Around Town: Cabinet of Canadians, lost $4,000 returned, Over 18 . . .

Shachi Kurl, a *** *** at Angus Reid ***, is co-chair of the Cabinet of Canadians.

Shachi Kurl, executive director of Angus Reid Institute, is co-chair of the Cabinet of Canadians.

Several local leaders have been named to the Cabinet of Canadians, a group selected as part of Faith in Canada 150 (FC150).

Those behind Faith in Canada 150 explain the movement in this way:

On the occasion of Canada’s 150 anniversary [in 2017], Canadians everywhere are celebrating what makes our country feel like home. We’re celebrating the cornerstone of many people’s daily lives — their faith.

The Cabinet of Canadians – 41 strong at this point, from a wide range of faiths – is “an assembly of leading Canadians from industry, politics, religion, academia and culture whose role will to be lend their respective voices to the discussion of faith as an integral part of our public dialogue.”

Representing British Columbia are Shachi Kurl (co-chair of FC150, she is executive director of the Angus Reid Institute); Tom Cooper (president of City in Focus); Leah Kostamo (co-founder of A Rocha Canada); and Ray Aldred (director of the Indigenous Studies Program at Vancouver School of Theology).

faithincanada150-2Faith in Canada 150 is supported by Cardus, a think tank “dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture.” Here is their rationale for initiating FC150:

A public square stripped of faith and its expression is one in which hope, forgiveness, grace, and mystery will wither. . . .

We reach out in honest yet hospitable ways to engage faith traditions other than our own. We welcome without overwhelming.We converse apart from imperatives of conversion.

In our secular age, we believe a fundamental commitment to pluralism is vital for a think tank committed to its Christian foundations, and for a free society to flourish. If faith can be categorized into act, content and conduct, we begin with a grace-filled rapprochement among Canadians turned toward making faith the active principle in their lives.

We can respectfully disagree with the content of other faiths. We can offer charitable critique if the conduct of other faithful people is at odds with Canadian tradition. But we must always vigorously protect the shared space in which all acts of faith occur, even those acts of faith required to disavow belief in the transcendent. . . .

For the full statement go here.  FC150, chaired by Andrew Bennett (formerly Canada’s first ambassador for religious freedom), will undertake a number of  initiatives and events over the course of the next year.

Salvation Army hero

louielumio-northshorenewsShe wanted to be generous – but not that generous. A North Shore woman inadvertently gave several thousand dollars to the Salvation Army, mixed in with some other items. Only the honesty and alertness of a young employee resulted in her retrieving her money.

A November 1 article by Brent Richter in the North Shore News told the story:

A North Vancouver Salvation Army donation sorter is being hailed a hero after finding a large sum of cash accidentally tucked into a donated bag.

Early in October, a woman who was preparing to move from North Vancouver stopped in to the Capilano branch on Fell Avenue to donate some clothes and accessories she no longer needed.

She came back the next day in tears, saying somewhere within her donations was $4,000 in savings.

“She told us that she accidentally donated the money and she needs the money,” said Louie Lumio, who had only been working at the thrift shop for the last three months. . .

Several weeks later, Lumio found the money and returned it.

Lumio said he didn’t for a moment consider keeping the money for himself.

“I feel so good because I helped her find her money and I know she really needed it,” he said.

In part, it was out of his Christian duty, he added.

“I actually grew up in seminary school. I was there for six years. I was serving God as well as studying. That’s what the seminary taught me – to do the right thing,” he said.

Hope for the Sold: Over 18

over18-1Several local churches will be showing a movie highlighting the ever-increasing risk of exposure to pornography. Hope for the Sold (makers of Red Light Green Light) have just completed Over 18.

They point out:

Here’s a paradox: pornography is getting more violent, sexist, and racist as it’s becoming more mainstream.

  • 88% of porn scenes contain physical aggression (spanking, gagging, slapping)
  • 49% of porn scenes contain verbal aggression (ie. name-calling)

Kids are finding porn online.

The age of showing ID at the video store to get access to adult content is gone, and it’s time we start protecting kids from being exposed to harmful online content. The first step is to have a frank and honest conversation about porn.

This is why we’ve made a new film called Over 18, and we’re in full swing planning our tour across the nation!

Over 18 will be shown at Gracepoint Community Church (November 6); Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver (November 7);  West Coast Christian Fellowship (November 8); Granville Chapel (November 15); and Tenth Church East Van (November 16).

Letisha Reimer remembered

Letisha Reimer is remembered with great affection at South Abbotsford Church.

Letisha Reimer is remembered with great affection at South Abbotsford Church.

The 13 year old girl killed in a knife attack at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School November 1 was described in a Vancouver Sun article as:

“a happy girl who was deeply involved in the congregation at the evangelical South Abbotsford Church. The church’s pastor, Matt Ewert, expressed his grief in a written statement, describing Reimer as a ray of sunshine for everyone around her.

“Letisha had a vibrant faith in Jesus; a faith that shaped the way in which she lived her life. She generously gave her time, energy and heart in sacrificial service, both to those inside our church family and to those in our broader community. There is so much about her life that is worthy of remembrance and reflection,” Ewert said.

Ewert added on the church’s Facebook page:

It is our firm belief that because of what Jesus accomplished in His life, death and resurrection, Letisha has passed into the hands of a loving God and is experiencing the reality of her eternal reward. While we are grieved, we do not grieve as those who are without hope.

We invite everyone to be in prayer for the Reimer family as they navigate this incredibly difficult time.

October 31, 2016

Lecture Tour: Dr. Tom McLeish in BC's Lower Mainland – October 31, 2016 - November 3, 2016 at All Day

November 3, 2016

CPJ: An Evening at A Rocha – November 3, 2016 at All Day
Showtimes for 'I'm Not Ashamed' – November 3, 2016 - November 8, 2016 at All Day
Christian College & University Fair – November 3, 2016 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Tom McLeish: Noon Hour Discussion – November 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation – November 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Making Sense of Anxiety in Children and Youth – November 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tom McLeish: A Modern Scientist in the Footsteps of Job – November 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Trinity Western University's production of SMASH, a British comedy – November 3, 2016 - November 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
In the Flesh by Paige Louter – November 3, 2016 - November 5, 2016 at 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

November 4, 2016

Christian College & University Fair – November 4, 2016 at 8:30 am - 10:30 am
The Compassion Experience – November 4, 2016 - November 7, 2016 at 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
An Honest Conversation About Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) – November 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cheers to Awareness – November 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Eugene Cho & David Ruis – November 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Trinity Western University’s Chamber Singers night, “In Every Season” – November 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 5, 2016

Discerning Your Call: Praying with the Apostles & Ignatius of Loyola Retreat – November 5, 2016 at 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
SCSBC Leadership Conference – November 5, 2016 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Ken Shigematsu: God in My Everything - Life-Giving Rhythms for Connecting with God Every Day – November 5, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Christian Advocacy Society Dinner Banquet Fundraiser – November 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Eugene Cho & David Ruis – November 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hymn Festival: Holy Spirit Breathe On Me – November 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Trinity Western University’s Chamber Singers night, “In Every Season” – November 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 6, 2016

Jazz Vespers: Geoff Claridge Quartet – November 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dr Rita Nakashima Brock: The Invisible Wounds of Trauma and Pathways to Recovery – November 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – November 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 7, 2016

Celebrating the Story of Streams: Streams of Justice 10 Year Anniversary – November 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – November 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 8, 2016

His Mercy Endures Forever – November 8, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – November 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Institute of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives Lecture: The Importance and Role of Education as Part of the Reconciliation Journey – November 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 9, 2016

Dr. Myron Penner: Science and Naturalistic Explanations of Supernatural Belief – November 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Soaking Prayer – November 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Leaders' Series: Dr. Paul Rowe - Has ISIS Already Won? The Future of Minorities in the Middle East – November 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Lorraine Foster (sings Vera Lynn) – November 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

November 10, 2016

Irene Kordalis Pedersen: The Book of Hebrews – November 10, 2016 - November 17, 2016 at All Day
Saint of Calcutta: Mother Teresa Exhibit – November 10, 2016 - November 12, 2016 at All Day
JustWork: A Taste of Dignity – November 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Suitcase Stories by Maki Yi – November 10, 2016 - November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Most Massive Woman Wins by Madeleine George – November 10, 2016 - November 12, 2016 at 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

November 11, 2016

Eryn Sharpe Trio – November 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fr. Rob Galea: No Greater Love – November 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Music for Remembrance: Duruflé’s Requiem – November 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 12, 2016

Youth Unlimited: That Love – November 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

November 13, 2016

IDOP Sunday: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – November 13, 2016 at All Day
The OTHER Catholics: The Eastern Catholic Churches – November 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Andrea Menard – November 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Dave Guiney Swing Band – November 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
IDOP Sunday: International Christian Response – November 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

November 15, 2016

Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – November 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 16, 2016

Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – November 16, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Welcome the Stranger: Refugees Becoming Neighbours – November 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Bill Sample – November 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

November 17, 2016

Ring Out! – November 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Vancouver Water Bash 2016 – November 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 18, 2016

Indigenous Wisdom of the Earth Conference – November 18, 2016 - November 20, 2016 at All Day
TWU Preview Weekend – November 18, 2016 - November 19, 2016 at 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Christmas Kettle Campaign: Official Launch – November 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
'Uncovering Vision' Art Show - Opening Night (Eastside Culture Crawl) – November 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Michael W. Smith & Amy Grant Christmas – November 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Music@Queens Concert Series: Two on the Bench – November 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Youth Unlimited: That Love – November 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

November 19, 2016

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – November 19, 2016 - November 20, 2016 at 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Maple Ridge Christian School Kindergarten Open House – November 19, 2016 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Crossroads' Annual Decor & More Sale – November 19, 2016 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fair Trade Christmas Market – November 19, 2016 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Say 'Yes' to Life (and Stop Kinder Morgan) – November 19, 2016 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunshine Ridge Craft Market – November 19, 2016 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
'Uncovering Vision' Art Show (Eastside Culture Crawl) – November 19, 2016 - November 20, 2016 at 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Christmas Open Market – November 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Missions Fest 2016 Fundraising Bash – November 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Forgiven / Forgotten – November 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In His Presence – November 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Youth Unlimited: That Love – November 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

November 20, 2016

Jazz Vespers: Ingrid Stitt – November 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: The Arntzens - Three Generations – November 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

November 21, 2016

BC Christian Academy Kindergarten Open House – November 21, 2016 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am

November 22, 2016

Arnold Sikkema: Quantum Physics & Christianity – November 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Catholic Forum: Depression - A Sickness or a Sin? – November 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Physician Assisted Suicide – November 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 23, 2016

EFC Webinar: Is pornography a public health issue? – November 23, 2016 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Kairos Blanket Exercise Facilitator Training – November 23, 2016 - November 24, 2016 at 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Surrey Christian School Open House – November 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: LJ Mounteney – November 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

November 24, 2016

Vancouver Consultation: City Summit – November 24, 2016 - November 25, 2016 at All Day
Christmas Shopping at Brooksdale – November 24, 2016 - November 25, 2016 at All Day
Alex Schadenberg: Bill C-14 Assisted Suicide Bill – November 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 25, 2016

Ecstasy of the Soul Before the Glory of Christ: Holy Eucharist and Mystical Experience – November 25, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Alex Schadenberg: The Euthanasia Deception – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel North Shore – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Richmond-Delta – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Surrey – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Tri-Cities – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Vancouver – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christmas Benefit Concert presented by L'Arche Greater Vancouver – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Joshua Hyslop – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Luke 15 House Dinner Fundraiser – November 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Langley – November 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Awaiting Christmas: Sacred Music for Advent – November 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Forgiven / Forgotten – November 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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