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Who's Coming to Skylight

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Mike McHargue

Speaker-Podcaster

Mike McHargue (better known as Science Mike) is an author (Finding God In The Waves, Convergent, 2016), podcaster, and speaker focused on the science behind spiritual experiences. Mike lost his faith via atheism as…

Dwight Friesen

Speaker-Writer-Parish Collective

Dr. Dwight J. Friesen comes to us from the Lake Hills neighborhood of Seattle’s Eastside, though he was born and raised in Manitoba.  Dwight is an author, professor, and facilitator; currently teaching practical parish…

Bernadette Arthur

Speaker-Race Relations Advocate

Bernadette Arthur is a trainer, facilitator and coach in the areas of racial justice, biblical reconciliation and asset based community development. Bernadette is gifted in designing and facilitating learning events that offer "safe" space…

Peterson Toscano

Performance Artist-Queer Climate Change Activist

Peterson Toscano's unique personal journey led him into performance art. After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to de-gay himself through gay conversion therapy, he came to his senses and…

Emily Joy

Performance Artist-Spoken Word

Emily Joy is a spoken word poet and yoga teacher RYT 200 whose work focuses on the intersections of faith and sexuality, spiritual deconstruction, and creative writing. Emily has released two studio albums of…

Micah Bournes

Performance Artist-Spoken Word

Micah Bournes is a poet, rapper, and blues singer from Long Beach, California. He's most known for his dynamic performances of spoken word poetry. His work is full of stories from his life, and…

Brandan Robertson

Speaker-Author, Progressive Evangelical

Brandan Robertson is the Lead Pastor of Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego, CA and the author or contributing author to six books, including Nomad: A Spirituality For Travelling Light (DLT Books, 2016), True…

Grace Petrie

Musician-Activist

Grace Petrie is a folk singer, songwriter, and activist from Leicester, UK. She first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the…

Anna Golladay

Speaker-Artist-Parish Collective

Anna thrives on curating creative, spiritual & entrepreneurial possibility.  Via her social enterprise Work of Place she helps urban churches understand how their underutilized facilities can work alongside burgeoning entrepreneurs, often lacking in resource…

Matt Epp

Musician

On Shadowlands, veteran troubadour Matt Epp embarks on a journey through the geographies of darkness within him, sending back transmissions of lush, haunted Americana that embrace the dualities of this human thing—love, light, and the…

Diem LaFortune

Musician

2013 CFMA Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year Nominee - brings a huge heart, tons of soul, a rich alto and fine guitar playing to her performances. Lafortune’s lyrics are profound and prophetic instruments for…

Michiko Kai

Speaker

Michiko Bown-Kai is a candidate for ordained ministry within The United Church of Canada. Currently in congregational ministry in the East End of Toronto, Michiko brings a passion for social justice to their work…

Wendy Gritter

Speaker

Dr. Wendy VanderWal Gritter has served as Executive Director of Generous Space Ministries since 2002. Wendy recognizes that if any voices are missing, the Body of Christ is impoverished. She is deeply committed to…

Mother Tareka

Musician

Mother Tareka is a Syrian Palestinian MC and multi-instrumentalist, centered in HipHop Funk Jazz and Afrobeat grooves and dissident conscious lyrics. He is backed by the intricately soulful drums bass guitar jazz trio Easy…

Brenda MacIntyre

Musician

Medicine Song Woman Brenda MacIntyre, author and artist of the Medicine Song Oracle Cards™ & Music, is a Juno Award-winning singer, motivational speaker, indigenous drummer and wisdom-keeper. Brenda has shared her leadership and soul nationally on stage and…

Din of F105

Musician

Din is a self-taught songwriter who has played up to a thousand shows across North America. His only training was in opera singing (three years) from a professional prima donna in Toronto, and in…

Esther Kern

Speaker-Activist

Esther Kern Immigrated to Canada in 1969 with a USA Vietnam War Resister and has been active in the London and Toronto War Resister campaigns.  Her Professional Career included earning a Bachelor of Science…

Chris Davies

Speaker

Chris S. Davies is a Connecticut, US native and a Cleveland transplant and a wandering Irish Rover at heart.  She loves the church deeply, and is committed to finding ways to continue to bring…

Duane Gibson

Musician-Rapper

D.O. Gibson is a Guinness World Record setting rapper (longest freestyle ever 8 hours 45 minutes).  He has performed over a 1000 shows throughout Canada, Europe, Asia, and the US and had over ten…

Dave Harder

Speaker-Parish Collective

Dave is the pastor of a parish church called The Journey; a faith community comprised by a diverse group of friends who are seeking a common life together with their neighbours. Dave is an area…

Kim Radersma

Speaker

Kim teaches at Brock University where she is also completing her Ph.D. in Education with a focus on anti-racist pedagogy. The focus of her work is intertwined with her role as a mother of…

Drew Brown

Musician-Progressive Evangelical

Artist and advocate, poet and pastor, songwriter and storyteller... Drew Brown has the heart for connecting with people through music - and it's evident from the moment you meet him. This multi-award winning artist…

John VanDuzer

Speaker-Author

Author of two books, "LOONIE: Crazy talk about Faith and Finances" and "Amen." John is a speaker in high demand. Featured on CBC Radio's "Tapestry."   John is a marketing professional specializing in fundraising. One of the…

Forest Church Collective

Wendy Janzen, James Ravenscroft & Glen Warren

Started in the United Kingdom where there are now many groups, and connected in North America as the Wild Church Network, Forest Church is the name taken by groups who seek to connect with…

Bri-Anne Swan

Worship Leader

Bri-anne Swan, is a singer, songwriter, composer, and the Community Minister with the Living Presence Ministry, a new ministry initiative within Living Waters Presbytery of The United Church of Canada.  She has released two…

Brian Mitchell-Walker

Speaker

Brian is a certified teacher with the Enneagram Institute where he was taught by Don Riso and Russ Hudson.  He studied with Andrea Isaacs of EnneaMotions , the Faculty of the Deep Coaching Institute…