Affirm United a proud partner of The United Church of Canada for the support of all gender identities and sexual orientations
Category: Affirming Ministries in Action
Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble has hundreds of Affirming ministries across Canada, with many more in process all the time. Have a look through this page and be inspired. And if these stories make you wonder about becoming Affirming, get in touch through the Affirming Ministry Coordinators. (See our Contact page).
Affirming ministries: We want your stories and photos! Tell us how you’re being Affirming; we want you to help others see the incredible and exciting range of work you offer. Get in touch with the Communications Coordinator and we’ll take it from there. (See our Contact page).
As part of our Public, Intentional and Explicit commitment, Affirm United / S’affirmer Ensemble along with Affirming Connections are pleased to announce this special P.I.E. gathering … an Affirming Refresher presented by Affirming Coordinator Linda Hutchinson!
We’ll talk about these areas to add sparkle:
Your Vision Statement
Your Marriage Policy
Your Action Plan . . . Do you have one? Does it need updating? Are you engaging with the wider community?
Your relationship with building users, renters
Your language – Pronouns, Microaggressions
Broadening your scope . . . the call of all people who are marginalized
Bring your stories and your questions!
Presenter Bio – Linda Hutchinson
Linda, a United Church member by birth and by choice, has worked/volunteered at all levels of The United Church of Canada with children, youth and adults, mainly in the areas of Resource Ministry and Affirm United’s Affirming Ministries Program. She is a member of Sydenham Street United Church in downtown Kingston, ON, an Affirming Ministry since 1999, was a member of the Bay of Quinte Conference Affirming Ministries Action Group from its formation in 2007 to 2018 when UCC restructured, and has been a Coordinator of Affirm United’s Affirming Ministry Program since 2012. Linda and her spouse, Bruce, have two adult children and four grandchildren.
We are challenging you to come up with the best P.I.E. Recipes and share them on our National P.I.E. Day Recipe Board for National Affirming Day.
You might want to share one of your favourite pie recipes or a great cupcake or special treat recipe or maybe you will have a virtual bake off!? Some may have a special recipe of what Affirming would taste like if it were a pie and what those ingredients might be! Please share those recipes and we look forward to reading them all.
Include a picture of your creation if you can. Posts can be anonymous or include the name of your faith community or use your first name on the submission! Just click the PLUS + sign to add your contribution.
Questions? Ask Michele at email@example.com and have fun being Public, Intentional and Explicit in your commitment to inclusivity to LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit people ! !
Save the date Sunday March 14th, 2021 for our National Affirming Day celebration of P.I.E. Day!
Who doesn’t need something to celebrate these days? We surely do!
Let’s think about an Affirming pie. What would your Affirming pie taste like? What ingredients would you use? How do you want to fold in Public, Intentional, and Explicit (PIE) elements in your special recipe? This year we are going to celebrate with P.I.E. recipes created by you! It could be more traditional or it might have a twist in the ingredients … two cups of inclusion, a tablespoon of sparkle, a quarter cup of love … you get the idea! Now, think about how your faith community could continue to build your PIE, or how you are starting to cook something up.
Watch your email for ways to share YOUR recipe and more resources, event and service ideas! We will have a brand new video released by March that can be used as a resource for events, and our website is updated with worship service templates and promo materials/images FREE to use.