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WHO'S BEEN TO SKYLIGHT

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Anna Golladay

Speaker, Artist

Artist-Social Entrepreneur-Parish Collective.  Anna thrives on curating creative, spiritual & entrepreneurial possibility and is curator of Faithmarks.  Via her social enterprise Work of Place she helps urban churches understand how their underutilized facilities can…

    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…

      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…

        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…

          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…

            Carla Ewert

            Author, Speaker

            Carla Ewert is a Minneapolis-based writer and speaker and works as the Relationist, integrating members, for Convergence and the OPEN Network. She hosts the Holy Writ Podcast, where she talks with faith people about…

              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…

                Dave Harder

                Speaker

                Dave is a spiritual entrepreneur who lives at the intersection of spirituality in the everyday. Dave is curating the ReImagine venue for Skylight Festival.  He finds deep value in creating spaces of belonging and…

                  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…

                    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…

                      Doug Pagitt

                      Pastor, Author

                      Doug Pagitt is the pastor of Solomon's Porch and Founder of OPEN Network of Progressive Evangelicals. He is the author of many  books on spirituality, Christianity and leadership. Doug has connected with some Canadians…

                        Drew Brown

                        Musician

                        Drew lives in Milton, Ontario with his wife and two kids and engages/encourages people to think about how to live out justice & “table”-minded presence in their local context.  As an artist and advocate,…

                          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…

                            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…

                              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…

                                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…

                                  Evan Noodin Smith & Jesse Swance

                                  Indigenous Teachers

                                  The Reverend Evan Noodin Smith Rev. Evan Smith is ordained in the United Church of Canada and is the minister at Toronto Urban Native Ministry in Regent Park, Toronto. Evan is Queer, Two-Spirit, Anishinaabe,…

                                    Forest Church Collective

                                    James Ravenscroft & Glen Warren Speaker

                                    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…

                                      Ganosano, Adrian Jacobs

                                      Keeper of the Circle

                                      Ganosono, of the Turtle Clan, Cayuga Nation, Six Nations Haudenosaunee Confederacy, is also known by his GST name, Adrian Jacobs. He is a father of 5 & grandfather of 2. He is the Keeper…

                                        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…

                                          Harzel Katembe

                                          Speaker

                                          Harzel Katembe is a 24 years old student studying Business Administration (Finance). She is the current student President at the Kenya Methodist University - Mombasa.  She is the lastborn of a family of three…

                                            James Wilson

                                            Musician

                                            James Wilson a Singer/songwriter musician from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory. He has performed at many venues and competitions around Canada and the United States. In 2017 he had the great…

                                              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…

                                                Jonathan (Pastah J) Brooks

                                                Speaker, Performing Artist-Hip Hop

                                                Jonathan Brooks is a lifelong resident of Chicago, IL. He currently serves as Senior Pastor at Canaan Community Church in the West Englewood nieghborhood. He is also the Director of the joint degree program…

                                                  Joshua Fernandes

                                                  Speaker

                                                  Joshua jokes that he is a burnt-out activist, recovering from a young male ego. He hopes to approach outer social change through the frame of inner spiritual transformation. He loves cycling, cooking, civic engagement…

                                                    Julian Ochieng Omanje

                                                    Speaker

                                                    Julian Ochieng Omanje is a 22 years old student at KCA University - Kisumu Campus pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Procurement and Logistics. Julian is a second last born in a family of…

                                                      Kate Reid

                                                      Musician

                                                      Slam poetry meets folk music meets LGBTQ-themed tunes in Toronto-based singer-songwriter Kate Reid. Her songs just might have you rolling in the aisles with laughter or dabbing tears from your eyes, where singing about…

                                                        Kevin Makins

                                                        Pastor

                                                        Kevin is the founding pastor of Eucharist Church in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. His curiosity and spirit of adventure leads him to write, podcast, make videos, tour one-man shows, and act as a catalyst for…

                                                          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…

                                                            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…

                                                              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…

                                                                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…

                                                                  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…

                                                                    Moses Mbithi

                                                                    Speaker

                                                                    Moses Mbithi is one of the members of the Kenya Alliance Advancement for Children (KAACR) delegation. He is currently studying Peace and Conflict studies at Nazarene University – Nairobi. Moses’ life begun in Kibera…

                                                                      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…

                                                                        Pam Rocker

                                                                        Speaker

                                                                        Pam Rocker is an atypical activist, award-winning writer, musician and speaker. She has worked in the intersections of faith and queer identity for almost a decade, speaking and playing north and south of the…

                                                                          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…

                                                                            Randell Adjei

                                                                            Performing Artist, Spoken Word

                                                                            Randell Adjei is a passionate and devoted leader in his community. He currently serves as the Executive and Creative Director of R.I.S.E (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) Edutainment. Randell is an Inspirational speaker, spreading the…

                                                                              Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

                                                                              Speaker

                                                                              Dr. Robyn is a TransQueer Activist | Latinx Scholar | Public Theologian and is founder of the Activist Theology Project.  Knowing intimately that the borderlands are a place of learning and growth, Dr. Robyn…

                                                                                SHAD

                                                                                Performing Artist-Hip Hop

                                                                                If you boil down Shad’s trajectory as a hip-hop artist up to this point, it all comes down to love. At a show, his people stare up at him with unconditional amounts of the stuff…

                                                                                  Sunia Gibbs

                                                                                  Musician

                                                                                  Sunia is an artist and faith leader in pursuit of creative innovation that promotes connectivity and belonging. As an abstract painter and musician, she creates from conversations and experiences anchored to people and place.…

                                                                                    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…

                                                                                      Willow and the Deep

                                                                                      Musician

                                                                                      Willow and the Deep is Canadiana husband and wife duo, Leah Cogan and Chris Jackson. Their songs are stories from many cities, of many loves and struggles, that resonate locally in the working and…

                                                                                        Zarqa Nawaz

                                                                                        Filmmaker

                                                                                        Zarqa created the world’s first sitcom about a Muslim community living in the west. Little Mosque on the Prairie aired for 6 seasons, it was broadcast to over 60 countries.  She has also made…