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Issue: July at  18 July 2013

Liverpool Pride interfaith celebration to be biggest yet

BUILDING on this year's Liverpool Pride theme:- 'Superheroes'; the service has the title 'The Hero Within' and takes place at 7pm on Thursday, 1 August 2013 at Ullet Road Unitarian Church Hall, Ullet Road. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people of all faiths and none, and their friends and family are all invited to attend.

Faiths represented at the service will include Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Quaker, Paganism, Unitarian and more. Traditions from each faith will be included such as prayer, chanting, affirmations, readings, poetry, music and moments of silence. The LGBT choir will sing and the service will be followed by a vegetarian buffet at 8pm.

Spectrum of Spirituality is a network of LGBT people of faith and the groups that support them. They hosted their first interfaith celebration service in 2010; believed to be the first LGBT Pride interfaith event in the UK at the time.

During this year's service, people will also be invited to write down their hopes, dreams, or a prayer and these will be carried by Spectrum of Spirituality representatives at the official Liverpool Pride march on Saturday, 3 August 2013.

Ahead of the service, on 25 July 2013m between 3pm to 8pm, people can also participate in an art workshop at the church hall and create 'heroic' pieces of art which will go on display at the service. Press are invited to the workshop to take photographs and interview members of Spectrum of Spirituality.

Warren Hartley, Chair of Spectrum of Spirituality said:- "One of the key principles of Liverpool Pride is to be inclusive, which also means including people of all faiths and none. This year's celebration will have more representatives of different faiths and spiritual traditions than ever before. By incorporating elements of each faith; the whole spectrum of belief; we hope to create a real celebration of unity through diversity."

Sue Branch, a Buddhist representative said:- "It's a joyous occasion; full of warmth, connectedness and hope, with an indelible sense of belonging. That is part of its real worth. I'm a believer that your faith should bring you joy and happiness and a sense of delight. Spectrum of Spirituality's mission and vision is for a world where people do not have to choose between their spirituality and their sexuality or gender identity. The rainbow is the inspiration for this celebration because as well as being a symbol of LGBT pride and diversity, it is also an ancient symbol of hope in the mythology and faith of many cultures around the world."

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