An Affirming church is public, intentional and explicit in its commitment to diversity. It works toward ending discrimination and providing marginalized individuals with a safe place of inclusivity.

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What is an affirming church?

Affirming congregations are part of a United Church of Canada Network that commits to inclusivity of everyone including those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited persons (2SLGBTQ+); marginalized for any reason, including race or age; economically disadvantaged; developmentally or physically challenged.

Islington United Church became an Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Canada in June, 2018.

what does it mean to be affirming?

It means more than being welcoming. It means we promote awareness and understanding. We work to end discrimination, alienation and ignorance. We affirm by understanding and reflecting, talking and asking questions, listening and praying, and acting and being aware.

why are we affirming?

We are Affirming because God calls us to be inclusive, love one another equally, work for justice in the wider church and community, witness without limit or restriction, and act to protect the vulnerable.