Affirming Anniversary Celebration 2012
In 2009, West Hill became an Affirming ministry within the United Church of Canada, publicly and vocally standing in solidarity as allies of the LGBTQ community. On Sunday December 2nd West Hill United will celebrate the third anniversary of our commitment to be Affirming.
As part of this celebration, we are thrilled that our guest speaker will be Kamal Al Solaylee, author of the award-nominated Intolerable. Kamal’s harrowing memoir describes his ihrab - his escape - from the increasingly fundamentalist Arab world in which he grew up. Gay and unable to share his reality with even the closest members of his family, he carried the emotional burden of his escape with him to Canada, particularly the recognition that, in making it, he left behind his mother and sisters for whom life had also become close to intolerable.
Please plan to join us for this special celebration and our Visitors and Travellers’ lunch following the service.