Announcing Rendez-Vous 2020 Featured Guest Speaker Dr. James Makokis!

The Rendez-Vous 2020 team is excited to announce our featured guest Dr. James Makokis!

Dr. James Makokis is a proud Cree from the Saddle Lake First Nation in Northern Alberta. Dr. Makokis’ strong connections to preventative health, spirituality, and Two-spirit perspective has helped him save lives within the LGBTQ2 and First Nation communities. He also leads one of North America’s most progressive and successful transgender focused medical practices. He is one of the few physicians in Canada who facilitates the wellness of Transgender people through supporting hormone replacement therapy.

Dr. Makokis is a leader and well-known expert within the Indigenous, LGBTQ2 and medical community, and has maintained his cultural beliefs and spiritual practices in all areas of his life. Dr. James Makokis has also had a wide range of unique experiences, from travelling alongside former Governor General Michaëlle Jean on a diplomatic mission to Brazil to working with Dr. Patch Adams in the Amazon Jungle. He also served as the Spokesperson for the National Aboriginal Health Organization’s Role Model Program. He and his partner, Anthony Johnson who is also Two Spirit and has a similar story to Dr. Makokis, were recently crowned the Season 7 winners the Amazing Race Canada.

Every Canadian needs to hear Dr. Makokis’ story to discover a meaningful role in the Reconciliation process.

We’re all looking forward to hearing from Dr. Makokis at Rendez-Vous 2020. Registration will open in March 2020, so start packing!

Announcing Rendez-Vous 2020 Featured Guest Speaker Pam Rocker!

The Rendez-Vous 2020 team is delighted to announce our featured guest Pam Rocker!

Pam Rocker is an atypical activist, speaker, award-winning writer, and musician. She was also chosen as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40!

“LGBTQ2S+ equality, faith, love, and laughter are my passions.

I seek to communicate with humanity and humour, and to challenge prejudice in non-prescript ways. Exploring theology, feminism, equity, and what diversity really means, is what gets me up in the morning. 

For almost a decade, I’ve worked for the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) people in faith communities, organizations, and in society. I also teach and speak on social media theory, social change, corporate diversity and inclusion, comedy and music.

Check out Pam’s amazing work on her website here: http://www.pamrocker.com/.

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Announcing Rendez-Vous 2020 Featured Guest Musicians Naked Faith!

The Rendez-Vous 2020 team is excited to announce a featured musical guest: Naked Faith!

In their own words:

“Church as it is today does not resonate with a large number of youth or young adults. Traditional methods of worship do not always hook new, younger members in the same way as they did in the past.

We believe faith still has significance with the younger generation. Naked Faith is an alternative worship experience that draws inspiration from events such as YC Alberta and infuses it with theology of the United Church. Dreamt up and founded by members of this younger generation as well as including involvement by numerous youth and young adults, it is an event that truly lives and breathes youth. Featuring energetic popular music, powerful messages, deep conversation and a free meal, this is something you don’t want to miss.”

“Naked Faith happens the third Friday of every month at different United Churches around Calgary. It begins with dinner, followed by an hour-long service. Afterwards, youth from grades 6 through 12 are invited to stay for games and activities until 10:30. Young adults are invited to head to a nearby pub to engage in further discussion about the theme, or to simply enjoy the community. Naked Faith is facilitated and made possible by Regional Youth and Young Adult Ministries, funded by St. Andrew’s United Church in Calgary.”

Find out more about Naked Faith here: https://andychurch.org/naked-faith/