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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
More Resources and Information
Affirming PIE Day (14 March annually)
Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20th annually)
Celebrating Gender Identity Toolkit, second edition, United Church of Canada
Belonging in the Body asks transgender Christians to talk about their faith journey, and they do so with deep insight, grace, and love. This video is an excellent and important resource, and three...