The main events might be over, but another celebration is on the schedule Sunday as Regina’s Pride festival comes to a close.
For the very first time, a multi-faith gathering will be held as a way for different religious groups to come together and give their own interpretations of what Pride means to them.
Jesse Ireland, co-chair of Regina Pride, said the gathering means a lot to people from all walks of life.
“Spirituality and faith have a very strong presence in a lot of peoples’ upbringings and there’s a lot of strong morality, which is why it’s important to incorporate it into Pride,” explained Ireland.
While a Pride service was held last year at Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Sunday’s event will be slightly different. It will bring together a number of different religious groups, including people from Jewish and Christian backgrounds.
“This is a way for us to reach out to multiple faiths at once and to be able to get multiple interpretations at one time, as opposed to having individual events happening throughout the city for each individual religion,” said Ireland. “This is going to be a nice way to connect us all together into one spot.”
This year’s Pride theme is “We Are Connected” and, according to Ireland, that’s what this event strives to highlight.
“I just want people to feel a little more uplifted, feel that connectivity, find that unity together, and be able to grow from it,” said Ireland.
Ireland added that he hopes the gathering takes Pride one step further to promote inclusiveness in the Queen City.
The multi-faith gathering at the Unitarian Fellowship Centre in Regina starts at 3 p.m.