Around Town: $1.5 million flood relief, Sanctuary Course, Becoming Neighbours

Mayor Henry Braun (left) receiving a cheque for $100,000 from The Salvation Army Divisional Commander Jamie Braund.

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun accepted a cheque for $100,000 May 2, as part of the ongoing flood relief The Salvation Army BC Division is providing to some of the hardest-hit areas in the province.

Braun said:

“On behalf of Abbotsford City Council, the City of Abbotsford and our residents, I want to thank The Salvation Army for their flood relief support immediately following the November 2021 flood and now as recovery work continues.

Over 300 city infrastructure sites were damaged and $100,000 to the City of Abbotsford will help us move our recovery and restoration work forward.”

The Salvation Army stated in a release that it is offering a total of $1.5 million in flood relief :

The Salvation Army is providing ongoing flood relief to some of the hardest hit areas in the province, including $500,000 to First Nations groups, who are still dealing with a massive recovery effort.

“The funding will help communities in their continued recovery efforts,” says Salvation Army spokesperson Mike Leland. “Some of the hardest hit communities are still dealing with a massive cleanup and restoration efforts, including some first nations communities that were completely cut off during the floods. Our goal is to get them back to some sense of normalcy as soon as possible.”

To date the organization has provided more than $600,000 to regions impacted by the flood earlier this year. The initial round of funding was in support of immediate relief efforts: food security, evacuation supplies, temporary shelters.

This second round of funding totaling $725,000 will go directly to support communities that are dealing with recovery and restoration: construction, equipment and labour, and continued support with food security. Communities include Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Merritt and Princeton and the First Nations Emergency Service Society

Go here for the full statement.

Sanctuary Course revised

Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries announced May 4 that its widely used Sanctuary Course has been revised:

Today is the day! We could not be more excited to bring you the revised version of The Sanctuary Course, which includes new films with diverse voices and a broader range of stories of lived experience with mental health challenges.

This version of the course also includes a brand-new discussion guide that simplifies facilitating the course, and features art, poetry, prayers and spiritual practices.

On our website you’ll also find a new, streamlined resource portal that will serve as your one-stop shop for all of Sanctuary’s resources. We hope that it will make our resources even easier for you to access and facilitate in your community.

Check out the new trailer for the Sanctuary Course and share it with your community, and visit https://hubs.la/Q019s3yZ0 for everything you need to know about The Sanctuary Course!

Sanctuary began in Vancouver, but is increasingly well established internationally, particularly in Great Britain, where Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has become Patron of the ministry.

Becoming Neighbours: Trust

Kinbrace is working with three other groups (Muslim Food Bank & Community Services, World Renew and UBC.) to present Becoming Neighbours: Trust this Saturday (May 7).

Here is what will happen:

Whether you are a person with refugee displacement experience or a Canadian welcoming people seeking refuge, trust is critical and requires patience.

This event explores the value of trust – its importance, the barriers and possible trust-building strategies – through storytelling and expert input. In the midst of a world troubled by isolation, division and displacement, sustaining trust is even more urgent to weave a healthy social fabric.

The goal of this two-hour event is that participants leave with a deepened awareness of the value of trust, and with inspiration for new ways to trust in the dynamic space where displacement and welcome meet.

This event starts a series of community gatherings exploring five values that create a world of welcome. Anika Bauman’s new book, Becoming Neighbours: Five Values for a World of Welcome, is a resource you are encouraged to read prior to the event. Read Anika’s chapter on Trust here.

The conversation will be facilitated by Erin Goheen and Wilfred Thariki.

The event will be both in-person and online.

May 5, 2022

Lost and Found – May 5, 2022 - May 15, 2022 at All Day
Book Launch: Religion at the Edge: Nature, Spirituality, and Secularity in the Pacific Northwest – May 5, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

May 6, 2022

Parenting Conference (two evenings) – May 6, 2022 - May 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 7, 2022

Becoming Neighbours: Trust – May 7, 2022 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Relief for Ukraine: MCC Fundraising Event – May 7, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

May 9, 2022

Share Jesus & In the Harvest Training – May 9, 2022 - May 12, 2022 at 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

May 11, 2022

Caring for Missionaries from the Local Church – May 11, 2022 at 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Indigenizing Canada: Truth and Reconciliation and Next Steps in Canada with Prof. Ray Aldred (four discussions) – May 11, 2022 at 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

May 12, 2022

MCC Spring Banquet – May 12, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

May 13, 2022

May Art and Prayer Retreat – May 13, 2022 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Navigate Bible Conference: The King is Coming – Hearing the Message of the Book of Ruth with Dr. Daniel Block – May 13, 2022 - May 14, 2022 at 4:30 pm

May 14, 2022

March for Life – May 14, 2022 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Congregational Singing Today – May 14, 2022 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sentences & Sentience: C.S. Lewis & the Word, with Dr. Andrew Kaethler – May 14, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
SOZO 2022: This is the Kingdom – May 14, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Delta Ukrainian Refugee Support – May 14, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

May 15, 2022

United Voices "Arise!" Spring Concert – May 15, 2022 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

May 16, 2022

New Roots Fest: Five Works in Process – May 16, 2022 - May 19, 2022 at All Day
Lissa Wray Beal: Villains, Heroes & Those in Between – God's Ways & a Broken World – May 16, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

May 17, 2022

Why the Faith? Canada Wide Tour – May 17, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 18, 2022

Mission Pastor Roundtable – May 18, 2022 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Faculty Roundtable: Old Testament Difficulties – Violence & Trauma – May 18, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Why the Faith? Canada Wide Tour – May 18, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Kaleidoscope: Opening Reception – May 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Transform Gala for the Salvation Army's 'Nine Stories of Hope' Campaign – May 18, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gordon T. Smith: Generation to Generation – the Inter-Generational Dynamic of Vital Christian Communities – May 18, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

May 19, 2022

A Creature Chronicle: Exhibition & Symposium – May 19, 2022 - May 21, 2022 at All Day
Launch Day: The Sanctuary Course, Revised & Improved – May 19, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

May 21, 2022

Singing Justice – May 21, 2022 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

May 23, 2022

Mark Noll: What I Have Learned from Studying the History of the Bible – May 23, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

May 24, 2022

Religious Responses to Climate Change: An Inter-Religious Conference – May 24, 2022 at All Day
A Message for Canada National Tour – May 24, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Randy Woodley: Religious Responses to Climate Change (Opening Keynote) – May 24, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

May 25, 2022

Faculty Roundtable: Applying Scripture to Life – May 25, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin: Art, Conflict & Healing: Case Studies from Northern Ireland, China & Ukraine – May 25, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

May 26, 2022

Digital Evangelism 101 – May 26, 2022 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Harnessing Conflict for Change (two-day workshop) – May 26, 2022 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Raymond Tallis: The Houston Centre Presents – 'Why We're Not (Just) Beasts' – May 26, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

May 27, 2022

'Everything But the Closet' Sale – May 27, 2022 - May 28, 2022 at 12:00 am
Walk in the Spirit of Reconciliation 2022 – May 27, 2022 - May 29, 2022 at All Day
Prayer Gathering, by 24-7 Prayer Canada – May 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Impact Conference – May 27, 2022 - May 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 2:00 pm
musica intima: NAGAMO (sings) – May 27, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May 28, 2022

Spring Fair at St. David's, Delta – May 28, 2022 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lion's Gate Brass Quintet Ukraine Fundraiser – May 28, 2022 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Behold Israel – May 28, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rise Above, with the Amabilis Singers – May 28, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

May 29, 2022

The Prayer Walk: Burnaby / Ridge Meadows / Abbotsford – May 29, 2022 - June 4, 2022 at All Day
Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir Concert – May 29, 2022 at 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Rejoice! A Performance with The Gallery Singers – May 29, 2022 at 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royal Jubilee Proms Concert – May 29, 2022 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

May 30, 2022

Malcolm Guite: A New Orientation – Insights from the Poets on What it Means to Turn to Christ – May 30, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

May 31, 2022

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – May 31, 2022 - June 1, 2022 at All Day

June 1, 2022

The Artistic Process, with Malcolm Guite & Steve Bell – June 1, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Douglas Moo: The Never-Changing Word of God in Ever-Changing Modern English – Perspectives of a Translator – June 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 2, 2022

Blessing of the Bicycles – June 2, 2022 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

June 3, 2022

Nations2Nations Conference – June 3, 2022 - June 5, 2022 at 12:00 am
Business As Mission Conference 2022 – June 3, 2022 at 8:00 am - 4:15 pm
Refresh Your Leadership Luncheon – June 3, 2022 at 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

June 4, 2022

Refugee Support and Volunteer Training – June 4, 2022 at 8:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Meaning of ‘Magdalene’: Mary the Tower – June 4, 2022 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am

June 6, 2022

Indigenous Realities in Canada, with Rev. Dr. Ray Aldred – June 6, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Karen Swallow Prior: The Evangelical Social Imaginary – the Images, Ideas & Metaphors that Made a Movement – June 6, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 7, 2022

City Impact Tour: Langley, Surrey & Abbotsford – June 7, 2022 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

June 8, 2022

Krish Kandiah: Let Your Light Shine – Changing the Public Perception of the Christian Faith in Media & Politics – June 8, 2022 at 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Creative Mornings: Lance Odegard – June 8, 2022 at 8:15 am - 10:15 am
Alpha Masterclass Premiere with Pastor Dave Koop & Pastor James Fam – June 8, 2022 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Union Gospel Mission: Summer Connect – June 8, 2022 at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Faculty Roundtable: Puritan Wisdom for Today – June 8, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Toast Talks – June 8, 2022 at 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Krish Kandiah: The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis – a Practical & Theological Response – June 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 9, 2022

SIMinar: ECWA Hospital Egbe, Rural Medicine Revitalization Project – June 9, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Mountaintop – June 9, 2022 - June 11, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

June 10, 2022

The 55th Annual British Columbia Leadership Prayer Breakfast – June 10, 2022 at 7:30 am - 9:00 am
WestCoast Miracle Healing Conference – June 10, 2022 - June 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

June 11, 2022

The Cleanest Day of the Year – June 11, 2022 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

June 13, 2022

Artist Talk: Kate Miller at the Dal Schindell Gallery – June 13, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

June 16, 2022

Kate Miller: Kaleidoscope – June 16, 2022 at All Day
New Roots Festival: Works in Process – June 16, 2022 - June 19, 2022 at All Day
City Impact Tour: Vancouver – June 16, 2022 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Where Are the Churches in China? And Why? – June 16, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
A Slain Lamb Standing: Remembering The Future of Religion – June 16, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Implications of Bill C-4 on Families and the Church – June 16, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Welcome Home: Dessert Night for Neighbours of New Hope – June 16, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Nowheresville, BC by Chantal Gallant – June 16, 2022 - June 18, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

June 17, 2022

Anton Dolfo-Smith: The Long Goodbye – Opening Reception – June 17, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

June 18, 2022

Pathways to Reconciliation – June 18, 2022 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
A Concert for Peace: Fundraiser for Ukrainian Refugees – June 18, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
VOS 2022 Summer Concert: Our Heavenly Father《天父我神》 – June 18, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 19, 2022

World Refugee Sunday 2022 – June 19, 2022 at All Day
Juneteenth with Marcus Mosely Ensemble – June 19, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm

June 23, 2022

SIMinar: Explore Cote d'Ivoire – June 23, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Wolves are Coming for You – June 23, 2022 - June 26, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 24, 2022

Worship Central Conference 2022 – June 24, 2022 - June 25, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Brandon Isaak & the Saints of Swing – June 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 25, 2022

Tax Clinic – June 25, 2022 at All Day

June 26, 2022

One With Them: A Day for Christian Captives – June 26, 2022 at All Day
KAIROS Blanket Exercise – June 26, 2022 at 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
AC Literary Expedition: Revelation – The End of the World as We Know it? – June 26, 2022 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

June 27, 2022

Ron Rittgers: 'You Have Torn Away a Piece of My Heart': A Widower's Lament from the Christian Past – June 27, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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