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The ECORC Affirming Forum

The ECORC Affirming Forum helps the East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) and the ECORC Equity Team create a space and an awareness of what full inclusion would look like. The ECORC Affirming Forum will also support the work of the ECORC becoming an Affirming Regional Council.

Purpose

We are called to prayerfully discern and respect the wide range of diversities within our Region including, but not limited to, sexual orientation, gender identity, life experience, differing abilities, ethnicity, race, generational differences, age, geographic location and economic circumstances.

The ECORC Affirming Forum helps the East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) and the ECORC Equity Team create a space and an awareness of what full inclusion would look like. The ECORC Affirming Forum will also support the work of the ECORC becoming an Affirming Regional Council.

Membership

The ECORC Affirming Forum will have members who are interested in affirming.

Meetings

The ECORC Affirming Forum will meet three to four times a year, primarily by videoconference call. As needed, and possible, the Forum may meet in person.

Duties

The ECORC Affirming Forum will be an ongoing body that creates awareness of what full inclusion would look like and makes the ECORC Equity Team aware of both were the Regional Council is lacking and how we might become more fully what we desire. The ECORC Equity Team might assign tasks to the ECORC Affirming Forum to develop strategies and engage in teaching moments.

The ECORC Affirming Forum will advise the ECORC Equity Team, ECORC Assembly of Elders and the ECORC Executive Minister on all matters concerning becoming an Affirming Region. The ECORC Affirming Forum will implement the items below on the Interim Action Plan if the vote to become an Interim Affirming Regional Council is passed with the results of 75% and higher at the Inaugural Meeting of the East Central Ontario Regional Council set for May 31 – June 2, 2019.

Interim Action Plan – June 2019 – 2020

  • Consult with ECORC Staff and provide suitable professional development related to working with and for an Affirming Ministry (ECORC Affirming Forum).
  • Engage ECORC Teams and Forums to discuss and determine their particular Affirming responsibilities and opportunities to ensure that an Affirming culture is in action for all the responsibilities as outlined in the document “Responsibilities of Regional Councils” received from D.Allen Nov 8-18 (ECORC Affirming Forum).
  • Assess the interest and need and provide appropriate opportunities and financial support for education on diversity and inclusion across the Region (ECORC Affirming Forum).
  • Revise the Interim Action Plan as necessary (ECORC Affirming Forum to prepare and present to the ECORC Assembly of Elders for approval).
  • Prior to the second annual meeting of the ECORC, prepare a progress report and ongoing action plan to submit to Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble for approval. (ECORC Affirming Forum to prepare and present to the ECORC Assembly of Elders for approval. The ECORC Assembly of Elders will then submit it to Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble).

Please direct inquiries about the ECORC Affirming Forum to the Minister for Spiritual Nurture, Respectful Relationships and Justice with All Ages, Sharon Hull:

Sharon Hull – Minister for Spiritual Nurture, Respectful Relationships and Justice with All Ages

Phone: 1-800-268-3781 Ext. 6165
Email: Shull@united-church.ca

Sharon’s focus is to promote/resource/support ECORC priorities around faith formation, ecumenical and inter-faith relationships, regeneration and new ministries, lifelong education, and social justice with all ages and stages.