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The 15th Annual Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service kicked off 2016 Utah Pride Festival. Held Thursday, June 2, 2016 the service is a great way to open the festivities: with prayer and worship. SLPS has been participating with the interfaith since 2011.

This year’s service was held again at First Baptist Church. This is primarily due to the reorganization that took place earlier in the year. The service included the Salt Lake Men’s Choice, a speaker, a ritual of remembrance, and a chant by the Buddhists. The main speach was given by Cindy Solomon-Kelbba from Wasatch Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). The Pride Pipers recessed at the closing, leading the faith leaders out of the chapel, which included over 15 faith organizations and about 20 leaders from Unitarian, Pagan, Buddhist (Zen and Tibetan), Catholic (one priest traveled from Evantson, WY), Christian, and Mormon’s Building Bridges. A reception with refreshments was held afterwards for the faith leaders to mingle with the audience.

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Woman Between the Wolves (wizard hat), Anna Zumwalt (Back middle painting), Curtis Price (right lavender shirt), clergy before service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Maureen Duffey-Boose (left), Woman Between the Wolves (Wizard hat), Curtis Price (right), clergy before service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Thursday, June 3, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Cindy Solomon-Klebba (middle), Matthew Cockrum (right) clergy before service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Anna Zumwalt (left), Cindy Solomon-Klebba (middle brown), Woman Between The Wolves (right blue), clergy before service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Salt Lake Men’s Choir, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Buddhist Chant, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Cindy Solomon-Klebba of Wasatch Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Anna Zumwalt of Zen Buddhist (left) and Mathew Cockrum of First Unitarian, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Maureen Duffy-Boose performing ritual of remembrance, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, ritual of remembrance with candles lit, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Pride Pipers after service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Anna Zumwalt (left black), Curtis Price (right black), clergy after service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition has a new board of faith leaders who will oversee the function of the annual service. After the 2015 Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Service Russ Gorringe, who had headed the coalition since 2002, stepped down. A steering committee was formed to reorganize. From the committee meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at First Baptist Church at 6pm, a new structure was formed to go forward into the future with the coalition.

SLPS trustee Woman Between the Wolves attended the meeting, advocating for the board style leadership, which idea was put forward by SLPS President Muad’Dib at the last interfaith service to Russ and through email to the members before the meeting. The UPIC accepted this proposal and will now be run by a 3 member board, which includes a seat for a non Christian faith. There will be a staggered rotation, with a new seat opening every year of those 3 seats. It will be volunteer roles. The board will still continue to invite all faiths to plan and host the services annually.

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SLPS participated in the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable’s interfaith month by hosting an open full moon rite to the Norse Goddess Freyja. Held Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 7-9 at the Sugar Space in downtown Salt Lake, ten people gathered to see and participate in the Wiccan rite. The altar was decorated with bone runes, statues of the deities, flowers, and a drinking horn. A hand burned wooden slab of the rune Ingwas provided the perfect backdrop.

The society opened by invoking the Goddess Freyja and the All-father Odin. The song “Freya” by Kelliana on her album I Walk With the Goddess. The Goddess spoke to all those present and gave them advice for the next month to guide their lives. A rune was pulled for each person to give them further clarity and wisdom through divination.

The offerings were apple juice and cookies, after which sacred items presented to the Goddess were blessed and a question and answer period opened. People asked tradition differences, how Pagans view the world, and thanked SLPS for hosting as part of the interfaith.

Salt Lake interfaith Roundtable Full Moon Rite to Freyja, altar, Sunday, February 21, 2016, Sugar Space, Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake interfaith Roundtable Full Moon Rite to Freyja, people gathered, Sunday, February 21, 2016, Sugar Space, Salt Lake City, UT

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The 14th Annual Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition’s Interfaith service kicked off the 2015 Utah Pride Festival. Held at First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City, but hosted by the Community of Christ, it took place Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7pm. This was the first year that service was not hosted at the host’s facilities. Part of this reason was due to the small space at the Community of Christ, not able to accommodate 300 or more people.

With the singing of the Buddhist singing bowl, the service opened and the faith leaders processed in. Russel Baker-Gorringe informed everyone that he would be retiring from the leadership as head of the coalition. An enthusiastic speech by Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah got everyone excited about the recent changes to the state with the recent passage of the anti discrimination bill. Some great music was sun in praise of the divine, a ritual for the honored dead of the LGBT community was performed, and $1200 raised for QSAs (Queer Student Unions) around the state of Utah thanks to a heartfelt and passionate awareness raising talk by Miguel Gallegos who works with local QSA groups in schools. Light refreshments were provided afterwards and guest and faith leaders mingled.

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service Muad’Dib (l) and Woman Between the Wolves before service Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, faith leaders before service, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, faith leaders entering chapel of First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City,Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Servicem First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City opening ritual with Rev. Christopher “Myoshin” Lobow, Zen Buddhist Monk and singing bowl (center) and Maureen Duffy-Boose (r), Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service l to r- Rev. Christine Swientek (2nd from left, Metaphysical), Mahan Singh Khalsa (Sikh), Angela Elsayed (Muslim), Woman Between the Wolves (Pagan), Rev. Patty Willis (Unitarian), Rev. Steve Klemz (Christian), Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman (Jewish), Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Russell Baker- Gorringe (podium) Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Rev. Curtis Price (Pastor of First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City) singing “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service. Troy Williams-Executive Director of Equality Utah, (podium), deaf interpreter below, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman (Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami), Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Rev. Curtis Price (l) and Maureen Duffy-Boose performing the Ritual of Remembrance for all the honored dead of the LGBT community, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Miguel Gallegos (podium), deaf interpreter below, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Rev. Tom Goldsmith (First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City) giving prayer for the offerings of donations, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2015, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 14th Annual Interfaith Service, Pride Pipers coming in to lead the recessional of faith leaders, Thursday, June 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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SLPS had a wonderful time participating in the Annual Interfaith Season as part of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable. SLPS hosted an educational New Moon Ritual to Artemis, around the January new moon, at Dancing Cranes Imports Friday, January 16, 2015 from 5-7pm. 25 people showed to learn more about Wicca, Paganism and the Goddess Artemis. The ceremony included a drum circle and fire meditation. President Muad’ Dib and Woman Between the Wolves explained the items on the altar and answered questions about differences between Paganism and non Pagan traditions.

One question that came up right away was “What’s the difference between Wicca an Paganism?” President Muad’Dib commented “They’re the same thing. Paganism is the umbrella term for anything non Abrahamic.” He also discussed queerness in Paganism,  “We had a small discussion about why so many folks who are queer seem to be attracted to it. I stated that because it’s usually very accepting and how personal Pagan paths are is the big appeal. People want to do their own spirituality.”

The origins of Western Occultism were introduced by Woman Between the Wolves, “The foundation of a lot of the symbology of Neopaganism is in the Jewish mysteries of the Qabalah, the Tree of Life. It underlines much of the meanings for things like why the number 3 is a sacred number, the four quarters and their elemental associations, and the practice of ritualized, structured magic.”

After the questions, the drumming and guided meditation took place. The smokeless fire was used as a focus point while the beat of the drum and shaking of percussion instruments help people transcend. Everyone shared cookies and apple juice after offerings were given to the Goddess. Artemis blessed everyone present.

New Moon Ritual January 2015, Sign for Event, Dancing Cranes Imports, Friday, January 16, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual January 2015, Altar to Artemis, Dancing Cranes Imports, Friday, January 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual January 2015, Dancing Cranes Imports, Woman Between the Wolves (left) Friday, January 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Moon Ritual January 2015, people in the circle, Dancing Cranes Imports, Friday, January 16, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Curious about moon magic and the Goddess? Come celebrate her at this open new moon ritual!

As part of the interfaith season and a member of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, we will be hosting an open new moon ritual for all those curious. We will be working magic by the moon on the first new moon of 2015. The ritual will be centered around the Greek Goddess Artemis, huntress and goddess of the new moon.

This is a free event and we will have a Q & A after

New Moon Flyer SLPS January 2015

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This past weekend has been a very busy but successful one for SLPS! Things kicked off on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 7pm with the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition’s Interfaith service at Wasatch Presbyterian church. SLPS adviser April love read the “Who is Pagan” remark, quoting the Charge of the Star Goddess by Ann Moura and President Muad’Dib gave a five minute discussion that all people are deserving of unconditional love, all are divine, and that everyone can have a one-on-one with the divine. The Salt Lake Men’s Choir sang and faith leaders from Native American, Pagan, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Metaphysical, Tibetan and Zen Buddhist and Christian faiths were present, with the pews full to the brim. Many hearts were full as Moudi Sbeity spoke about the Marriage fight in Utah as it began with him and two other couples who sued the state for equal rights.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 2pm was an interfaith rally that joined with the Dyke and Trans rallys and marches down from 200 S and 200 E to the festival at Washington Square at the Salt Lake City and County Building. 3pm brought the start of readings for $5. Lei Loni Tilley and Janelle Baguley joined SLPS in full mermaid attire. Lei Loni read the cards at the booth entrance, drawing in all the mermaid/mermen to be! The close of the day came at 9pm when the sun set and SLPS headed off to have a late dinner of Pakistani food at Zaika on State street.

Sunday, June 8, 2014 was the Pride parade at 10am. Lined up at 400 S and 400 E in the back with the interfaith, SLPS marched in robes and pointy hats, with The Mermaids of the Great Salt Lake. President Muad’Dib sported a new custom rainbow outfit made by Woman Between the Wolves. The parade finished around 12pm and the readings continued, picking up an even greater pace of people the second day till the festival closed at 7pm.

The festival was very successful for SLPS, making back the booth fee and having enough to spend on a celebratory dinner at the Rio Grande Cafe and give some back to the tarot readers. Here is to next year’s pride!

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 13th Annual Interfaith Service, faith leaders preparing to enter l to r- Liz Paige (Congregation Kol Ami), Gage Church (Congregational United Church of Christ), Patty Willis (South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society), Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Thursday, June 5, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 13th Annual Interfaith Service, Salt Lake Men’s Choir in back, L to R faith leaders at Podium: Mark D. Trujillo (Community of Christ), Liz Paige (Congregation Kol Ami), Gage Church (Congregational United Church of Christ), Patty Willis (South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society), Woman Between the Wolves (Salt Lake Pagan Society), Carl Tasso (Tribal Elder Winnebago/South Cheynne-Araphao), Shareen Kayyali and Fawad Sadiq Alhoushani (Al-Frah Islamic Society), Barry Kessler (Urgyen Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple), Mahan Singh Khalsa (Sikh Leader), Christine Swientek (Inner Light Center), Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Thursday, June 5, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 13th Annual Interfaith Service, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Muad’Dib, Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Thursday, June 5, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 13th Annual Interfaith Service, Muad’Dib speaking at podium for “Who is Pagan”, Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Thursday, June 5, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition 13th Annual Interfaith Service, l to r-Maureen Duffy-Boose (1732 Tradition Witchcraft), Patty Willis (South Valley Unitarian Universalist), Muad’Dib (middle, rainbow wizard) and Anna Zumwalt (far right, Zen Buddhist), Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Thursday, June 5, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Interfaith March 2014, Muad’Dib (middle) and Lunar Oak Spirit with anti-gay protester, First United Methodist Church, Saturday, June 7, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2014, Transgender March marching east on 200 S to 200 E, Saturday, June 7, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2014, Dyke March 200 S 200 E, Saturday, June 7, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith March 200 S 200 E, Saturday, June 7, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Lunar Oak Spirit (l) and Muad’Dib in combined Dyke, Trans, and Interfaith marches, Saturday, June 7, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival, West side, Washington Square, Saturday, June 7, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival, looking north as MerQueen Lei Loni Tilley reads for a client, Washington Square, Saturday, June 7, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, before the parade in back 400 S 400 E , Willow Figueroa (l) and Janelle Baguley (r), Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, L to r- Kyler Guerra, Lunar Oak Spirit, Willow Figueroa, Shy Fox, Muad’Dib, Janelle Baguley, Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, Drag Queen Precious (yellow feathers) on The Sun Trapp Bar float, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, Rainbow Wizard Muad’Dib as the wizard at the end of the rainbow, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, Grannies for Gays, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2014 Parade, The Sun Trapp float on 400 E heading to 300 S, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, protesters at 200 S and 400 E, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, 200 S facing west, on 400 E, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, SLPS turning onto 200 S from 400 E, l to r- Shy Fox, Kyler Guerra, Willow Figueroa, Janelle Baguely, Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade 2014, Parade marching west along 200 S, Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2014, SLPS booth with Piggy (center green), Sunday, June 8, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Please join SLPS for the 13th Annual Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Service. Set to take place June 5, 2014 at 7pm at Wasatch Presbyterian church, this service is held for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or other identities, to promote inclusion of LGBTQ peoples in the faith communities. UPIC wants everyone to know that regardless of who you are, you can have a relationship with the divine, and that God (Gods/Goddesses) love all and wants to have an active relationship with them! There will be ministers and clergy there from many churches and faiths including Metaphysical, Sikh, Pagan, Muslim, Free Masonry, Jewish, and Christian. Here are the details

When: June 5, 2014 7pm

Where: Wasatch Presbyterian Church 1626 S 1700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

An interfaith rally at 2pm on June 7 will meet at the First United Methodist Church on 200 S 200 E and join with the Trans and Dyke Marches before going to the festival gates.

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Each year the Utah Pride Festival has an interfaith service as part of the festival activities. With the 2013 service, the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition’s interfaith event was moved from the Saturday afternoon slot to a Thursday evening, beginning the festivities with prayer and worship for all people. The 2014 service will continue the tradition, bringing in Pride with prayer and worship.

The UPIC seeks to promote healing, love, and to include everyone who identifies as LGBTQIA in finding, worshiping and making reconciliation with and to the divine if they have been exiled, shamed, forgotten, silenced, shunned and banished for their sexual orientation/expression and gender identity/expression. The main message that “God loves all” and that “all can worship the Divine” is in their mission statement “Together, we celebrate the divine within each of us. It is tragically believed by some gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people that on the event of their coming-out they lose all rights to consider themselves people of faith, spiritual and capable of holiness. As an Interfaith community we come together from many diverse faiths and cultures, to proclaim loudly and proudly that such is not the case!  Each of us is a being of love, created as we are.” – Maureen Aisling Duffy-Boose, 1734 Witch and Priestess.

The theme of this year will most likely stay the same as the festival’s, “Love Equals Love.” This year’s service will be on Thursday, June, 5, 2014 at 7pm at Wasatch Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City, UT. More to come as future planning meetings and details unfold.

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Planning Meeting, Russ Gorringe (2nd from Left) and Mark D. Trujillo (4th, Community of Christ), Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Planning Meeting, Faith leaders, Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Planning Meeting, Faith leaders-Mark D. Trujillo (Community of Christ) center and Patty Willis (South Valley Unitarian Universalist) right, Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Hi everyone

We have the esteemed opportunity to be participants in the 2011 interfaith service.  We will be ringing bells and invoking the gods of clarity and peace to help everyone. Here are the details

Time: 2-3pm

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011

Location: First Methodist Church, 203 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

After the service, we will all march to the festival with our banners behind a league of bag pipers! We hope you can all join us for this unique and privelaged experience!

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This past Samhain brought the wonderful opportunity for UUPS and USUPA to be together and honor the ancestors! UUPS drove up to Logan on Sunday, October 31, 2010 and joined in the druid  celebrations that took place at the UU church in Logan. Around 50 people were in attendance under the moon and light rain. A beautiful altar filled with photos of family members and loved ones with antlers was set behind a fire pit where the honoring took place.

Samhain 2010 Utah State University Pagan Alliance (USUPA), l to r Astral Eventide, Inu, Drew Hamblin, Kassie Cressal, and Megan Sjoberg, October 31, 2010, Logan, UT

Samhain 2010, Ancestral altar, Utah State University Pagan Alliance (USUPA), October 31, 2010, Logan, UT

Samhain 2010, Kassie Cressal (l) and Muad’Dib, USUPA (Utah State University Pagan Alliance), October 31, 2010, Logan UT

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