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Affirm United

Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble is an organization of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within The United Church of Canada. Affirm United works to promote the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the church and in society.

The Affirming Ministries Program

The Affirming Ministries Program was launched by Affirm United and Friends of Affirm in the summer of 1992 (at that time, it was called “Affirming Congregations”). Each United Church organization that is an Affirming Ministry declares itself to be fully inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities—and they back up their words with action.

All United Church ministries—congregations, pastoral charges, presbyteries, Conference offices, the General Council Office, education centres, camps, community and social justice ministries, campus ministries, and seniors facilities—are invited to become an Affirming Ministry by going through the Affirming Ministries Program.

The Affirming Ministries Program encourages study of what it means to be publicly welcoming and inclusive. The program also provides support for sexual orientation and gender identity issues, and encourages the study of other United Church resources that promote the inclusion of other marginalized groups.

  • Why Become an Affirming Ministry? [PDF: 4 pp/130 KB]
    Excerpts from “Open Hearts: Resources for Affirming Ministries in The United Church of Canada.”
  • United Church Affirming Ministries
    A list (with contact information) of all church ministries that have gone through the Affirming Ministries Program and have voted to be recognized as Affirming—welcoming of all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity can be found on the Affirm United Website .
  • Same-sex marriage services are available through some United Churches. We suggest you contact one of the Affirming United Churches , or contact the minister of your local United Church to inquire whether the congregation provides marriage and/or covenanting services.

Visit the Affirm United  website for more information on the Affirming Ministries Program.

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