Robertson-Wesley's Affirming Ministry

Affirm United

Affirming Ministry

Affirming certificate

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.

Soul OUTing


A safe place where LGBT persons and allies can explore the sacred and connect with one another, this informal experience is part worship, part sharing circle, part bible study. Leadership is shared, and people are welcomed from all over the city.

In chapel the second Sunday of the month at 7 pm.

Make it Stop

A powerful video on bullying and suicide -- the tragedy and the hope.

LGBTQ Student Resources and Support

These are online guides we thought were worth sharing -- part of our way of giving our blessing to youth and students.

LGBTQ Student Support

Choosing an LGBTQ-friendly College

Creating more welcoming environments for LGBTQ teens and college students.

"We Are The Church"

"We Are The Church" by Angie van Broekhuizen on Vimeo

A wonderful array of people talking about why they are in the church and what it means to them -- and they all just happen to be LGBTQ.

"The Journey of a Gay Christian"

Edmonton Pride Festival logo


Affirm United on Facebook
an organization of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within The United Church of Canada
Affirm Edmonton on Facebook
Edmonton chapter of Affirm United
The Newsletter of Affirm United
Pride Centre of Edmonton
non-judgmental, welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations/expressions and gender identities/expressions can be themselves, find support, meet new people, and be a part of a caring community
Edmonton Pride Festival
showcases the unity and diversity of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-identified, queer community and its allies
Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies united with LGBT people to move equality forward!
Transgender and Gender Identity
from United Church of Canada web site: transgender inclusion and network
Sexual Orientation
United Church of Canada on sexual orientation: inclusion, policy, resources

Pride Week Worship: 2011

Rainbow hands

The Sunday, June 19, 10:30 am worship service welcomes guest choir Edmonton Vocal Minority, as we recognize the International Day Against Homophobia and celebrate the spirit of Robertson-Wesley's commitment to opening our hearts and our church family to all people in our community.