Welcome to the brand new Affirming PIE Video!
Brought to you by Affirming Connections and Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble.
Join our pie-loving hosts Stéphane and Pam as they introduce us to PIE and as five Affirming ministries tell their stories about their Public, Intentional, and Explicit work and welcome for the LGBTQ2SIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two Spirit, Intersex, Asexual, +) community.
Reflect on your own recipes and possibilities for further LGBTQ2SIA+ inclusion in your community!
This 15 minute video is completely free to download and stream.
PIE Day: pieday.ca/
Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble: affirmunited.ause.ca/
Affirming Connections: affirmingconnections.com/
Video concept, script, and design: Pam Rocker and Julie Graham
A huge slice of thank you’s to our hosts:
- Stéphane Youdom
- Pam Rocker
This video was partially made possible by the generous individual donors of the Gifts with Vision program of the United Church of Canada. Your donations and alternative Christmas gifts made our PIE storytelling dream a reality.
Affirming Connections and its Director, Pam Rocker, produced this video to continue their mandate to strengthen and amplify the affirming actions of inclusive faith communities in the Calgary area, and beyond, and to be in the public square for issues of faith and justice.
Affirming Connections is currently funded by St. Andrews Regional Ministries and the Calgary Presbytery of United Churches. andychurch.org/
Thank you to the Affirming ministries who told your PIE stories and showed us how to keep the Affirming welcome fresh and delicious:
Hillhurst United Church, Calgary AB
McKillop United Church, Lethbridge, AB
Kamloops United Church, Kamloops, BC
Trinity-Clifton pastoral charge, Charlottetown PEI
Riverside United Church, London ON
Main PIE Video Produced by:
Downtime Productions, Calgary
Producer/Director: Leah Nicholson
Cinematographer: Dan Crittenden
Editor/Mixer: Kevin Weir
Production Designer: Amanda Nicholson
Colourist: Kila Price
Boom Op: Andrew Tucker
Special thanks to Sidewalk Citizen Bakery in Calgary for the location!
About our PIE Video hosts:
Stéphane is a mathematician, designer, artist, and playwright. His roots arose from a beautiful village in the west Cameroonian mountains called Batié. As a racialized, queer, non-gender conforming individual, he knows there is much to be done, and his Christian faith fuels his work.
He has worked with Vielbunt and Homosexuel und Kirche, two associations dedicated to educate people about the LGBTQ2S+ in Germany, Rainbow of Africa - an afro- Caribbean LGBTQ+ association in Montreal, and now with the Francoqueers de l’Ouest in Edmonton, Alberta.
Pam is an atypical activist, award-winning writer, musician and speaker. Pam is most well known for bridging the imposed binaries of queer and faith identities, by working alongside faith leaders and communities who want to become more Affirming, and working with queer folks who desire to practice their faith and to live in the fullness of their identity. She has been doing this work for almost a decade.
She is currently the Director of Affirming Connections, an organization that fosters values of advocacy, affirmation and activism within faith communities in the Calgary region.