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); Cathy Kinsman; Wilson MacLennan; Louise Rogers; Monica Rosborough; Julie Graham (Regional staff). Please contact the task group through northernspirit@united-church.ca to protect members’ privacy.

 

Affirming news

Hate mail being sent to Affirming ministries

Hate mail being sent to Affirming ministries

Transphobic and homophobic hate mail from the US is again being sent to United Church Affirming ministries. The package contains messages and a USB key, and often has a Customs declaration that it...

Northern Spirit Celebration of Ministries service

Northern Spirit Celebration of Ministries service

Northern Spirit will be holding a second Celebration of Ministries service this year! Join us: October 21, 2023, 4 p.m., at Kirk United Church Community Centre, 13535 122 Ave, Edmonton AB and via...

Affirming PIE Day 2023 updates and invitations

Affirming PIE Day 2023 updates and invitations

To see this post in newsletter format, click here. And click here to see a January 2023 update from the Regional Council's Affirming Task Group. Greetings across the Prairies and North this cold...

Regional Council Affirming Task Group updates

Regional Council Affirming Task Group updates

(Please also see the PIE Day 2023 update and events invitations here.) The Affirming task group for the Regional Council continues its work. Next steps will be a draft Vision Statement and Action...

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