Past Affirming Events
We sponsored a screening of this documentary which tells the story of an unwitting advocate in the fight for equal rights within the United Methodist Church, Rev. Frank Schaefer, who had his ministerial credentials revoked in December 2013 after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding.
Human RITES National Conference - www.humanrites.ca
Once again we were proud to be a part of the Human RITES Conference, where Faith and Identity in the LGBTQ are explored and celebrated. Our 3 day conference included keynotes by Brandan Robertson, a concert with Rae Spoon, and several diverse and interfaith workshops.
We celebrated our 7th Anniversary of being an Affirming Ministry with a special service including rainbow candle lighting and readings, special musical guests, and a reflection on the movie 'Carol'.
Hillhurst co-presented a staged reading of the play "Oblivion" by Jonathan Brower with Third Street Theatre.
Over 100 people from Hillhurst participated in the Calgary Pride Parade.
Hillhurst hosted the premiere screening of "Over The Rainbow" in association with MSQUARED2 Productions, Camp fYrefly, The University of Alberta, Institute for Sexual Minority Studies, Calgary Sexual Health Centre, Fairy Tales Film Festival.
Human RITES National Conference - www.humanrites.ca
Hillhurst United is a proud co-founder of this event. The first annual Human RITES conference was a success! Great speakers, workshops, and dialogue, focused on engaging conversation and celebrating the reconciliation of faith and the LGBTQ+ community.
March 2015 – Coming Out In Faith
Hillhurst United co-presented the world premiere of The Coming Out In Faith Monologues, in partnership with The Coming Out Monologues YYC! This special one-evening event focused on coming out stories from a faith or spiritual perspective.
Hillhurst United Church and Third Street Theatre proudly co-presented Sunny Drake's Transgender Seeking: confessions of a queer romance-aholic.
An evening with Rev. Brent Hawkes. Rev. Hawkes is not only the Pastor of the renowned Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, but is also well know for championing several Human Rights initiatives, especially benefiting the Gay & Lesbian Community.
Hillhurst United Church and Urban Curvz Theatre are partnered together to create "Take Back Halloween" - an alternative to your normal Halloween party. Take Back Halloween offered an unparalleled experience that was not only uniquely creative and fun but also promotes the opportunity for all genders to make and wear costumes that are empowering, clever and diverse.
Hilhurst celebrated our 5th Affirming Anniversary! We commemorated this anniversary by bringing in best-selling author of 'The Cross in the Closet', Tim Kurek to share his powerful story with us. You can listen to the audio of Tim at Hillhurst here, and read more about the event in this Calgary Herald article.
Hillhurst co-presented two exciting workshops with Third Street Theatre, featuring world-renowned writer/performer Sunny Drake: Trans 101 and Telling Your Story.
Hillhurst co-produced the Alberta premiere of “8” with Theatre Transit. This was a one night only reading of Dustin Lance’s documentary play chronicling the US federal lawsuit for marriage equality.
Internationally know performer and author Peterson Toscano performed one of his hit plays "Jesus Had Two Daddies"!
Calgary Pride Parade - over 70 people from our faith community walked in the Pride Parade!
The first Camp fYrefly in Calgary! A team of over 20 people from Hillhurst United went to camp and prepared food for over 80 staff and campers. We also taught a workshop which explored the reconcilitation of faith and sexual and gender identity, called God and Gays.
Hillhurst hosted a successful Summer Cafe for LGBTQ Older Adults to connect laugh, learn and be affirmed.
Hillhurst partnered with the Fairy Tales Film Festival to screen a documentary called "Love Free or Die", which is a look at Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal Bishop.
Hillhurst screened the films "Fish Out of Water" - a documentary showcasing the seven Bible verses that are most often used to condemn homosexuality and same-sex marriage - and "Gen Silent" - a documentary explored Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older adults, who fought the first battles for equality, and who now face so much fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse that many are hiding their lives to survive. This was followed by an impassioned panel discussion and moves towards how we can all be involved in action and support. The screening of this film was part of our partnership with the Elder Service Corps and Calgary Family Services.
In addition to the events above, we strive to live out our Affirming Statement year-round, which includes examples such as the following:
We provide affordable rental space of our building for diverse non-profit groups
We participate in the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, a charitable organization whose mission is to provide quality emergency food to those in need. You can drop off food anytime, although the third Sunday of every month has been designated Food Bank Donation Day, and the food bank will pick it up from our office.
We initiate and support social justice events that include everything from how to grow vegetables in your backyard, to addressing issues surrounding world peace.
Check out our ministry pages to connect with others at Hillhurst United!
from The Calgary Sun