Written By: Lilly Edwards 24/7/15
Liverpool Pride is unique because it includes a celebration for people of all faiths and none, say organisers Spectrum of Spirituality.
Building on the theme of this year’s festival – Love is No Crime – the interfaith event is called ‘Love in the Dock: a Compendium of Contemplation and Celebration’.
The evening is cabaret-style – guests will sit at café tables and watch a performance, share experience of traditions from different faiths, listen to live music performed by Liverpool LGBT Choir, and share a free two course meal together. Wine is also available by donation.
It takes place at 7pm on Thursday 30th July in Ullet Road Unitarian Church Hall, Ullet Road.
Faiths represented at the service include Buddhism, Eastern and Western Christianity, Islam, Quakerism, Paganism, Unitarianism and more.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer and Inter-sex (LGBTQI) people, their friends and family are all welcome to attend.
People will also be invited to write down their hopes, dreams, or a prayer and these will be carried by Spectrum of Spirituality representatives at the Liverpool Pride march on Saturday 1st August.
Spectrum of Spirituality is a network of LGBTQI people of faith and the groups that support them. They hosted their first interfaith celebration in 2010 – the first official Pride interfaith event in the UK.
Sue Branch, Buddhist representative and Chair of Spectrum of Spirituality said: ‘One of the key principles of Liverpool Pride is to be inclusive, which also means including people of all faiths and none. By incorporating elements of each faith – the whole spectrum of belief – we hope to create a real celebration of unity through diversity.’
She added: ‘It’s a joyous occasion – full of warmth, connectedness and hope, with an indelible sense of belonging. I’m a believer that your faith should bring you joy and happiness and a sense of delight. Spectrum of Spirituality’s vision is of a world where people do not have to choose between their spirituality and their sexuality or gender identity. The rainbow is the inspiration for this celebration because as well as being a symbol of LGBTQI pride and diversity, it is also an ancient symbol of hope in the mythology and faith of many cultures around the world.’
To book your free ticket for this event search for “Love in the Dock” on www.eventbrite.co.uk.