Our Journey Toward Affirming
Faith United Church is in on a journey of learning and growing toward becoming an Affirming Ministry in the United Church of Canada.
Affirming Ministries arose from the need to create safe and welcoming churches for people whose identities and orientation are expressed in LGBTQ terms.
Too often in the past, and sadly in the present, people who are LGBTQ have found themselves unwelcome and judged in Christian churches.
We affirm that anyone who desires to grow in faith and deepen their spirituality in the Way of Jesus should absolutely and without reservation be welcome at Faith United.
To that end, we are learning about LGBTQ issues, and also learning about the other ways we exclude people because of ability, race, age, class, and other ways.
We are not striving to be a “gay” church, or an “activist” church, but simply be a welcoming, inclusive, barrier-free church!
Throughout our journey we are holding workshops, providing resource materials, and focusing some of our worship and sermons on these themes.
Faith United is already an exceedingly warm and welcoming church. The difference with this initiative is that we will be deliberately choosing to say that OUT LOUD and communicate our openness to people who have felt excluded and unwelcome at churches before. We know we’re welcoming – now let’s tell them!
Eventually, when the time is right, we will hold a congregational vote to formally name that we are an affirming ministry.
We launched our journey with this sermon: A Firm Faith
A second sermon will be offered on June 11th: Bar None
Our primary resource in this journey is the Affirm United / S’affirmer Ensemble website.