Pride Celebration

Pride celebrates the lives and ministry of LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit people.

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File A Pride Affirmation
An affirming prayer by Rev. Don Uhryniw.

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PDF icon A Rainbow Is Dancing
A unison worship song with piano accompaniment for use on Pride Sunday written by Mary-Ellen Kish and Gwen Chapman.

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File A Rainbow Journey | PIE Day
This short worship service was created by Rev. Ruth Noble to celebrate the first-ever PIE Day (National Affirming Day) on March 14, 2019 at the United Church’s General Council Office.

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PDF icon Find a Home Here
A unison worship song with piano accompaniment written by Mary-Ellen Kish.

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File In Your Expanding Love
A Pride Celebration Sunday service
Last updated: 
May 31, 2019

Our gifts for Mission & Service support the work of Iridesce: The Living Apology Project. This project was created to encourage storytelling around the 1988 decisions to welcome gay, lesbian and bisexual people into full membership and ministry in the United Church—a welcome that was expanded to include people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in 2009.

Last updated: 
May 31, 2019

The old, grey stone steps of my local United Church in Toronto were recently transformed. They are now awash in a cheerful rainbow of hues, almost daring people who bustle by on the busy Toronto street not to stop and smile. I’m sure more than a few pedestrians have wondered, “What’s going on?”

The steps leading up to the traditional wooden double-doors of Roncesvalles United are vibrantly decked out for Pride month. The concept of a church celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and 2-Spirit (LGBTQ2) people is not new to those of us steeped in United Church values, but it is...

Last updated: 
June 19, 2019

The Rev. Evan Noodin Smith writes that, "Within the church there have been very few attempts to start acknowledging Two-Spirit people."

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File Prayer of Great Thanksgiving, for Gay Pride Week
A Prayer of Great Thanksgiving to incorporate into a communion liturgy

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File PRIDE Prayer
A prayer for Pride month.

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File Pride: A Pride Litany
This litany goes through the colours of the rainbow
Last updated: 
June 12, 2019

Jordan Sullivan asks, “What measure of privilege are we willing to give up to create equity for others?”

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June 17, 2019

Basil Coward asks, Can you be both queer and Black, and enjoy a celebrated and visible presence in the United Church? 

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PDF icon Sing Out
A worship song (unison or SATB) with piano accompaniment written by Mary-Ellen Kish.

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File Stories from the Heart | Pride Sunday
This Pride worship service was created by Linda Hutchinson for use on June 10, 2018 at Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston, Ont.
Last updated: 
June 4, 2019

The Rev. Jeff Rock writes that while progress has been made in the church for LGBTIQ2S+ people, the work of inclusion is just beginning.

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File We Are a Rainbow
A hymn by David Kai

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PDF icon With Open Hearts
A unison worship song with piano accompaniment for use on Pride Sunday written by Mary-Ellen Kish.

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File Worship and Reflection Resources | Affirm United
Liturgies, reflections/sermons, songs, and other resources.