News Bulletins

New service of worship and sermon notes for IDAHOT, May 17 2017

Affirm Unjted/ S'affirmer Ensemble is delighted to launch an original service of worship and sermon notes by member and activist Ruth Wood. The service honours the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, and is fully shared with our partner, the United Church of Canada. Ruth is a retired Designated Lay Minister - Recognized. Ruth is openly transgender and is currently serving as a part time chaplain at Queen's University in Kingston, ON, Canada, where she has been specifically asked to reach out to the LGBTQ community on campus. Ruth will be retiring from chaplaincy work in May 2017. (Perhaps [...]

By | 2018-01-08T21:29:34+00:00 March 21st, 2017|News & Events, News Bulletins|0 Comments

LGBTQ refugee sponsorship- can we help?

If you’re a regular Affirm newsletter or social media reader, you may have seen our links to Rainbow Railroad and other groups who work with the Canadian government’s pilot project for LGBTQ+ refugee sponsorship. Did you know the United Church of Canada is one of the few Sponsorship Agreement Holders within the LGBTQ refugee program? And that there are more people seeking refuge than there are sponsors? At the February 2017 national Council meeting, United Church of Canada Refugee Program staff Khwaka Kukubo and Ammar Youzbashi took the time to explain this branch of sponsorship to Council. They made it [...]

By | 2017-02-13T19:49:02+00:00 February 13th, 2017|News & Events, News Bulletins|1 Comment

No room for hate: statement on the terrorist attack in Sainte-Foy, QC

On behalf of our membership and the Canada-wide network of Affirming ministries, the Council of Affirm United/ S'affirmer Ensemble expresses its deep sorrow regarding the events of this weekend that have targeted our Muslim siblings. We stand in solidarity with our queer and trans Muslim siblings and all Muslim communities. We mourn the dead, pray for their families and the injured, and commit to speaking and acting against Islamophobia and other forms of racist scapegoating and stereotyping. As LGBTTQQIA+ and Two Spirit communities, we have experienced too often the kind of divisive, violent hate exemplified by the terrorist attack in [...]

By | 2017-02-02T19:47:36+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|News & Events, News Bulletins|0 Comments

McDougall United’s Affirming journey- the details!

McDougall United Church in Calgary joined that city’s growing Affirming family in December 2016. Here at AUSE we’re often asked what the Affirming process looks and feels like.So McDougall kindly shared the details of their journey. May it inspire you and your ministry. As the writer, chairperson Shirley Wilding notes, “It has been an exciting and rewarding journey to become part of an Affirming Ministry and to be recognized as a Standing Committee of our church Council. We know the real work of being affirming is just beginning, and we welcome the challenge and the reward!” Although our journey to [...]

By | 2018-01-08T22:10:07+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Affirming Ministries in Action, News & Events, News Bulletins|0 Comments

Celebration for Agassiz Presbytery, MNWO Conference

Agassiz Presbytery, Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, will celebrate their declaration of becoming an Affirming Ministry on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 am. Please join them at: MacGregor Multiplex (attached to the MacGregor Golf Club and beside that Coop Gas Bar, just off highway 1 on path 350) MacGregor, BM Please send a note of congratulations to Agassiz Presbytery by […]

By | 2016-12-08T19:38:57+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Affirming Ministry Celebrations, News & Events, News Bulletins|0 Comments

Celebration for Trinity United Church Community Centre, London ON

Trinity United Church Community Centre will celebrate their declaration of becoming an Affirming Ministry on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 11:00 am.  Please join them at: Trinity United Church Community Centre 76 Doulton Street London, ON, N5W 2P7 (519) 455-2710 goldenrulechurch.ca Please send a note of congratulations to Trinity United Church Community Centre by  […]

By | 2016-12-07T15:04:04+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Affirming Ministry Celebrations, News & Events, News Bulletins|Comments Off on Celebration for Trinity United Church Community Centre, London ON

Celebration for McDougall UC, Calgary, AB

McDougall United Church will celebrate their declaration of becoming an Affirming Ministry on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 10:00 am.  Click here to open an announcement of their celebration. Please join them at: McDougall United Church 8516 Athabasca Street SE, Calgary, AB, T2H 1B4 (403) 252-1620 Please send a note of congratulations to McDougall United Church by  […]

By | 2016-12-01T19:50:52+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Affirming Ministry Celebrations, News & Events, News Bulletins|0 Comments

Birchcliff Bluffs UC, Toronto, ON

Birchcliff Bluffs United Church will celebrate their declaration of becoming an Affirming Ministry  on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 10:30 am.   Please join at: Birchcliff Bluffs United Church 33 East Road, Toronto, ON  M1N 1Z9 (416) 694-4081 www.birchcliffbluffsuc.org Please send a note of congratulations to Birchcliff Bluffs United Church by […]

By | 2016-09-23T17:22:27+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Affirming Ministry Celebrations, News & Events, News Bulletins|Comments Off on Birchcliff Bluffs UC, Toronto, ON

Crossroads United, Delta, BC

Crossroads United Church will celebrate their declaration of becoming an Affirming Ministry on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 10:30 am.   Please join them with their special guests Revs. Nancy Talbot and Brenda Fawkes at: 7655 120th Street Delta, BC V4C 6P6 (778) 593-1043 crossroads-united-church.ca/ As part of their celebration they are also hosting the following event on Friday, September 23, at 7 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm). Transgender Experience:  A Heartfelt Discussion with Lukas Walther, Gender Diversity Specialist with TransFamily Services of BC. Also appearing, Surrey’s Aequitas Choir, along with Crossroads’ own choir.  This event is by donation and will be followed by [...]

St. Paul’s UC, Bowmanville, ON

St. Paul’s United Church will celebrate their declaration of becoming an Affirming Ministry at a special service on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm.   Please join them  with special guest preacher Rev. Michael Blair at: St. Paul’s United Church 178 Church Street Bowmanville, ON L1C 1T8 (905) 623-7361 stpaulsunited.com Please send a note of congratulations to St. Paul’s United Church by […]

By | 2016-08-20T16:32:53+00:00 August 20th, 2016|Affirming Ministry Celebrations, News & Events, News Bulletins|Comments Off on St. Paul’s UC, Bowmanville, ON