Sunday, August 25th
Time: 1 pm
Location: Highland Hills United Church, 21 Newcastle St., Minden.
PRIDE comes in many beliefs and spiritual practices. Come join in the PRIDE Service. Highland Hills United Church is hosting this service to include Rev. Max Ward, and Rev. Canon Milton Barry of the Anglican Church of Canada, Anne Taylor, a Michi Saagii Anishinaabe Kwe from Wshkiigmong (Curve Lake First Nation) and Mala Sikka and Terry Hagan, both resident Teachers of the Dharma Centre of Canada (with an emphasis on Buddhist practices, The Dharma Centre hosts qualified teachers from different traditions and paths of awakening).
Come share our understandings contributing to peace in our changing world. Celebrate our diversity with confidence towards well-being for all. Never been to such a service? This will be your opportunity.
Rev. Max Ward B.A. M.Div.
Max is married and has 3 children; Lily born September 2003, Emily born October 2006 and Thomas born January 2013. Max enjoys being with people of all ages, talking with them and encouraging them along their spiritual journey. Max is a very approachable person who is friendly and easy going most of the time!
The Reverend Canon Milton Barry began his ministry in his home province of Saskatchewan. He has served in several parishes in Peterborough and Toronto, including at Grace Church on the Hill for 18 years. He is currently a part time priest at St James Emily. Milton lives in Peterborough and is an avid sailor, cottager and curler.
Anne Taylor is a Michi Saagii Anishinaabe Kwe from Wshkiigmong, known in English as Curve Lake First Nation. She grew up in her Grandparent’s house and then moved in with her Great Grandmother. She attended Trent University, obtaining her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Indigenous Studies. She spends a great deal of time with Elders from her community, learning stories and histories of First Nations in the area. Anne is a life long student of the Anishinaabe language. She feeds and maintains that relationship with her language through simple ceremony and through her family. Anne follows Bimaadiziwin, living life in a good way, through following traditional teachings and ceremony.
Terry Hagan met his teacher the late Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche at the age of 22 and became his personal assistant for the next 27 years. During this time Terry was constantly with Rinpoche as he gave teachings and empowerments in many countries, circling the globe at least once each year. In his travels Terry also received teachings and transmissions from many great masters such as HH 16th Karmapa, HH Sakya Trizen, HH Dalai Lama, HE Choegye Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche. Since 2008 Terry has been a student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Having almost 40 years of experience in the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana approaches to Buddha Dharma, Terry still considers himself a beginner in this vast study of the mind. His love of the the natural world inspires his teachings and combined with his sense of humour and story telling ability provide a fresh and accessible approach to Dharma.
Mala Kikka was born in Uk of Indian descent. More than thirty years ago Mala was a young adult in need of a sanctuary in the midst of the chaos of London UK, having just graduated in her B.A in Theatre Design. Her search for refuge led her to meet her first Zen meditation teacher, – Roshi John Garrie, who taught her the nature of suffering and its cessation through the art of Mindfulness and body awareness. Roshi later gave her his blessings to teach. Since then Mala has been teaching meditation always with a basis of movement awareness, offering courses and retreats to all age groups. Mala ahas received teachings and transmissions from HH.Dalai Lama, HH.Sakya Trizen, Myingyur Rinpoche, j and Tsoknyi RInpoche amongst others. She is a qualified Shiatsu/Seiki – Soho Practitioner and Amerta movement teacher, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerta_Movement, and has led meditation retreats in Europe, Australia and Canada since 1988. She was a long term student of the late Namgyal Rinpoche and since 2008 her teacher is Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
Mala and Terry were both resident Teachers of the Dharma Centre for over 5 years and left the centre in 2011 to undertake a 3 Year meditation in India under the guidance of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. They completed their retreat in the foothills of the Himalayas in November 2015. They have been back with the Dharma Centre as resident teachers since Nov 2017. their next retreat is https://www.dharmacentre.org/awakening-breath-by-breath-2019.html