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2018 conference registration deadline June 30

Friends, we close registration for our 2018 annual conference on June 30! Join us July 13-15 at our lovely host, Royal York Road United Church in Toronto, on Dish with One Spoon Treaty territory. Register here. The planning committee has been labouring over a hot workshop list, confirming amazing speakers, and planning a public worship at Dundas Square in the heart of downtown Toronto. From stained glass creations to allyship with LGBTQIA youth, from supporting LGBTQIA asylum seekers to becoming Affirming in your context, we'll have it all. Subsidies and billets available. Allies and all identities welcome and needed. Bring your [...]

By | 2018-07-07T14:50:17+00:00 June 18th, 2018|News & Events|0 Comments

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. […]

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

Sherwood Park United Church Affirming Celebration Weekend

What a celebration it was Saturday, April 14th & Sunday, April 15th 2018! The sanctuary was a rainbow of colors with a beautiful rainbow banner leading up to the altar. The Fellowship Hall was bedecked in rainbow tissue flowers and the congregation was invited to add rainbow stickers to their name tags. The Affirm United banner stood front and center for all to see. Saturday night kicked off the celebration with a chili supper followed by a screening of the Camp fYrefly documentary, “Over the Rainbow.” This documentary raises awareness about the complex needs and concerns of LGBTQ youth. The [...]

By | 2018-07-07T20:03:58+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Affirming Ministries in Action, News & Events|0 Comments

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:  

Islington United’s town hall on being Affirming

Islington United Church in Toronto is in the Affirming process, and will vote April 2018. Here’s a nifty resource: a PDF version of the PowerPoint they used in an open discussion on where their Affirming process is at as they prepare for that vote. Transparency is key to a good Affirming process, and is crucial throughout. It’s natural that questions and fears may surface during the process. The transparency and clarity shown in this this resource is a great example of one way to ensure that all in the ministry know exactly where the Affirming process is at, and who to contact [...]

By | 2018-04-06T19:33:23+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Affirming Ministries in Action, News & Events|0 Comments

Clarity on being Affirming in the new Regions

In late February 2018, an important letter was sent to all Affirming and in-process presbyteries and Conferences, in light of the 2019 amalgamation of these two key Celebrations of becoming Affirming are always public, and almost always include cake. Agassiz Presbytery, MB, February 2017. United Church of Canada structures. The letter clarifies the status of Affirming Conferences and presbyteries. Please download the letter here and feel free to share it. One of the most significant gifts AUSE has experienced over the past decade is the rapidly increasing number of Affirming presbyteries and Conferences. Commitments like these have helped [...]

By | 2018-07-07T20:04:14+00:00 March 6th, 2018|Affirming Ministries in Action, News & Events|0 Comments

Affirming resources to help your work

These resources are designed to help your work, whether you’re considering beginning the Affirming process or have been an Affirming ministry for decades. Check out our infographic, our Becoming Affirming flyer, and our travelling banners. Note that we all Affirming resources are available on our Affirming ministry core resources page.  […]

New Council bios for 2018!

Council and staff at St Andrew's Wesley United, Vancouver, July 2017. The fine people who serve as your volunteer national Council do a lot of work behind the scenes. Get to know them! In advance of the February 22-24 Council meetings, we've just updated the Council and governance page with some biographies. Check it out!

By | 2018-04-03T16:39:35+00:00 January 28th, 2018|News & Events, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Affirming ministries-a decade ago

Throwback Thursday/ Throwback Anyday: Affirming ministries a decade ago, and a lot of change since. At times it feels like the church is making slow progress at becoming truly LGBTQ+ welcoming. While AUSE is edging towards 200 Affirming ministries, it’s too easy to look at the United Church’s roughly 3,000 ministries and courts and focus only on how far we have to go. But, look at this Observer story from a decade ago for some context. Huron Shores United Church, Grand Bend ON, at their Affirming celebration in September 2017– one of over 30 new ministries welcomed to the [...]

By | 2018-01-07T21:20:41+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Affirming Ministries in Action, News & Events|0 Comments