Around Town: disPLACE, Terrance Richmond, tax aid, Bethlehem Lutheran

There are several great ways to learn more about refugees this month, through Journey Home, Kinbrace, New Hope, First CRC, etc - and by **** ***

The Cultch will host two showings of disPLACE this weekend.

Vancouverites will have a couple of chances this weekend to experience a powerful play which premiered at Trinity Western University late last fall.

disPLACE: Refugee Stories in Their Own Words features real-life experiences of refugees from a variety of cultures.

Canadian Immigrant magazine said of the play:

In disPLACE, the diverse cast of actors, each transforming into multiple characters, weave together an unforgettable journey using verbatim testimony and original music to tell honest real-life experiences and individual stories.

The audience is drawn in to discover the human experience hidden beneath the headlines. From the immigrants who fled Europe after World War II, to the current Syrian refugee crisis, the stories brought to life in disPLACE offer a unique glimpse into the bonds that tie all of us together.

There will be two showings at The Cultch on Saturday (March 4), following showings in Abbotsford March 2 and Richmond March 3.

Terrance Richmond: That Love

Terrance Richmond and friends will be holding two album release parties this weekend.

Terrance Richmond and friends will be holding two album release parties this weekend.

Terrance Richmond will be joined by several local and American friends for two concerts this weekend to launch his new album, That Love. They will be at the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island Friday evening (March 3) and at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey the next night. 

No doubt some of the young people at the Festival of Hope – which has a particular youth focus on Friday – will cross over False Creek to catch Richmond’s show, which doesn’t start until 9:30 pm. 
 
The next night, out in Surrey, he will partner with Clayton Heights Secondary School, partial proceeds benefiting Cody Kehler’s BE The CHANGE Movement. Kehler and his girlfriend Chantal MacLean, both 17, were killed in a car accident in Delta in October, 2014. The Facebook page in his memory says, “Cody’s legacy is to BE the CHANGE through random acts of kindness. He would encourage us to give more, want less, to be honest, grateful, humble & kind.”
 
Richmond and his Love Quest Krew are offering:
 
. . . an explosive musical experience fusing Hip-Hop, EDM, Gospel, Pop and inspiring new sounds from Terrance’s latest album release, That Love! Expect energetic beats, rhymes, voices, dancers, spoken word, DJs and a hype fashion show! Featuring special guests Dani Fuentes, Joshua Raymond Spence, Emma Kade, Antonio Smith (Mission) and more!
 
Tax Preparation Clinics
 
taxclinicattenth1It is encouraging to see that several religious sites host Tax Preparation Clinics for low income people, in partnership with Canada Revenue Agency. Four of the five clinics listed in the City of Vancouver are religious – Tenth Church, Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light and two Sikh locations.

Tenth’s Tax Clinic, for example, “is open for tax help service for individuals and families with simple tax situations (T5007, seniors, students, new Canadian residents, disability credits, T4–employment, etc).” It runs March 4 – April 15.

There are other such programs around Metro Vancouver. One I’m aware of is Surrey Alliance Church’s Income Tax Ministry, which runs until April 29.

Bethlehem Lutheran being sold
 
bethlehemlutheranIt looks like another Vancouver church is going to be sold for housing. Goodman company – which describes itself as being “at the pinnacle of apartment sales professionals in BC and across Canada” –  is listing the 231′ x 123′ Mount Pleasant lot as “a multi-family redevelopment site”:

Overview

To acquire a redevelopment site in Vancouver, just off Main Street along East 15th Avenue, currently improved with the Bethlehem Lutheran Church (BLC) and a single family home. The site is rectangular in shape totaling ~ 28,400 SF with RM-4 zoning designation which allows for a conditional 1.45 FSR (depending on form of development). 

The Bethlehem Lutheran Church is prepared to look at various options when considering the sale of their property. Preference will be given to a developer who will entertain rebuilding a new 2-storey church for the benefit of BLC of approximately 7,000 sq. ft. (~ 3,500 SF floor plate) on the existing site. However, BLC will also consider selling the property “as is” and relocating to a different site.

Bethlehem Lutheran is in a prime location. The tagline on its website homepage says, “The church one block east of Main on 15th.” It would be a shame to lose another church site (see Vancouver’s lost churches, which detailed the loss of 20 church properties in the City of Vancouver between 1989 and 2014, three of them Lutheran) – so I’m praying the congregation will be able to stay, or at least purchase an equally good local site.
 
The church currently also hosts St. Matthias and St. Luke Church, which is part of the Anglican Network in Canada.
 
Briefly noted
 
Marilynne Robinson articles
Marilynne Robinson delivered Regent College's Laing Lectures.

Marilynne Robinson delivered Regent College’s Laing Lectures.

For those who missed Marilynne Robinson’s three Laing Lectures February 8 – 10 at the Frederick Wood Theatre as a guest of Regent College, there have been couple of good write-ups since then. Sarah Grochowski wrote Marilynne Robinson’s Metaphysical Inklings for Convivium and Denise Ryan wrote Novelist says lonesomeness a ‘very privileged’ thing for The Vancouver Sun.

Science & Religion Conference Scholarships
 
Adam and the Genome with Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight at South Langley Church February 21 was a great success for the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation (CSCA). As an added bonus, Venema mentioned that the CSCA is offering five scholarships this year of up to $1,600 to help Canadian students attend conferences dealing with science and religion. The deadline is May 31.
 
Biblical Creativity at Carey
 
Jill Schuler and Joy Kirkwood will lead what looks like a very enjoyable Biblical Creativity and Storytelling Through the Arts workshop Carey Centre this Saturday (March 4).
 
Salvation Army movie: Out of the Shadows
 
Retired Royal BC Museum archivist Dennis Duffy wrote two columns (here and here) about Out of the Shadows, a film made for the Salvation Army in 1957 by Lew Parry Film Productions. The first looked “with devastating frankness [at] the day-to-day experiences of a homeless alcoholic on Vancouver’s Skid Row, the second “at the protagonist’s eventual reintegration into society.”
 

March 2, 2017

Commissionaires / Jacob Moon – March 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
disPlace: Refugee Stories in Their Own Words – March 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – March 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 3, 2017

Greater Vancouver Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham – March 3, 2017 - March 5, 2017 at All Day
Medical Assistance in Dying: Walking pastorally with those impacted by it – March 3, 2017 at 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Apologetics Canada Conference 2017 – March 3, 2017 - March 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm - 4:00 pm
disPlace: Refugee Stories in Their Own Words – March 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sideshow – March 3, 2017 - March 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Terrance Richmond: That Love Album Release Concert – March 3, 2017 at 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

March 4, 2017

Tax Clinic – March 4, 2017 at All Day
Finding God in All Things: Praying with Scripture and Imagination – March 4, 2017 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Jill Schuler & Joy Kirkwood: Biblical Creativity and Storytelling Through the Arts – March 4, 2017 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Liveword Conference – March 4, 2017 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Many Paddles, One Canoe, with Bill McKibben – March 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Today's Modern Women of Faith Conference – March 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Terrance Richmond: That Love Album Release Concert – March 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tim & the Glory Boys – March 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
disPlace: Refugee Stories in Their Own Words – March 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 5, 2017

Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – March 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 7, 2017

Entrepreneurial Growth and High Performance Workshop – March 7, 2017 at All Day
Summit Pacific College 75th Anniversary Dinner – March 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
United in Compassion: A Multifaith Devotional Service, Roundtable Conversations and Dessert – March 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

March 8, 2017

International Women's Day Special Event: Men Talk About Women – March 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Patty Verner & Friends – March 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

March 10, 2017

Capernwray Harbor Bible School Worship Night – March 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – March 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Michael W. Higgins: Thomas Merton and John Moriarty: Epic Visionaries of Human Unity – March 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Norm Strauss – March 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 11, 2017

How to Become a Saint: a Lenten Retreat – March 11, 2017 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Film Screening: Before the Flood – March 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Norm Strauss Concert – March 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Resist Sin – March 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Abendmusik: Lenten Vespers – March 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 12, 2017

Jazz Vespers: Linda Szentes and Friends – March 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – March 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Grenz Lectures 2017: The Crisis of Meaning in Canadian Culture – The Myths of Private Faith – March 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Abendmusik: Lenten Vespers – March 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 13, 2017

One Pass Ahead: Spring Break Basketball Camp – March 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

March 14, 2017

Surrey Aglow Luncheon – March 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Addressing Grief & Loss In Community Meals & Other Supportive Programs – March 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

March 15, 2017

God and Reason: A Free Public Lecture Series (Wednesdays) – March 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm
Jason Lepojarvi: How Many Loves? A Friendly Critique of C.S. Lewis's The Four Loves – March 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Kristian Alexandrov / Shannon Gaye Trio – March 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

March 16, 2017

Dr. Ron Rittgers: Secularization Through Solace - Reflections on the Reformation and Modern Identity – March 16, 2017 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' – March 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dr. Ron Rittgers: Martin Luther – Evangelical Mystic? – March 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Why Do People Stop Believing? – March 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

March 17, 2017

Graduate Art Exhibition: Passages – March 17, 2017 at All Day
Martyn Joseph – March 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 18, 2017

Together in Christ: Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue – March 18, 2017 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Theo's Rock n Roll Feast – March 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ember Vancouver – March 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 19, 2017

Gungor: One Wild Life Acoustic Tour – March 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 22, 2017

Theology Symposium: Philosophy, Language & the Possibility of Theology - Dr. Archie Spencer – March 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: LJ Mountenay Quintet – March 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

March 23, 2017

Art + Design Alumni Exhibition: Bayit / Lament – March 23, 2017 - March 27, 2017 at All Day
Made in God's Image – March 23, 2017 at 12:00 am
Violet Behzadian: Song of Salvation – March 23, 2017 at All Day
Provincial Leadership Dinner – March 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr. Sam Reimer: Why Canadians aren’t Going to Church and What that Means for Evangelical Churches in Canada – March 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Why Do People Stop Believing? – March 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

March 24, 2017

BC Leadership Prayer Breakfast – March 24, 2017 at 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Dr. Sam Reimer: Is Canada Becoming More Religiously Polarized? – March 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rhythm & Cello – March 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 25, 2017

Connect Conference – March 25, 2017 at 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Together in Christ: Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue – March 25, 2017 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brian Doerksen Concert – March 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gibson and Gretsch Jazz Band – March 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Brentwood Concert Series: The Gleusteen Duo – March 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 26, 2017

The Choir of King's College Cambridge – March 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Darlene Ketchum Quartet – March 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Diane Lines – March 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

March 27, 2017

Unmasking the Truth – March 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Canadian Gospel Music Celebration Spring Concert Tour, with Legacy Five – March 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – March 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Life Compass Society Launch Event – March 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm

March 28, 2017

Vancouver Faith Alliance Luncheon – March 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

March 29, 2017

Jazz Evensong: Cory Weeds Trio – March 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

March 30, 2017

Jane Eyre: The Musical – March 30, 2017 - April 1, 2017 at All Day
Karina Svalya: Encountering Darkness, Painting Light – Opening Reception – March 30, 2017 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Give it Up for the Earth! Lenten Prayer Evening – March 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Premiere of 'Facing Darkness' – March 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 31, 2017

Journal of Missional Practice Webinar: Around the Table – March 31, 2017 at 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Evangelical Missiological Society: Engaging Theology from the Majority World – March 31, 2017 at 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Elevate Conference 2017 – March 31, 2017 - April 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm
(go) Deeper Conference with Gord & Jan Whyte – March 31, 2017 - April 2, 2017 at All Day
Chapel North Shore – March 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Richmond-Delta – March 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Surrey – March 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Tri-Cities – March 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Vancouver – March 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Road to Ayin: An Exploration in Music and Mythopoeia by Corey Janz – March 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Langley – March 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Ambrose Akinmusire with "A" Band & NiteCap – March 31, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

April 1, 2017

Peace of Mind: Mental Wellness & the Church with Sandra Wong, Doug Johnston & Paul Pearce – April 1, 2017 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Three Biologos 2017 Highlight Lectures – April 1, 2017 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Way of the Cross for Migrant Workers – April 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Celebrate the Festival – April 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Story of MRI with Dr. Raymond Damadian – April 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Douglas Todd: Vancouver – Discerning the Spirit of the City – April 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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