Working for the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the United Church of Canada and in society. Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble is a justice-oriented organization of people in The United Church of Canada. Membership is open to all those who support our work, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. We draw our vision from our faith tradition: Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble is a voice and a support for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We draw strength and hope from biblical stories of liberation; from the prophetic call to live justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with God; and from Jesus’ witness to God’s inclusive love.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. […]
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!
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 [...]