Authenticity in Diversity
June 19, 2021 @ 2:00PM — 4:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Explore authenticity and relationship to the divine through stories, song and practices as facilitated by Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil, who approaches these themes as a transgender interfaith minister.
Authenticity in Diversity
Saturday, June 16 | 2pm - 4pm EST (2 hours)
Tickets $ 25
BIPOC tickets by donation**
Event on Zoom, led by Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil
All are welcome, no matter what your gender or sexual orientation.
We all have wisdom to learn from the path of queerness.
When we don't fit the boundaries of the map that's been given to us, we have to find our own way forward. When we don't hear ourselves reflected in the language of the culture we inherit, we have to tell our own stories. Painful as this search for authenticity can be, it can also be a path that's rich with wisdom, creativity, and healing. And as we learn to find our own internal compass, we become more free to shine our unique divine light in the world.
Many queer people of faith know in our bones that the story of Godde we've inherited is simply not big enough to hold all the truth, beauty, and pain of this world. We know that Godde is in us, as we are in Godde, and an expansive, diverse vision of Godde belongs to all of us.
As a transgender interfaith minister, Rev Simon Ruth de Voil has spent his life learning to stand in his loving, embracing, and wildly unconventional vision of Godde. He encourages everyone—regardless of identity or sexual orientation—to seek out their own authentic and individual relationship with the Godde that speaks in their heart.
This afternoon workshop will combine short lectures with music, storytelling, and practices to help listen our way toward the unique voice of Godde in each of us.
** In alignment with All Souls’ vision of a just, peaceful, and loving world, registration for this event is available to members of the BIPOC community on a donation basis. We welcome all BIPOC registrants regardless of ability to pay.
Reverend Simon Ruth de Voil is an interfaith/interspiritual musical minister, trained to be a sacred presence outside the conventions of traditional religion. As a musician, spiritual mentor and worship leader he incorporates chant, ritual, poetry, storytelling, and mindful practice to create a space for profound connection and sacred witness.
Simon is an accomplished musician and songwriter with 20 years of experience as a performer. Originally a folk musician, he still very occasionally tours in Australia, Canada, and Scotland, as well as the US.
For the last 14 years, though, Simon’s focus and calling has been in sacred music. This grew out of his work at Iona Abbey, and has since led him to provide music for worship, ceremony, and prayer in a wide variety of churches and non-religious spiritual communities. He particularly loves to create music for meditation, healing services, and rites of passage.
For the past 5 years, Simon has served as director of the musical ministry for Unity Spiritual Enrichment Center in Port Townsend, WA. He’s also a youth mentor, a maker of sacred objects, and a YouTuber. He considers his livestream channel and online community worship services to be among his most creative and vibrant musical offerings.
You can find out more about Simon and hear his music at www.simondevoil.com