On June 7, 2009, Robertson-Wesley United Church was officially recognized as an Affirming Ministry of the United Church of Canada. The celebration, held in our Sunday morning worship service included the presentation of our Affirming Ministry certificate, with Charles Bidwell representing Affirm United and Colleen Ouellette (Affirming Ctte Chairperson) and Sylvia Duffus (Board Chairperson) receiving the certificate on behalf of the congregation. We also had participation by representatives of the three other Affirming congregations in Edmonton, Southminster-Steinhauer, St. Paul's and Mill Woods. The message, Blessings All Around, presented by Rev. Jim Allan is available in audio format.
What is an Affirming Ministry?
In preparation for recognition as an Affirming Ministry, Robertson-Wesley has thought through every aspect of the life of the congregation and ensured that there are no barriers, based on sexual orientation or gender identity, to full participation in the life of the church. This includes not only ministry and marriage, but all leadership roles in the church, the church's theology and its governing policy. The posting of the rainbow flag and other statements and expressions of our Affirming conviction are a public signal, not only to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual people, but to anyone who would consider belonging to Robertson-Wesley. It is not just welcoming or tolerating -- it is a wholeness for our faith community that we embrace and celebrate.