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. (Wondering what LGBTQ+ means? Check out this ABCs of LGBTQ+)

We will explore and learn through the coming year during Sunday worship, film nights, storytelling circles, workshops, art, and 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.  Read the Affirm United 2016 Annual Report here.

Draft Outline of CMUC’s Affirming Process presented at June 2017 kick-off event

September  2017 – Storytelling Circles (personal stories of )

November 2017 – Exploring scriptures used to discriminate / Film night

January 2018 – What would it mean for CMUC to be affirming?

March/April 2018 – Visioning for Affirming (vision statement/action plan)

June 2018 – Congregational vote

Interwoven through this time:
  -Publicizing events related to LGBTQ issues and awareness
  -Guest preachers
  -Testimony from congregation September – May (idea stage, not finalized
  -Film nights
– Monthly display table at coffee hour with resources, upcoming events, information

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 ( or Emily Simpson (

For more information on the Affirming process, check out our links below. Upcoming events are listed after.

What is Affirming?
Why Affirming?
Past Events (a record of our past  Affirming events/activities)

 Upcoming Events:


 August 27: CMUC If you haven’t visited our Affirming process display table during coffee hour, stop by and check out some of our resources and say hi.

August 30:  End of the Rainbow – Benefit Performance for Qmunity
Deep Cove Theatre, North Vancouver

We are thrilled that First Impressions Theatre is producing Ace Production’s End of the Rainbow at the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre and hosting a free preview night of End of the Rainbow in support of QMUNITY.

There are moments in the theatre when you lean forward in your seat with shivers down your spine and realize there is nowhere on earth you’d rather be! Electrifying, intense and real this production will leave you breathless. End of The Rainbow is a true account of the twilight of an all too mortal goddess — Judy Garland — on the eve of her destruction and is revealing in a way seldom found in the tabloids.

Donations will be accepted at the show in support QMUNITY’s ongoing and much-needed work improving queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives through support, connection, and leadership.

Free tickets can be ordered by calling 604-929-9456.


September 20, 24, 27,& October 1: Storytelling Circles at CMUC.
“A storytelling circle is a workshop in which all participants have an opportunity to share their own personal stories; to listen to one another’s stories of struggle, hope, growth, and change; to affirm diversity as people made in God’s image; and to experience being heard and affirmed for who they are. Hearing and telling stories helps building greater empathy, compassion, and understanding as people come to appreciate diversity of human experience and identity.” – Open Hearts

September 30  (CMUC Sanctuary) : Storytelling with Drag Queens for Kids

Join International Centre of Arts and Technology for another exciting new glamourous daytime event as Drag Queens read from their favourite picture books to kids! This is our second show and the first of its kind in the Lower Mainland! This is the ORIGINAL Lower Mainland show.  Featuring the wonderful Oliv x, Karmella Barr, Dust Cwaine, Amy Grindhouse and friends. All to support gender diversity and literacy in a fun inclusive environment.

Evocative, sassy readings and a fun Q + A, families will not want to miss out.

 Open to kids thirteen and under accompanied by an adult. Snacks and Refreshments will be available.  Entrance by donation to cover expenses kindly appreciated!