The Kitchen Sink Series presents: Queer Joy: The Gifts of Identity with Guest Speaker Ally Phillips – Tuesday Nov. 3rd, 2020 – 6:30-8:00 EST

Queer Joy: The Gifts of Identity

On Tuesday November 3rd at 6:30pm to 8pm EST come celebrate all the glorious, joyful, totally queer ways we exist and thrive in this diverse, beautiful world. Our LGBTQIA2S+ siblings, bring your unbridled glee and ecstatic revelations about your queerness, how it serves you in this world and what gifts your identities have given you in this lifetime. Allies, bring your gratefulness and praise for the gifts that queer folks have gifted you in your homes, churches and communities at large.

We’re all created intentionally with great care, let’s celebrate all the magnificent ways to be made in the image of loving Creator!

About our Guest Speaker: Ally Phillips

Ally Phillips with Reese

Ally Phillips lives, works and worships in St. Catharines, Ontario with his favourite sidekick, Reese the blind beagie. Ally serves as an openly queer and trans person at Silver Spire United Church as Co Chair of council, member of the Affirm committee and youth group leader. Outside of church life, Ally enjoys working with youth, coaching lacrosse, caregiving for his Granny, cooking delicious gluten free food and being trans in public.

Coming Up on The Kitchen Sink Series: Tuesday October 20th 6:30-8:00pm Guest Speaker Mallory Brennan of Rainbow Camp!

All are welcome to listen in and learn about the Power of Playfulness with Mallory Brennan of Rainbow Camp, Tuesday October 20, 2020 6:30pm-8pm EDT.

Power of Playfulness

During this time, we will be engaging in a number of online activities and games designed for us to connect and laugh together. Mallory will share some of her experience working at Rainbow Camp, a summer camp for 2SLGBTQ+ teens located in Northern Ontario as well as their new online program Rainbow Online Connection (ROC)

Mallory Brennan 

Mallory (she/her) works for Welcome Friend Association’s Rainbow Camp and Rainbow Online Connection (ROC). Mallory is a graduate student in Community Music, loves travelling and has lived and studied in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Mallory has a strong history within the United Church including directing a children’s choir, working in children’s ministry, the Explorer program and within Affirm United.

Singing Queerly Re-Cap and Video

Thank you so much to Hilary Seraph Donaldson and Slats Toole for gathering around the “kitchen sink” and sharing all their learning and stories with us about Singing Queerly!

Here are the video highlights of our learning together experience from last Tuesday night October 6th, The Kitchen Sink Series hosted by Affirm United / S’affirmer Ensemble via Zoom, one of many Affirming gatherings we invite you to be a part of. 😀😀😀 (PS ignore “my view” while Hilary was introducing herself … i didn’t realize my video was pinned hahahahaha so sorry, I eventually figured it out … Michele 😆)

A New Affirming Ministry to celebrate! Trinity Memorial United Church in Abbotsford, BC

Trinity Memorial United Church – Abbotsford, BC

Affirming celebration for Trinity Memorial United Church, Abbotsford, BC – Sunday October 18, 2020

All are welcome to attend an online celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Trinity Memorial United Church on Sunday October 18, 2020 at 7 pm.

Trinity Memorial United Church, (currently closed for in-person worship due to COVID-19)

33737 George Ferguson Way,

Abbotsford  BC  V2S 2M4

www.trinitymemorialuc.com 

604-853-2591

Send congratulations emails to tmucabb@gmail.com

Please send a note of congratulations to the entire faith community of Trinity Memorial United Church through this private form:

 

A Surprise Celebration for Pine River United Church in Ripley, Ontario

We have a surprise New Affirming Ministry Celebration coming up on Monday September 28th.  Slowed for their vote by COVID -19, Pine River UC in Ripley ON had thought that they would be unable to hold their celebration before their current minister leaves on September 30th.  However, having seen two online celebrations, they decided to celebrate on Monday evening September 28th at 7 pm EDT via Zoom. All are welcome, contact Pine River directly for the Zoom link.

Congratulations Pine River for all your dedicated work to the Affirming process and for adjusting to these challenging times. We are so thankful for your ministry!


Guest Preacher – Rev. Jeffery Dale

Rev. Jeffrey Dale
Listen to Rev. Jeffrey Dale – Reflection (starting at 0:45secs) at the Affirming Celebration via Zoom for Pine River United Church, Ripley, ON on Monday September 28th, 2020

Contact and address:

Pine River United Church
2894 Concession 4,
Ripley, Ontario, N0G 1R0

Website: www.pineriverunitedchurch.com

Phone: (519) 395-5371

Email: pineriverchurch@hurontel.on.ca

NEW! Kitchen Sink Series

You’re invited to join Affirm United as we gather online every other Tuesday night for a time of learning together in community. This is your chance to connect with people from across the country who share your passion for Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ justice.
Join us this fall as we talk about everything and the kitchen sink – our topics might be a bit unpredictable but it will certainly be fun!

November 3rd: Queer Joy: The Gifts of Identity

6:30-8:00pm EST

On Tuesday November 3rd at 6:30pm to 8pm EST come celebrate all the glorious, joyful, totally queer ways we exist and thrive in this diverse, beautiful world. Our LGBTQIA2S+ siblings, bring your unbridled glee and ecstatic revelations about your queerness, how it serves you in this world and what gifts your identities have given you in this lifetime. Allies, bring your gratefulness and praise for the gifts that queer folks have gifted you in your homes, churches and communities at large.

We’re all created intentionally with great care, let’s celebrate all the magnificent ways to be made in the image of loving Creator!

About our Guest Speaker: Ally Phillips

Ally Phillips lives, works and worships in St. Catharines, Ontario with his favourite sidekick, Reese the blind beagie. Ally serves as an openly queer and trans person at Silver Spire United Church as Co Chair of council, member of the Affirm committee and youth group leader. Outside of church life, Ally enjoys working with youth, coaching lacrosse, caregiving for his Granny, cooking delicious gluten free food and being trans in public.

Topic: Kitchen Sink Series Event
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm EST

Join Zoom Meeting
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Phone In instructions to ZOOM:

Canada (dial the number in your area code or use the Toll Free number below enter the meeting ID and the passcode with your key pad):

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Summer Conference Worship Service Sunday July 26th, 2020

For those who missed our AUSE Summer Conference Worship Service this morning … please enjoy this recorded version:

Enjoy this moving service from our Summer Conference 2020 virtual Worship Service. Many thanks to all of our conference and worship attendees! It was a wonderful weekend! Please share this video with your congregations.

Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble

Worship
8th Sunday after Pentecost
July 26, 2020

Prepared by Rev. Emma Pipes and Aaron Miechkota

People Involved:

Rev. Emma Pipes & Aaron Miechkota – Worship Leaders
Michiko Bown-Kai – Gives the Welcome & Closing Benediction
Michele Petick – Scripture Reading
Aaron Miechkota – on Ukulele Musician to lead hymns
Julian Munro – Children’s Time

Donations to the work at Affirm United / S’affirmer Ensemble can be made at:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/3150

AUSE 2020 Summer Conference Itinerary

A special invitation from Co-Chair Michiko Bown-Kai

Sure, things are a little different this year, these are strange times indeed, but we are carrying on with our Summer Conference!

You are welcome to join us … actually, it wouldn’t be any fun without you, so please come to our first virtual Affirm United / S’affirmer Ensemble Summer Conference, AGM & Worship service.

Here is what you need to know to get quick access to the meetings and events, so save this post! 😀😀😀 And see you this weekend! For Zoom links, copy and paste the meeting url starting with https:// and paste into your browser to access Zoom. Questions? Email Michele at communications@ause.ca


I T I N E R A R Y with Zoom links (times are in EDT)

Saturday July 25th, 2020

10-11am: Gathering

Every year after our Annual Conference, we always hear that people want more opportunities to get to know each other better. Come join us for this opportunity to learn more about this coast-to-coast community of people that are a part of Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble. We will be using break out groups as an opportunity for people to get to know each other.Hosted by: Michiko, co-chair of Affirm United

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/97305026462?pwd=TnVPZ2xwYS9CaGgxcENHL1lDTkxLdz09

Meeting ID: 973 0502 6462 Passcode: 180475

11:15am-12:15pm: Community Circles

One of the things we love the most about attending conferences is meeting others who we have a shared connection with. Community Circles are designed as spaces where people can gather for more specific conversations about their lived experiences. We are in the process of developing this space and are open to suggestions of groups and are looking for people who would be willing to act as a host for these groups.We realize that some people may belong to more than one of these groups – it’s up to the individual to discern where best they’d like to go.Some of Community Circles planned are:

  • BIPOC, hosted by Deulita Datus
  • Clergy, hosted by Michiko Bown-Kai
  • Allies, hosted by Marly Bown & David Kai
  • Trans and Non-Binary, hosted by Julian Munro
  • New to Affirm, hosted by Linda Hutchinson
  • Bi/Pan§ Ace/Aro
  • Rural

Hosted by: Michele Petick, Affirm United Communications Coordination, Group hosts will be listed as they are confirmed.

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/97305026462?pwd=TnVPZ2xwYS9CaGgxcENHL1lDTkxLdz09

Meeting ID: 973 0502 6462 Passcode: 180475

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch break

This time does not have scheduled programming.

1:30-4pm: Annual General Meeting

1:30-2pm: Welcoming and Passing the Peace

2-4pm: Annual General Meeting

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!

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/99046197435?pwd=WmpyWjFoK05jSFAydTNrVmlTV1dtQT09

Meeting ID: 990 4619 7435 Passcode: 298112


Sunday July 26th, 2020

11:30am-1pm: Worship

11:30 – 12pm: Coffee Hour and Welcome

12-1pm: Worship

All are welcome to join us for worship! Feel free to sign on early for a “bring your own drink” coffee hourHosted by: Rev. Emma Pipes and Aaron MiechkotaJoin

Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/98491948132?pwd=YkI2OTNZa3VlZ20xSVlRdTNVVndTZz09

Meeting ID: 984 9194 8132 Passcode: 864965

Phone In instructions to ZOOM:

Canada (dial the number in your area code or use the Toll Free number below enter the meeting ID and the passcode with your key pad):

  • +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


Resources:

AGM Agenda

Annual Report 2019

Draft Minutes Annual General Meeting 2019

Revised Proposed 2021 Budget

Nominations Report

Nominee Bios