Islington in the News

On the Road to Affirmation

Islington United Church
commits to national Affirm program
Church opens doors to diversity & inclusivity
Opinion Apr 26, 2018 by Carrie Chenier -
Carrie Chenier is the lead on the Affirming process at Islington United Church. - Staff/Metroland

Islington United Church has always been a “welcoming” church, but over the past year has worked toward a new understanding of what welcoming means. It has been preparing to become committed to Affirm, a national program of the United Church of Canada. Affirming is to be on a journey for greater justice and compassion, to be more loving. And we made that commitment earlier this month.

Affirm is the conscious commitment to inclusion and justice for people of all sexual orientation and gender identities. Affirming ministries and congregations challenge bias and discrimination based on appearance, culture, class and age. They work to end racism, promote economic justice, increase accessibility and care for Mother Earth.

Becoming an affirming congregation does not happen once a year; it’s not a flash in the pan. You just don’t hold a vote and move on to other things. It is quite the opposite, in fact. A vote to become an affirming congregation is a lifetime commitment to follow Jesus’ last and greatest commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Not as easy as it may seem — for we all come with baggage, hidden or open, scars from past missteps and wounds inflicted either on purpose or inadvertently.

God has not invested congregations with the power to judge who they let in, but rather God calls us to be inclusive, making for a richer, kinder and gentler world. Voices of condemnation, exclusion and hatred blare from our varied media outlets every day — yet we can make a difference. Affirming ministries make a public statement about who they are and what they believe.

What will Affirm look like at Islington? We shall be public, intentional and explicit in our commitment to diversity and inclusivity; we have a goal to end discrimination against all peoples; we seek to make a safe space that is inclusive; we will offer study, education and dialogue such as workshops and partnerships. And, all of that means we will continue to grow in celebrating God’s gift of love.

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors, a commitment to Affirm, a journey of compassion. Come and join us on June 3, at 9:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m., when we officially celebrate our joining the Affirm United Network as we share and live into our faith so that no one needs to fear they are separated from God’s love.  - Carrie Chenier is the lead on the Affirming process at Islington United Church.

Want to Open Hearts and Minds?

Join Our Right Relations Circle

United Church’s Right Relations Circle
Consider Getting Involved

Islington United Church’s Right Relations Circle has great plans for opening up hearts and minds to opinions and attitudes toward Canada’s Indigenous people in the coming months.

We are looking for members and friends of Islington who want to make a difference with educational activities and events as we take more steps on the reconciliation journey. If you have time and good planning or promotion skills to help with a single event or more, Carole Bennett and Jackie Blackwell would like to hear from you.

You will be part of a keen group of people who are responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and The United Church of Canada’s commitment toward right relations. Contact Carole at or Jackie at

Rummage Sale News

Start Saving for Our 2018 Rummage Sale

Clear Your Clutter for IUC

If you have a closet, cupboard or basement filled with clutter, clear your mind and your home. Start saving for IUC’s annual Rummage Sale October 19 and 20.

Due to limited storage space at the church, we ask that you hold on to items until we start collecting in the spring. If this isn’t possible, call Val Greenfield to make alternative arrangements at 416-621-656 or

Please do not drop off rummage sale items at the foot of the stairs by the elevator or on Scout Hall stage. Thanks for your co-operation.

We are not collecting: older television sets, computers, suitcases or stuffed animals

Here are some new or gently used Items for collection:
clothing and footwear:, china, jewelry, antiques, small furniture, silver ware, furs, purses, belts, scarves, costume jewelry, dishes, cookware, pictures, decorations Christmas and seasonal decorations, lamps, small appliances sports equipment, towels, bedding, curtains, tablecloths, placemats etc. toys, games, puzzles.

Thank you for your help with this important program.

Monday Meditation

Mondays at 7:00 pm

Mediation with James
Monday @ 7 pm in the Chapel

We are pleased to be resuming our weekly meditations and wish to extend the invitation to anyone who is curious. Come join us for quiet breath-centred meditation, guided by gentle reminders. Let yourself relax and release what you no longer need, all the while anchoring yourself more deeply in your heart. Feel free to come and check it out.  No experience is required.

All are welcome!

In May...

Support Islington’s Food Programs

Support Islington’s Food Programs

In May please donate juice for our Mabelle Food Program and Emergency Food Pantry. This will help supplement the food provided by the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Place your donations in the Food Bank Box in the Narthex or outside the church office.

Thank you for your generous and ongoing support to this program!

Travel Opportunity

With Mark and Pattie Aitchison

Travel Opportunity
with Mark and Pattie Aitchison

Upper Mekong River including Thailand and Laos
November 1 - 21, 2018
Dear IUC Friends; Pattie and I are just back from a wonderful tour of China. We always enjoy travelling with friends from IUC. I’m very excited to share a new brochure recently released by Craig Travel for a tour of the Upper Mekong River including Thailand and Laos. This tour is planned for November 1st – 21st, 2018. So although it is a year away it is time to get looking at calendars.

Brochures are in the rack outside the chapel. You can also look at the brochure on line by clicking

Doesn’t that look exciting? Let me know if you have any questions. Mark Aitchison – 416.805.6287.


Calling All Photographers

We Want Your Pictures

We want your pictures!

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Please bring your camera to Church events and snap away! Send us your pictures to post on the website, Facebook and Twitter by emailing them to