Pagans show their pride in Surrey

From The Surrey Now: Pagans show their pride in Surrey

High Priestess Michele Favarger and Priest David Malinski of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Canada shown during a ritual performance Saturday afternoon at Pagan Pride Day in North Surrey. Photograph by: GORD GOBLE, NOW

High Priestess Michele Favarger and Priest David Malinski of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Canada shown during a ritual performance Saturday afternoon at Pagan Pride Day in North Surrey.
Photograph by: GORD GOBLE, NOW

The 17th annual Vancouver Pagan Pride Day, held Saturday in Surrey’s  Hawthorne Park, drew 350 people from all religions and walks of life, up from  last year’s turnout of 250.

Kerr Cuhulain, Preceptor General of the Order of Scathach and organizer of  the event, said it was very successful and well-received by locals and the city.  Surrey-Whalley MLA Bruce Ralston was in attendance and spoke in support of the  pagan community.

“He seemed to be very pleased with how our community was growing and how  supportive we are of various charities in the community,” said Cuhulain, adding  the event collected about 30 pounds of food for the Surrey Food Bank.

Spooky witches at Pagan Pride Day? Not really. This is merely one part of a rather grand ritual by the Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Canada. Priestess Mary Malinski sweeps the circle. Photograph by: GORD GOBLE, NOW

Spooky witches at Pagan Pride Day? Not really. This is merely one part of a rather grand ritual by the Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Canada. Priestess Mary Malinski sweeps the circle.
Photograph by: GORD GOBLE, NOW

Cuhulain read an address from Mayor Dianne Watts, who was out of town at the  time.

“Surrey is proud to be a culturally, ethnically and spiritually diverse  city,” read the statement. “We view this as one of our greatest strengths and  thank the pagan community present in Surrey and the Lower Mainland region for  openly sharing their rich religious background.

Cuhulain said he plans to keep Vancouver Pagan Pride Day in Surrey next year,  though the location may change.

Priest David Malinski of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Canada leads church members in song during Saturday’s Pagan Pride Day in North Surrey.
Photograph by: GORD GOBLE, NOW

“There are a lot of people using Hawthorne Park, and with the numbers and the  merchants expanding, we may start looking for a larger venue within the city,”  he said.

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High Priestess and founder of Circle of the Sacred Muse, Mary Malinski is also a life coach. You can find more of her writings and guided meditations at http://walkswithin.com

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