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 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.
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 (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:
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 )
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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Please send a note of congratulations to the entire faith community of Trinity Memorial United Church through this private form:
Join us on Tuesday October 6th at 6:30pm EDT for our second Kitchen Sink Series event where we will spend some time together and learn about SINGING QUEERLY! All are welcome … here is the Zoom link to join the event.
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
Contact and address:
Pine River United Church
2894 Concession 4,
Ripley, Ontario, N0G 1R0
Phone: (519) 395-5371
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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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
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
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