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The 41st Annual Utah Pride Festival took place over the weekend of June 3-5, 2016. The Festival opened with prayer at the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service on Thursday, June 2 at First Baptist Church. Pride this year included the usual music, vendors, food, rallies, and parade.

SLPS has been participating with a booth at Pride since 2011. The first tarot readings were in 2012, which were free. In 2014, SLPS started charging $5 and uped it to $10 in 2015. This year’s booth was highly successful, bringing in a good income from the society as the annual fundraiser that sets the budget. Over 100 readings were done, many of which were palm readings.

Many companies and organizations participated, including Discover, Netflix, Vegan Leather Boundary, Utah Gay Rodeo Association, the City Library, and the Animal Shelter. Some great and diverse food vendors came including funnel cakes, pizza, Greek, Jamaican, Skewered Thai, Poutine Fries, and Sweet Roasted Corn.

Sunday was the busy day. SLPS marched in the parade with the interfaith in front of the rainbow flag. President Muad’Dib was asked to bless the flag this year, uttering the following prayer “Father Sky, Firm Earth, let this rainbow shine and open people’s pockets deep and fill her up! So mote it be!” Money thrown into the flag goes to the Utah Pride Center.

Tens of thousands people lined up on 200 S. to watch the parade. The route was reversed this year, with the floats, all 153 entries lining up along 200 W and the Salt Palace and ending at 400 E. A dozen or so protesters were seen, but they were in the minority.

The trees around the city and county building were certainly happy about the festival. President Muad’Dib was walking by an old sycamore when he felt how happy the tree was for the people. “The tree was smiling and looking around, just so happy to be giving its shade to people in the hot sun. It seemed they are lonely there, as its a government building, and they just want to connect with the people around them and provide for them. I think it’s nice then that the area is used for festivals so that the trees feel like they are being useful, giving of their resources like shade and comfort.”

Sunday was the very busy, with the festival squeezed to the brim! The Pride Center reported over 50,000 people attended the festival and 50,000 attended the parade over the weekend!

Utah Pride Festival 2016, History Zone, Salt Lake City Public Library, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, History Zone-Utah Pride, Salt Lake City Public Library, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, History Zone, Utah Pride History poster created by Muad’Dib, Salt Lake City Public Library, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Stesha Bowden, Shy Fox, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Stesha Bowden, and Shy Fox, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, clients, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, night at Tryangles, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade along 200 S. and 200 W. looking east, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Muad’Dib and Shy Fox lined up, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Chuvaruh B’Yachad Reconstructionist Jews of Salt Lake, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, flag, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Rainbow Wizard Muad’Dib, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, attendees along 200 S., Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, protesters along 200 S., Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, in the parade along 200 S., Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, booths looking west, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, booths looking north, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, booths looking east, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, food vendors, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, The Big Burger food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Skewered Thai food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Sweet Roasted Corn food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Funnel Cake food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 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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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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The beginning of June brings the annual Utah Pride Festival, hosted by the Utah Pride Center. The festival this year, 2014, runs from June 5-8, at Washington Square at the Salt Lake City Building on 400 S and 200 E. SLPS will be participating in the festivities, starting with the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition’s Interfaith Service on June 5. 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. June 7-8, SLPS will be offering $5 tarot readings at the booth inside the festival. And Sunday, June 8 SLPS will be marching in the Parade at 9am. Join us for any of the events, come get spiritual at the interfaith, or receive a tarot reading!

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Thanks to everyone who came and participated in the Imbolc ceremony on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports at 6pm. SLPS helped kick off the 2014 Interfaith Month with Imbolc. Lakshmi stood in since Brigid arrived late. The table was decorated with a handmade table cloth by Woman Between the Wolves in the late winter seasonal design. Flowers, cookies, sparkling apple cider, candles and more all decorated the altar. Since the ritual was squeezed into the small time space of an hour, some creative editing was necessary.

After reading Imbolc poetry, there was singing and dancing, cleansing and blessing, all before Brigid appeared. She stepped in for a visit through one of the mediums and gave spiritual advice to everyone through the tarot. Afterwards, everyone came forward to received blessings from her through sacred fire.

The energy was sent out into the universe at the close and the rest was returned to the living Earth.

Imbolc 2014 Altar with Lakshmi stand in for Brigid Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2014 Altar close up with Lakshmi stand in for Brigid Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2014 circle with Cathy Saremi (3rd from left), Al Colson (4th), Woman Between the Wolves (6th), Cheyanne Opheikens (8th) Colby Vaifoou (9th), Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

Imbolc 2014 circle r to l Shy Fox (right), Mike Boyce (4th from right), Lyn Sawyer (5th), Adam Applegate (6th) Colby Vaifoou (7th) and Cheyanne Opheikens (8th), Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Dancing Cranes Imports, Salt Lake City, UT

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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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