Home // About Us // An Affirming Ministry

Towards Becoming an Affirming Ministry

During a Congregational Meeting on March 8, 2015, the St James congregation voted overwhelmingly to begin the process towards becoming an Affirming Ministry within The United Church of Canada. We are currently working through the process ...

What is an Affirming Ministry

Affirming Ministries are congregations within the United Church that publicly declare their commitment to inclusion and justice for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Starting the Process ...

In order to become an Affirming Ministry, a congregation must go through a process that reflects on what it means to be inclusive and evaluates the ministry's openness to the ongoing work of being intentional about how it welcomes and includes others within the life and work of the congregation. Specifically, a congregegation must:

Signs of an Affirming Ministry

Affirming Ministries are not dramatically different from other United Church ministries. They worship, pray, support, serve, seek, celebrate, learn, work, and grow, just like other ministries. But if you look carefully, you may notice certain things don’t look quite the same. You will see explicit and proactive statements of welcome, inclusion, and justice-seeking for people whose sexual orientations and gender identities have been historically marginalized and excluded within the church and in society.

While Affirming Ministries are deeply committed to action on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, they are first and foremost justice-seeking communities. They are continually growing and learning, and broadening their witness to God’s inclusive love. They are deeply concerned about justice and full inclusion for all God’s people. So you will see also see other signs of inclusion, welcome, and work for justice as well.

Join Us ...

We are pleased and proud to be working towards greater inclusivity at St. James. If you would like to know more, or you would like to be involved in the process, please contact us for more information »