Around Town: Surrey book launch, Kinbrace at 20, Sisters of St. Ann . . .

Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Marvin Hunt (left) with John Redekop, initiator of ‘The Church in Surrey & White Rock’ project. Photo: Judi Vankevitch.

The role of churches and other faith-based ministries in the social, economic, governance and health of Surrey and White Rock is the focus of a now-launched book co-authored by several long-time observers of life in the two cities.

The Church in Surrey & White Rock: The Untold Story includes historical and descriptive chapters on the Surrey and White Rock faith life.

At 212 pages, the book touches on the communities’ hundreds of Christian churches and other ministry clusters. As well, there is a comprehensive directory of such churches and ministries, complete with addresses, phone numbers and internet linkages.

The book launch took place last Saturday (June 16) at Regent Christian Academy. It attracted several leaders, including two senior provincial politicians who represent Surrey ridings.

The two were Bruce Ralston, labour minister in the current BC NDP government and Marvin Hunt, who served in the previous BC Liberal government as parliamentary secretary for community and sports development. In the spirit of relatively friendly non-partisanship portrayed in the book, the two men maintained a friendly and congenial demeanor in front of the almost 100 launch attenders.

Other faiths have not been left out of the book’s contents. While it is the story of various streams of the Christian community in Surrey and White Rock, it includes information about other faith groups, to ensure context for its coverage.

The book is somewhat patterned after one of a similar title published further up the Fraser Valley in 2013 and entitled Being the Church in Abbotsford.

John Redekop, who comes originally from the Valley but spent much of his career as chair of the Wilfrid Laurier University political science department in Waterloo, Ontario, is a major spearhead behind the project.

From left: co-editor Lloyd Mackey, project donor Dewey Devries, MLA and chapter author Marvin Hunt, seniors ministry volunteer Kathy Burry, aspiring federal politician Laurie Guerra and co-editors Neil Bramble and John Redekop.

Redekop recruited an impressive stable of writers for the various chapters – all of whom have had significant connections with faith-life activities in Surrey and White Rock. They include such as:

  • Frank Bucholtz, recently-retired Surrey/Langley based editor and columnist.
  • Trinity Western University social sciences prof Joanne Pepper.
  • Teacher/editor Neil Bramble whose previous service has included .
  • Long-time artist, performer and entrepreneur in the Surrey/White Rock arts scene Barbara (Barbie) Warwick
  • NightShift Ministries director MaryAnne Connor.
  • Long-time community, faith-based and political journalist Lloyd Mackey.
  • Novelist, pastor and refugee/immigrant services administrator Jack Taylor.
  • Chaplain and pastor whose ministry has often focused on seniors, Ross Johnston.
  • Pastor-cum-political leader Marvin Hunt.
  • Beverley Johnston and Perrie Peverall, both of whom have long experience, respectively, in Christian education and health care fields.

Redekop, Bramble and Mackey are the by-lined editors for the project.

The back cover of the book carries a generously-worded endorsement of both the project and several sectors in the Christian faith community, from Dianne Watts, who was Surrey’s mayor and community development catalyst for nine years in the early 2000s.

The book begins with an assessment by Joanne Pepper of the biblical view of cities and the role in which people of faith in the Bible played in the life of their cities.

Bucholtz and Mackey co-authored two chapters that highlighted historical events and developments involving churches and Christian ministries dating back to the 1800s. One of those chapters includes a synthesis of a recently report by leaders in the communities’ 15 largest churches about church involvement in community and social service, produced for current Surrey mayor, Linda Hepner.

MaryAnne Connor, director of NightShift, a ministry in the “strip,” a homeless tent city in the historic community of Whalley, writes a chapter about Christian ministries “helping the needy.”

Ross Johnston has a chapter on seniors’ ministries, while Jack Taylor focuses on faith-based services to refugees and immigrants. Health care from a Christian perspective is covered by Perrie Peverall and John Redekop, followed by an assessment of several different Christian and other faith-based school systems, by Beverley Johnston.

“Pursuing a higher standard” is the sub-title of a chapter on several significant Surrey and White Rock businesses whose leaders try to keep Christian ethics and best practices in mind in their operations.

Barbara Warwick writes about Christian influence in visual, literary and performing arts, including drama and music.

John Redekop tells of a variety of Surrey / White Rock political figures who have been shaped by their Christian faith. Then, he has a “wrap up” that tries to address the question “Why do churches do what they do?”

The book includes a comprehensive and, hopefully, almost totally accurate list of churches and Christian ministries in Surrey and White Rock, containing names, addresses, phone numbers, website links and emails.

It is the editors’ hope that the list will soon be available online, with regular updates to maintain accuracy and relevance. They also hope the book might be a template for future similar projects in other Canadian cities. Further information is available by writing swrchurchbook@gmail.com.

This portion of Around Town was written by Lloyd Mackey.
Kinbrace celebrates 20 years

Kinbrace celebrated 20 years of welcoming refugees June 16. Photo credit: Mark Janousek.

Kinbrace Community Society held a celebration last Saturday (June 16). Launched in 1998 as BC’s first dedicated housing and support provider for refugee claimants, Kinbrace has been welcoming refugees to its home (now two homes, side by side) in the Commercial Drive area for 20 years.

Executive director Loren Balisky said:
Over 250 neighbours, donors, supporters, volunteers, and former and current refugee claimants gathered to celebrate the coming-to-life of our shared dream: that each refugee claimant experience a world of welcome, a community of belonging and a life of opportunity.
Neighbours have embraced the Kinbrace community; the party spread out into the streets as participants joined the first annual ‘Bumpy Alley Block Party.’
Kinbrace annually provides housing and support to between 20 and 30 of the most vulnerable refugee claimants in Metro Vancouver, and education and guidance to thousands more across Canada through READY Tours and Refugee Hearing Preparation Guides.
Flavours of Hope at Granville Island

Summer Food Markets take place on Granville Island every Tuesday throughout the summer.

Food for Kinbrace’s party was supplied by Flavours of Hope, a non-profit social enterprise formed this spring which has already become well known for its pop-up dinners. It helps immigrant and refugee women “to earn a living wage and build social connections in communities through cooking and sharing culinary traditions.”

Trixie Ling, who founded the initiative, told me that Flavours of Hope will host Summer Food Markets every Tuesday this summer (June 26 – August 28) at the Outdoor Public Market Square on Granville Island.
She is raising money even before the first Summer Food Market (go here). She says:

Savour this: traditional cultural food, stories, and the strength of refugee women. Be part of Vancouver’s first summer food market that celebrates diverse food prepared for you by newcomer women earning a living wage. Donate to launch the market and build connections in our community through food!

Your gift toward the $10,000 needed for this summer market pilot gives newcomer refugee women a living wage, work experience and a growing relational network. It’s an inspiring way for all of us to say, “You’re welcome!” Help increase social connections, provide employment opportunity, and empower women to share their stories of migration through selling their diverse traditional culinary cuisine at this summer newcomer food market.

Sisters of St. Ann helped build BC

St. Ann’s Academy in New Westminster was torn down in the late 1960s. Photo courtesy Carey Pallister.

A pioneering congregation of Roman Catholic sisters is winding up after 160 years of hard work and major achievements in British Columbia.

Writing in The B.C. Catholic, Agnieszka Krawczynski said:
Once there were as many as 200 Sisters of St. Ann serving in education, health care, pastoral care and other efforts in the Pacific Northwest. Now, there are 27 sisters left with an average age of 83.
She described their history and achievements:

Blessed Marie Anne Blondin founded the Sisters of St. Ann in Vaudreuil, Quebec, in 1850. In her words, the purpose of the congregation was “the education of poor country children, both girls and boys in the same schools.”

They were 44 sisters strong when Bishop Modeste Demers of Vancouver Island came to visit in 1857 and asked if some sisters could travel west and open schools in his diocese.

Four sisters made the two-months-long journey back with him, arriving in Victoria June 5, 1858, four years before the city was incorporated. They opened the doors of a simple one-room school with dirt floors a few days later, and from the first day, welcomed everyone from the children of the governor to Metis orphans.

By their 60th anniversary, they had opened 21 schools, educated 17,000 students, founded four hospitals and cared for 450 orphans.

By their 160th anniversary, the Sisters of St. Ann have opened or operated schools in BC, the Yukon, Washington and Alaska. Some have since closed, while others, such as Little Flower Academy, established in Vancouver in 1927, are still running.

Go here for the full article.

June 21, 2018

Lines of Thought: Drawing Explorations & Painting Studies – June 21, 2018 at 12:00 am
Won't You Be My Neighbor? – June 21, 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

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
International Choral Kathaumiwx Concert – June 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 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
pecial Outdoor Italian Concert: Canzoni della Nostra Gioventù – June 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Watoto: Signs & Wonders – June 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 30, 2018

World Cup Brunch – June 30, 2018 at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Summer in the Forest (L'Arche) – June 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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

Tsawwassen Alliance Church Soccer Camp – July 2, 2018 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Richard Winter: The Pursuit of Excellence & the Perils of Perfectionism – July 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 3, 2018

Horizon Church Soccer Camp – July 3, 2018 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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
Nimule: A Documentary Film by Nathaniel Ross Kelly – July 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 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
Watoto: Signs & Wonders – July 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 7, 2018

Concert for a Summer's Day – July 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Richmond Community Day – July 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Watoto: Signs & Wonders – July 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 8, 2018

Jazz Vespers: David Thompson Secondary – July 8, 2018 at 12:00 am
Festival of Sacred Music (Sunday mornings) – July 8, 2018 - August 19, 2018 at 10:30 am - 11:30 am

July 9, 2018

Kickers Soccer and Arts Camp – July 9, 2018 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
MEGA Sports Camp – July 9, 2018 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
SouthRidge Soccer Camp – July 9, 2018 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
FLO Summer Soccer Camp – July 9, 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

The Bible in Contemporary Storytelling – July 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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
Radiance: 2018 Summer Glory Conference – July 12, 2018 - July 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

July 13, 2018

Uncommon Devotion: Reflections on Puritan Texts – July 13, 2018 - July 14, 2018 at 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Kingdom Come Conference – July 13, 2018 - July 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Faith & Film Evening: Murder in the Cathedral – July 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

July 14, 2018

Love My City Week (Tri-Cities) – July 14, 2018 at All Day
Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World – July 14, 2018 at 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Union Gospel Mission Summer BBQ – July 14, 2018 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Parish Collective: Neighbourhood Stories – July 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 15, 2018

Jazz Vespers: The Gabriel Palatchi Band – July 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Stephen's College Choir: Alumni concert – July 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 16, 2018

Richmond Chinese MB Church Soccer Camp – July 16, 2018 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bishop Will Willimon: After Church History – Can Canadian Christians Evangelize? – 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 17, 2018

Film Screening: After Spring – July 17, 2018 at 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm

July 18, 2018

Rikk Watts & Nijay Gupta: Two Perspectives on the New Perspective – Exploring the Theology of Paul – July 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Regen: Ale Policar & Regen Band – July 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sarah Williams: The Spirituality of Time – July 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 20, 2018

BC Sacred Music Symposium – July 20, 2018 - July 22, 2018 at All Day
Vancouver Urban Ministries Garden Party – July 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Unsettling the Word Book Launch – July 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 21, 2018

Love My City Week (Tri-Cities) Celebration – July 21, 2018 at All Day
Garage Sale / Block Party – July 21, 2018 at 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fraser Lands Community Day – July 21, 2018 at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
St. James Music Series presents The Gesualdo Six – July 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

July 22, 2018

Church at the Lake – July 22, 2018 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Sharon Minemoto – July 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

July 23, 2018

Peace Portal Alliance Church Soccer Camp – July 23, 2018 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Richmond Baptist Church Soccer Camp – July 23, 2018 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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
Regen: Lewis Chifan & Broadway Church – July 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 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

Rosa Quintana Lillo: Heroes in the Seaweed – July 26, 2018 at All Day
Stars & Dark Matter: Quilts by Lois A. Klassen – July 26, 2018 - August 31, 2018 at All Day
Seeing God: Hans Boersma's Book Launch – July 26, 2018 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

July 27, 2018

Family Matters Conference – July 27, 2018 - July 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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