Affirm

AFFIRMING AT CANADIAN MEMORIAL UNITED CHURCH

In Spring 2017 Canadian Memorial began the United Church of Canada’s Affirming Ministries process. Throughout the following year (until at least June 2018), we will engage in reflection and education on what it means to be fully inclusive of LGBTQ+ people. We will explore and learn through Sunday worship, film nights, storytelling circles, guest speakers, workshops, a display table of resources during coffee hour, and invitations to events in the wider community related to the Affirm process. The main resource for guiding the process is the Open Hearts document developed by Affirm United. The website will be updated with upcoming events and summaries of what has gone on. 

 If you have any questions, ideas for events, connections, or would like to participate in helping host events/staff the display table/etc, please contact Toni Pieroni (tonip@telus.net) or Emily Simpson (emilyasimpson@gmail.com)

 For more information, check out our links below:

What is Affirming?
Why Affirming?
Resources

Affirm Kick-Off

Join us for our kick-off event on June 25, 2017 after worship! From 12 – 1:15 pm, we will introduce the Affirm process to the congregation. Look forward to a guest speaker, short film clips from the Affirming Congregations DVD, and small group discussion. Bring questions and curiosities! Light lunch is included but please sign up in the office or at the display table during coffee hour. For more information on the requirements to become an Affirming ministry, see here.

Upcoming Events:

June

June 17 – 29  Unsettled. Visual Art Exhibit. Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver BC.  

For too long, the absence of representations of Two-Spirit people, art, and being from contemporary popular culture has been equally embedded in hegemonic practices of colonization. With UnSettled I explore the art and being of Two-Spirit* artists, and in turn, they expose the issues of historical extermination of Two-Spirit people, the lack of alternative aboriginal sexuality and gender in contemporary Western culture/media, the Two-Spirit movement and future as a part of the reclamation of Two-Spirit identity and practice. — Adrian Stimson http://queerartsfestival.com/event/unsettled/

“Two-Spirit is a self-descriptor increasingly used by Indigenous gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Canadians who live within a traditional Aboriginal worldview. It asserts that all aspects of identity (including sexuality, race, gender, and spirituality) are interconnected and that one’s experience of sexuality is inseparable from experiences of culture and community (Alex Wilson).” http://www.outsaskatoon.ca/two_spiritJune 25 – Affirming Process Kick-off Event at Canadian Memorial in the Great Hall. See above for more details

July

Affirm UnitedJuly 28-30   SpiritPride & Affirm United National Conference – Vancouver, BC  at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church.

The Affirm United conference on Friday, July 28 3:30-4:30pm is FREE and open to anyone interested in Affirm’s work and activities.SpiritPride provides a safe, positive, LGBTQ+ affirming space for members of the LGBTQ+ community to explore issues of faith, spirituality and sexuality. Traditional institutions of “religion” have not historically been safe places for the LGBTQ+ community. There has been judgement, rejection, harm, and misunderstanding. However that does not mean that members of the LGBTQ+ community have not maintained a sense of their faith or explored and grown in their spiritual lives. Many faith groups and churches have become welcoming, LGBTQ+ affirming places of faith that welcome and support their LGBTQ+ members.

For more information or registration for SpiritPride, see http://spiritpride.org/conference-description/

August

August 6, 2017 – Canadian Memorial United Church

On Vancouver Pride weekend, our Minister of Music Lonnie Delisle & his husband, photographer Hannes van der Merwe, will be  preaching about community and spiritual life, rooted in Proverbs 27:17:

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

Read more about our Summer Preaching Series here.