Gary Paterson

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Gary Paterson

Diversity lies at the heart of the universe. But, we humans reflect that reality, we are not always
comfortable with it. Prejudice abounds, and we try to enforce a uniformity of belief and behaviour.
Unfortunately, religion is too often used to justify and support intolerance, instead of expanding
our vision. The growing change in attitudes toward LGBT people is a good example of religion at
its worst and best.

Gary is a “God-wrestler,” a United Church minister who has worked in Vancouver for over three
decades, from the Downtown Eastside to the cathedral-like St. Andrew’s-Wesley. For the last three
years he has been the Moderator of the United Church – the first openly gay person in the world to
lead a major Christian denomination. He is passionate about the spiritual journey that embraces
personal transformation and the work of justice.

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