Affirming Congregation

Report for Affirm United – May 2022

Despite the ongoing pandemic restrictions, this year has been a busy and interesting one for our committee.  Our focus was the topic of change which has affected us all in various ways.

We continue to provide monthly information in the AppleLog about special days and events.  In addition, we provide links to articles and videos which give everyone an opportunity to learn and educate themselves at their own pace.  The book study, Cracking Open White identity towards Transformation, which focuses on White Privilege, was completed at our monthly meetings and will be shared in some format with the congregation at a later date.   We have also provided several opportunities on Zoom for people to check in with each other and share experiences of what change has meant for them, including our own version of ‘W5’ – a look at current topics in the news.

The committee has continued its connection to the Regional Affirming Network and the work that they are doing in supporting congregations who are on the journey to becoming Affirming.

On May 1st we celebrated our 8th Affirming anniversary.  The Outreach Committee joined us in celebrating our first Affirming and Social Justice Sunday.  We were delighted to welcome our guest preacher, Rev. Junia Joplin, and her theme of ‘Ongoing Transition’ was very timely and informative.

The rainbow on our driveway will be repainted at the beginning of June for Pride Month and our Pride flag continues to fly.

Mindful Steps continues to provide articles in the AppleLog to encourage everyone to be aware of how we can support our environment in a positive way.  Unfortunately the Region continues to put Cawthra Road cleanups on hold.

Thank you to all the members of the committee: Rick Wilson, Sophie Cook, Christina Mulligan, Peggy Grozelle, and Rev. Joanne Hedge, who are always energetic and enthusiastic as they support the work we do.

Respectfully submitted
Anne Moore for the Applewood Affirming Committee