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 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

United Church of Canada News

  • The Manual, 2022, comes into effect on January 1, 2022.
  • In his Advent video message, Moderator Richard Bott reminds us that our Advent preparations might help the light of Christ’s love to shine in the night’s sky.
  • Summary notes for Nov 19 and 20 GCE are now posted on the GC43 website.
  • Starting in mid-November many United Church leaders are being invited to participate in Leadership Counts, a voluntary survey of ministry personnel, national committee members, and national and… continue reading