World Pride comes to Toronto this summer, and the United Church is participating. Our Moderator the Rt. Rev. Gary Paterson will preach at a special United Church Pride Service at St. Andrew’s United Church on June 22nd and at Metropolitan United Church on June 21st and 29th, and will participate in the Pride Parade on June 29th. The United Church will host interfaith events, a human rights conference and a United Church float. Affirm United will host a display at the Streetfair; you are invited to sign up to staff the display in 2-hour shifts. Visit the United Church World Pride webpage www.uccworldpride.com for information and to get involved!
Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. April 9th, 2014 marks the International Day of Pink. It’s a day where communities across the country and across the world unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobic, transphobic and all other forms of bullying.
Each year on the second Wednesday of April, millions of people wear pink to remember that positive actions make a difference and that the change starts with each one of us. The MORRE committee has created a bulletin insert with a prayer for The Day of Pink. We invite your congregations to pray together in worship the Sunday before (April 6), in solidarity with many other people in the world who will be observing this important social justice issue. And of course to wear pink on April 9!
In celebration of their 15 years of being an Affirming Ministry, Sydenham Street United Church will be hosting a workshop on November 1, 2104. The keynote speaker is Rev. Michael Blair, the Executive Minister, Church in Mission/L’Église en Mission, for The United Church of Canada. The workshop is being sponsored by the Affirming Ministries Action Group of the Bay of Quinte Conference in partnership with Sydenham Street UC.
Mark your calendars and go to their website to see more details as we get closer to the event.