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photograph of rainbow flag used at Shining Waters Affirming Ministries Service
These flags were blessed at the Affirming Ministries Celebration

Creater of the universe, God of steadfast love
Your rainbow holds the promise of the everlasting covenant
between You and creation. We are whole and we are holy.
Bless these rainbow flags, rich with diversity
that we will share across our region
to serve as visible signs of welcome.

Shining Waters Regional Council is an Affirming Region! As a way to extend our commitment to be public, intentional and explicit in our welcome to people of all identities and sexual orientations we invite communities of faith in our region to have a rainbow flag.

About the flag

[6’x3’] The flag includes the colours of the rainbow flag intersected by black, brown and transgender colours.  Any community of faith in Shining Waters Region can request a flag, this includes congregations, community ministries, camps, colleges, etc.  If you will use it, you can have one.  A multi-point pastoral charge is welcome to have one in each church location.

Ideas to Use Your Flag

  • Hang it outside as a visible sign of welcome to your church
  • Carry it a local pride parade to identify yourself as a part of the region and The United Church of Canada
  • Use it as an altar cloth or a frontal
  • Hang it as a backdrop for a booth or a table at a community event
  • Create a welcoming space in the church with a mini library of queer theology/community connections


Deepen Your Commitment

A visible sign of welcome to 2SLGBTQQIA communities is one step on the journey towards greater diversity, equity and inclusion in our churches.  The Affirming Ministry process animated by Affirm United/S’Affirmer Ensemble invites communities of faith into a deeper journey.  Learn more on the Affirm United website. https://affirmunited.ause.ca/affirming-ministries-program/

Order your flag
  • If your pastoral charge has more than one church location, please list the name(s) of the other communities of faith you require a flag for. They will all be mailed to the above mailing address.