Hillhurst United Church is an Affirming Ministry
Hillhurst United Church is an inclusive community of faith that follows in the Way of Jesus under the banner "whoever you are, wherever you're at, join us on the journey."
We accept each other as we are and welcome the ministry and participation of all persons regardless of age, gender identity, gender expression, health, race, sexual orientation, differing abilities, religious or ethnic background or economic circumstance.
We hope that in all that we do, including our worship and community life, God's unconditional love is experienced.
How We Live as an Affirming Ministry
Hillhurst actively lives to be an Affirming ministry. Sometimes we have large public events, and other times, we have small gatherings or one-on-one conversations.
Every year on Palm Sunday weekend we hold special events and services that honour our commitment to our Affirming Statement, but we also have monthly meetings for LGBTQ people of faith, and various events throughout the year – everything from play readings to film screenings to workshops. The work is ongoing, and we are committed to continued learning and awareness.
The Importance of Creating a Culture that Honours Self-Identification - Using Correct Pronouns
At Hillhurst, we are working on expanding our practices for events and gathering, that will honour the pronouns of all. The cultural visibility of the transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming community has expanded the way that we view gender. And while general awareness about gender diversity has increased, there are still some technical aspects that many people continue to struggle with, chief among those being the use of gender-neutral pronouns. How can we be part of the solution?
You can't always know what someone’s gender pronoun is by looking at them. We seek to embrace the fact that gender is not a binary, and that many people identify with gender-neutral pronouns such as "they". It is a privilege not to have to worry about which pronoun someone is going to use for you based on how they perceive your gender. Discussing and correctly using gender pronouns sets a tone of respect and allyship and can truly make all of the difference, by affirming self-identification and self-expression.
As we grow, your support and participation are imperative and sacred. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Affirming Lead, Keith Murray, at
(Written with resources from Gender Neutral Pronouns article on Motto.)
Would you like to be involved in our Affirming ministry? Do you have questions about why we are an Affirming Ministry or how you fit into our community? Please contact Affirming Coordinator Keith Murray at and check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
Curious about Affirming Events
Click here to check out what's coming up for Affirming (and other Hillhurst) events.
Monthly - Something Completely Different LGBTQ Faith Group
Every 4th Sunday of the month, all LGBTQ identified people are welcome for an evening of conversation, connection, and socializing!
Our Stories - Evenings for Parents of LGBTQ Individuals happen each month, visit our events section for the details!.
Click here to view some of our past Affirming events.
For more information, please connect with Keith at