Important news: 2020 increase in membership fees

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Dear friends and members in the Affirming movement: We have important news related to membership fees.
At the 2019 AGM in Calgary, members present voted to make changes to the institutional and individual membership fees for the first time in over 20 years. A print mailing is going out to all current members, and to the entire national list via our e-newsletter. In the attachments below you will find:

  • Current context: a brief overview
  • How the membership fee increase works: an explanation of the new institutional/group/individual/household membership fees
  • What your membership fees have been supporting, 2015-2019
  • What your increased membership fees will allow us to do over time:  the beginnings of a vision of what extra funding could accomplish
  • Contact information

Please share this letter and the accompanying background information widely in your ministry, especially with governing, finance, Affirming, and program or justice-related bodies. Please take time to read the entire letter, not only the summary. This is an important change for AUSE and our members, and we have tried to explain both the reasons and the process as fully as we can.

Documents:
Cover letter: membership increase for 2020 (December 2019, PDF)

Background to the AUSE membership increase, 2020 (December 2019, PDF)

A huge rainbow banner stretches along the front of a white clapboard church, held up by dozens of people.

The people of Ralph Connor Memorial United Church in Canmore, AB, at their Affirming celebration in November 2019.

The AUSE Council thanks you for the safer sacred space you and your ministry continue to create. Thank you for all you as supporters and members have offered this growing movement of trans, non-binary, Two Spirit, intersex, asexual, pansexual, bi, lesbian, gay people and communities—and our cisgender and heterosexual allies. You are the reason for our name: ensemble (together) and united.