Faith and Pride, OCTOBER 4TH 7:30-10PM: PANEL DISCUSSION AND RECEPTION, Part of INTER PRIDE 2018 YXE
Event summary: Faith and Pride panel, October 4 2018.
Where: Lounge, St. Andrew’s College, U of S, Saskatoon. Accessible venue; some pay parking. FREE; all welcome.
PDF poster here.
REV. CINDY BOURGEOIS BSC., M.DIV. Wesley United Church, Regina SK, Reverend Cindy Bourgeois is a settler living on Treaty 4 Land in Saskatchewan. She is committed to righting relations in any way she can. Cindy is the first trans woman ordained to ministry in a mainline denomination. In 2008, she co-wrote one of the first Trans Inclusion Policies in Canada for the Centre for Women and Trans People at the University of Toronto. Cindy has spoken many times on the intersections of being trans, Christian, and a feminist. She is currently serving as the pastor for Wesley United Church Regina, where she also serves two cats.
REV. EMILY CARR LTH., M.DIV. St George’s Anglican Church, Saskatoon SK
Emily Carr grew up on a dairy farm in Eastern Ontario. From the age of five, she wanted to be a priest- to walk around in a decorated robe, sing songs, and never have to shovel manure again. Her hopes of finding a place in the church dimmed when she realized she was gay. Emily struggled to belong in her Church, the Anglican Church of Canada, that still does not offer equality for LGBT2Q people, and has been a part of the journey and discussions over the past decade as the Church moves toward inclusion and unity. These days, Emily is honoured to serve as a priest at St. George’s Anglican Church and as prison chaplain at Killburn Hall Youth Centre in the prairie city of Saskatoon, where she lives with her wife, five-year-old, and their pets. Emily’s focus in ministry is reconciliation, healing, and inclusion, especially for folks the Church tends to forget, marginalize and hurt.
Emily’s favourite bible teaching is “the last shall be first”, and she rejoices every time she sees oppressed people growing in strength and dignity.
R.W. HOEKSTRA, Lay Leader, St Paul’s United Church, Edmonton AB
Anni , Boozhoo; I am a fluent Dutch speaking, full blood adopted Mohawk, Iroquois Confederacy Niizh Maandoowag (2 Spirit) and member of the Snapping Turtle clan. I am a Fire keeper, Elder helper, Keeper of the ceremonies, Vision keeper and board member Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre. Waabskiiki-Gah-Bo is my spirit name (White Bear Standing.) I am a son, brother, uncle; raised into a 4th generation of clergy family whose great grandfather, grandfather, father and sister are/have stood in congregations in the Netherlands , Suriname SA , Canada and Bermuda in my lifetime. I am a recovered alcoholic (27 yrs ) and an inter-generational residential school survivor (my birth mother D.M, Six Nations on the Grand), possible 60’s scoop child. I am entrenched in the teachings of the 3 Fires Midewiin Ojibway beginning my homecoming journey (1991) and the bundle I carry for this journey I received over the years from the Elders and Mishoomis/Knookmis Ojibway Nations .
It began to come together a number of years ago when I became involved in TRC worship services and gatherings and subsequently when I was invited to attend the Pinawa 2016 Aboriginal Spiritual Gathering as being a Urban Indigenous UCC member. It was an incredible honour to be asked to be part our past Moderator Jordan Cantwell’s ongoing Reconciliation dialogue delegation to Australia past March. Listening, learning and working with the Right Rev. Jordan in a variety of circles with Indigenous ministries and UCC and the Australian Uniting Church has opened my eyes further to the ongoing work that is needed.
Being part of the Caretakers Circle and as a 2 Spirit and an Urban Indigenous UCC member allows me to be aware of the needs of the many to be part of the UCC and to ensure a safe space for all within the restructuring and rebirth of our beloved United Church of Canada. To add my voice, my life experience and my eyes and my heart to the ongoing Reconciliation process as we walk Hand in Hand into Living into Right Relations, Inter-relational faith, First peoples Culture and Second peoples Christianity. Gchi-miigwetch