Annual Conference & AGM

We’re a far-flung network engaged in work that can be difficult and isolating. So every year we gather as a community somewhere in Canada, to share stories, songs, prayers, education, conversation, and action ideas. And parties.

Part of the conference includes a brief AGM, so that we can continue to work as registered charity with good governance. Our AGM highlight is storytelling from across the country and around the world.

Everyone is welcome to both the conference and its accompanying AGM. You don’t have to be a member for anything other than AGM voting (though we love it if you become a member. Just saying.)

We’re always hosted by an Affirming ministry, and move around the country. We make the conference as financially accessible as possible; we announce the dates and location for the conference in late winter, and dates are almost always in the summer over a weekend. We’ll post invitations and program updates on this page, so please keep checking back.

Annual Conference and AGM 2018 Online Registration Form

Thank you for registering for Affirm United / S’affirmer Ensemble’s 2018 AGM and conference, Many Voices- One Song. We emphasize that all people of all identities are welcome at this gathering; we ask that you bring a respectful spirit and open mind, and that all participants come with the belief that sexual and gender diversity is part of God’s beloved creation. Our movement believes that being gender and/ or sexually diverse is a gift, not a sin. We look forward to seeing you July 13-15 at Royal York Road United in Toronto! All of the information you include in this [...]

By | 2018-05-10T14:18:55+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Annual Conference & AGM, News & Events|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

SpiritPride 2017- program updates

Our big event, SpiritPride 2017 and the Affirm United Annual Conference, is just 3 weeks away, July 28 – 30, 2017! We’ll gather in Vancouver on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples including the Musqueam, the Squamish, and the Tsleil-Waututh Nations, as part of Pride Vancouver’s celebrations. Some of you have already registered and we are looking forward to seeing you there! AUSE especially encourages Affirming ministries and those in the process to come and share your experiences, questions, and hopes. For those still considering attending, here’s latest news about the event; we remind you that there’s a week left [...]

AUSE welcomes Colombian partner to 2017 annual conference

SpiritPride and Affirm United /S’affirmer Ensemble will welcome Colombian global partner Paola Márquez to their gathering July 28-30 in Vancouver. Partnerships with global LGBTQ+ communities and allies is a crucial part of our journey towards dignity, equity, and rights.  Paola is coordinator of volunteers for the Colombian Methodist Church in Medellín, Colombia. This work has given her opportunities to work with organized groups of visitors from North America who assist in projects in Colombia. She is also a law student at the Atlantic University in Barranquilla on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Her mother, who she also works alongside, is a Methodist pastor [...]

By | 2018-01-08T16:57:46+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Annual Conference & AGM, AU/SE Workshops, News & Events|1 Comment

Affirming Awards 2017: your nominations needed!

Every year, Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble invites your nominations for outstanding individuals and Affirming ministries whose work and witness have inspired our movement. Awards are presented at our annual conference, which will be held July 28-30 2017 in Vancouver. The deadline for nominations is June 10 2017. The decision will be made by a committee of the Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble national Council. Altar banner, George St United, Peterborough ON. Please use the form below to nominate people, or contact the co-chairs if you wish to send a nomination by mail. The form allows you to attach Word [...]

Spirit Pride/ annual conference 2017 promo material

Friends, please help Affirm United/ S'affirmer Ensemble and St Andrew's-Wesley United Church promote our July 28-30 shared conference in Vancouver! Below are a poster and business cards we ask you to share and print; feel free to save the JPG of the poster and use it widely on social media and in your newsletters. Join the Facebook event and check out the full program and accommodation info at http://spiritpride.org/  2017 Spirit Pride and AUSE annual conference poster (PDF) 2017 Spirit Pride business card (PDF) Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you at Spirit Pride 2017! 

Registration open! AUSE Annual Conference/ Spirit Pride 2017, Vancouver

This year Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble is partnering with St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church in Vancouver, joining our annual conference and AGM to SpiritPride, to make both into one amazing national event! Join us July 28-30 in downtown Vancouver. Registration is now open. And we have a 2017 Spirit Pride and AUSE annual conference poster and a new 2017 Spirit Pride business card for your promotions pleasure. We hope a diverse community of all identities will join us on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh unceded traditional territories. The mission of SpiritPride is to provide a safe, positive, LGBTQ+ affirming space for members of the LGBTQ+ [...]

By | 2018-01-08T19:56:13+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Annual Conference & AGM, News & Events, News Bulletins|0 Comments

Announcing dates and location for the 2017 annual conference

Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble is delighted to announce that our 2017 annual conference will be shared in partnership with St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church and its wonderful Spirit Pride conference. The conference will be held July 28-30 in Vancouver, on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh unceded traditional territories. Spirit Pride precedes Vancouver Pride, which takes place over the August long weekend. More information will follow as planning gets underway. For now: save the date!

By | 2016-10-25T18:53:34+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Annual Conference & AGM, News & Events, Uncategorized|0 Comments