Open Hearts - Affirming Ministries
Recently, the AUC Council voted to explore the possibility of becoming an Affirming Congregation within the United Church of Canada. This would mean declaring ourselves to be a congregation which is committed to inclusion and justice for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities—seeking also to live more fully into God’s way of welcome, love and justice for all creation.
Affirming ministries work in many different ways toward the healing and wholeness of creation, challenging bias and discrimination based on appearance, culture, class or age; working to end racism; promoting economic justice; increasing accessibility or caring for the planet. Affirming Ministries seek to go beyond issues of gender diversity and sexual orientation to work for justice and inclusion for all people.
Affirming Ministries provide information, acceptance, support, and justice-making for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their friends and families. These ministries declare, in words and actions, that God loves and accepts people of all orientations and they call upon the rest of the church to do the same.
The United Church of Canada officially endorses the Affirming Ministry Program and encourages its Ministries to do the same.
Through a process of discernment and reflection, Affirming Ministries discover what it means for them to be inclusive and justice-seeking. They prepare a statement of faith and vision that sets out their ongoing commitment to work for justice on issues of gender diversity and sexual orientation within their congregation, the wider church, and their community and to support and participate in the Affirming Ministry Program.
Please speak to Rev. Lorraine, or call (905-727-1935 ext.23) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The ‘Open Hearts’ resource is available to read on the AUC website.
Canadian Association for Mental Health (CAMH) Gender Affirming Health Clinic!
What is the GAHC?
- Provides free primary care (ex. Hormone Replacement Therapy) and counselling services to trans and gender diverse people within York Region/South Simcoe
- Creates a safe and supportive space for gender diverse people to receive holistic and gender affirming care
- Eligibility includes: anyone who is 16 years+ who identifies as gender diverse, trans, non-binary, and/or questioning.
- No health card is required for direct services and we welcome supportive family and friends.
Where and When?
- Currently the GAHC is held at two locations:
- Aurora Office, 15150 Yonge Street, across from the library (Upper floor) - First Monday of the month 1:30 to 4:30pm
- Vaughan Office, 8271 Keele Street- Third Tuesday of the month 3:00 to 6:00pm
- Appointments can be made by calling Bev or Beccky at the Aurora office or Vivian at the Vaughan office
- Appointments and additional inquiries can also be forwarded to GAHC@cmha-yr.on.ca
- Self-Referrals are encouraged
- Michelle Hermans – Nurse Practitioner (GAHC/MOBYSS)
- Jessica Corbett – Counsellor (GAHC/MOBYSS)
- Jenny Haggart – Counsellor (GAHC/Youth Wellness)
See poster below for more information.
Egale’s vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.
York Region Pride
Pflag York Region
Pflag is York Region’s LGBTQ2 support, resource and education network – bringing together all members of the community. We are a volunteer-led local registered charity servicing one of the fastest growing and multicultural regions nationwide.
Every day, our compassionate volunteers are contacted by frightened adolescents and by angry, fearful or confused parents and family members from all walks of life who have questions or concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity. Our dedicated volunteers are there for those in need when it seems no one else is!
Shinings Waters Regional Council Presents...
November 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Recent attacks on LGBTQ+ people and communities have shown that queerphobia is alive and well in our society. Join us online on Nov. 24 as we discuss how we can bear faithful witness against anti-LGBTQ+ hatred. Our conversation will kick off with a panel of ministers whose lives and ministries have put them on the front lines of the struggle against queerphobia. We'll then move into an open discussion about how we, as people of faith, can respond. Our panelists are: - Michiko Bown-Kai, ministry intern at East End United Regional Ministry and Co-Chair of Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble - Keith Murray, Affirming Coordinator at Hillhurst United Church - Jenn Hind-Urquhart, minister at Emmanuel United Church Waterloo This event is hosted by Shining Waters Regional Council, but all are welcome. Please join us! This will be a zoom video conference call event. Please see our tips page if you have not used Zoom before: https://shiningwatersregionalcouncil.ca/zoom-video-conferencing/ The link to the zoom meeting: https://united-church.zoom.us/j/915077810
Video: Two Spirit powwow and the Healing Fund, plus many other videos
In the spring of 2018, Indigenous and community groups in Saskatoon held a Two Spirit powwow. One of the first of its kind, and possibly the first in Canada, it was deeply important circle of spirit and prayer. The United Church was honoured to support this work through the Healing Fund. Mission and Service offers us this 3 minute video on the powwow and its importance. Please share during worship and/ or community times in your ministry, adding this resource to AUSE’s 2019 PIE Day video and to many videos from Affirming ministries.