News Bulletins

One ministry’s response to homophobia 

Grosvenor Park United Church, an Affirming ministry in Saskatoon SK, recently received a homophobic email. With their permission, we share the email and their response, which was drafted by a group and sent by the minister. […]

Celebration for Sherwood Park United Church, AB April 15

Sherwood Park United Church in Sherwood Park, AB will celebrate their declaration of becoming an Affirming Ministry on Sunday April 15, 2018 at 9:45AM at: Sherwood Park United Church, 20 Fir Street, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 1Z6 c/o Rev. Terrie Jackson https://sherwoodparkuc.wixsite.com/mysite All welcome! A Saturday night event will also be held; please contact the congregation for details. terrie@sherwoodparkunitedchurch.ca Please send a note of congratulations to Sherwood Park United Church by filling out this contact form:  

Quebec Presbytery LGBTQ training

People often comment to AUSE that they appreciate ideas about how to live out being Affirming. Et voilà: Mount Royal United Church in Québec writes with an update about their Affirming work. “...thanks to the thoughtful leadership of member Cindy Casey, MRUC put forward a motion to Presbytery (which successfully passed) re: training for ministers in LGBTQ issues similar to training about sexism and racism."  Have a look at the motion wording, and consider whether this is something to bring forward in your new Region when the time is right. Mount Royal's work goes even wider: "We have a committee working very [...]

By | 2018-04-06T19:36:04+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Affirming Ministries in Action, News Bulletins|0 Comments

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, [...]

By | 2018-03-29T21:16:39+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Annual Conference & AGM, News Bulletins|0 Comments

AUSE Volunteer of the Year Award 2016-17- Bryon Delarue

Every year, AU/SE honours individuals who strengthen and bless our movement in especially significant ways. In 2017, we honour two Albertans: Bryon Delarue and Gary Simpson. Gary and Bryon’s work both appears on our website and social media; in 2017 Bryon offered a timeline of all the many and growing Affirming ministries in Alberta, and a reflection on how this was accomplished. Council member Jen Carter-Morgan writes, Bryon Delarue presenting the Affirming certificate to Robert McClure United Church in Calgary, October 1, 2017 “It is a great pleasure to be able to share just a bit about one of [...]

By | 2018-01-13T20:09:50+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Affirming Ministries in Action, Annual Conference & AGM, News & Events, News Bulletins|Comments Off on AUSE Volunteer of the Year Award 2016-17- Bryon Delarue

Annual conference/ SpiritPride 2017 report

“…God is queer. Jesus is queer. The Gospel is queer…. May we step proudly into our place at the table of God and claim that space, saying boldly and proudly, “we shall not be moved”. -Brandan Robertson. The Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble network is a far-flung family, extending coast to coast to coast, and including kin and allies in many countries. Every year we have a chance to gather face to face, and in 2017 we were hosted by St Andrew’s Wesley United in Vancouver as part of their annual SpiritPride event. Many thanks to the congregation and the planning [...]

By | 2018-01-07T21:34:35+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Annual Conference & AGM, News & Events, News Bulletins|0 Comments

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 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 [...]

From Hate to Hope: New prayer, and reflection on intersecting identities

Over the summer, the White supremacist march and violence in Charlottesville, VA reminded us that our struggles against violent discrimination are inseparable. When people of colour and Indigenous people, of all genders and sexualities, are targeted for who they are, what should the response of an LGBTQQIA+ and Two Spirit movement like ours be? How do we name and face White privilege and racism within our own movement and communities? A number of communities held anti-racism rallies, and in Edmonton the Hate 2 Hope rally asked AUSE member Gary Simpson to offer a prayer. He has generously shared the prayer [...]

By | 2018-01-08T16:54:03+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Affirming Ministries in Action, News & Events, News Bulletins|0 Comments

Action to support Rev LIM Borah and the Sumdol Hyanglin congregation, South Korea

In past newsletters we’ve written about the Sumdol Hyanglin,  the only “out” LGBTQIA+ affirming congregation in the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, one of the United Church of Canada’s oldest and closest partner churches. AUSE is fortunate to have a number of members who connect regularly with this courageous congregation. This summer Toronto Conference, which is newly Affirming, hosted a public event with Sumdol Hyanglin members and their pastor, Rev. LIM Borah. Now Rev. Borah and the congregation face a new struggle, as attempts are being made to declare her ministry heretical. An action addressed to the World [...]

By | 2018-01-07T20:35:32+00:00 September 11th, 2017|News & Events, News Bulletins, Take action, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Loving responses to the hateful Nashville Statement

In late August, a broad group of pastors in the US issued a transphobic and homophobic “Nashville Statement” condemning gender and sexual diversity in God’s name. No one knows what the special occasion was, and the statement was nothing new, though none the less hateful and damaging. Immediate opposition was sparked; this article names but a few examples and adds AUSE’s own comments. […]

By | 2017-09-11T18:21:42+00:00 September 11th, 2017|News & Events, News Bulletins, Take action, Uncategorized|0 Comments