Shabbat Pride: Daniel Jonas
Friday, August 18th at 7:45 pm
Daniel Jonas is Chairperson of Havruta, an organization dedicated to promoting tolerance and acceptance of gay, lesbian and transgender people in Orthodox society in Israel. An observant Jew, Jonas first became motivated to volunteer and help closeted women and men following the attack at the Bar-Noar gay youth club in Tel-Aviv in August 2009. In recent years, Jonas has become increasingly involved in local Jerusalem politics and culture. Today, he serves as the spokesperson for Bimkom, which works to improve the quality of life, prospects for socio-economic development, and well-being of individuals and communities by strengthening democracy and human rights in the field of urban planning.
Guest Sermon with Rev’d Dr. Donald Boisvert
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH | 7:45 PM
In his youth, Rev’d Boisvert spent several years studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood. Much later, he turned to the Anglican church as a way of living out his faith with integrity as a Christian gay man. He has served at Christ Church Cathedral since 2012. Donald has a doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa (1990). He taught full-time at Concordia University, where he was also chair of the Department of Religion. His areas of teaching and research are the history of Christianity and the intersections of religion, gender, and sexuality. He is also a former Principal of the Montreal Diocesan Theological College. Donald is married to his long-time partner, Gaston.