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Without these sponsors
the World Religion Boat would not have sailed!
We are very thankful to:
Internationale Roze Kerk Den Haag
Gerwin Smit Rotterdam
Bob Angelo Fonds
MK Blooms, Noordwijkerhout
Gemeente Den Haag
Bijbels Museum, Amsterdam
Our big anonymous sponsor
And many, many, many smaller sponsors
Big and small donations are still very welcome!
The World Relgion Boat welcomes Tula, Arjanne, Nanda, Susanne, Rhona, Cohen, Cees, Susanna, Mala-Maria, Elina, Annette, JanWillem, Goran, George, Peter, Marja, Theo, Magali, Radjesh, Aartie, Nico, Frederic, Dirk, Stephan, Moses, Matthijs, Marloes, Saskia, Marinus, Mala, Rabia, Patricia, Yaniv, Kiki, Lieke, Marjolein, Greg, Sharida, Jolanda, Kees, Tal, Sandhia, Corrie, Mary, Margaret, Ben, Jolanda, Sophia, Katia, Berendien, Esther, Esther, Yael, Reijer, Annette, Bidjay, Mitra, Ronny, Joyce, Andjenie, Heleen, Jacqueline, Anita, Wielie, Shaan, Rati, Inga, Bart, Jolanda, Tarja, Barbara, Pierre, Ludovic, Frits, Rob, RobertJan, Gokmen, Paula, Tamarah, Boris and Sieb. We are very happy you will sail with us and spread the message ‘Coexist in Freedom!’ because We Are One!!!Click buttons to share this on social media.
Drag queen Kiki Boops, known from Holland’s Got Talent, will join the World Religion Boat during Gay Pride. She will sing the themesong ‘We are the World’. By sailing on the World Religion Boat Kiki wants to show that she believes …..
Aneudy Garcia’s alter ego Kiki Boops represents the searching believers on the World Religion Boat. It was confusing for the organization whether Aneudy could join the event without an active religion. That was why Chairperson, Barbara Rogoski started a conversation with him. For Aneudy this was unique, ‘I wasn’t judged for who I am, but asked about my vision on religion.’
Aneudy grew up in a deeply religious family in the Dominican Republic. ‘A coming out means that you don’t fit anymore in the picture that your church is painting, but it doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love you anymore. If your faith is real, you can actually FEEL God.’ Aneudy was looking for answers and found new questions. But all questions and answers lead him to a clear conclusion: ‘God exists and He exists for all of us.’ Aneudy says that his knowledge is limited, but he has an open view to all ideas and is looking for a religious place where he can come home to.
In his personal experience people are experiencing religion in a wrong way: ‘People are living by rules written down in very old books. We should realize that we are living now, many generations after the people that wrote those books. It’s important what you are doing with your faith TODAY! We are the people that should rewrite the Holy scriptures! It’s all about recognizing, feeling and experiencing God! We should include everybody, because we are all God’s creation!’
Aneudy takes Jesus as an example. Jesus didn’t stick to the old stories in the old Testament, the Jewish scrolls. He was innovative! He adjusted his Jewish religion to the time he was living in and preached God’s love for all. That’s the way we should do it, too. You have to figure out ‘What can I get out of my religion?”
The message that the World Religion Boat wants to share with the world fits perfectly with Aneudy’s vision. When we are talking about the boat, Aneudy gets all excited. As a visual artist, it’s no problem for him to visualize the boat on August 6th: ‘All religions will be there, hand in hand, together showing the world that it’s all about love and respect.’ According to Aneudy, it’s just another way of thinking: ‘It’s all about respect, that will make sure that the differences no longer create distance.’ ‘Hey look at us here on this boat, we even have a drag queen!’
When we asked him if he thinks being on the boat will have consequences for his career, Aneudy is very clear: ‘ I do this for my heart! Everything will be alright, because If God is not with me, I don’t know!’ He even believes he received his artistic from God. ‘God gave me these gifts, if I don’t use them He could take them again. Art is what I am!’
A final message Aneudy Garcia/Kiki Boops wants to share with us is: ‘Don’t be afraid to be good! No matter the God you have, if you keep goodness in your heart, that God is gonna be good with you!’Click buttons to share this on social media.
Roze Zaterdag, Amsterdam, opening EuroPride 2016
After an amazing day in het Vondelpark, we gathered at the M. It was so nice to finaly meet so many people that are on our guest list. We have been mailing with all our guests, but many of them we never saw in real life till this day.
The M was meetingpoint for the religious groups in the march, meaning De vlaggenactie from Wielie Elhorst and Berendien Bos and our Coexist group. During the march we formed one group and that felt powerful! The banner of the World Religion Boat was the face of the religious LGBT’s and the huge rainbowflag, 25 meters!, was it’s body; God’s family was showing itself!
It was so special to be part of the Pride March together with another 10.000 participants, to walk through the crowds to the Dam, to see how our message spread. Some of the audience just read the message and smiled, others started an aplause that found it’s way through the crowd.
The march stopped at de Dam, but our journey will go on, at least till August 6th. Then we will sail and show them our message again! Coexist in Freedom! If we can do it on a boat, YOU can do it too!Click buttons to share this on social media.
The Coexist Team will join the EuroPride Pride Walk in Amsterdam on July 23th and we would like YOU to join us!
Do you recognize yourself in the theme of the World Religion Boat: Coexist in Freedom, where all LGBTIQ and hetero! can live together no matter their religion. Than please come and walk with us!
The walk starts from the Vondelpark at 19.00 hr, the route will go straight through the center of Amsterdam and we will finish at the Dam square. You can recognize us from our banner!Click buttons to share this on social media.
ARE YOU INTERESTED TO SPONSOR OUR BRACELETS????
On the boat all people will wear 7 bracelets in the colors of the rainbow. Every color will represent one of the religions present on the boat and will have a matching phrase on it. This morning Nathalie donated 250 euro to make the Muslim bracelets possible. This bracelet is red and will have a beautiful phrase:A great way to support our project Nathalie Thank you so much!
For 250 euro you will we the sponsor of the purple Christian, the blue Jewish, the yellow Hindustani/Buddhist, the orange Krishna, the green humanist or the pink LGBT bracelets! Sponsoring can be done by individuals like Nathalie or organisations. Please contact us on Facebook, the website worldreligionboat.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BEN JIJ OOK GEINTERESSEERD OM ONZE ARMBANDJES TE SPONSOREN????
Op de boot zullen alle deelnemers 7 armbandjes dragen in de kleuren van de regenboog. Iedere kleur zal een van de religies op de boot vertegenwoordigen. Er zal ook een tekst op staan die passend is bij die religie. Vanochtend doneerde Nathalie 250 euro om de Moslim armbandjes mogelijk te maken. Dit armbandje is rood en heeft een prachtige tekst. Een fantastische manier om ons project te steunen Nathalie, heel hartelijk dank!
Voor 250 euro sponsor jij het paarse Christenbandje, blauwe Joodse, het gele Hindoestaanse/Boedistische, het oranje Krishna, het groene humanistische of het roze LHBT armbandje! Zowel individuen zoals Nathalie als organisaties kunnen ons sponsoren. Neem alstublieft contact met ons op via Facebook, de website worldreligionboat.com of email email@example.comClick buttons to share this on social media.
SPECIAL OFFER FROM THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE WORLD RELIGION BOAT: For Euro 295.00 donation, Barbara Rogoski will personally prepare her world famous delicious Mexican dinner for 4 for you in your home! Frozen margaritas, guacamole to die for, beef or veggie burritos and for dessert DEEP FRIED ICE CREAM.
Please help us raise money for the boat and have a delicious dinner for 4 prepared specially for you!
Go to our donate page and send us a note and the donation today! Please share this offer with your friends! Gracias!
We are very proud to let you know that the French gay imam and doctor in social and human sciences
Ludovic Mohammed Zahedwill be on the World Religion Boat!
He is a French Muslim who is gay, and a feminist. He no longer wants people to think that it is an impossible blend, and that these different aspects of his identity are incompatible, just because of fascists’ violence which as nothing to do with islam as a spirituality based on peace and inclusivity. With this in mind he started a mosque in Paris in 2010 where all people are welcome to pray together. All are welcome, no matter their religious background or sexual orientation.
About the need for places like this Ludovic Zahed said “Today in France, gay teenagers are almost 15 times more likely than those who are straight to kill themselves because of their sexual orientation. Left deeply bruised by this fact, I decided to create an association in support of LGBT+ French, European and North African Muslims.”
“For me it is mandatory to fight against all discrimination and prejudices especially those within our minorities towards other faith based traditions”. We hope that the World Religion Boat, together with all religious leaders, activists and members on the boat, can show the world that all discrimination and prejudices can be thrown overboard when we show eachother respect and love!Click buttons to share this on social media.