An ad hoc committee was set up by Church Council in 2009 to explore the possibility of St. Peter’s becoming an Affirming Congregation. In 2013, this process culminated in a resounding endorsement by the congregation that St. Peter’s become an Affirming Congregation, and our mission statement was revised to include “To foster a caring, inclusive and affirming church family”. An agreement was signed between the Réseau Access Network in Sudbury and church to acknowledge the commitment to work as partners in the provision of services to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Two Spirited communities. A service of celebration was held on June 23, 2013 with many special guests from Sudbury and area to mark this important and joyous milestone. Thanks were expressed to the committee members - Audrey Anderson, Richard Rainville, Glenn Legault, Marg Kechnie and Rev. Dawn Vaneyk - for their leadership in establishing St. Peter's as an Affirming Ministry.
By choosing to become publicly known as an Affirming Congregation, St. Peter's commits itself to the ongoing inclusion of LGBTQ2 persons and their families in all areas of ministry and congregational life, including same gender marriages. To be in ministry to and with all, involves an attitude of sensitivity and openness to the gifts and graces of each person in the body of Christ.
- Participation at the 'Opening Doors' Conferences sponsored by Réseau Access Network.
- Promotion of St. Peter's United Church as an Affirming Congregation.
- Participation in Sudbury's Pride Week March, with a St. Peter's banner.
- Support by members, including youth, for the Réseau Access Network Red Scarf project.
- Hosting of Pride Sunday services.
- Maintaining updated information on the Affirming Ministry in packages available at the church as well as on the church website.
For more information about Affirm United from the United Church of Canada click here.