Around Town: Multiply 2017, Corleone, Beth Moore, Dunbar Ryerson United . . .

multiplyinsideThe C2C Network is known for planting churches – but with Multiply 2017 (February 8 – 9 at Westside Church) it is sharing some of its speakers and expertise with churches which are already established.

The Multiply Conference has been “designed with the established church leader in mind; to fan into flame God-given dreams, to equip, encourage and inspire.”

C2C national director Gord Fleming says of the gathering:

You might ask yourself. . . is that about multiplying churches, renting another gym, finding another location, moving some Christians over there so we can have another church? No, when we’re talking about multiplying, we’re talking about multiplying disciples, introducing people in Canada to Jesus, the fame of Jesus in our nation. Church planting alone is not going to get that job done.

The 10 speakers include Jeff Vanderstelt and Ed Stetzer (both of whom I have heard at earlier C2C events and are worth the price of admission on their own) and local pastors Norm Funk (Westside) and Mark Clark (Village Church). 

Free evening: Luis Palau, Ed Stetzer

Luis Palau

Luis Palau

Speaking of Ed Stetzer, he and veteran evangelist Luis Palau will lead a free evening (with a ticket) of worship and teaching on the first evening of the Multiply Conference (February 8).

Palau will speak on ‘Doing the work of an evangelist’– a topic he knows something about, having spoken in person to 30 million people in 75 countries.

In recent years, though, he and his ministry have moved away from the ‘crusade’ model to focus on Festivals, Gospel Movements and CityServe. (Unlikely: A story of reconciliation and city-building from Portland offers a hear-warming example of the latter – run by Luis’s son and now co-leader Kevin – in the Luis Palau Association’s home city.)

Stetzer will also give a brief update on the state of the Canadian church. His report should be really interesting, especially if he makes any comparisons to the American church.

Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer

Evangelicalism has no official spokespeople, but Ed Stetzer comes pretty close in the United States. As a contributing editor for Christianity Today (the main media voice for evangelicalism) and Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission and Evangelism at Wheaton College and executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, he has a major voice. (I’m amazed he has time to visit Canada, let alone provide commentary on the state of our church – but he is clearly a man of much energy and insight.)

A couple of recent comments by him on the CT site – well worth reading – are:

* Dear Fellow Christians: It’s Time to Speak Up for RefugeesIf we are pro-life, we are pro-refugee (January 26):

. . . If America bans refugees, it makes a statement to the world that we don’t want to make. It is the picture of someone who sits, arms crossed and turned away, with a raised eyebrow and a ready attack on the helpless, the homeless, the broken.

We must do better. . . .

* Searching for Gorsuch: For Many Evangelicals “It’s the Supreme Court, Stupid”Many Evangelicals voted for Trump for the Supreme Court, so let’s stop painting them with every other brush (January 31):

. . . I’m tired of seeing Evangelicals who voted for Trump slandered for choosing between the two major candidates they had.

For many Evangelicals, it’s the Supreme Court, stupid.

I’ve grown weary of the untrue and unfair accusation that all Trump voters are racists, misogynists, and xenophobes because they voted for Trump. (In the same way, I am weary of claims that anyone who votes for a Democrat automatically supports the radical abortion views of the Democratic party.)

People make decisions from the choices they have – and many Evangelicals chose the Supreme Court as they voted. . . .

March 8 should be an interesting evening – as should the whole of Multiply 2017.

Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather

corleone1Pacific Theatre is hosting Classic Chic’s all-female cast in a Shakespeare-writes-Godfather tale. Playwright David Mann recently described Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather this way in a Soul Food Vancouver interview:

The play is a mashup of Shakespeare and the Godfather. It’s got equal parts of each. I didn’t want to do a straight transfer of the movie script into iambic pentameter, since I felt there was richer territory to be explored by incorporating iconic Shakespearean conceits into the narrative.

So there are purely Shakespearean moments in the play that work in both worlds, and there are just as many dramatic moments as there are comic ones. I wanted the audience to feel that they were watching an actual Shakespeare play that happens to be about organized crime.

It’s also a uniquely live experience – it’s written to be done by a relatively small group of actors with a lean, muscular performance style. The show rides the line between parody and homage – to both The Godfather and Shakespeare – and creates a new audience experience of both sources.

Go here for the rest of the interview, and here for a quick introduction to The Godfather, book and film.

The play runs February 3 – 25.

Beth Moore in the media

Beth Moore with her worship leader Travis Cottrell.

Beth Moore with her worship leader Travis Cottrell.

Glenda Luymes wrote a quite a useful  article about American evangelist Beth Moore for The  Vancouver Sun and The Province following her two-day gathering in Abbotsford January 28 – 29. Roughly 2,500 women were in attendance.

She said:

Many of the women at the Abbotsford event are members of the Lower Mainland’s thriving evangelical churches, which are among the few Christian denominations growing in an increasingly secular society.

Although evangelical congregations have differing views on the role of women in church leadership – with some allowing women to be pastors and others reserving that role for men – Moore seems to appeal to women on both sides of a sometimes divisive debate. . . .

Sarah Bessey, the Abbotsford author of Jesus Feminist, a book on Christian feminism, says she’s more progressive than Moore’s typical followers but admires her for encouraging all women to “wrestle with the scriptures” and study the Bible for themselves.

“She makes me feel like we’re all in it together,” said Bessey. “I think she’s doing what she can in the space she has. Is she weighing in on tough theological issues and politics? Not really, but that’s not her space.”

Luymes also discussed Moore’s comments about Donald Trump (made last fall, not in Abbotsford; I wrote about them briefly last week), megachurches and more on the place of women in evangelical churches, quoting scholar/author John Stackhouse and TWU sociology professor Michael Wilkinson along the way.

Dunbar Ryerson United Church

dunbarryerson1Dunbar Ryerson United Church: the name sounds familiar, yet slightly odd.

Anyone who knows the west side of Vancouver will be aware of Dunbar Heights United Church (just down the hill from Dunbar on King Edward) and Ryerson United Church (southwest of 41st and West Boulevard on 45th). I went to the former, briefly, as a child, and have attended some lovely concerts at the latter.

But now they are one; the two congregations have been meeting together as Dunbar Ryerson United Church (the name is being reviewed) since January 1. An FAQ section on the website includes these questions:

Q.  Why are we amalgamating?

A.  Our mission is to “Live lives of meaning through faith, service, and God’s love.” With our combined resources we are given an incredible opportunity to deepen and strengthen this mission.

We are fortunate to have two strong congregations. Our buildings, though much loved, are not doing as well. By amalgamating we can focus on our congregational strength and spend less time and effort on property matters.

Q.  Where will we meet for worship?

A.  We will be worshiping in the Dunbar building from January 1st to February 26th. We will then move back to the Ryerson building and stay there until redevelopment work starts. Exact timing is unknown, but during the renovations on West 45th, we will meet in the Dunbar building.

Q.  What is happening with the buildings?

A.  Throughout the entire transitional process, the Dunbar building will be available for community use and congregational purposes as needed.

In January and February 2017, there will be some minor renovations to the Ryerson Memorial Centre building to create office spaces for all of our staff.

The Ryerson buildings will be extensively redeveloped starting sometime in the next two years. When the  redevelopment is finished, the congregation will move permanently into the new church facility on 45th Avenue.

At the end of all this, a decision about the Dunbar building will be made by our congregation in consultation with BC Conference [of the United Church of Canada].

February 2, 2017

Go Conference: The X Factor – February 2, 2017 - February 5, 2017 at All Day
A Kind of Alaska by Harold Pinter – February 2, 2017 - February 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

February 3, 2017

Interfaith Service of Prayer – February 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Switchfoot / Relient K Concert – February 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – February 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

February 4, 2017

No Regrets Conference – February 4, 2017 at All Day
BC Christian Academy's Annual Pancake Open House – February 4, 2017 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dr. Paul Pearce: Making a Difference! Tapping the Ministry Potential of Maturing Adults – February 4, 2017 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Bible, Sex and a Changing World – February 4, 2017 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Understanding and Caring for Our Mental Health – February 4, 2017 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am

February 5, 2017

Cloverdale Catholic School Open House – February 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Jazz Vespers: Andrea Superstein – February 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Perspectives Course (Sunday evenings) – February 5, 2017 at 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Festival of Hope: Momentum Prayer & Worship Event – February 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
People Over Pixels with Andy Steiger – February 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 6, 2017

Perspectives Course (Monday evenings) – February 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

February 7, 2017

Kairos Course (Tuesday evenings, Saturdays) – February 7, 2017 at All Day
Perspectives Course (Tuesday evenings) – February 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

February 8, 2017

Multiply Conference 2017 – February 8, 2017 - February 9, 2017 at All Day
Luis Palau: Doing the Work of an Evangelist (part of Multiply Conference) – February 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Laing Lectures: Marilynne Robinson - Considering the Theological Virtues – February 8, 2017 - February 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Deanna Knight & Friends – February 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

February 9, 2017

Vancouver LeaderImpact Forum with Jonathan Friesen – February 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

February 10, 2017

New Westminster LeaderImpact Forum with Jonathan Friesen – February 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
HI5 Valentine's Mixer with Dr. Timothy Sexton – February 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
How Great Thou Art: The Sacred and Inspirational Songs of Elvis Presley – February 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

February 11, 2017

History of Colonization in Canada – February 11, 2017 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mental Health Recovery in Relationship – February 11, 2017 at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Christian Life & Witness Course – February 11, 2017 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Quintessential Jazz Band – February 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 12, 2017

Kairos Course: Cantonese (9 sessions) – February 12, 2017 at All Day
Kairos Course: Cantonese Facilitator Training – February 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fight Night! with Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott: Live Simulcast – February 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Jazz Vespers: Candus Churchill – February 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Karin Plato – February 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Grenz Lectures 2017: The Crisis of Meaning in Canadian Culture – The Myths of Private Faith – February 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 14, 2017

27th Annual Women's Memorial March – February 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Valentines Night with Steve Palmer – February 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 15, 2017

Christian Life & Witness Course – February 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Sarah Kennedy & Friends – February 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

February 16, 2017

A Reconciling Hope: The Regent Community Exhibit – February 16, 2017 at All Day
Dr. Abby Day: Reader in Race, Faith and Culture – February 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

February 17, 2017

Couples & Family Life Weekend Seminars – February 17, 2017 - February 19, 2017 at All Day
Discerning the Voice of God in Prayer: An Introduction – February 17, 2017 - February 19, 2017 at All Day
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – February 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cathedral Organist Denis Bedard in Concert – February 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

February 18, 2017

Dr. Herbert Tsang: Technology Through the Eyes of Faith – February 18, 2017 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir: Songs of Loudest Praise - Workshop – February 18, 2017 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Jason Byassee: How to Listen to a Sermon – February 18, 2017 at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
DRIME Presents: Story and Song - A Benefit Concert Featuring Carolyn Arends – February 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

February 19, 2017

Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir: Songs of Loudest Praise – February 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Jazz Vespers: Henry Young Quintet – February 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Taizé Contemplative Service – February 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – February 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

February 20, 2017

Dr. John Wood: The Necessity of Death – February 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

February 21, 2017

Adam and the Genome: Intersection of Christian Faith and Genomic Evidence for Evolution – February 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

February 22, 2017

Jazz Evensong: Siobhan Walsh Group – February 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

February 23, 2017

Rise Up, Sister! – February 23, 2017 - February 26, 2017 at All Day
Art + Design Alumni Exhibition: Bayit / Lament – Opening Reception – February 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather by David Mann – February 23, 2017 - February 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

February 24, 2017

When Should Christians Break Stuff?: Passing from the Image to the Prototype – February 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bre McDaniel – February 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Trinity Western University’s SAMC Faculty + Friends Presents: Seasons of Life and Landscape – February 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Backstage Bash!: Worship Night & Heritage Hill EP Release Party with Patriot Sail – February 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

February 25, 2017

Christians at Work: Finding Your Calling, Making a Difference – February 25, 2017 at 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Brad Eastman: The Parables You Thought You Knew – February 25, 2017 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Canadian Chamber Choir Guest Performance – February 25, 2017 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Festival of Hope Prayer Walk – February 25, 2017 at 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Randall Zachman: Every Christian Should Be an Astronomer – February 25, 2017 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
A Rocha: Winter Workshop & Seed Swap – February 25, 2017 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Coldest Night of the Year: CityReach Care Society – February 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Coldest Night of the Year: Cloverdale Community Kitchen – February 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Coldest Night of the Year: First United Church Walk – February 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Coldest Night of the Year: Fundraiser for MOMS – February 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
International Student Ministry: Concert and Fundraiser – February 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 26, 2017

Festival of Hope: Prayer Week – February 26, 2017 at 12:00 am
Prayer Current: Engage the Conversation (Sundays) – February 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sundays at 3: Gerald Harder in Concert – February 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jazz Vespers @ St. Andrew's United Church – February 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: LJ Mountenay – February 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Olaf deShield – February 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

February 27, 2017

Redeveloping Dunbar Ryerson United Church: Open House – February 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Medical Assistance in Dying – February 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

March 1, 2017

Business By the Book: Kevan Dobsin – March 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Darlene Ketchum & Friends – March 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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

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