Panel : Spiritual Queer Spaces

Spiritual Queer Spaces

January 29, 2021
4:30 – 5:30p

FREE virtual event
Live on facebook & YouTube

What do LGBTQ+ affirming spiritual spaces look like? How have Latino/a/x queer communities found value in these spaces? And what are the barriers to building and maintaining these spaces while being inclusive of the community? These are just some of the questions we will look to answer in our January panel.

For many Latino/a/x LGBTQ+ folks spirituality and religion are a powerful sources of support, community strength and emotional healing. But, many of these spaces also have a long history of causing trauma and death for LGBTQ+ people. So how do we as a community find spirituality that feeds our soul instead of crushing it?

Panel will feature perspectives from Rev. Santos Cancel and Rev. Edwin Perez Jr. The panel will moderated by the Center’s Latinx Program Officer Max Cisneros.

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(from left to right) Our speakers Rev. Santos Cancel and Rev. Edwin Perez Jr.
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About our Panelists

Rev. Santos Cancel – Panelist

Rev. Cancel (he, him) is from Puerto Rico yet was brought to the United States as a newborn. After a ten year career in the banking industry, Rev. Cancel decided to complete his studies with a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science at Mercy College in 2008 along with a master’s degree in mental health counseling completed in 2013. Rev Santos has worked with church congregations for over 20 years, mostly living in Bronx, NY where he completed his seminary in 2016, at Living Word Ministries. In addition he completed a clinical internship with the Pride Center of Staten Island. Despite an unexpected early retirement, he has not stopped advocating, counseling, and working with his community. Currently he is a volunteer at a local food pantry in Stamford CT where he resides.

Rev. Edwin Perez Jr. – Panelist

Rev. Perez (he/him or él) is the associate pastor at Manantial de Gracia United Church of Christ (UCC) in West Hartford, CT. Edwin works for the City of New Haven, where he also resides and has served the faith, Latinx, and LGBTQ communities. He is also a writer and advisor for Encuentros UCC, a Latinx LGBTQ faith network and ministry. | Manantial de Gracia – Sundays 11:30 am.