The Affirming Ministries Program is a network of primarily United Church ministries that declare themselves to be fully inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Before declaring themselves to be Affirming, local congregations, colleges, church courts, assisted living homes, outdoor ministries, and other ministries study and reflect on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity; make a statement of welcome; and commit themselves to work for justice and inclusion within their congregation, the wider church, and their community. The program was launched in 1992. The United Church officially endorsed the program in 2000 and encouraged its ministries to participate.
To open our updated 95 page resource Open Hearts: Resources for Affirming Ministries in The United Church of Canada click here. (PDF format, which helps you navigate through the table of contents and preset bookmarks.) And have a look at our 2017 two page graphic summary of the Affirming process as a poster, bulletin insert. Feel free to right click and download the two JPG photos on this page and use in social media and PowerPoints.
If you are on a mobile device and want to see some content online, click on the following links to see two excerpts from our Affirming Ministries Kit: Open Hearts:
- The Table of Contents (to see the many pieces within our resource)
- The requirements to declare your ministry an Affirming Ministry
Please check out the web sites for various Affirming Ministries from the links in the various lists under “Find a Ministry”.