Around Town: Mental Health workshops, Spartans, Responsible Automation . . .

Sanctuary will be leading a Mental Health & Addiction workshop at Regent College March 10.

How can Christian communities provide meaningful, thoughtful and effective supports to those who struggle with mental illness?

That is the question that Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries and Regent College have addressed in two series of workshops, one last year and another spanning from late 2017 to early 2018.

The Mental Health & Addiction workshop taking place the morning of March 10 will conclude the second series. Here is how the event is described:

Mental health and addiction are often brought into the same conversation, but how are they connected?

In this session, we will explore how substance misuse is related to mental health and illness, and the intersections that help explain why they often co-occur. What are some ways in which the church community can support mental health and the process of addiction treatment and recovery? Together, we will examine the spiritual, psychological, biological and social roots of addiction and their contribution to the mental health journey.

Leading the workshop will be Fiona Choi, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Mental Health at UBC and Daniel Whitehead, MA, executive director of Sanctuary.

Spiritual Trauma with Hillary McBride takes place March 15.

Another event co-hosted by Sanctuary will take place March 15 at Vancouver Eastside Vineyard Church.

Spiritual Trauma with Hillary McBride will cover this ground:

Although trauma is all around us, shaping the way we feel, think, relate, parent and work, it is poorly understood in our culture. This is even more evident in our communities of faith. What is the role of our faith and spirituality in both the prevention and healing of our trauma? And what happens to our spiritual lives when our communities of faith are the ones that cause our trauma?
In this evening presentation, Hillary McBride will answer these questions and create a space for dialogue about the intersection of what shapes us most – our beliefs, our communities and our wounds. This seminar will include current research evidence from the fields of neuroscience, developmental psychology and philosophy.
McBride is a registered clinical counsellor in private practice in Vancouver and PhD candidate in counselling psychology at UBC.
(There will also be an all-day trauma intensive training session for pastors and leaders May 23; details to come.)
Finally, Sanctuary is offering a Mental Health First Aid course for people who are active in a church community, March 6 – 20, three Tuesday afternoons.
Spartans in semifinals

Adam Schriemer and Eric Loeppky were each named Canada West First Team All-Stars; Jesse Elser and Jackson Howe were named to the All-Rookie Team.

The men’s volleyball team from Trinity Western University will be playing in the Canada West semifinals this weekend.

The number one ranked Spartans men’s volleyball team advanced to the semifinals with a 3-1 (25-14, 29-31, 25-12, 25-23) win over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in Game 2 of the conference best-of-three quarter-finals.
The Spartans will host Winnipeg in the semifinals, starting today (March 1-3) at the Langley Events Centre.
As well, Trinity Western’s Adam Schriemer and Eric Loeppky were each named Canada West First Team All-Stars February 27, while Jesse Elser and Jackson Howe were named to the All-Rookie Team.
The Spartans have performed extremely well in university volleyball over the years. Last year they repeated as national men’s volleyball champions, defeating the Alberta Golden Bears in the final.
The women’s team, which lost a very close quarterfinal series to the University of Alberta Pandas in Edmonton last weekend, has done very well too. Last year they won the bronze medal at the U Sports national championships; it was the third year in a row that they had won a medal.
Responsible Automation

Derek Schuurman

If pursuing absolute efficiency through automation leads to undesirable consequences, what normative guidelines can help us responsibly harness the possibilities of new technologies while simultaneously ensuring flourishing for humans and the rest of the creation?

That is the key question to be addressed by Dr. Derek Schuurman this Saturday (March 3) as he tackles this topic: Responsible Automation: Faith & Work in an Age of Intelligent Machines.
Ever since the Luddites revolted in opposition to the industrial revolution in the early 19th century, concerns over automation have persisted. Throughout the Industrial Revolution, the introduction of new technology did displace certain jobs, but it simultaneously created new jobs. And so it went for much of the 20th century.
However, the digital revolution and the increasing pace of automation are now rapidly transforming the economy and employment. With recent developments in robotics and artificial intelligence, many have begun to warn of the “end of work” in what has been called “the second machine age.” . . .
A set of norms informed by a Christian perspective for responsible technology will be presented to provide a helpful framework as we face the second machine age.

Schuurman worked as an electrical engineer for several years, before completing a PhD in the area of robotics and computer vision. He is now professor of computer science at Calvin College and wrote Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology.

This lecture is sponsored by the Geneva Society and the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation. It will be held at Christ Covenant Church on Glover Road in Langley.

February 27, 2018

Income Tax Ministry (Tuesdays & Saturdays) – February 27, 2018 - April 24, 2018 at 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

March 1, 2018

An Almost Holy Picture by Heather McDonald – March 1, 2018 - March 3, 2018 at All Day
Art Exhibition: Adrift by Jenny Hawkinson – March 1, 2018 - March 2, 2018 at 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

March 2, 2018

The Crucifixion by John Stainer: A call for choir members (Saturday rehearsals) – March 2, 2018 at All Day
Apologetics Canada Conference 2018 – March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Circle Conference – March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 4:00 pm

March 3, 2018

A Lenten Retreat with the Soul of Christ Prayer – March 3, 2018 at 9:15 am - 3:15 pm
"The Way": a Lenten Journey Retreat – March 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
An Evening with Trace Bundy – March 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Geneva Lectures: Dr. Derek Schuurman: Responsible Automation – Faith & Work in an Age of Intelligent Machines – March 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

March 6, 2018

Mental Health First Aid (Tuesdays) – March 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

March 7, 2018

Excellence in Board Leadership for Businesses and NPOs – March 7, 2018 at 7:30 am - 9:30 am
The View From Here: A We Carry Kevan Film – March 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Juhli Conlinn & Friends – March 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

March 9, 2018

Magnify Conference 2018 – March 9, 2018 - March 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mirror Arts Hangout – March 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Christian and the Public Square: Truth and the Messy Business of Citizenship (19th annual Mel Smith Lecture, featuring Andrew Bennett) – March 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Raising Hope: REED Fundraiser – March 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

March 10, 2018

Reframing Retirement with Dr. Paul Pearce & Dr. Carson Pue – March 10, 2018 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mental Health & Addiction: A Sanctuary Workshop – March 10, 2018 at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Evening at the Well: JJ Heller & Mandy Arioto – March 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 11, 2018

Jazz Vespers: Greta Matassa – March 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Together: City Church Worship & Prayer Gathering – March 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 13, 2018

Being Clear About the Gospel Conference – March 13, 2018 - March 14, 2018 at All Day

March 14, 2018

Developing Missional Disciples (Round Table Discussion) – March 14, 2018 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
MALTS Informational Webinar – March 14, 2018 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunchtime Lecture and Discussion on Stanley Hauerwas – March 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Expert Medical Panel Discussion on Mitigating the Addiction Crisis – March 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dennis Venema: Adam & the Genome – March 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 9:20 pm
Ashley Moyse: Biotechnology and Theology – March 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Jazz Evensong: Jonny Tobin & Friends – March 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

March 15, 2018

Grand Embrace II – March 15, 2018 at All Day
Spiritual Trauma with Hillary McBride – March 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Steve Bell in Concert – March 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 17, 2018

Chronic Disease Prevention Nutrition Workshop (in Cantonese) – March 17, 2018 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

March 18, 2018

Dr. Jerry Grillo: The Favour and Anointing of God – March 18, 2018 - March 19, 2018 at All Day
The Joseph Syndrome – March 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 19, 2018

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila – March 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An Evening with Brother Yun (The Heavenly Man) – March 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

March 20, 2018

The Laing Lectures: Dr. Stanley Hauerwas – March 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Laing Lectures: Stanley Hauerwas – The Christian Message in the World Today – March 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 21, 2018

Reaching Out to the Indo-Canadian Community – March 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Laing Lectures: Stanley Hauerwas – The Christian Message and Humanism – March 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Marcos Flo & Friends – March 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

March 22, 2018

40 Days for Life – March 22, 2018 - March 25, 2018 at All Day
The Comedy of Errors – March 22, 2018 - March 24, 2018 at All Day
Water from Stone – March 22, 2018 at All Day
Provincial Leaders Dinner – March 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Art of Creative Apologetics: Building Connections Through Imagination – March 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tom Swanky, J.D.: Usqalits’ – Canada’s Pacific Genocide – March 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Laing Lectures: Stanley Hauerwas – The Church and Civil Society – March 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 23, 2018

52nd Annual British Columbia Leadership Prayer Breakfast – March 23, 2018 at 7:30 am - 9:00 am
JUNOfest Christian Showcase – March 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thomas Merton and Celtic Spirituality: A Public Talk & a Retreat with Dr. Monica Weis SJJ – March 23, 2018 - March 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 3:30 pm

March 24, 2018

Church Architecture: Inside and Out – March 24, 2018 at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Ukrainian Catholic Easter Bake Sale – March 24, 2018 at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

March 25, 2018

One Hour: See the Cross Lenten Concert – March 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jazz Vespers – March 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Miles Black & Friends – March 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

March 30, 2018

Hastings Sunrise Good Friday Interchurch Service and Walk – March 30, 2018 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Joint Downtown Eastside Churches Service – March 30, 2018 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Stainer's Crucifixion: A Good Friday Oratorio – March 30, 2018 at 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Gospel Good Friday with Dawn Pemberton – March 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Way of the Cross Walk 2018 – March 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Good Friday Community Dinner – March 30, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Vancouver Chamber Choir / Chamber Cantata Singers: Rachmaninov Vespers and Laurisden Lux Aeterna – March 30, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 31, 2018

Ecological Stations of the Cross – March 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Messiah Sing-Along – March 31, 2018 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Easter Weekend Worship Invasion. Because He Lives. – March 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

April 1, 2018

Coastal Church Easter Sunday Services (9:30 am & 12:30 pm) – April 1, 2018 at All Day
Easter Sunrise Service at Trout Lake – April 1, 2018 at 7:30 am - 8:30 am
The Total Athlete with Jeremy Lin – April 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 4, 2018

Celebrating Spirituality with People Who Have Dementia, with Gemma Jones – April 4, 2018 - April 5, 2018 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Film Screening: The Crucified King – a Documentary by Iwan Russell-Jones – April 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: The Hot Mammas – April 4, 2018 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

April 5, 2018

Dr. Alison Marshall: Bayanihan & Belonging – Filipinos and Religion in Canada – April 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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