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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:  

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

Volunteer of the Year Award 2017-Gary Simpson

Every year, AU/SE honours individuals who strengthen and bless our movement in especially significant ways. In 2017, we honour two Albertans: Gary Simpson and Bryon Delarue. Council member Jen Carter-Morgan writes, “It is a great delight to be able to introduce a wonderful man who is one of the faces of the Edmonton Pride Community – Gary Simpson. Gary Simpson decked out in his usual Affirming splendour at the Edmonton Pride parade, 2017. Gary and I first crossed paths at the start up gatherings of a group called Soul Outing, which is a queer worship community in Edmonton [...]

By | 2018-01-13T20:08:52+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Affirming Ministries in Action, News & Events, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Volunteer of the Year Award 2017-Gary Simpson

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

United Church Moderator visit with Asian LGBTQI partners, Indonesia

In November, Moderator Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell and Rev. Michael Blair, Executive Minister for the Church in Mission unit, visited Jakarta, Indonesia at the invitation of its theological seminary. Jakarta Theological Seminary has committed itself to a yearly focus on LGBTQI inclusion, despite the challenge this creates in their context. This year’s conference also included the annual gathering of Asian Affirming and open churches. In this spirit, we include this post as part of our Affirming Ministries in Action series. (And draw attention to the t-shirt she’s wearing.) […]

By | 2018-01-09T00:00:14+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Affirming Ministries in Action, News & Events, Uncategorized|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