Affirming LGBTQIA2S+

The Affirming program is both a process and recognition for ministries who strive to celebrate Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ people publicly, intentionally, and explicitly. Any ministry of any kind can become Affirming! Within our Regional Council there are many such ministries- with lots of room for growth. On this page you’ll find a short list of resources and an Affirming-related newsfeed (keep scrolling down).

A group of people holding a banner and trans flags. The banner reads "Knox United Church".

Knox United Church in Brandon, an Affirming ministry, marching in Brandon’s Pride parade.

In June 2019,  Prairie to Pine Regional Council voted to begin the Affirming process. This reflects its past commitments, when the former Conference of Manitoba and NW Ontario and all of its presbyteries were Affirming. Guided by a task group, the Regional Council and its members discerned how our new structure might live into the spirit and practice of being Affirming. At the October 2020 annual meeting of the Regional Council, the membership voted unanimously in favour of accepting the Vision Statement and Action Plan, and of becoming an Affirming Regional Council. This was a moment of great joy for the Affirming committee! A public celebration on May 30 2021, Our Place in the Rainbow, marked the final step in the formal journey, and the journey of growing into being Affirming began.

Click here for the Vision Statement. 
Click here for the Affirming Action Plan.
And scroll down for Affirming news. 

The Equity and Diversity Committee will carry the continuing work forward. Members are:  Meghan Chorney, Cathey Day,  Ken DeLisle (co-chair), Alan Gershuny, Stewart Hill, Yeseullyn Lee, Hope Mattus, Jamie Miller (co-chair), Linda Rodgers, and Don Schau. For privacy reasons, contact them through the Prairie to Pine office:

Have a look for  the many Affirming ministries in our Regional Council: on the AUSE site; and on the United Church of Canada ministry locator (check under MB and NW Ontario communities for both.) Many others who are not listed are currently in the Affirming process.

Affirming news

United Church News

The United Church of Canada is deeply concerned about the wildfires raging across our nation. Read More

The United Church of Canada joins with the global ecumenical movement and member churches of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in mourning the loss of Dr. Agnes Abuom. Read More

The United Church of Canada joins with other civil society organizations in Canada to denounce the anti-LGBTQIA+ bill that passed recently in Uganda. Read More

Leaders of Canada’s mainstream Protestant churches met with government officials today in Ottawa to urge Canada to further advocate for a just and lasting peace in Palestine and Israel. Read More

On the heels of Earth Week, The United Church of Canada released its second Sustainability Report, which highlights the work it is doing to combat the climate crisis through a lens of four climate… continue reading Read More

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