Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble Welcomes United Church’s Apology Process

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Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble is excited to hear the news that The United Church of Canada’s General Council has voted to begin a process of a living apology to LGBTT2Q persons. We look forward to working with the United Church to live into this promise. We congratulate the General Council on this important way forward.

Collin Smith, president of the AU/SE Council.
GC42Text of the motion as passed:
GCE 10: Living apology to members of LGBTTQ2 communities

That the 42nd General Council (2015):

  1. Adopt the Process of a Living Apology as a vehicle for dialogue, story-telling, education and reconciliation with persons who identify as sexual or gender diverse, including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two-spirited, and queer (LGBTT2Q) persons; 2. Direct the General Secretary to partner with Affirm United/S’affirmer ensemble on a Living Apology art installation project, an example of which is found in Appendix A; and 3. Invite The United Church of Canada into a 3-year journey of dialogue and reconciliation with LGBTT2Q persons, that would involve:

* creative opportunities for conversation, worship, and education;

* opportunities to explore concepts such as lament, reconciliation, and justice, to be reported and celebrated at the 43rd General Council (2018) in acknowledgement of the 30th Anniversary of the 1988 decision of the full participation of LGBTT2Q peoples in the church.


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