith communities gathered together either virtually or safely physically distanced and celebrated P.I.E. Day 2021.
P.I.E. is a special day on or around March 14th each year that we can remind ourselves of the commitment we have have made to be Public, Intentional and Explicit in our welcome to 2SLGBTQIA+ folk of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Here are some of the highlights in song, photos, videos and some incredible fundraising efforts.
Thank you to everyone who participated and continues to enjoy P.I.E. everyday!!!
An Affirming Celebration in Pictures for Hinton United Church in Alberta!
Shining Waters Region Council celebrates being the first Regional Council to have permanent Affirming status!
David Hall of Silver Spire United Church and AU/SE Council member:
Happy P.I.E. Day from Grosvenor Park United Church
Photo Parade of P.I.E. Day 2021 Moments:
A P.I.E. inspired Song!
Here is a song written just days ago and his process, by John Oldham, songwriter (shared with permission):
WE ARE COVENANT PEOPLE
( An Affirming Song of Inclusion and Acceptance)
We are Covenant people , sharing both our joy and grief.
We welcome ev’ry person who ongs for peace and relief.
As we “affirm” each other with our varied gender, views (and our sexuality)
we witness to the wonder – it is loving that renews. (of our shared humanity.)
(we’re created to be free.)
Everyone is holy, of great value, beauty, worth,
all precious, blessed and treasured and right from their sacred birth.
Diversity enriches and variety declares
we are all one family as both peace and love are shared/
We are a community called to reach out and embrace
another on life’s journey who is blessed with gift of grace.
Together let us venture on in solidarity
as we work hard for justice and for truth and liberty/harmony.
John Wesley Oldham; # 8899; Sun, March 14, 2021; Verses1,2 -Journal entry during 10 a.m. zoom Affirming worship; I noticed the word ‘Covenant’ on the screen at the beginning of worship. Opening comments by minister Dawn evoked the lines, 2,3,4 of verse one. The first two lines of verse two were written during the video in which I heard the words “everyone is holy” and “blessed.” During the story read by Richard the last two lines of verse two came through.
Verse 3 was written at 3.10-3.11 p.m. direct to computer screen while on a break from tidying the house and watching curling. I had heard Darlene in our discussion time say that our our church is “a community that embraces us all.”
The metre is 14 14 14 14 or 7777D The melody is like an olde English folk song. Sung with the Eagle Drum.
Word changes at about 10 p.m. while watching men’s curling…
Join us on Tuesday March 16 for an evening of friendly music-making! We will be doing some mindful listening, experimenting with a few ways to make music together and sharing some of our favourite songs. Whether you are a regular music-maker, a shower-singer or enjoy being an audience member we’d love to have you join us! All are welcome to come and experience the powerful affect of music-making.
More about Mallory Brennan:
Mallory (she/her) works for Welcome Friend Association’s Rainbow Camp and Rainbow Online Connection (ROC). Mallory is a graduate student in Community Music, loves travelling and has lived and studied in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Mallory has a strong history within the United Church including directing a children’s choir, working in children’s ministry, the Explorer program and within Affirm United.
Mallory is currently studying Community Music at Laurier University. As part of this, she is curious about how we can make music together during this pandemic and is super excited to play with all you lovely folks!
Looking forward to seeing you all around the Kitchen Sink!
Topic: Kitchen Sink Series EventZoom Information Time: 7pm – 8:30pm EDST