Tears from Heaven as Brent preaches his final Pride

Rev. Hawkes bids his people farewell

After a quarter century of opening Pride Sunday in Toronto, Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes has announced that this is the last time he will preach at the annual Toronto festival.

Faith+Pride is an inclusive event that adds progressive spiritual vibrancy to the Pride Toronto festival. The Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto began holding the service in 1991. It is now recognized as the largest annual outdoor worship service in Canada, attracting more than 1500 congregants in 2016, including Mayor John Tory, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. This year’s service is expected to draw record crowds.

Rev. Hawkes has been the Senior Pastor at MCC Toronto since 1977. Under his direction, the church has grown from humble roots to become an internationally recognized beacon for human rights and social activism.

“We have faith and we have Pride,” said Rev. Hawkes. “We want everyone to know that no matter who you are or how you identify, you are perfectly made in God’s image. You are welcome here… welcome home.”