Around Town: One City, One Message; Spirit of Reconciliation; C.S. Lewis & love

This Sunday (June 11), churches across Metro Vancouver will address one of the great challenges of living in our region: social isolation.

The idea for One City, One Message came as a friendly but passionate challenge from Vancouver City Councilor Andrea Reimer during a panel discussion among civic leaders at the Vancouver Consultation’s City Summit last November.

Taking a cue from the Vancouver Public Library’s longstanding annual initiative ‘One City, One Book,’ Reimer encouraged church leaders to use their moral authority to catalyze public conversations that matter by promoting an agreed-upon topic in their various congregations one Sunday each year.

Churches all over Metro Vancouver – evangelical, mainline and Catholic – will be taking part in One City, One Message.

Urban Village reaching out

Members of Urban Village Church took part in Collingwood Days May 27. Photo by Jenny Peng.

Urban Village Church in east Vancouver got started early, with their own two-week challenge: ‘It Takes a Village.’ They began by participating in Collingwood Days May 27, hosting a booth with crafts, games and community building activities.

Pastor Daniel Louie wrote to his church family:

Our Church has always believed in the importance of living a Christ-centred life by reaching out to the community and the world. That’s why we are participating in this year’s city-wide One City, One Message campaign! The campaign asks churches to start a conversation on the theme of ‘Welcoming the Stranger’ following research by the Vancouver Foundation in 2012 that revealed “Vancouverites are experiencing a crisis of social isolation.”

We want to challenge you to spend two weeks, May 28 – June 11, to think about how you can go beyond you comfort zones and take a step in connecting with someone in your workplace, community, school and neighbourhood. Let’s go beyond a conversation on social isolation and reach out, make an impact and plant seeds of friendship, generosity, meaningful connection and the Gospel of Christ.

Go here for the full text.

Catholic participation

Agnieszka Krawczynski wrote in The B.C. Catholic May 28:

The Sunday sermon at Catholic and non-Catholic churches around Vancouver will have a common theme June 11, as priests and ministers preach with a united voice for the first time.

One City, One Message is an initiative encouraging pastors, preachers and even a few Jewish and Sikh leaders, to give sermons on the theme Welcoming the Stranger.

She spoke with Marjeta Bobnar, coordinator for ecumenical and interfaith initiatives for the Catholic Archdiocese:

Bobnar said the theme, chosen from Matthew 25, is one everyone can relate to and all Christians agree on. She said Catholic homilies might touch on refugee sponsorship, feeding the homeless, reaching out to the lonely and elderly or promoting reconciliation – all areas the Church is active in.

Archdiocesan refugee sponsorship coordinator Diane Chua said 33 parishes welcomed 294 refugees last year. Many of those parish communities were first-time sponsors and struggled to help newcomers learn English and find homes, jobs and schools. Another 680 archdiocesan-sponsored refugees have applications waiting for approval overseas.

Chua said encouraging pastors to preach on welcoming the stranger is an “amazing” opportunity to talk about the work the Church is doing and to encourage other parishes to participate. . . .

“This is a new initiative that I haven’t heard about in other cities,” said Bobnar, who hopes One City, One Message will become an annual event.

For more details about the One City, One Message initiative and how you can participate, click here.

Spirit of Reconciliation

Several events are planned – or have already take place – to mark the second anniversary of the publication of the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and National Aboriginal Day (June 21):

Walk in the Spirit of Reconciliation

From the Walk in the Spirit of Reconciliation Facebook page.

Participants from several churches joined Walk in the Spirit of Reconciliation June 2 – 4. The 35 kilometre walk began at Fort Langley National Historic Site and ended at Fraser Heritage Park in Mission. This is how the walk was described:

The intent of the Walk is to witness the history of relationships between Canada’s indigenous peoples and those of us who came after, by retracing the steps of so many indigenous children from the Fort Langley National Historic Site to the St. Mary’s residential school site in Mission.

Sponsors – and walkers – came from the Anglican Church (Diocese of New Westminster), the Christian Reformed Church, Mennonite Church BC, United Churches of Langley, Willoughby Church – and no doubt others as well.

Mark Buchanan at Tenth

Mark Buchanan, pastor, teacher, speaker and the author of seven books, addressed the topic Truth and Reconciliation: How Do We Respond? June 7 at Tenth Church.

He spoke “about his own experience in trying to address Canada’s, and especially the Canadian church’s, historic wrongs committed against First Peoples, and will specifically explore ways that churches and Christians might respond to the Calls to Action that emerged from the TRC.”

Beyond 150

Mosaic Church, along with many partnering organizations and churches of the Downtown Eastside, is hosting Beyond 150: A Street Party in Honour of National Aboriginal Day June 18 from 2 – 6 pm.

They invite others “to come and join us in celebration of Indigenous cultures and history” on the street outside of Strathcona Church.

Beyond 150 will include a salmon barbecue, First Nations dancers and drummers, children’s activities and artisans booths. Princess Avenue will be closed between Pender and Hastings.

Philosopher’s Cafe

C.S. Lewis’s views on love will kick off a discussion at the Philosophers’ Cafe.

A Philosophers’ Café will address the topic What Do You Think About C.S. Lewis’s Views on Love? this Monday (June 12) at the False Creek Community Centre on Granville Island. Here is the description of the event:

Dr. Jason Lepojärvi is a scholar-in-residence at Regent College for the 2016-17 academic year. His current work is a post-doctoral research project on the theology of love, titled Idolatry: Catholic and Protestant Perspectives.

Jason, his wife and their two daughters moved to Vancouver in July 2016. Prior to this, they lived in Oxford, where Jason worked as the junior research fellow in theology at St Benet’s Hall. His doctoral thesis God is Love but Love is Not God: C.S. Lewis’s Theology of Love (2015) critically analyzed C.S. Lewis’s position in and contribution to the debate on love (‘agape vs. eros’) that preoccupied much of 20th century Protestant and Roman Catholic thought.

The free event is co-sponsored by the Inklings Institute and SFU’s Department of English.

May 9, 2017

John Pentland: What If . . . We Had Good Religion? – May 9, 2017 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Surrey Aglow Luncheon – May 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

May 10, 2017

Pastors & Leaders Conference 2017: Seek the Peace of the City - Exegeting Your Neighbourhood – May 10, 2017 at All Day
Transitional Ministry Training – May 10, 2017 at All Day
Screening: Over 18, a Documentary About Porn – May 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ray Bakke: The Glorious History of the Syrian Church – From the Time of the Apostles Until Now – May 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Paris Favilla & Friends – May 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 11, 2017

March for Life: Centennial Square to the BC Legislature – May 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Godspeed Film Screening – May 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Wellspring Gala – May 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mercy Me – May 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 12, 2017

Ray Bakke Bus Tour: Missiological Landscapes in a City of Villages – City Tour of Historic Downtown Vancouver – May 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Co:Here Topping Off Party – May 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Life on the Margins: Weekend Workshop – May 12, 2017 - May 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 5:00 pm
We Make Fraser Valley – May 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Eisenhauers – May 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
International Concert Organist Hans Uwe Hielscher – May 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

May 13, 2017

Lifted High: Encountering God in Spiritual Formation and Worship with Herbert Tsang – May 13, 2017 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Save the Mothers Walk – May 13, 2017 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Together for Good Marriage Conference – May 13, 2017 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
A Rocha: Volunteer Day – May 13, 2017 at 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
HOPE International Development Agency 2017 Film Premiere & Dinner – May 13, 2017 at 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FaithTech Vancouver Conversation Night – May 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Welcome the Stranger: Refugees Becoming Neighbours – May 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marcus Mosely Chorale: Labour of Love – May 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Michelle Herrewynen & Friends: Exultate - A Voice Recital – May 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May 14, 2017

Jazz Vespers: Nancy Newman – May 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

May 15, 2017

Transforming Discipleship: Making Disicples a Few at a Time, with Dr. Greg Ogden – May 15, 2017 - May 17, 2017 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Focus on Life Gala Dinner – May 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Eisenhauers – May 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

May 17, 2017

Abbotsford Prayer Breakfast: Faith for Future Generations – May 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Rod Wilson: Money, Sex and Power – Are Freud and Jesus in Sync? – May 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Maria Ho Quartet with Campbell Riga – May 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 18, 2017

From Dust to Glory – May 18, 2017 - May 21, 2017 at All Day
Vancouver Remembers and Honours – May 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Journey 101 Course (Thursdays) – May 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 19, 2017

Historymaker Conference 2017 – May 19, 2017 - May 21, 2017 at All Day
Called to Dialogue: Tools for Handling Crucial Conversations – May 19, 2017 - May 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Spreading the Gospel Through Music, featuring Ron Kenoly – May 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tom Wuest: An Appalachian Home – Free Concert & Album Launch – May 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Handel Society presents G.F. Handel's Chandos Anthems #9 & #11, F.J. Handel's Eine Kleine Ogelmess – May 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May 20, 2017

Organ Concerti: Barry Waterlow – May 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Handel Society presents G.F. Handel's Chandos Anthems #9 & #11, F.J. Handel's Eine Kleine Ogelmess – May 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May 21, 2017

Joe Zambon 'Love Is' Tour – May 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

May 22, 2017

NEEDTOBREATHE in Concert – May 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 24, 2017

Darrell Bock: From the Earth Up or Heaven Down? – The Gospels' Approach to the Jesus Story – May 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Molly Griffin & Tristan Paxton – May 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 25, 2017

A Rocha's Barn Raiser – May 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 26, 2017

Talks With Tom: Human Trafficking – May 26, 2017 at 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Dr. James Houston & Chris Houston: For Goodness' Sake – Christian Identity & Business Leadership – May 26, 2017 - May 27, 2017 at 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Chapel Unified – May 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 27, 2017

Global Outreach Day – May 27, 2017 at All Day
Greater Vancouver Chinese Missions Conference – May 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017 at All Day
ISMC Fellowship Breakfast – May 27, 2017 at 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Storytelling and Digital Media Workshop: Video and Photography with Kenton MacDonald-Lin – May 27, 2017 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
I Stop Traffick Run/Walk – May 27, 2017 at 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Pastors & Leaders: Voices Together Informational Brunch – May 27, 2017 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am
EMBER : Worship & Prayer – May 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Screening: Over 18 – May 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Pilkey Sisters – May 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

May 28, 2017

Vancouver Bach Choir: Oh Canada! – May 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Steve Maddock – May 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

May 29, 2017

Kairos Course (Condensed) – May 29, 2017 at All Day
Concert and Reading with Sam Rocha: Tell Them Something Beautiful – May 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 30, 2017

Culture Seep: How Vancouver Culture is Changing the Way We Worship – May 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 31, 2017

Douglas Moo: How to Discover the Will of God – New Covenant Transformed Thinking – May 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Natalia Pardalis & Friends – May 31, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

June 1, 2017

(in)finite: Spiritual Conversations in Cloth – June 1, 2017 - June 4, 2017 at All Day

June 2, 2017

Walk in the Spirit of Reconciliation – June 2, 2017 - June 4, 2017 at All Day
More Than an Art Show – June 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 3, 2017

Un-Stuck: Inspiring Movement Toward Christ and His Mission – June 3, 2017 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Christian Estate Planning Seminar – June 3, 2017 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

June 4, 2017

Praise in the Park – June 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
City-wide Prayer: Global Day of Prayer – June 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

June 5, 2017

Concert and Reading with Sam Rocha: Tell Them Something Beautiful – June 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 6, 2017

ARC Canada Conference 2017 – June 6, 2017 - June 7, 2017 at All Day
Experience Regent – June 6, 2017 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Reading the Bible in China – June 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

June 7, 2017

Greater Vancouver Youth Unlimited Golf Tournament – June 7, 2017 at 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Business By the Book: Darian Kovacs – June 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Made in God's Image – June 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mark Buchanan: Truth and Reconciliation – How Do We Respond? – June 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Gordon T. Smith: Being Christian in a Secular Society – Getting Beyond the Culture Wars – June 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Armi Grano & Friends – June 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

June 8, 2017

Anabaptist Theology: Methods and Practices Conference – June 8, 2017 - June 9, 2017 at All Day
Mackay: The Black Bearded Bible Man – June 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Stanley – June 8, 2017 - June 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

June 9, 2017

Family Matters Preview Conference – June 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
IN SPIRED: An art show and poetry reading – June 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bible Confronts Patriarchy: A Workshop on Gender Equality – June 9, 2017 - June 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Some Like it Hot: An alternative, biblical view of climate change – June 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

June 10, 2017

Run for the Nations: DRIME 2017 annual charity fundraiser – June 10, 2017 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Catholics & Evangelicals: What Can We Learn From Each Other? – June 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thousands Not Billions: The results of the RATE project on the age of the earth – June 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hymn Festival – June 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

June 11, 2017

One City, One Message – June 11, 2017 at All Day
Jazz Vespers: Glenda Rae, Brett Wade & Miles Black – June 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Song-cology BC Cancer Fundraiser – June 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
A Gospel Sing-Along Evening with Richard Stepp – June 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 12, 2017

Philosophers' Cafe: What do you think about C.S. Lewis’s views on love? – June 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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