We are an Affirming Congregation

As an Affirming Congregation we seek to be a vital faith community within The United Church of Canada engaged in spirituality, justice and creativity informed by Jesus Christ and the Bible, and discerning the call of the Trinity as we celebrate diversity, inclusivity and abundant life.

Our Rainbow Flag: The Rainbow Flag – flying inside our sanctuary and outside above our front doors – has long been a symbol of LGBTQ+ Pride reflecting the diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities.

The original gay pride flag flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. The six colours represent: Red – Life; Orange – Healing; Yellow – Sunlight; Green – Nature; Indigo/Blue – Serenity/Harmony; Violet – Spirit.

Affirming Ministry News!

Working for the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the United Church of Canada and in society. Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble is a justice-oriented organization of people in The United Church of  Canada.  Membership is open to all those who support our work, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. We draw our vision from our faith tradition: Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble is a voice and a support for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.  We draw strength and hope from biblical stories of liberation; from the prophetic call to live justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with God; and from Jesus’ witness to God’s inclusive love.

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Affirm United

We’re a voice and a support for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and we help ministries become truly welcoming safer sacred spaces through our Affirming ministries program. Membership and participation are open to people of all gender identities and sexualities

 Banner Making at Sydenham Street!

Making the Banner

June 15, 2014: Kingston Pride Parade wound its way through downtown Kingston. This was the 25th Anniversary of Kingston Pride, and the 12th year that Sydenham Street United Church (SSUC) has marched with a congregational banner. At 12:30 pm SSUC marchers gathered in the Chancel to pick up the new SSUC Pride Banner and then walked to City Park to join the Parade which left at 1pm.

Pride Parade, Kingston Ont. 2017

God’s Love is for Everyone. Members and friends of Sydenham Street United Church took the message that “God ‘s Love is for Everyone” to the streets in the Kingston PRIDE Parade

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