Stonewall 100: University chaplain and Affirm member named gay role model of the year

A university chaplain has thanked other Christians for “loving me just as I am” after being named Stonewall’s gay role model of the year.

Ray Vincent, associate chaplain at the University of South Wales, and a long standing Affirm member, received the award for championing LGBT equality within the workplace.

Read the story on the BBC site here.


Affirm’s Co-Director stands for president of Baptist Union

Here at Affirm we are thrilled to hear that Dawn Cole-Savidge, one of our co-directors, has been nominated for the presidency of Baptists Together in 2020-2021.

Dawn has prepared a statement and a testimonial video which can be seen here, along with similar statements from the other candidate, Yinka Oyekan.

Affirm’s other co-director, Luke Dowding, writes on Twitter “Her standing for nomination, and indeed the way in which she was nominated, is a powerful witness to her ministry and what I am certain will be a progressive, inspiring, and thought-provoking tenure as President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain should she be elected.”

Please encourage your church to use it’s voting power in Dawn’s favour. We will be praying for Dawn as the election proceeds.

Benny Hazelhurst: an inspiring life

Here at Affirm we were sad to hear that Rev Benny Hazelhurst passed away over Christmas, after a long battle with cancer.  Benny was a great support and friend to many of us for many years.

Affirm co-director Luke Dowding has written a beautiful tribute over at the One Body One Faith site. You can read Luke’s piece here

Dignity and Worth launch a new site

Dignity and Worth are a cooperative group of Methodists & Wesleyans – LGBTQI+ and Straight, all genders and ethnicities, lay and ordained, from Britain, Ireland and around the world – committed to act for Gospel justice in our church and society.

Their site is a great resource, listing in detail their aims and hosting blog posts and videos that you may find helpful, well worth exploring