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.

Missed the event watch the video below:

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 


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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


Phone: (519) 395-5371


NEW! Kitchen Sink Series

You’re invited to join Affirm United as we gather online every third Tuesday night of the month for a time of friendship and 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 in 2021 as we talk about everything and the kitchen sink – our topics might be a bit unpredictable but it will certainly be fun! Mark your calendars now with these five dates, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, May 18th, and June 15th, 2021

Third Tuesday of the month 7:00-8:30pm EST

February 16th: Pancakes and P.I.E. with Pam Rocker

December 1st: Global Partners with Tim Reaburn

November 17th: Youth Group Revisited with Laura Fouhse

November 3rd: Queer Joy: The Gifts of Identity with Ally Phillips

October 20th: The Power of Playfulness with Rainbow Camp and Mallory Brennan

October 6th: Queer Joy: Singing Queerly with Hilary Seraph Donaldson and Slats Toole

September 22nd: Queer Joy: LGBTQ+ Show and Tell w/ Michiko Bown-Kai & Jeffrey Dale

Topic: Kitchen Sink Series Event Zoom Information
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm EST

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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

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: