Annual Conference and AGM 2018 Online Registration Form

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

We have closed registration for Affirm United / S’affirmer Ensemble’s 2018 AGM and conference, Many Voices- One Song. Thank you to our 80 plus registrants.

We emphasize that all people of all identities are welcome at this gathering; we ask that you bring a respectful spirit and open mind, and that all participants come with the belief that sexual and gender diversity is part of God’s beloved creation. Our movement believes that being gender and/ or sexually diverse is a gift, not a sin. We look forward to seeing you July 13-15 at Royal York Road United in Toronto!

All of the information you include in this form will be treated as confidential, and shared only as needed with the planning committee and AUSE’s communications coordinator.

Please click here for full workshop information, as you are invited to give your workshop preferences in this registration form. Click here for a draft conference agenda Continue reading

New resources to help your work

These resources are designed to help your work, whether you’re considering beginning the Affirming process or have been an Affirming ministry for decades. Check out our infographic, our Becoming Affirming flyer, and our travelling banners. Note that we all Affirming resources are available on our Affirming ministry and our Resources/ handouts pages.  Continue reading

No room for hate: statement on the terrorist attack in Sainte-Foy, QC

On behalf of our membership and the Canada-wide network of Affirming ministries, the Council of Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble expresses its deep sorrow regarding the events of this weekend that have targeted our Muslim siblings. We stand in solidarity with our queer and trans Muslim siblings and all Muslim communities. We mourn the dead, pray for their families and the injured, and commit to speaking and acting against Islamophobia and other forms of racist scapegoating and stereotyping.

As LGBTTQQIA+ and Two Spirit communities, we have experienced too often the kind of divisive, violent hate exemplified by the terrorist attack in Ste-Foy. We know far too much about hate. Ee believe that we all share in the responsibility to act against hate of any kind.

We are thankful for the many faith communities and community groups who have already organized both vigils and demonstrations, and encourage all Affirming ministries to open their hearts and doors to all who want an end to Islamophobia.

We join with those who have written to the federal government to ask for immediate, meaningful Canadian support for refugees and migrants. We join them in calling for an increase in the number of refugees permitted entry to Canada. We call for an end to the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States, echoing the original call made by churches and advocates in 2004. A United Church action is available here.

Yes, Churches in the Pride Parade Make a Difference

“Even LGBT people who are atheists want to know that big organizations, such as churches, are prepared to stand with the LGBT community to fight oppression, homophobia and transphobia.”

by Gary Simpson, AU/SE supporter and lay member at United Church, Edmonton.
June 2016

I was in the Pride Parade in Edmonton, with the United Church. (Click here for a video of the churches marching.) I have been in about 10 Pride Parades in Edmonton and about 4 or 5 in Calgary. I tend to make a splash, which might be something to do with how I dress.

Walking in the parade is difficult for me, because I have some mobility limitations. I am in the land of the moderately medicated and am stiff and sore over two days later. The Pride Parade is worth the pain.  Continue reading