Around Town: The Art of Art, Science & Governor General, Oakridge Lutheran …

Ten artists will be working onsite at YU’s ‘Art of the Art.’

Art will take centre stage as Youth Unlimited (YU) hosts The Art of Art: A West Coast Formal, November 18 at the Pipe Shop on the waterfront in North Vancouver.
Here is the plan for what sounds like a very lively evening:
In partnership with Art! Vancouver and Orbiiit, The Art of Art fundraiser is an interactive and innovative artistic engagement event for guests. From live art-making to food tasting; from savory innovation to soulful music and dancing, guests get to observe and participate as art is created.

Art from the 10 onsite, featured artists, as well as art from multiple artists across Greater Vancouver, will be on sale at the event’s silent auction, as well as items from some of Vancouver’s favorite stores and hot spots. Art created at the event will be auctioned off at the end of the night. Guests will get to select the winning food innovators and even decide which tattoo will be forever house on the back of a daring YU supporter who is creatively raising funds for YU’s at-risk and vulnerable youth.

Kathy van Gogh, one of The Art of Art’s featured live-painting artists, is sharing her talent to support vulnerable youth because she understands the myriad of unique struggles that can thwart a young life – and she knows it can also be overcome.

If Kathy’s last name sounds like a fun coincidence, it’s because it’s actually the real deal. Her father’s great-great-great grandfather was Vincent van Gogh’s uncle. And yes, the talent runs in the family – but the challenge is a name of such historic renowned can intimidate the young away from their own passions more strongly than it can invite them.

Youth Unlimited has been helping young people discover their potential since 1947. With nine chapters in Greater Vancouver, YU provides caring relationships and developmental opportunities for vulnerable youth through relevant programs and individual connections, aimed at fostering mental, physical, social, spiritual and emotional well-being among young people in the community.

Governor General: Science & faith

Governor General Julie Payette doesn’t seem keen on divine intervention.

I guess Governor-General Julie Payette missed my October 19 article in which I pointed out that Science and faith are getting along quite well. Ah well, she’d only been in office a few weeks by then. If she had read the article – which pointed to several excellent events hosted by the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, and others, this fall – she might have avoided her recent faux pas.

Bruce Clemenger, president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) congratulated Payette on her new appointment in a November 6 open letter, then went on to say:

We were disheartened by your remarks at the Canadian Science Policy gathering in Ottawa, disparaging those who believe the universe has its origin through divine design or intervention. These remarks were deeply hurtful to many Canadians belonging to many religious traditions, including evangelical Christians.

Go here for the full comment. (John Stackhouse took her to task as well, and even the Globe and Mail featured a guest opinion piece titled Governor General 101: Don’t insult Canadians.)

Bro. Guy Consolmagno believes the stars proclaim the glory of their Creator.

However, our Governor General still has an excellent opportunity to mend her ways. If she were to fly out to Vancouver for 22nd, she could hear Bro. Guy Consolmagno, S.J. take on the topic Why Do We Look Up at the Heavens? at UBC’s Hebb Theatre.

Consolmagno is a highly regarded astronomer who also happens to be director of the Vatican Observatory. On the work conducted at the Observatory, Consolmagno writes:

All the science we do, and all the outreach we do, reflects a quality that motivates everything we do in astronomy: a sense of joy. The stars are glorious, and it’s a treat to be engaged in their study. Their glory proclaims the glory of their Creator!

Our new Governor General is an impressive woman – as a former astronaut she has seen God’s heavens in way most of us never will – but one hopes that even if she doesn’t manage to see Consolmagno in person, maybe she will yet have an opportunity to hear his message, or those of the many other Christian scientists who know their Creator.

Oakridge Lutheran / Catalyst

A rendering of the project being developed by Oakridge Lutheran church and Catalyst Community Developments.

Frances Bula’s November 3 Globe and Mail story tells of a fruitful partnership between Oakridge Lutheran Church and a unique non-profit developer. The insightful article begins this way:

Churches and non-profit groups that try to take advantage of their land to build needed low-cost housing in the region are often stuck with an imperfect solution.

They have to go to a private developer, who typically agrees to build a limited number of units that can be rented for below-market rates. But most of the future project is dedicated to condos whose prices are well out of the range of the people they’d like to help and the churches loses its control of the land.

But the members of Vancouver’s Oakridge Lutheran church found another solution: working with the non-profit company Catalyst Community Developments and its president, Robert Brown.

The company and Mr. Brown are the only ones doing this work in the region.

The partnership with Catalyst will allow the church to build 46 apartments on its land in the pricey Oakridge area, right across the street from the Canada Line station and mall, with rents Vancouver hasn’t seen in a while: less than $1,000 a month for a studio apartment, around $1,400 for a two-bedroom. All of the apartments will be below-market rentals.

Go here for the full story.

November 9, 2017

The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh – November 9, 2017 - November 11, 2017 at All Day

November 10, 2017

In Theatres: The Star – November 10, 2017 at All Day
The Remusicking Series: Dr. Dan Brunner – November 10, 2017 - November 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Duty Calls: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge – November 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Gloria! A Concert Celebrating the Reformation 500th Anniversary – November 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

November 11, 2017

Fr. Rob Galea in Concert – November 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Vancouver Cares About Refugees: Free Screening of 'Nowhere to Hide' – November 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Brian Doerksen Album Release Concert – November 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fr. Rob Galea: No Greater Lovev – November 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 12, 2017

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – November 12, 2017 at All Day
Verdi Requiem – November 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A Legacy: Alternate Responses to the Call to Arms – November 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jazz Vespers: L.J. Mounteney & Van D'Jango – November 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

November 15, 2017

Russell Stendal: Religious Freedom in Colombia, Cuba and Venezuela – November 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

November 16, 2017

A Rocha: Intro to Creation Care Workshop – November 16, 2017 - November 18, 2017 at All Day
Pastoral Mentorship Training – November 16, 2017 - November 17, 2017 at All Day
Russell Leng: Temporary Tunnels – November 16, 2017 - November 25, 2017 at All Day
The Cover of Life – November 16, 2017 - November 24, 2017 at All Day
The Kingdom of What Is: Book Reading by Karl Petersen – November 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Book Launch: Christmas with Hot Apple Cider – November 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
DivorceCare (Thursday evenings) – November 16, 2017 - November 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
DivorceCare for Kids (Thursday evenings) – November 16, 2017 - November 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

November 17, 2017

FaithTech: Vancouver Hackathon – November 17, 2017 - November 19, 2017 at All Day
Living Free Conference – November 17, 2017 - November 19, 2017 at All Day
Lights of Hope Celebration – November 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Faith & Film Evening: Cromwell – November 17, 2017 at 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Christmas Special: Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith with Jordan Smith – November 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Glen Soderholm in Concert – November 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
All Handmade Sale – November 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 18, 2017

Writer's Breakfast with NJ Lindquist: Writing a Story is Like Baking a Cake – November 18, 2017 at 7:30 am - 9:00 am
The Exchange Young Adults Conference – November 18, 2017 at 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
All Handmade Sale – November 18, 2017 at 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Art of Art: A Westcoast Formal, by Youth Unlimited – November 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Phil Keaggy in Concert – November 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

November 19, 2017

VBCC in the Community: Christmas at Hycroft – November 19, 2017 at 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Marcus Mosely Chorale – November 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

November 21, 2017

Copenhagen – November 21, 2017 - December 2, 2017 at All Day
Ascent Church Planters Base Camp – November 21, 2017 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Barry Pointon: The Human-Haunted Cosmos – November 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

November 22, 2017

Dwelling in the Wilderness – November 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bro. Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J.: 'Why Do We Look Up at the Heavens,' with Director of Vatican Observatory – November 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

November 23, 2017

Open House: Saint Francis of Assisi School – November 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

November 24, 2017

Almost, Maine by John Cariani – November 24, 2017 - December 16, 2017 at 12:00 am
Ancient Paths to Creator: Spiritual Formation Retreat – November 24, 2017 - November 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Celebrating 40 Years of Prayer Canada – November 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sharing the Table: An invitation to experience Syrian culture through food and stories – November 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Life on the Margins Workshop – November 24, 2017 - November 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Choral Music for Christ the King – November 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ryan McMahon in Concert – November 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 25, 2017

Stand: Faithful Reading in a Faithless World, with Iain Provan – November 25, 2017 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fair Trade Christmas Market – November 25, 2017 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gloria Dei Chorale presents Messiah – November 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 26, 2017

Day of Prayer for Religious Freedom – November 26, 2017 at All Day
Fair Trade Christmas Sale – November 26, 2017 at All Day
Jazz Vespers: Original Blend – November 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monthly Hymn Sing – November 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
City-wide Prayer on Zoom – November 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
VOS Chorus & Orchestra: The Star of Bethelehem – November 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 29, 2017

Cold Clear Sky: An Anthology of Woodcuts by Dan Law – November 29, 2017 - December 21, 2017 at All Day
Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference: Called to Lead – November 29, 2017 at All Day
Vancouver Pastors Prayer Fellowship Christmas Meeting & Dickens Dinner – November 29, 2017 at 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dr. Thomas Heilke: Discerning the Times - Rethinking the Foundations and Sources of Democracy – November 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cold Clear Sky: An Anthology of Woodcuts by Dan Law - opening reception – November 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mission Possible Gala – November 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jonny Lang Sings World Tour – November 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 30, 2017

Reformation 500: Why Should Pastors Care?, with Dr. Iain Provan – November 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Book Launch: Martina Scholtens - Your Heart is the Size of Your Fist – November 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Book Launch: The Quiet in the Land by Richard Toews – November 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Handel's Messiah – November 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

December 1, 2017

The Two Sides of Christmas – December 1, 2017 at 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Christmas Tales – December 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ECBC Christmas Musical: The Plan – December 1, 2017 - December 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Handel's Messiah – December 1, 2017 - December 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Reconciliation as a Christian Response to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – December 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Rejoice! European Carols and Readings – December 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

December 2, 2017

Timberline Country Christmas – December 2, 2017 - December 20, 2017 at All Day
Food for the Hungry: Ending Poverty Together Bootcamp – December 2, 2017 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Holy is God's Name Advent Retreat – December 2, 2017 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Relation$hip Cent$ – December 2, 2017 at 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
St. Stephen's Fall Fair – December 2, 2017 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Blue Christmas Retreat – December 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Sounds of the Season – December 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Roy Durman Evangelistic World Outreach Banquet – December 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Missions Fest Fundraising Event featuring Brian Doerksen – December 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Gloria Dei Chorale presents Messiah – December 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Reconciliation as a Christian Response to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – December 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

December 3, 2017

Christmas with the Bach Choir – December 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Christmas at the Chan – December 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Christmas at the Chan – December 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
ECBC Christmas Musical: The Plan – December 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Mighty Fraser Big Band with Steve Maddock & Amanda Wood – December 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

December 4, 2017

Adult & Teen Challenge BC Banquet Tour – December 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

December 5, 2017

Christmas Tales – December 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

December 6, 2017

Overnight Christmas – December 6, 2017 - December 10, 2017 at All Day
Annual Christmas Artisan Fair – December 6, 2017 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Business By the Book Christmas Luncheon – December 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Millennial Ministering in Vancouver – December 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
In the Spirit of Reconciliation – December 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

December 7, 2017

Yule Duel – December 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Adult & Teen Challenge BC Banquet Tour – December 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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