I AM: Panel Discussion & Faith Service
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I AM: A panel discussion and faith service for queer Christians, open Evangelicals, allies, and curious friends making space for conversation about faith, Church and coming out.
Sunday, April 14
2:30pm – Panel Discussion
3:30pm – Worship
St. Andrew’s United Church
Lydia Gruchy Chapel
Free to Attend
About Our Panelists:
Rev. Jim Tenford is a minister serving St. Andrew’s United Church, a faith community that shrives to live out the radical hospitality taught and lived by Jesus. When Jim is at work, he can usually be found coffee in hand with his nose in a book, researching the Bible in preparation of his next sermon. When not at work, he’ll usually be in his workshop creating artisanal sawdust, with his wife of 25 years or under various cats
Jacq Brasseur (they/them) is a bigender, bisexual Catholic person who was born and raised in Yellowknife, NT. Proud to be openly Catholic and openly queer, Jacq has been doing work with faith communities on LGBTQ+ inclusion for the past ten years. While in Yellowknife, Jacq worked as an alumni to support the work of their former high school’s student club of LGBTQ+ and allied students. In 2016, Jacq was named Alumni of the Year at their former Catholic High School for their work with queer and trans communities. Today, Jacq shares their story about finding love and acceptance of themselves through prayer and their relationship with God.
Emily Carr has been with her wife, Rebecca Brownlee for ten years. They live in Saskatoon with their ninja-loving five year old, and one too many pets. Currently, Emily serves as priest at St. George’s Anglican Church, and as prison chaplain at Killburn Hall Youth Centre, a youth correctional facility. Emily is the first out, married, queer, priest to be ordained in the diocese, and was honoured to preside over the first same-sex wedding in the diocese in the summer of 2018. In a church that is still deciding whether or not they will fully welcome the LGBT2Q community, Emily is a part of the ongoing discussion and advocacy for equality. Emily’s focus in ministry is reconciliation, healing, and inclusion for folks the Church tends to forget, marginalize or hurt. Her favourite bible teaching is “the last shall be first”, and she rejoices every time she sees people growing in strength and dignity.
Moderating the Panel Discussion:
Rachel Runnalls is the kind of neighbor who will have you over for coffee and fresh bread with crumbs on her floor. She served as a youth pastor in Moose Jaw for seven years and is now the host of an inclusive potluck faith community called The Table, in Caronport. She’s been walking with Jesus thirty-odd years and is persuaded that Jesus always disturbs the status quo.
*Panel discussion will be live-streamed at: Facebook.com/MooseJawPride