What does it mean to be an Affirming Church? Guests on this episode are from one of the first, and one of the most recent Communities of Faith in Atlantic Canada to be recognized as Affirming Ministries in the United Church of Canada. Katelyn Vardy, from St. John’s, Newfoundland tells Laura about their involvement with St. James United Church, which recently completed the process, and about Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble – the organization supporting the network of primarily United Church ministries striving to be fully inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Caden Hebb and April Hart met at Bedford United Church, in Bedford, NS, which was designated an Affirming Ministry in 2006. Caden reflects on growing up in an Affirming congregation from his perspective as a transgender person and activist. April Hart, points to the importance of continuing to be strong voices of welcome to the 2SLGBTQAI+ community, long after you start flying a rainbow flag.
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