This summer from July 26 to 28, Hillhurst United Church, in partnership with Affirming Connections and St. Andrew's Regional Ministries, will be hosting the annual Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble Conference


DISRUPTIVE FAITH:  Forging Brave & Inclusive Communities in Divided Times
Friday, July 26 4 pm - 9 pm
Saturday, July 27 | 9 am - 9 pm
Sunday, July 28 10 am -  2:30 pm

COST: Saturday Only: $145

Entire Conference: $175


If you or your congregation are new to the affirming journey or are looking for new ways to engage and expand your faith and social justice work, this conference is for you! Our time together will include thematic speakers, worship, workshops, lots of conversation, children and youth programming, entertainment, fellowship, meals, and AUSE’s annual general meeting - so that you too can have your say in this growing LGBTQ2IA+ affirming movement!

The recent shift in the political landscape of Alberta has sent ripples across the country. Our world seems more divisive than ever. How can we respond as loving and affirming faith communities, and disrupt the dominant narrative? In a call out culture, how do we call each other back into community? How can we get past our defenses, which seek to divide us, and lean into the discomfort of reconciliation and real healing in our communities? When the voices of religious intolerance, prejudice and hatred seem to be growing louder, how do we amplify our voices as affirming faith communities, and speak up for love and inclusion?

We wouldn’t be given the vision of a better world if it were not possible: in God all things are possible.

Join us for a weekend of inspiration, learning, challenge and community, envisioning, entertainment and imagining. Let’s explore a new narrative that reaches bravely across the gap, burning through the barriers to Love’s presence. Together let’s forge braver communities, and build bridges to God’s vision of a more beautiful world.

Keynote Address: 
Harlan Pruden: Two-Spirit Reconcili-action!
In collaboration with St. Andrew’s Regional Ministries, we are thrilled to be presenting keynote speaker Harlan Pruden. Harlan is Two-Spirit First Nation Cree/Nēhiyaw, a Ph.D Student at UBC, Educator, Community Organizer, Managing Editor of, and past advisor to Obama’s White House on HIV/AIDS.
Join us in conversation with Harlan, and members of YYC Voices: Calgary's Coalition of Two-Spirit, Trans, Queer + Straight People of Colour, as we explore the diverse nature of pre-contact Indigenous gender identity, expression, and sexuality. Learn how 2-spirit reconciliation plays a key role in decolonizing our hearts and communities, and how we can take action in our commitment to right relations.

We will need many hands to help give our guests the best experience, including helping with registration, hosting a welcome BBQ and more.
Please sign up to Volunteer HERE


If you have space in your home and would like to host conference attendee(s) from out of town, please fill out this form.

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Hillhurst United Church

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