Congratulations Runnymede United Church on becoming the newest Affirming Ministry in Canada!

Runnymede United Church, Toronto, ON

Affirming celebration for Runnymede United Church

432 Runnymede Road, Toronto ON M6S 2Y8

on Sunday April 25, 2021 at 1pm

All are welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Runnymede United Church on Sunday April 25, 2021

Time: 1 pm

Location: YouTube

Website: https://www.runnymedeunited.org/

Phone: 416-767-6729

Please send a note of congratulations to the entire faith community of Runnymede United Church through this private form or send an email directly to office@runnymedeunited.org

Congratulations Toronto East End United Regional Ministry on becoming Affirming!

East End United Church

An Affirming celebration is planned for Toronto East End United Regional Ministry:

All are welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for:

Toronto East End United Regional Ministry

on Sunday April 18, 2021 Time 10:30 AM

Location: YouTube and Facebook Live

Website: https://eastendunited.ca/

Phone: (416) 463-2179

Please send a note of congratulations to the entire faith community of Toronto East End United Regional Ministry through this private form or email directly to office@eastendunited.ca:

Congratulations Central Saanich UC in Saanichton, BC on your Affirming Ministry!

Central Saanich United Church, Saanich, BC

An Affirming Celebration is planned for June 27th, 2021

Central Saanich United Church

7180 East Saanich Road, Saanichton, BC  V8M 1Y4

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  

Website      https://www.centralsaanichunited.ca/   

Church Phone:  250-652-2713

Please send a note of congratulations to the entire faith community of Central Saanich United Church through this private form or email congratulations directly to megarnett@shaw.ca   

Volunteers Needed to Review Document Language

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.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/93456556696?pwd=VUZqZlliL1dLM1gwR3haSFNISkZoUT09

Contact Michele with any questions at communications@ause.ca

P.I.E. Parade for 2021

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.

Song notes:

Honoring Ronan, Spencer, niece Justine, nephew Robert, and…..

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…

The Kitchen Sink presents Making Music Together with host Mallory Brennan – Tuesday, March 16th, 7pm EDST

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 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 Event Zoom Information
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm EDST

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/98828097187?pwd=SGtnL3J4Sy82bFV5WTMwY1RYd3hkZz09

Meeting ID: 988 2809 7187
Passcode: 815307

Phone In instructions to ZOOM:

Canada (dial the number in your area code or use the Toll Free number below enter the meeting ID and the passcode with your key pad):

+1 778 907 2071
+1 204 272 7920
+1 438 809 7799
+1 587 328 1099
+1 647 374 4685
+1 647 558 0588
Toll Free: +1 855 703 8985

Congratulations to Shining Waters the first Regional Council to become an Affirming Ministry!

Shining Waters Regional Council Office, Toronto, ON

An Affirming celebration is planned for Shining Waters Regional Council

963 Pharmacy Avenue  Toronto ON M1R 2G5

This Sunday March 14, 2021

All are welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Shining Waters Regional Council on Sunday March 14, 2021    

Time: 2 pm

Location:  

Livestream on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/euKAge7bYfc

Website:          https://shiningwatersregionalcouncil.ca/

Phone 1-800-268-4729  Ext. 6262

Please join us in sending your congratulations to Shining Waters Regional Council at this email address swrc@united-church.ca or use the private form below:      

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