The theme for 2024 is: PIE in the Public Square. Why PIE? PIE = Public. Intentional. Explicit. Those are the standards we hold ourselves and our welcome to when we seek to live into being Affirming, Welcoming, or Inclusive people and communities.
All across Canada faith communities gathered together either virtually or safely physically distanced and celebrated P.I.E. Day 2021.
P.I.E. is a special day on or around March 14th each year that we can remind ourselves of the commitment we have have made to be Public, Intentional and Explicit in our welcome to 2SLGBTQIA+ folk of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Here are some of the highlights in song, photos, videos and some incredible fundraising efforts.
Thank you to everyone who participated and continues to enjoy P.I.E. everyday!!!
An Affirming Celebration in Pictures for Hinton United Church in Alberta!
Shining Waters Region Council celebrates being the first Regional Council to have permanent Affirming status!
David Hall of Silver Spire United Church and AU/SE Council member:
Happy P.I.E. Day from Grosvenor Park United Church
Photo Parade of P.I.E. Day 2021 Moments:
A P.I.E. inspired Song!
Here is a song written just days ago and his process, by John Oldham, songwriter (shared with permission):
WE ARE COVENANT PEOPLE
( An Affirming Song of Inclusion and Acceptance)
We are Covenant people , sharing both our joy and grief.
We welcome ev’ry person who ongs for peace and relief.
As we “affirm” each other with our varied gender, views (and our sexuality)
we witness to the wonder – it is loving that renews. (of our shared humanity.)
(we’re created to be free.)
Everyone is holy, of great value, beauty, worth,
all precious, blessed and treasured and right from their sacred birth.
Diversity enriches and variety declares
we are all one family as both peace and love are shared/
We are a community called to reach out and embrace
another on life’s journey who is blessed with gift of grace.
Together let us venture on in solidarity
as we work hard for justice and for truth and liberty/harmony.
John Wesley Oldham; # 8899; Sun, March 14, 2021; Verses1,2 -Journal entry during 10 a.m. zoom Affirming worship; I noticed the word ‘Covenant’ on the screen at the beginning of worship. Opening comments by minister Dawn evoked the lines, 2,3,4 of verse one. The first two lines of verse two were written during the video in which I heard the words “everyone is holy” and “blessed.” During the story read by Richard the last two lines of verse two came through.
Verse 3 was written at 3.10-3.11 p.m. direct to computer screen while on a break from tidying the house and watching curling. I had heard Darlene in our discussion time say that our our church is “a community that embraces us all.”
The metre is 14 14 14 14 or 7777D The melody is like an olde English folk song. Sung with the Eagle Drum.
Word changes at about 10 p.m. while watching men’s curling…
As part of our Public, Intentional and Explicit commitment, Affirm United / S’affirmer Ensemble along with Affirming Connections are pleased to announce this special P.I.E. gathering … an Affirming Refresher presented by Affirming Coordinator Linda Hutchinson!
We’ll talk about these areas to add sparkle:
Your Vision Statement
Your Marriage Policy
Your Action Plan . . . Do you have one? Does it need updating? Are you engaging with the wider community?
Your relationship with building users, renters
Your language – Pronouns, Microaggressions
Broadening your scope . . . the call of all people who are marginalized
Bring your stories and your questions!
Presenter Bio – Linda Hutchinson
Linda, a United Church member by birth and by choice, has worked/volunteered at all levels of The United Church of Canada with children, youth and adults, mainly in the areas of Resource Ministry and Affirm United’s Affirming Ministries Program. She is a member of Sydenham Street United Church in downtown Kingston, ON, an Affirming Ministry since 1999, was a member of the Bay of Quinte Conference Affirming Ministries Action Group from its formation in 2007 to 2018 when UCC restructured, and has been a Coordinator of Affirm United’s Affirming Ministry Program since 2012. Linda and her spouse, Bruce, have two adult children and four grandchildren.
We are challenging you to come up with the best P.I.E. Recipes and share them on our National P.I.E. Day Recipe Board for National Affirming Day.
You might want to share one of your favourite pie recipes or a great cupcake or special treat recipe or maybe you will have a virtual bake off!? Some may have a special recipe of what Affirming would taste like if it were a pie and what those ingredients might be! Please share those recipes and we look forward to reading them all.
Include a picture of your creation if you can. Posts can be anonymous or include the name of your faith community or use your first name on the submission! Just click the PLUS + sign to add your contribution.
Questions? Ask Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org and have fun being Public, Intentional and Explicit in your commitment to inclusivity to LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit people ! !