Affirming LGBTQIA2S+

Becoming Affirming

 
The Affirming Program

The Affirming program is a process and recognition for ministries who strive to celebrate Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ people publicly, intentionally, and explicitly. Any ministry of any kind can become Affirming, and within our Regional Council there are many such ministries- with lots of room for growth. Learn more about the Affirming Program on Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble. Scroll down for the latest Affirming news in Northern Spirit.

Affirming Task Group

In June 2019,  Northern Spirit Regional Council voted to begin the Affirming process. Guided by a task group, the Regional Council and its members will discern how our new structure can live into the spirit and practice of being Affirming. Members: Linda McLaren (Chair); Kathy Kinsman; Wilson MacLennan; Louise Rogers; Monica Rosborough; Shylo Rosborough (Resource person); Julie Graham (Regional staff). Please contact the task group through northernspirit@united-church.ca to protect members’ privacy.

Affirming Ministries Coordinator

Shylo Rosborough is the Affirming Ministries Coordinator based out of Robertson-Wesley United Church. His role is to help congregations and organizations become affirming while providing programming, support, resources, and mentorship to Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA+ and allies on their spiritual journey. Shylo has received a certificate in Biblical Studies and Christian Discipleship as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Theology. Shylo, as a transgender man, has been active in both the 2SLGBTQIA+ and Christian communities supporting and advocating for the full inclusion of 2SLGBTQIA+ people within the Church. With his academic knowledge and personal experience, he hopes to provide education and bring change through his role as the Affirming Ministries Coordinator. 

Affirming news

Affirming Leaders Day 2021

Affirming Leaders Day 2021

Join from anywhere in the world for Affirming Leaders Day on May 22nd from 10:00-4:20PM. A faith-based development & connection day for allied and LGBTQ2S+ folks! Featuring Civil Rights...

You’re invited to an Affirming check in

You’re invited to an Affirming check in

Calling all ministries and people who are LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit-affirming, or 2SLGBTQIA yourselves. We know COVID is making Affirming work harder, even as it also makes life harder for trans, non-...

Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is internationally recognized on November 20th every year. This day raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people; it is a day to publicly...

Background on Remit 1 and voting on it

Background on Remit 1 and voting on it

Remit 1 proposes a simple but very important gender-inclusive change to the language describing who is eligible to be a minister. Please find here a short resource to help voting delegates and the...

You’re invited to an Affirming check in

Affirming Pride 2020 Video!

Shylo Rosborough, Affirming coordinator for Edmonton and area, writes, “Please share this video at your services (if able), on your social media, websites, Youtube channels or anywhere! Get the word...