Around Town: Community Day, TWU law school, All My Relations, Mr. Rogers . . .

Pastor Jonathan Chan and Crucible Church are heavily involved in preparing for Richmond Community Day, July 7 at Richmond Olympic Oval.

Graeme Wood wrote about their participation in Richmond News June 8. Here is a portion of the article:

“Community days facilitated by residents are rare and since many residents live in isolation, the goal of this block party is to encourage everyone to close the isolation gap,” said Chan. . . .

And it’s not just a hunch. A recent study out of McGill and UBC showed happiness is lower in high-density neighbourhoods. Richmond’s City Centre neighbourhoods reported the highest levels of isolation and least amount of happiness. A community health study by Vancouver Coastal Health found social isolation to be the most pressing health concern in Richmond.

“We hope this event will deepen neighbourly trust, respect and co-dependency so that everyone can depend on one another for the well-being and flourishing of their neighbourhoods,” said Chan.

A note on the Crucible Facebook page says:

On that day, we will be providing a fun family friendly environment to encourage face-to-face contact and real conversations among our neighbours. We will also have local non-profit organizations reveal the various needs of the community and provide space and opportunity for our Musqueam neighbours to educate all of us on the importance of being good stewards of the land we live on.

Some of our activities include a bouncy castle, life-size hungry hippo game, live music, a magic show, games, Musqueam presentations, hot dogs, ice cream and popcorn. All free for everyone in the community to enjoy!

Chan said volunteers are still needed. You can email him at jonathan@companyofdisciples.com<

Decision day for TWU law school

The Supreme Court of Canada will deliver its decision on the proposed Trinity Western School of Law early this Friday morning (June 15).

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) offers this summary of the case:

Trinity Western University (TWU) is a Christian university in British Columbia and an affiliate of the EFC. After TWU obtained all the formal approvals needed to start its own law school and grant degrees, provincial law societies in British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia voted to create obstacles for such graduates wanting to practice law in those provinces, either by refusing to admit TWU law school graduates or not to consider TWU an accredited school. (Several other provinces including Alberta and New Brunswick have okayed future TWU law graduates.)

Objections centre on the school’s Community Covenant, which has students and faculty pledge to abstain from certain activities and behaviours during their studies including the viewing of pornography, the possession or use of alcohol on campus, and “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.”

The EFC believes law societies that have voted not to accept TWU law graduates have overstepped their mandates and that such decisions violate the religious freedom of TWU and its graduates.

TWU launched legal challenges in the three provinces where provincial law societies are refusing accreditation. Initial rulings in Nova Scotia, Ontario and BC led to appeal rulings. The EFC submitted joint interventions with Christian Higher Education Canada in each of these cases.

The Supreme Court heard final appeals of the Ontario and BC cases November 30 and December 1, 2017. The EFC was one of the interveners permitted to appear in the case to support TWU’s right to hold to a community covenant.

Go here for the EFC’s latest news, issue summary, related news articles and commentaries, and more. And here for TWU’s own Proposed School of Law material.

Peter Stockland, senior writer with the think-tank Cardus and publisher of Convivium, wrote a strongly-worded opinion piece June 13. It began:

For all who’ve tracked the dispute’s progress through the legal process . . . it stands to be among the most important religious freedom decisions of the past 20 years. Ominous as that sounds, it understates the full importance of the TWU judgment.

What we will know on Friday is whether it remains possible to believe, and live, outside the dominant social orthodoxy that has reconfigured Canada since the year 2000.

Go here for the full comment.

One leader at TWU asked supporters of the university and the proposed law school for “continued prayers for a constructive outcome and that our response (regardless of the outcome) will be characterized by grace and humility” – and had three prayer requests:

  1. Would you please set an alarm reminder to pray for our team this Friday at 6:45 am (Pacific) as we receive the decision and begin to digest what it means. Please pray for patience, wisdom, humility and grace.
  2. Pray for our entire community at TWU as we share the decision with our board of governors, faculty, staff, students and others during the day.
  3. Pray for our president, Bob Kuhn, as he and Earl Phillips (executive director of TWU Law) will be handling the majority of interviews with the media. May they show the humility and grace of Christ.

The EFC will host a Webinar on the TWU Decision June 27.

All My Relations

Several churches in the Downtown Eastside are hosting “an afternoon of food, friendship, dance and music celebrating Indigenous People’s and Cultures of North America” this Sunday afternoon (June 17) at Mosaic Church.

This is how they describe All My Relations: Indigenous People’s Day Celebration:

The event will be a celebration of Indigenous peoples and cultures of Canada in conjunction with National Indigenous People’s Day. Through the uniquely potent abilities of food and the arts to bring people together, we hope to facilitate opportunities for meaningful and personal interactions.

The day will include hearing from First Nations artists and leaders as a way of learning from our past in order to work towards a better future together. Mosaic Church and Hummingbird Ministries have been hosting/supporting/financing this event for many years, however, the event is now also sponsored by several local churches so as to bring a large cross-section of the community together.

Other churches involved are Artisan and Strathcona Vineyard.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Everyone seems to love Mr. Rogers, and especially as he is portrayed in the new movie coming to town this week, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? It’s hard to imagine, in this contentious age, how a movie about a ‘kind’ children’s TV show host could become so universally popular, but the movie has struck a chord.

Many of the comments and reviews, however, overlook the fact that Fred Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister. For a good introduction to the movie, read Kenneth Morefield’s comment in Christianity Today.

He concludes:

In 15 years of reviewing films professionally, I can’t recall ever having heard as many sniffles and sobs as I did when Won’t You Be My Neighbor? played to a packed house at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Perhaps each viewer was crying for Rogers himself, but I suspect that a fair number were actually crying for themselves – some for their inner or remembered child who had been helped by a smiling man and a kind word; some for their present, adult selves whose best memory of a loving, caring, nurturing, accepting Christian authority figure was a fading but not yet erased memory.

In a moment when many Christian leaders are being called to account for failing to demonstrate love, that example can show us a better way.

The movie is on now at Fifth Avenue Cinemas in Vancouver.

June 13, 2018

Tigers Be Still by Kim Rosenstock – June 13, 2018 - June 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

June 14, 2018

Fr. David Bauer Memorial Golf Classic – June 14, 2018 at All Day

June 15, 2018

Laila Biali – June 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

June 16, 2018

Run for H2O – June 16, 2018 at 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Restoration Day at A Rocha – June 16, 2018 at 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Amazing Grace: A Day Conference with Terry Virgo – June 16, 2018 at 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Book Launch: Church in Surrey & White Rock – The Untold Story – June 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Stars & Dark Matter, Quilts by Lois A. Klassen: Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception – June 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ember Vancouver – June 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 17, 2018

All My Relations: Indigenous People's Day Celebration – June 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Ingrid Stitt – June 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
VOS Choir: Father's Day Appreciation Concert – June 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

June 18, 2018

Sarah Williams: The Spirituality of Time – June 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 19, 2018

Celebrate World Refugee Day – June 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Reina Del Cid – June 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

June 20, 2018

World Refugee Day: Information Fair – June 20, 2018 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Invisible City [Kakuma] Documentary Film Screening – June 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Laura Crema & Friends – June 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

June 21, 2018

Lines of Thought: Drawing Explorations & Painting Studies – June 21, 2018 at 12:00 am
Stars & Dark Matter: Quilts by Lois A. Klassen – June 21, 2018 - August 31, 2018 at All Day
Won't You Be My Neighbor? – June 21, 2018 - June 28, 2018 at All Day

June 22, 2018

VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir (TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival) – June 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Community Movie Night: Paddington 2 – June 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Spiritual Trauma Seminar – June 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 23, 2018

We are Neighbours Celebration – June 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A Comedy & Dessert Night with Phil Callaway – June 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

June 24, 2018

World Refugee Sunday – June 24, 2018 at All Day
Point Grey Fiesta: Ecumenical Church Service – June 24, 2018 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Jazz Vespers with Tom Arntzen & Friends – June 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Gabriel Hasselback – June 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Heather Soles & West Coast Charisma – June 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Universal Gospel Choir – June 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Then Sings My Soul: An Evening of Music with Calvin Dyck – June 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

June 25, 2018

Andy Rowell: How to Think About Church Leadership – June 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Leora Cashe (TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival) – June 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wafik Wahba: Understanding Current Dynamics in Christian-Muslim Relationships – June 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 26, 2018

Flavours of Hope: Summer Food Market (Tuesdays) – June 26, 2018 - August 28, 2018 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Good Noise Gospel Band (TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival) – June 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Alzheimer Café Vancouver – June 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

June 27, 2018

EFC Webinar on the TWU Decision – June 27, 2018 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
City Soul Gospel Choir (TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival) – June 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jeff Greenman Interviews Jim Houston – June 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Amanda Russell-Jones: The After-life of Hagar – Egyptian Slave, Wife of Abraham, Cast Out in the Wilderness with Her Son – June 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mary McCampbell: Imagining Our Neighbours as Ourselves – the Arts, Empathy & the Christian Imagination – June 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Acceleration by Caroline Sniatynski – June 27, 2018 - June 30, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Ron Small & Friends – June 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

June 28, 2018

Ellul and the Bible: 2018 IJES Conference – June 28, 2018 - June 30, 2018 at All Day

June 29, 2018

Marcus Mosely Chorale (TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival) – June 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Watoto: Signs & Wonders – June 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 30, 2018

Summertime Worship 2018 – June 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

July 1, 2018

Jazz Vespers: Candus Churchill & Tom Pickett – July 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Watoto: Signs & Wonders – July 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 2, 2018

Richard Winter: The Pursuit of Excellence & the Perils of Perfectionism – July 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 3, 2018

Watoto: Signs & Wonders – July 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 4, 2018

Two Worlds Collide: A Christian Ethicist & Former Boeing Executive on Our Shifting Technological World – July 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Gordon T. Smith: Catechesis for a Secular Age – the Wisdom of 1 Peter – July 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
'da Kink in My Hair by Trey Anthony – July 4, 2018 - July 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

July 5, 2018

The Movies & Us: What the Academy Award Nominees for Best Picture Tell Us About Ourselves – July 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Regen: Pastor Fari Ghaem-Maghami – July 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 6, 2018

Makoto Fujimura & Steven Garber: The Tears of Christ & the Silence of God – July 6, 2018 - July 7, 2018 at All Day
The Tears of Christ and the Silence of God – July 6, 2018 - July 7, 2018 at All Day
Radiance: 2018 Summer Glory Conference – July 6, 2018 - July 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Watoto: Signs & Wonders – July 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 7, 2018

Richmond Community Day – July 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 8, 2018

Jazz Vespers: David Thompson Secondary – July 8, 2018 at 12:00 am

July 9, 2018

Kickers Soccer and Arts Camp – July 9, 2018 - July 13, 2018 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
MEGA Sports Camp – July 9, 2018 - July 13, 2018 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Southridge Soccer Camp – July 9, 2018 - July 13, 2018 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
FLO Summer Soccer Camp – July 9, 2018 - July 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Everett Hamner: No More Dithering – What Climate Change Means for Creation – July 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 10, 2018

Philip Clayton: Prophetic Presence in a World of Flux – July 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 11, 2018

Carol Kaminski: God Among Idols – Abram's Call & Missions Today – July 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 12, 2018

Jim Forest: One Foot in the Wilderness, One Foot in the World – July 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Regen: Stephanie Gray – July 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 13, 2018

Uncommon Devotion: Reflections on Puritan Texts – July 13, 2018 - July 14, 2018 at 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

July 14, 2018

Love My City Week (Tri-Cities) – July 14, 2018 - July 21, 2018 at All Day
Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World – July 14, 2018 at 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

July 15, 2018

Jazz Vespers: The Gabriel Palatchi Band – July 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

July 16, 2018

After Church History: Can Canadian Christians Evangelize? – July 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Stanley Hauerwas: Why Bonhoeffer Matters for Anyone – July 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rikk Watts: Doing 'Theology' as Design – as God Originally Intended? – July 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 18, 2018

Two Perspectives on the New Perspective: Exploring the Theology of Paul – July 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

July 19, 2018

Regen: Tasha Masitha – July 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 20, 2018

BC Sacred Music Symposium – July 20, 2018 - July 22, 2018 at All Day

July 21, 2018

Fraser Lands Community Day – July 21, 2018 at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Celebration – July 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
St. James Music Series presents The Gesualdo Six – July 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

July 22, 2018

Jazz Vespers: Sharon Minemoto – July 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

July 23, 2018

Terry LeBlanc: When Fundamentalism Meets Liberalism – July 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 24, 2018

Peter Shaw: Living With Never-Ending Expectations as a Leader – July 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 25, 2018

A Conversation on Biblical Theology – July 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Lynn H. Cohick: Motherhood & Martyrdom: Family & Faith in the Early Church – July 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 26, 2018

Regen: Nathan Betts – July 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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