Annual conference 2019- theme, promo, registration and other details!

Annual conference 2019, Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble:
DISRUPTIVE FAITH: Forging Brave & Inclusive Communities in Divided Times
July 26 at 4:00PM, all day and evening Saturday July 27, to Sunday 28 after lunch, at Hillhurst United Church, Calgary

Online registration is now closed, but you can register in person at any time at Hillhurst United Church.

Here’s the draft schedule (PDF) and bios for some of our awesome resource people!
Read on for registration, theme, costs, accommodation info, children’s programming, and more. Look for updates right here May through July, and see our Facebook event here.Can you help us promote this gathering? All images, posters, text and PowerPoint slides are available right here– share away!Together we will engage in conversation, workshops, worship, enriching dialogues, theatrical performances, food, and more! Children’s programming is available!If you are looking for new ways to engage and expand your faith and social justice work, this conference is for you! All faiths and identities, backgrounds and abilities are welcome! Share with your friends and colleagues!

The Program!

Two-Spirit scholar and community leader Harlan Pruden will join with Two-Spirit members from the local treaty 7 community for a deeper look into right relations from a two-spirit lens and how we can all step into reconcili-action across Turtle Island!

Rev. Emmy Kegler, founder, and editor of and author of One Coin Found: How Gods’s Love Stretches to the Margins, will be sharing her amazing story of becoming a queer minister hailing from the Twin and leading us in a workshop on how to, despite how scripture may have been used against you, fall in love with scripture all over again. (Emmy’s public talk on Friday evening will be open to the public for a ticketed fee, and will be included in the full registration fee for conference attendees.)

Calgary’s very own Mike Morrison @mikesbloggity from Mike’s Bloggity blog will be helping us learn how to navigate divisive discourse, and how to speak up and Love out-loud and online with media training.

We are presenting a staged reading of Billy Cowan’s play Care Takers, an ideological face-off between a teacher and a principle around the bullying of a gay student, followed by a panel discussion with local teachers and GSA community organizers, we are looking to find ways to bridge the divide in our communities. (Care Takers will be open to the public for a ticketed fee, and will be included in the full registration or all day Saturday fee for conference attendees.)

Entire Conference: $175
Friday, July 26 4:00 pm – 9:30pm
Saturday, July 27 9:00am – 9:30pm
Sunday, July 28 10:00am – 2:30pm
(Includes: Friday welcome BBQ, Friday night Keynote Address: “Keep Sweeping” – Rev. Emmy Kegler, Saturday Full Program, Saturday lunch, Saturday night presentation of “Care Takers” and GSA Panel, & Sunday Brunch & Learn!)

Saturday Only: $145
Saturday, July 27 Only 9:00am – 5:00pm
(Includes: Full lunch & snacks throughout the day!)

Subsidies are available. 
If you need one, please note this when you register.

For more info and to register for the entire conference, click here!
Or for specific, shorter events within the conference, like single tickets to Rev. Emmy’s public talk on Friday night and single tickets to Care Takers on Saturday night, click here:

ACCOMMODATION: Billeting and affordable dorm housing options are available- here are the details. Hillhurst United Church is also situated near many AirBnB’s in the Kensington Sunnyside area, and 1 train stop from downtown hotel accommodations!

We aim to provide child and youth care (toilet-trained – Grade 12) including meals, and children and youth programming in Hillhurst United Church’s Kid Space at subsidized prices. Make sure to let us know in your registration details your childcare needs. Costs:

$75 Entire Conference
Fri: 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Sat: 9:00am-9:30pm (Dinner Break 5:00-7:30)
Sun: 10:00am – 2:30pm


$45 Saturday July 27 Only (9:00am – 5:00pm)




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