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LGBTQ Affirming Ministry Resources

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  • Toronto Conference Vision Statement and Plan of Action for Affirming Ministry.  At the 93rd Annual Meeting in May 2017 Toronto Conference voted to become an Affirming Ministry. Here’s our vision statement: Striving to be faithful followers of Jesus in our time and place, Toronto Conference will continue to remove barriers to participation in the life and work of the Conference and society, committing itself to be open to the Spirit. Resisting all forms of oppression, we welcome and celebrate people of any sexual orientation and gender identity, and those who are marginalized.  Read the full plan. 
  • At the May 2017  Annual Meeting Toronto Conference hosted a series of Affirming Ministry Panel Discussions.  The panel playlist is available on YouTube.
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  • Creating Authentic Spaces: A Gender Identity and Gender Expression Toolkit From the 519 Community Centre in Toronto, a  part of their efforts to challenge transphobia and to foster environments that are inclusive of gender identity and gender expression.  The kit includes a set of infographics that can be downloaded on pronouns, allies, creating a welcoming environment and more. 
  • LGBTQI2S Inclusion Pocket Guide Filled with essential references, including Gender Pronouns 101, Tips for Making Your Event LGBTQ-Exclusive, and 10 Faith-Based Reasons to Support LGBTQ-Inclusive Education, this handy set of flash cards is a great resource for churches seeking to improve their inclusive outlook.
  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms A variety of resources from the Unitarian Universalists on making washrooms safe spaces, including suggestions for signage. 
  • LGBT Resources page on The United Church of Christ website, our partner denomination in the United States. 
  • Our Whole Lives A curriculum of life span sexuality education programs from the Unitarian Universalists. 

Intercultural Resources

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