Affirm United / S’affirmer Ensemble Virtual Summer Conference & AGM July 25th & 26th

You are invited to attend our first Virtual Summer Conference on:

Saturday July 25th, 2020 for the Annual General Meeting from 2:00-4:00pm EST on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 990 4619 7435
Password: 298112

The room will be opened at 1:30pm-2:00pm: Welcoming and Passing the Peace 

Join us early to greet one another and make sure your tech is working before our AGM. 

Members and adherents are welcome to join us for our Annual AGM. If you would like to become a member of Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble click here. The agenda for the AGM will be made available online prior to the meeting. We look forward to sharing and celebrating the many accomplishments of Affirming Ministries over the past year!

And then, join us on Sunday July 26th, 2020 for Welcome & Coffee time from 11:30am-12:00pm EST followed by Worship from 12:00pm-1:00pm EST on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 984 9194 8132
Password: 864965

All are welcome to join us for worship! Feel free to sign on early for a “bring your own drink” coffee hour.

Hosted by: Rev. Emma Pipes and Aaron Miechkota

Phone in:

Canada (dial the number in your area code or use the Toll Free number below):

+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

In-Person Affirm United Summer Conference 2020 cancelled | Stay tuned for alternate plans.

Dear friends of Affirm United/s’affirmer Ensemble,

The council of Affirm United in agreement with First St. Andrews United, London Ontario, have decided to cancel this year’s summer conference scheduled for July 23rd to July 26 because of the uncertainty being experienced with Covid 19 Virus. We will keep you updated about the work of Affirm United, and what decision will be made in regards to our annual AGM that normally takes place at our Summer Conference.
We pray for you and all your loved ones and hope you are keeping healthy and safe during this time of disruption. Please follow the guidelines that our health experts recommend so we can meet again and share our gift of God’s love.

Blessings to all,
AU/SE council

Annual conference 2019: free speaker videos and photos

We had a great time at Hillhurst United Church in Calgary July 26-28! 75 adults and about ten kids registered, and we had more people join us for Harlan Pruden’s intro to Two Spirit identities, worship, and the Caretakers theatrical reading. Deep thanks to the beautiful hospitality of the Hillhurst community. You made the gathering gracious, very open, very worshipful, very insightful and thought provoking, and very creative. Thank you.

And, we have the whole thing on video! Thanks to the amazing tech team at Hillhurst, the whole conference was livestreamed and archived. All of the generous presenters and leaders agreed that the videos can be shared free of charge. Please take the time over the fall to review some of the videos that you think would speak to you or your community, and set up a video night. From GSAs to social media pro tips; Two Spirit identities to LGBTQIA refugees; from worship to biblical engagement and self-care, it’s all here. Please enjoy. Check out:

Photos: Many thanks to John Loney for sharing his photos of the weekend with us! You can find them on Google Drive.

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! Continue reading “Annual conference 2019- theme, promo, registration and other details!”

New details: 2019 annual conference at Hillhurst United Church, Calgary

Our 2019 annual conference will be hosted by Hillhurst United Church in Calgary, July 26-28. AUSE Council expresses gratitude and excitement at this chance to work alongside Hillhurst and other Affirming ministries in the Calgary area, who work together through Affirming Connections. We look forward to a rich time of learning, visioning, and being together.

The conference will likely begin with registration late Friday afternoon, a BBQ dinner on Friday July 26, followed by evening programming; we’ll continue all day Saturday and through the evening, with conversation, workshops, and exciting theme speakers and exploration. The theme will likely focus on bringing together trans and queer justice with commitments to decolonization. Sunday we’ll join the congregation of Hillhurst United for worship and lunch, and then wrap up with a brief annual general meeting. There may be after-conference opportunities to explore Calgary and area- stay tuned!

We’re very grateful to the Hillhurst for its commitment to making this time fully inclusive of youth and children; programming will be offered for a range of ages.

Accommodation will include hotel and university residence options that will be listed on the website, as well as billeting with Calgary-area Affirming supporters. We thank all hosts in advance for helping to make this conference more accessible for everyone!

The registration fee will be kept as reasonable as possible. AUSE welcomes designated tax-receiptable donations that will support those for who the registration is a barrier. Donations can be offered here: We are a member-funded movement and are grateful for all the work that your donations of time, money, and talent make possible.

Please watch our annual conference page for further details and registration, and start planning your visit!


July 26-28 2019: our annual conference dates in Calgary!

Our 2019 annual conference will be hosted by Hillhurst United Church in Calgary, July 26-28. AUSE Council expresses gratitude and excitement at this chance to work alongside Hillhurst and other Affirming ministries in the Calgary area, who work together through Affirming Connections. We look forward to a time of learning, visioning, and being together. Please watch this event page for details and registration.

Calgary is on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.


AUSE annual conference 2018 reflections

By Julie McGonegal. Check our Facebook album for some photos!

A big maple tree hung with rainbow ribbons and a quilt, with people sitting under it talking.
The Rainbow Tree: a lovely old maple, made into a rainbow space by Susie Henderson as the heat inside the church grew more intense.

Many Voices–One Song. That was the theme of Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble’s Annual Meeting and National Conference. It encapsulated the vibrant diversity of the

over 85 participants who gathered together from July 13–15, united by a Spirit-led call to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in the church and wider society.

We may be in different places on the Affirming journey and we each arrived at the meeting, held at Royal York Road United Church in Toronto, from different locations; participants hailed from all corners of the country and represented a colourful rainbow of experiences and identities. Yet we came together to sing a heart song that heals, uplifts, and supports all gender and sexual identities in our church.  As always, people of all identities were welcome to join our weekend-long community.

The diversity of our perspectives, and the common cause that unites our vision for the future, was evident during the business portion of the meeting. Often the mandated annual general meeting is a minor part of the weekend. However, this year our usual sharing of Affirming stories from across the church was preceded by intense discussion about the changes currently facing the United Church, and how these changes affect the Affirming movement. Continue reading “AUSE annual conference 2018 reflections”