News & Events

First-St Andrew’s United, London: Blessing scarves for HIV/AIDS survivors

(Another story in our series featuring the life-giving work of Affirming ministries.) For the past four years, First-St. Andrew’s United Church in London, Ontario has been in partnership with the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) for some of their outreach projects. One of these projects has involved our Knit Wit group knitting red scarves for RHAC’s public awareness program. Red scarves knitted at First-St Andrew’s ready for blessing in the sanctuary.   […]

By | 2018-01-08T22:53:42+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Affirming Ministries in Action, News & Events|0 Comments

Why would a small rural congregation bother with becoming Affirming?

Many people assume urban churches are more likely to become Affirming. But in recent years, at least half of the ministries joining the Affirming process are in small towns. And their presence in both their communities and the Affirming process has a strong impact; they’re breaking stereotypes, and changing our Affirming process for the better. Here Rev. David Lander describes Castleton-Grafton pastoral charge’s journey, outlining motivation, process, congregational culture, theology, and overcoming fears. Read on to be inspired. Motivation Over the last number of years, many United Church congregations have toyed with the idea of becoming Affirming. Most congregations want [...]

By | 2018-01-08T23:40:00+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Affirming Ministries in Action, News & Events|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

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

From hurt to welcome: an interview with Rev. Bora Lim, South Korea

Karina Schumacher‎, a German advocate from the Ecumenical Mission Service, interviews Rev. LIM Bora, pastor of Hyanglin Seomdol congregation in Seoul, South Korea. Hyanglin Seomdol means “stepping stone”. Since 2007, Rev. Lim and the congregation have been campaigning for the rights of sexual minorities.  Earlier in 2016 we featured the congregation and their witness at Seoul Pride. […]

By | 2018-01-09T00:51:44+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Affirming Ministries in Action, News & Events|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

How to celebrate your Affirmaversary: St Albert United, AB

In October 2016 St. Albert United Church in Saint Albert, Alberta decided to celebrate the anniversary of becoming Affirming by welcoming the whole community—and supporting a new generation of LGBTQ and Two-Spirit leadership. Camp fYrefly YEG with the University of Alberta, ISMSS and Calgary Sexual Health Centre will screen their documentary film “Over The Rainbow”; it premiered at the Calgary Fairy Tales Film Festival last May, as well as The Banff Centre for the Performing arts. It’s also available for screening by other Affirming ministries. Have a look at the trailer: https://vimeo.com/185158953 […]

By | 2018-01-13T23:32:21+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Affirming Ministries in Action, News & Events|0 Comments