Volunteers Needed to Review Document Language

Addressing Language in Foundational Documents; racism, ableism, intersectionalities

Calling Volunteer Participants!

Are you a member of Affirm United/ S’Affirmer Ensemble?

We are beginning to update some language in our organizations foundational documents. This discussion specifically will address racism, ableism and other intersections that exist and should inform our work at Affirm United/S’Affirmer Ensemble…  Are you interested in joining the conversation around this and looking at re-writing these statements?

Meet on Zoom on Thursday March 25th from 7-8pm and we will start the discussions. Lead by Rev. Emma Pipes and Rev. Cindy Bourgeois.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/93456556696?pwd=VUZqZlliL1dLM1gwR3haSFNISkZoUT09

Contact Michele with any questions at communications@ause.ca

NEW! Resources from: Adding Sparkle to Your Rainbow Webinar

Thank you for participating, your interest or registering for our webinar event:

Adding Sparkle to Your Rainbow: Refreshing Your Affirming Culture and Commitment

We hope you found the time we spent together informative and inspiring.

We want to hear your feedback so we can keep improving our logistics and content. Please fill out this quick survey and let us know your thoughts (your answers can be anonymous).

Click here to access feedback form now:

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Webinar Video with Facilitator Linda Hutchinson:

Webinar Slide Show Presentation:

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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

March 16th: Making Music Together with Mallory Brennan

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

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/98828097187?pwd=SGtnL3J4Sy82bFV5WTMwY1RYd3hkZz09

Meeting ID: 988 2809 7187
Passcode: 815307

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
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Toll Free: +1 855 703 8985

Don’t give up pie for Lent! PIE Day 14 March 2019

Don’t give up pie for Lent! Announcing Affirming PIE Day 14 March 2019 and our new website and video!

What’s PIE? Public+Intentional+Explicit= PIE. These are the standards for a real and radical welcome for LGBTQIA2S+ people in our church. Draw the circle wide and join in! Host a story telling event complete with pie and join many others across the land and the church as we learn together how to offer this welcome. Co-hosted by Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble and Affirming Connections. All traditions and backgrounds welcome: you do not need to be a United Church ministry or member to join the fun. All PIE stories are an important source of inspiration (and possibly nutrition).

Planning resources, full info, and event sign up and calendar: www.pieday.ca

Remember: this is all about you and your ministry! If you’re planning an event, we need to hear about it.

Our video to launch PIE Day and to give some tips of what Affirming looks and feel like is coming soon! Our hosts take us through a journey of pie and what PIE (Public, Intentional, and Explicit) can mean for you! You will have free access to the video by March 1 and can plan to show it at your PIE event or for any Affirming initiative.

Affirming PIE Day- hold March 14, 2019!

Do you like PIE? Hold the date: March 14, 2019

Public. Intentional. Explicit. Those are the standards we hold ourselves and our welcome to when we become Affirming or affirming.

On International Pi Day 2019 (3.14- get it?)  we invite you to serve up some pie and PIE in your ministry and community.

Get together and:

Show AUSE’s new video-to-be featuring your stories about being PIE. 

Tell your own PIE stories: examples of your LGBTQ+ welcome that are and have been public, intentional, and explicit. Host a community open mic/ coffeehouse for all stories. Eat lots of delish church pie (and everything else you consider delicious). Together, spend, say, a half hour talking about how LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit rights and dignity could be advanced in your context and community.

Come up with some bite sized ideas and note them down for ongoing action.  Fundraise/ awareness raise for your local Pride and LGBTQ groups. Put the proceeds wherever you want. Put in a good word for Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble and Calgary’s awesome Affirming Connections, our partner.

Whatever you do: don’t give up PIE for Lent, hold the date, and watch www.ause.ca for more information and materials.  Contact the communications coordinator at communications@ause.ca with your ideas, questions, and recipes.

AUSE Conference 2018 July 13-15, Toronto

We’re delighted to announce that Royal York Road United Church will host the 2018 Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble annual conference July 13-15 in Toronto.  We’ll gather on Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, and Anishinabek Territories; we look forward to creating a safer space and a deeply inclusive welcome for all.

AUSE also thanks Toronto Conference of the United Church for its generous contribution to staff support for this gathering. We’re deeply grateful to Affirming ministries like Royal York Road and Toronto Conference, and we hope our time together will be a chance for all to experience and learn from Affirming ministries across the land. As always, people of all identities are welcome, and we’re in an accessible space with public transit at the door.

Please watch this site, www.ause.ca for registration and details. Our annual conference: includes community, worship, learning, discussing, eating, and probably films and dancing too! All identities welcome. We’ll post registration and agenda links here when they’re ready. For now, please hold the date! And please share the invitation widely, as a PDF for printing, or as a JPG for social media and your newsletters (right click on the image above).

This weekend falls before the United Church’s national triennial meeting, General Council, and its public Festival of Faith in Oshawa, about an hour east.  If you’re travelling to General Council, come early and join us. Or, stay on after for the Skylight Festival July 27-29 at Five Oaks near Paris ON.

Iridesce: stories, questionnaire, resources, visits

Greetings from Aaron Miechkota, Coordinator of Iridesce: The Living Apology Project!

Here’s the latest news; for all of these updates, read more www.iridesce.ca

Downloadable Iridesce poster; see Resources at www.iridesce.ca
Downloadable Iridesce poster; see Resources at www.iridesce.ca

Stories of 1988. For some in the United Church the mention of this date is enough to silence a room, but for others it is the beginning of new conversations around acknowledgement and lament, apology and reconciliation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and 2-Spirit (LGBTQ2) people.

Maureen (not her real name) remembers: “One of my longest standing friends, and her family, left a congregation and official board work because they could not stand the level of discourse from other board members and the minister at the time against the United Church decision… The tone that they heard coming from [church leadership] led them away from any sense of ‘Christian fellowship’ … the pain was real for the family and the reason for leaving was not discussed in the congregation even though the leadership was fully aware of the cause.” (Continue reading at https://www.iridesce.ca/news )

Bulletin insert for Iridesce
Bulletin insert for Iridesce

The Iridesce Questionnaire
How was it for you in the decades leading up to our 1988 decision, and through “The Issue Years” (1988-1998)? Maybe you were a member or a church or ordered ministry, and needed to remain in the closet, were outed, or were persecuted. We need to hear these stories. For more thought-provoking questions to help you participate in this Project visit www.iridesce.ca/questions

Where is Iridesce going next?
This season Iridesce plans to visit churches and communities of faith in the Maritimes (in October) and in British Columbia and the Yukon (in November). We welcome invitations to visit your community for early 2018. Please reach out to our coordinator to start a conversation about how a visit could help your community participate in this important project of our church, at livingapology(at)gmail(dot)com

Resources for your community
Download worship services, prayers and many resources for your community (bulletin insert, poster, and letter for your minister or community). Visit www.iridesce.ca/resources or email our coordinator at livingapology(at)gmail(dot)com