Knox United became an Affirming Ministry of the United Church in 2010, following a lengthy process of education, discussion and discernment. This involved discussion groups, using several UCC resources and listening to guest speakers who generously shared their life experiences.
Since becoming affirming, Knox has continued to offer opportunities for building understanding and examining how we can continue to celebrate diversity, advocate for and support safer sacred spaces.
We have formed partnerships with other groups with similar interests in supporting LGBTQIA+ folks, including SERC (Sexuality Education Resource Centre), PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), the Brandon University LGBTTQ* Collective and the Trans Parent Support Group.
We have embraced some annual traditions including:
Recently, members of Knox United Brandon have joined with other congregations in our area to form the “Affirm Cluster of Southwestern Manitoba”. We have had a few meetings and offered a workshop, attended by members of several congregations from our area and further afield in October, 2019. Our goal is to promote opportunities to come together for support and encouragement as more communities of faith explore how they might strengthen their commitment to diversity and inclusivity.
You can find pictures of some of our activities in the Photo Gallery under the “More” tab.
There are some very worthwhile UCC resources available through Affirm United, such as Open Hearts & Celebrating Gender Diversity Toolkit. Click below to view the Affirm United Webpage.
Who are we? Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble works for the full inclusion of people of all gender identities and sexual orientations in the United Church of Canada and in society. We draw strength and hope from biblical stories of liberation; from the prophetic call to live justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with God; and from Jesus’ witness to God’s inclusive love.
We’re a voice and a support for people of all sexualities and gender identities and expressions, and we help ministries become truly welcoming safer sacred spaces through our Affirming ministries program. Membership and participation are open to people of all gender identities and sexualities.
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