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Spiritpride: LGBTQ+ Identity and Spiritual Growth
Spiritpride, held on the first weekend of Vancouver's Pride Week, celebrates LGBTQ+ spirituality in the context of the affirming church community. Come hear from inspiring speakers, make new friends and share your story in a welcoming safe environment, and leave with inspiration and new insights. The mission of SpiritPride is to provide a safe, positive, LGBTQ+ affirming space for members of the LGBTQ+ community to explore issues of faith, spirituality and sexuality.
This year we are partnering with Affirm United to host their Annual National Conference together with Spiritpride, to make it a amazing national event! Affirm United works for the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the United Church of Canada and in society, and provides:
- Education: to promote greater awareness of sexual orientation and gender identity issues.
- Action: to work to end discrimination against people in church, society and our own organization.
- Support: to help people of all sexual orientations and gender identities find support and community within the United Church of Canada and beyond.
SpiritPride and Affirm United welcome the LGBTQ+ community, as well as LGBTQ+ allies, friends and family, and members of churches and faith groups seeking to be affirming and inclusive, along with current member organizations of Affirm United.
This year's Kenote Speakers include:
Kathy Baldock, author, LGBTQ advocate, international speaker and educator, and Executive Director of CanyonWalker Connections, is a leading expert on LGBTQ issues, especially dealing with historical and current discrimination faced within the church, communities of faith, and political sectors.Her 2014 book, Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBTQ Community, and accompanying "Untangling the Mess" presentations, blog, podcast, and videos, piece together the history behind LGBTQ persecution in the church and the need for Christians and church leaders to become better educated in order to properly engage members of the LGBTQ community.
Brandan Robertson is an LGBTQ millennial Christian author, thought-leader, and contemplative activist working at the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, and social renewal. Brandan is a leading voice speaking at the intersections of spirituality and sexuality. From 2015-2016, Brandan was invited to speak at the White House on LGBT+ Bullying, The U.S. Peace Corp on faith and sexuality, and served on the U.S. State Departments Working Group on Religion and LGBTQ+ Rights worldwide. His work for LGBTQ+ rights has been profiled on NPR, Sirius XM, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and The New York Times.He is the author of Nomad: A Spirituality For Travelling Light and writes regularly for Patheos, Beliefnet, and The Huffington Post.
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What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The conference venue, St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church, is located a few blocks from the Burrard Skytrain Station, and close to several bus routes. We encourage you to use public transportation if possible. Otherwise, Pay Parking is available under the church off the alley (south side of the church - opposite side from Nelson). There is meter parking on the street.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please bring your printed ticket with you to speed the registration process. If not, we can still confirm your registration at the door.
What is the refund policy?
Refunds are only available for requests/cancellations received 72 hours or more before the event. No refunds for cancellations for any reason after that time due to food and venue costs incurred for the number of people registered.
What if I cannot afford to attend?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org - discounts and sponsorhsips are available
We acknowledge this event will be held on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), the Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.