Congratulations Duncan United Church in Duncan, British Columbia!

Duncan United Church in Duncan, British Columbia

It’s an Affirming celebration for Duncan United Church!

246 Ingram Street Duncan BC  V9L 1P4

All are welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Duncan United Church! 

Date: Sunday May 16, 2021

Time: 10 a.m. (PDT)

Location:  246 Ingram Street Duncan BC V9L 1P4


Phone: 250-746-6043

Please send a note of congratulations to the entire faith community of Duncan United Church through this private form:           

Email for sending congratulations

SOGIECE / Conversion Therapy Research Project

Help Develop Supports for SOGIECE/Conversion Therapy Survivors!

April 14-July 14, 2021

We encourage everyone who is eligible to participate in a community-based research project, created by survivors, for survivors.

2S-LGBTQ+ people who have been harmed by expectations of change (subtle or blatant, religiously-based or not), are invited to: Complete an Online Survey, submit an Email Response, join a Focus Group, request a One-on-One Interview.

Take the Survey at

Our focus is to listen to those who have been harmed, assess support needs through an intersectional lens, develop an advocacy plan, and work with Canadian partners to deliver the supports needed to recover.

This project is funded by The Women and Gender Equality Department of Canada’s LGBTQ2 Community Capacity Fund.

Affirming Leaders Day!

Join us from anywhere in the world for Affirming Leaders Day!
Affirming Leaders Day is a faith-based development & connection day for allied and LGBTQ2S+ folks
Featuring Civil Rights Activist Rev. James Lawson, Queer Singer/Songwriter Semler, and Pop Culture Critic/Scholar/Author Anthony Oliveira! 

When: Saturday, May 22, 2021, 10am-4:30pm MDT

Where: Zoom Webinar

Tickets: $15-$30. Every ticket type gives you access to ALL of the sessions. 

Peace and Protest: Creating Change with Love and Intention

We explore the ways that our faith calls us to bring justice, love, peace, and hope into the world.

This year we reflect on the ways in which our communities have been strained and constrained by the pandemic and the increasing polarization of an “us vs. them” mentality. How do we resist the urge to “other” others, while still standing our ground and working for justice?


Rev. James Lawson Jr., Civil Rights Activist

Rev. James Lawson was instrumental in shaping America’s Nonviolent Civil Rights Movement. After incarceration for refusing to report to Korean War draft, he traveled to India to study Ghandi’s principles of nonviolence. After being introduced to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and moving to Nashville, he mentored a number of young students and future civil rights leaders at Vanderbilt, Fisk University, and other area schools in the tactics of nonviolent direct action. His students were instrumental in movements such as the 1963 March on Washington, the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement, and The Freedom Rides, to name a few. Rev. Lawson moved to Los Angeles in 1975, where he was the pastor for 25 years. He continues to be a civil rights activist and teacher on non-violence.

Rev. Lawson will be speaking on our title theme, “Peace and Protest,” and we will have a Q&A with him after his talk.


Semler, Singer-Songwriter

Semler recently became the first openly queer artist to hit Number 1 on the iTunes Christian music charts with their EP, “Preacher’s Kid.” The project explores Semler’s experience growing up as a queer person of faith. Semler has been featured on NPR, The Washington Post, and Apple Radio. Preacher’s Kid was recorded independently by Semler on a USB mic, and received over a million streams in just a few months.

We will have a Live Performance from Semler along with a special Q&A!

IG: @gracebaldridge


Anthony Oliveira, PhD, Author, Film Programmer, Pop Culture Critic

Anthony is an award-winning writer of prose fiction, graphic novels, essays, and journalism. He is also a recurring contributor to Marvel Comics, his work for which has won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book. He is the weekly host of The Devil’s Party, a podcast exploring the classics of Christian literature (including John Milton’s poetry and the Gospels) through a queer scholarly lens.

Twitter: @meakoopa


Congratulations Woodcliff United in Calgary, AB on your Affirming Ministry! Let’s celebrate!

Woodcliff United Church – Calgary, Alberta

Affirming celebration for Woodcliff United Church

5010 Spruce Drive SW, Calgary AB  T3C 3B2

Planned for: Sunday May 16, 2021

All are welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Woodcliff United Church on 

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021 

Time:  10 am (MDT)

Location:  Online Service accessed from Woodcliff UC website or Woodcliff UC YouTube channel


Phone:  403-249-3121

Please send a note of congratulations to the entire faith community of Woodcliff United Church through this private form:

Email for sending congratulations

Congratulations Westworth United in Winnipeg, MB on your Affirming Ministry!

Westworth United Church – Winnipeg, MB

Affirming celebration for Westworth United Church!

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

Date: Sunday May 9, 2021 

Time: 10:45 a.m.  On website or YouTube channel

Location:   1750 Grosvenor Ave., Winnipeg  MB  R3N 0H9


Phone:  204-489-6974

Please send a note of congratulations to the entire faith community of Westworth United Church through this private form or email congratulations directly to 

The Kitchen Sink presents: Queer Friendship in COVID and Beyond!

You are invited!

Tuesday April 20th, 2021 – 7:00 – 8:30pm EDT

You’re invited to join Affirm United as we gather online every third Tuesday night of the month for a time of friendship and learning together in community. This is your chance to connect with people from across the country who share your passion for Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ justice.

This coming Tuesday we’ve invited Ally Phillips to be our guest speaker and will talk about how staying in touch with our LGBTQ2S+ siblings can be a challenge during times like these, how are you staying connected during these isolating times? What do queer friendships look like and mean to you? Let’s talk about the understanding, acceptance and love we can bring to each other in friendship and fellowship.

More about our guest speaker: Ally Phillips

Ally with Reese

Ally Phillips lives, works and worships in St. Catharines, Ontario with his favourite sidekick, Reese the blind beagie. Ally serves as an openly queer and trans person at Silver Spire United Church as Co Chair of council, member of the Affirm committee and youth group leader. Outside of church life, Ally enjoys working with youth, coaching lacrosse, caregiving for his Granny, cooking delicious gluten free food and being trans in public.

Topic: Kitchen Sink Series Event Zoom Information
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm EST

Join Zoom Meeting

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

See you Soon at the Kitchen Sink!

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


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

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


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