Affirming Ministry

Affirming Ministry

On May 4th, 2014, St. Mary’s Road United officially became an Affirming Ministry. The Affirming Ministry program is over seen by Affirm United. Their website states: “Each United Church organization that is an Affirming Ministry declares itself to be fully inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities – and they back up their words with action.”

If you are looking for a church to attend, but have been unable to find a place where you feel welcome and safe, because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, we want you to know – you are very welcome at SMRUC!

St. Mary’s Road United Church’s Affirming Ministry Vision Statement

  • At St. Mary’s Road United Church we are committed through our mission statement to welcome radically, worship totally, hope stubbornly, love wastefully, and live intentionally.
  • We believe in a church community of safety, acceptance, inclusiveness, and openness. Everyone is a beloved child of God. We celebrate the diversity that God has created, that everyone is blessed with gifts, and purpose, and dignity.
  • A faith journey is open to people of every age, sex, race, family status, cultural and economic background, mental or physical ability, gender, and sexual identity.
  • We are open to, and affirming of, heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, questioning, and queer persons and their families, with respect to full participation in the church – membership, life passages, life and work, mission, and leadership including ministry.
  • We will work constantly to be a safe, inclusive, and affirming church.
  • We will work constantly for healing, justice, dignity, and inclusiveness for all in our community and society.

SMRUC Affirming Action Plan

  • The Affirm group will continue to meet to plan education and outreach
  • Take part in the Pride Winnipeg Festival
  • Maintain and grow our book and video lending library
  • Make it known through the Link, Take Note, website, and outdoor signage, that we are an Affirming Ministry.
  • Support the Rainbow Harmony Project through volunteering at least once a year
  • Explore sending members to the Affirm United AGM or an Affirming Ministry Conference
  • Observe international Day Against Homophobia – May 17
  • Continue to explore other justice issues such as racism
  • Explore ways to support the needs of LGBT seniors in our area, particularly in the area of housing and spiritual care
  • Celebrate the anniversary of our church becoming an Affirming Ministry
  • Ministers will provide pastoral care to those individuals who are struggling with their sexual orientation and gender identity, and to those individuals having trouble adjusting to SMRUC having become an Affirming Ministry

Stories

Here are some links to personal stories, articles, and videos that we think you might find interesting:

Jazz Jennings is the new face of Clean and Clear. Click here to read more.

<Listening to Jazz

Ryland’s Story

Ellen Page Joins HRCF’s Time to Thrive Conference

Dale Hansen Unplugged: Celebrating our differences

The Incarceration of Avery Edison
I’m a Transgender Woman, and This Is What It’s Like

Pride

The Pride Parade was lots of fun, and loads of SMRUCians came out in their rainbow tie dye shirts… we looked fabulous! Can’t wait for next year!

Anniversary!

Sunday, May 3rd we celebrated the 1st anniversary of becoming an Affirming Ministry.

May 17th

May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia. Click here for more information.

Links

Affirm United

Rainbow Resource Centre

Pride Winnipeg

Outwards
(their list of resources)

St. Mary’s Road facebook feed

SMRUC Emergency Food Box

Did you know that SMRUC has an emergency food box located in the Junction space? It is for use by those people who might walk in needing an emergency supply of food prior to the regular Food Bank day. It is sorted and some may be sent to West Broadway as well. Sometimes our box gets very low on supplies. Please bring non-perishable food whenever you can to keep it full. [ Items like tuna, soup, beans, peanut butter etc. ]

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