Around Town: Women’s Memorial March, Festival Prayer, Smoking Rock . . .

The Women's Memorial March begins at noon February 14.

The Women’s Memorial March begins at noon February 14.

Anglicans – and probably many Christians of all stripes – will participate in the 27th annual Women’s Memorial March next Tuesday (March 14). Writing on the Diocese of New Westminster website, Rev. Laurel Dykstra invited fellow Anglicans to join the march:

For years many Anglicans have prayed, organized and acted as part of this grassroots-led gathering of mourning and resistance. This year many of us will join together and walk as a group. Anglicans will gather on the steps at St. James at 11:50 am and walk to Main and Hastings together. March starts at noon from Carnegie (Main and Hastings).

She quoted from the Women’s Memorial March website:

The first women’s memorial march was held in 1991 in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street in Vancouver. Her name is not spoken today out of respect for the wishes of her family. Out of this sense of hopelessness and anger came an annual march on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community and caring for all women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Twenty seven years later, the women’s memorial march continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered women and all women’s lives lost in the Downtown Eastside. Increasing deaths of many vulnerable women from the DTES still leave family, friends, loved ones and community members with an overwhelming sense of grief and loss. Indigenous women disproportionately continue to go missing or be murdered with minimal to no action to address these tragedies or the systemic nature of gendered violence, poverty, racism or colonialism. . . .

This event is organized and led by women in the DTES because women – especially Indigenous women – face physical, mental, emotional and spiritual violence on a daily basis. The February 14th Women’s Memorial March is an opportunity to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters, remember the women who are still missing, and to dedicate ourselves to justice.

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Prayer for Festival of Hope

There will be Prayer Walks leaving from Gate 10 of Rogers Arena on each of the next three Saturday mornings.

There will be Prayer Walks leaving from Gate 10 of Rogers Arena on each of the next three Saturday mornings.

We are in the midst of 33 Days of Prayer for the Greater Vancouver Festival of Hope. The process began February 1 and will continue throughout the three-day finale March 3 – 5 at Rogers Arena.

Festival of Hope prayer team co-leaders Dave Carson and Bayo Adediran encourage people to follow the 33-day Prayer Guide. They say:

This 33-day Prayer Guide is a call to make February and early March 2017 a period of intercession for a mighty move of God throughout the Greater Vancouver area.

Carson and Adediran also welcome everyone to Prayer Walks on each of the next three Saturday mornings (February 11, 18, 25, 9:30 am) at Gate 10 of Rogers Arena.

There are also two final Christian Life & Witness Courses in preparation for the Festival of Hope, February 11 at Peoples Church in Surrey and February 15 at Kingsway Church in Burnaby.

Smoking Rock and Reading Scripture

smokingrock1Jacqueline Dewar of Jacob’s Well wrote Smoking Rock and Reading Scripture for Christ & Cascadia (posted February 2). Following is the introduction:

Drug addict. Homeless. Prostitute. Criminal. Have you ever used these terms to label someone? We often use these sorts of words to objectify and disenfranchise those already marginalized within our society. We inadvertently define them by their circumstance, taking the focus off the complexity of their personhood.

I work at Jacob’s Well, a parachurch organization in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. We engage in relational ministry and community development in a neighbourhood of so-called outcasts and misfits. We don’t offer programs or hand out sandwiches – there are plenty of other service providers in the neighbourhood doing that good work. Instead, we offer a chair at our meal table. We offer a knife and a cutting board in the kitchen while we work together to prepare dinner. We offer a community of belonging where people are welcomed and accepted as they are, warts and all. . . .

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Briefly noted

ezrakwizeravancouversunEzra Kwizera was profiled in The Province recently. The article referred to his upcoming concert at Blue Frog Studios and his Urwego Arts and Music School, which he created in his native Rwanda.

Jason Byassee and Ross Lockhart, who both teach at Vancouver School of Theology, wrote Seminaries find homes in congregations for Christian Century: “Central to each of these experiments in theological education is the connection to a large – even enormous – congregation that has the resources and confidence to provide ministerial training.”

Herbert Tsang is a man of many talents. He is an associate professor of computing science at Trinity Western University and a professional conductor and president of Church Music Ministry of Canada, for starters. But he will also be leading a day-long seminar on Technology Through the Eyes of Faith at Carey Centre February 18. Should be interesting.

Faith Today has just posted a useful piece by John Pellowe, chief executive officer of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities: How a Canadian church can easily stay in the good books of the CRA.

February 8, 2017

Multiply Conference 2017 – February 8, 2017 - February 9, 2017 at All Day
The Laing Lectures: Marilynne Robinson - Considering the Theological Virtues – February 8, 2017 - February 10, 2017 at 7:30 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
Terrance Richmond: That Love Album Release Concert – March 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tim & the Glory Boys – March 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
disPlace: Refugee Stories in Their Own Words – March 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 5, 2017

Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – March 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 7, 2017

Entrepreneurial Growth and High Performance Workshop – March 7, 2017 at All Day
Summit Pacific College 75th Anniversary Dinner – March 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
United in Compassion: A Multifaith Devotional Service, Roundtable Conversations and Dessert – March 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

March 8, 2017

International Women's Day Special Event: Men Talk About Women – March 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Patty Verner & Friends – March 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

March 10, 2017

Capernwray Harbor Bible School Worship Night – March 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – March 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Michael W. Higgins: Thomas Merton and John Moriarty: Epic Visionaries of Human Unity – March 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Norm Strauss – March 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 11, 2017

How to Become a Saint: a Lenten Retreat – March 11, 2017 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Film Screening: Before the Flood – March 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Norm Strauss Concert – March 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Resist Sin – March 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Abendmusik: Lenten Vespers – March 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 12, 2017

Jazz Vespers: Linda Szentes and Friends – March 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – March 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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