From the Affirming Team – World AIDS Day December 1st

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st of December each year on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.  World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
Come see our display in the narthex.   Ask me what the red scarf is all about.

From the Affirming Team – Q & A

Q We’re already welcoming, so why become affirming?
A Being an Affirming Ministry is not merely about welcoming gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Words like welcoming or inclusion suggest those on the inside have the power to choose to accept those on the outside.  This makes it sound like an act of charity to welcome those who are different or marginalized.  However, it is not our place to welcome anyone because church is not a private club and we are not  the gatekeepers.  As soon as one new person comes through the doors, the community becomes a new community.