A Christmas Message from the AUSE Board Chair

Hello, members of Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble! 

As we continue on through this pandemic, is can be difficult to keep our eyes on the end of the tunnel. I am here to remind you of the themes of Advent that we have been observing over the last four weeks: hope, peace, joy, and love. We hope for the best future and for the safety of all. We carry the peace of Christ with us as we walk along. We seek out and find joy in the places we least expected to find it. Most importantly, we love largely, loudly, and harder than ever before. 

I urge you to carry the spirit of Christmas (and the themes of Advent) with you publicly, intentionally, and explicitly as we move together into another year. The community that we share is life giving and ever affirming. We are here for you, just as you are there for one another. 

You all continue to amaze me, the Board of Directors, and God, with your work and dedication to making our world a more inclusive and affirming place. 

Merry Christmas, happy new year, and God be with you, amen!

– Julian | King Julez | they/them

Meet your outgoing Treasurer!

Meet Anne Wood! The outgoing Treasurer of Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble- Anne completed 4 years as Treasurer in July of this year. Anne and her wife Ruth recently celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. They live in Kingston, ON, and have 2 children and 6 grandchildren who all live in the Kingston area. 

Anne says that she and Ruth have benefited from the work of Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble, although they do not yet belong to an Affirming Community of Faith.

Her hobbies include reading, sewing and photography. With stepping down from the board, she will have the free time to pursue several ideas for family history projects, using pictures and stories that were passed down from her grandparents and letters and pictures that were saved by Ruth’s grandparents. 

Thank you for all of your hard work, Anne!

Introducing the new Communications Coordinator!

Hi everyone! My name is M Chorney, and I work part time out of Winnipeg / Treaty 1 territory as AU/SE’s NEW Communications and Marketing Coordinator! My home congregation is Selkirk United, in Selkirk, Manitoba, and I grew up on a farm outside of the city. I have been involved in the Church since I was very young, and have an honours degree from the University of Manitoba in Political Science, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. My partner and I live in downtown Winnipeg, and will be getting married next summer! I am excited to start this new role and assist AU/SE with their work. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions at communications@ause.ca, and I look forward to working with all of you!

Virtual Summer Conference 2021! AGM and Worship!

Saturday July 24th and Sunday July 25th 2021

Greetings Friends,

Tomorrow morning we begin our 2021 Annual Meeting Weekend Online! Here is the link to your weekend itinerary (Make sure to look for individual links, ie. “Morning Gathering” has its own link, ID/password).

This itinerary below will guide you through our weekend together!

WEEKEND ITINERARY:https://docs.google.com/…/1E1AblrL5sAj7LGTEIGQc…/edit…

Please submit any questions to: communications@ause.ca.

Members register now for your vote at the Annual General Meeting at 2:00PM- 4:00PM (EDT) (guests welcome to join the discussion)

https://zoom.us/…/tJ0pdeuvrTouH9RI4yCm_4cqnRnNkLOqqHA1Want to be a member? Learn more!https://affirmunited.ause.ca/membership/

Affirming Celebrations of Three Regional Councils … Antler River Watershed, Horseshoe Falls and Western Ontario Waterways!

We are One, We are Many:
A Celebration of the Affirming Designations of Antler River Watershed, Horseshoe Falls, and Western Ontario Waterways Regional Councils

Save the Date! 

All are welcome to join virtually via Zoom.
Sunday June 6th, 2-3 pm (EDT) to celebrate!

Guest Preacher: Rev. Michiko Bown-Kai
Featuring the music of David Kai, and the Rainbow Chorus

Bring a candle (real…or not!) to help light the Christ Candle together!

For more information, please contact:
dmatheson@united-church.ca or tsamuel@united-church.ca

Send congratulations to:

Antler River Watershed: arwrc@united-church.ca
Horseshoe Falls: hfrc@united-church.ca
Western Ontario Waterways: wowrc@united-church.ca

Congratulations Duncan United Church in Duncan, British Columbia!

Duncan United Church in Duncan, British Columbia

It’s an Affirming celebration for Duncan United Church!

246 Ingram Street Duncan BC  V9L 1P4

All are welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Duncan United Church! 

Date: Sunday May 16, 2021

Time: 10 a.m. (PDT)

Location:  246 Ingram Street Duncan BC V9L 1P4

Website:   www.duncanunited.org

Phone: 250-746-6043

Please send a note of congratulations to the entire faith community of Duncan United Church through this private form:           

Email for sending congratulations  admin@duncanunited.org

Congratulations Westworth United in Winnipeg, MB on your Affirming Ministry!

Westworth United Church – Winnipeg, MB

Affirming celebration for Westworth United Church!

All are welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Westworth United Church: 

Date: Sunday May 9, 2021 

Time: 10:45 a.m.  On website or YouTube channel

Location:   1750 Grosvenor Ave., Winnipeg  MB  R3N 0H9

Website:      http://westworth.ca/

Phone:  204-489-6974

Please send a note of congratulations to the entire faith community of Westworth United Church through this private form or email congratulations directly to  office@westworth.ca 

Congratulations Runnymede United Church on becoming the newest Affirming Ministry in Canada!

Runnymede United Church, Toronto, ON

Affirming celebration for Runnymede United Church

432 Runnymede Road, Toronto ON M6S 2Y8

on Sunday April 25, 2021 at 1pm

All are welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Runnymede United Church on Sunday April 25, 2021

Time: 1 pm

Location: YouTube

Website: https://www.runnymedeunited.org/

Phone: 416-767-6729

Please send a note of congratulations to the entire faith community of Runnymede United Church through this private form or send an email directly to office@runnymedeunited.org