Announcing Rendez-vous Featured Guest Speaker: Right Reverend Richard Bott

The Rendez-vous 2020 team is excited to announce a featured speaker: Richard Bott, Moderator of The United Church of Canada!

Born in Marathon, ON, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, and ordained in 1994, the Rev. Bott has lived his life “as a beloved child of God” within the United Church. He has served communities of faith in Ontario and British Columbia, most recently Pacific Spirit United Church in Vancouver, and is well known for his skills as a leader, writer, and educator, and an active user of social media.

Moderator Bott is passionate about the possibilities that we have in front of us as a church, and encourages all of us to ask and attend to both the pain and the joy that is being expressed, and then to take action on what we’re told. Entering the role of Moderator at a time when significant changes to church structures are underway, he believes that the purpose of those structures is to help the wide diversity of communities of faith across the church live into their ministries.

He is also taking on the role at a time when the Executive of the General Council has defined the triennium’s focus as one on discipleship, a focus he welcomes. “I believe that each of us needs to explore what this faith in God means to us; and what Jesus means to us,” he says. “As we explore it as individuals, I hope that we can find way of exploring it as communities of faith and fellowship.”

Announcing Rendez-Vous Featured Guest Speaker: Maricar Delfun

The Rendez-vous 2020 team is excited to announce a featured speaker: Maricar Delfun!

Maricar P. Delfun is a Pastor of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines currently on special assignment as Program Coordinator of the Regional Ecumenical Council in the Cordillera. She is also the newly elected Co-Coordinator of the Association of Women in Theology. She has been in development work since 2005 and has an experience in organizing work within the ecumenical circle and the indigenous peoples. She is an indigenous woman from the Tingguian tribe of the Cordillera, Northern Philippines and an advocate of the indigenous peoples’ collective rights and for environmental protection and integrity of creation. She is also the convener of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines – United Church Workers Organization of the North Luzon area. She obtained her degree of Bachelor of Ministry from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary and a Certificate in Christian Education.

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/