“Everyone should be affirmed as their full, true and whole selves.”— Dieulita Datus, Affirming Working Group member
The Chinook Winds Regional Council Affirming Working Group is leading the Regional Affirming Process. It is discerning with our region what it means to Public, Intentional and Explicit in solidarity with the 2SLGBTQAiP+* community and affirm that all people be included in our ministries and leadership without limitations based on gender identity, expression or sexual orientation.
The Affirming Working Group is engaging communities of faith and their leadership by offering learning opportunities such as the Queer Virtue study, regional town hall Q&As and presentations as well as listening campaigns, and advocacy. We look forward to presenting a motion to the Regional Council’s May 2022 meeting to become an Affirming Region.
The Affirming movement began in 1992. The United Church officially endorsed the program in 2000 and encouraged its ministries to participate.
The program encourages all United Church bodies, and other Christian traditions, to study and discern what it means to be publicly welcoming and inclusive in their context. The Affirming program also encourages the studying of United Church resources that promote the inclusion of other marginalized groups. (Ministries include communities of faith, community ministries, chaplaincies of all kinds, care homes and supported living, outdoor ministries/camps, Regional Councils, and more). There are over 200 Affirming ministries across Canada today.
The Affirming Working Group encourages leadership in our Regional Council to participate in our programming, offer feedback, ask questions, and prepare for the vote in 2022.