First United’s Affirming Ministry vote was held on Sunday, November 28th over Zoom
Motion “That First United Church become an Affirming Ministry based on the Affirming Vision Statement and Affirming Action Plan that have been presented.” Janet Keene/Sharon Veer. Carried (98%)
We are planning a celebration early in the New Year and we are very excited to move forward with living into the Affirming Vision Statement and Action Plan.
(NOTE: The Affirming Ministry Committee developed the Affirming Vision Statement and Affirming Action Plan in consultation with Council and the congregation over the course of the fall and early winter of 2019. In early 2020, they were both officially approved by Council and by Affirm United.)
Affirming Vision Statement
We, the congregation of First United Church, declare publicly our commitment to creating a community that welcomes and values all people –
people of all ages, abilities, genders, racial identities, sexual orientations, gender identities, family configurations, cultural backgrounds, and economic circumstances, and
people who have had any other experiences that have led to exclusion, marginalization, or oppression within church or society.
We invite and honour the participation of all in every aspect of church life.
We acknowledge the challenges diversity brings and embrace them fully because we also celebrate the richness of its gifts. We pray for God’s grace to guide us as we work for equity and justice for all persons in both church and society.
Our Journey Leading up to the Vote: [click here]
If you have questions or comments, please share them with us by:
· Contacting one of our committee members: Stacie Noble-Wiebe (Chair), Annette Taylor, Deb Fletcher, Janet Keene, Sharon Veer.
· Emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome your input! Your voice matters!