Around Town: Art on Shared Territory, Mark Noll, Suitcase Stories . . .

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From a poster created by St. James’ curate, Rev. Lucy Price.

St. James Anglican Church will take an active role in the 13th Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival by hosting an art show which will reflect this year’s approach:

The theme of this year’s festival, Living on Shared Territory, pays tribute to the Downtown Eastside’s founding peoples, cultures and diverse neighbourhoods as we live, learn and create together on unceded Coast Salish territories under the long shadow of our colonial past and present.

The art show will feature works by Norman Fox, Diane Wood, Jeff Wilson, Doug Ibbott, Nicole Hannah, Christine Hatfull, Jan Strehler and Grant Cameron. The opening reception is Friday (October 28), 6 – 9 pm, and the show continues on Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm.

The 12-day Heart of the City Festival will feature music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, public art, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks.
The Way of Beauty
Mary Catherine Breslin gave us a tour of The Way of Beauty.

Mary Catherine Breslin gave us a tour of The Way of Beauty.

Speaking of art shows at churches, I have been kicking myself for not having noticed, and promoted, The Way of Beauty, a biennial exhibition of the Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild, which took place from October 14 – 23 at St Jude’s Catholic Church in east Vancouver.

(My wife and I only chanced upon it because the church is just a few blocks from our house, and we had stopped by to see another exhibit, focused on Mother Teresa. That was worth seeing too – and unlike The Way of Beauty, the Saint of Calcutta exhibit will be on for another couple of days (October 29 – 30), this time at Immaculate Conception Church in Delta).

The exhibit of sacred art featured new work by some 10 Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild member artists. Unfortunately, there won’t be another such show for two years, but the group does hold other events.

Mark Noll / Books & Culture

Mark Noll has been named as Research Professor of History with Regent College.

Mark Noll has been named as Research Professor of History with Regent College.

Regent College has just announced the three-year appointment of Dr. Mark Noll as Research Professor of History. He will “contribute to Regent’s scholarly community through research, writing, public speaking and teaching”; he has been at Regent many times since he taught his first Summer School class there in 1990.

In July 2017, he will be teaching at Summer School alongside Mary Venables. Their course, ‘The Reformation: Then and Now, From Above and From Below,’ marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Noll is a leading church historian, having recently retired as a professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. He has written and edited numerous books, most recently including In the Beginning Was the Word: The Bible in American Public Life (OUP, 2015), From Every Tribe and Nation: A Historian’s Discovery of the Global Christian Story (Baker Academic, 2014), Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind (Eerdmans, 2011), and Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia (co-written with Carolyn Nystrom, IVP, 2011).

Noll has been a leading figure in encouraging evangelicals to engage culture. In The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (1994), Noll argued that “The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.”

Since that time, he and an increasing number of evangelical academics and thinkers have worked hard to remedy that situation. One of their greatest achievements was the creation of Books & Culture – “a bimonthly review that engages the contemporary world from a Christian perspective” – which, not surprisingly perhaps, began in 1994.

Sadly, Books & Culture has just announced that the November/December 2106 issue will be its last. Noll has been co-chair of the publication; it will be good to hear first hand what, if anything, he thinks can fill that void. (He and B&C editor John Wilson have addressed the issue in a podcast.) At any rate, he will be greatly appreciated by the faculty and students of Regent College.

Suitcase Stories
suitcasestories1Pacific Theatre presents Suitcase Stories, beginning October 28. Maki Yi wrote the play, and is the lone performer. PT describes the show in this way:
With only her tiny suitcase in tow, Maki Yi leaves her home in South Korea and takes off for Canada, simply because her brother had a map of Toronto. A cross-country tale of survival and self-discovery that began as a series of pre-show monologues in the Pacific Theatre lobby, this wonderful one-woman show is filled with all the winsome vulnerability and plucky humour of the originals.
Following is a brief excerpt from an October 24 interview with Mark Robins on Vancouver Presents:

Q. Why were you compelled to tell your story?

Some of my friends, with whom I shared my story, encouraged me to write. I wish my story gives hope for people displaced or living in-between (wherever that could be).

Q. The advance press talks about you having left South Korea for a place you could “be yourself.” What did “being yourself” mean?

To be free from the pressure to accept the traditional gender role – I have nothing against it, but it was not what I wanted. I was looking for something I’d love to pursue and achieve.

Suitcase Stories will run until November 12.

October 27, 2016

The Grand Embrace Retreat. Workshop. Concert with Wm. Paul Young – October 27, 2016 - October 29, 2016 at All Day
Corey Janz Gives Conway Holy Land Presentation – October 27, 2016 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
5th Annual Fluevog Shoes and Music Event – October 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sexual Identity hosted by Indoubt:Live – October 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Geneva Lectures: Bill DeJong – Restoring Virtue to Protestant Ethics: Why Character Matters as Much as Conscience – October 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

October 28, 2016

'Living on Shared Territory' Art Show – October 28, 2016 - October 29, 2016 at All Day
Nightshift: 10th Annual Gala of Light – October 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fall Family Carnival – October 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Chapel North Shore – October 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Richmond-Delta – October 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Surrey – October 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Tri-Cities – October 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Vancouver – October 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rosemary Siemens: CD Release – October 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West My Friend – October 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Y2Y Nite: To Whom Much is Given – October 28, 2016 at 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

October 29, 2016

Famine or Feast: Connecting Faith, Food & People in Vancouver & Beyond – October 29, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Paul Stevens & Paul Pearce: Reframing Retirement – October 29, 2016 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mental Health Workshops: Understanding Mental Illness from the Inside – October 29, 2016 at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
OMF Heart For Asia Conference – October 29, 2016 at 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saint of Calcutta: Mother Teresa Exhibit – October 29, 2016 - October 30, 2016 at 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Stress Management Workshop for Parents – October 29, 2016 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Peace Through the Arts Festival – October 29, 2016 at 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
LiveLoud Worship Concert – October 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Trace Bundy in Concert – October 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

October 30, 2016

Community Hymn Sing-A-Long – October 30, 2016 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Mennonite Church BC Symphony of Hymns – October 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Siobhan Walsh Group – October 30, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Physician Assisted Suicide Discussion – October 30, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Challenges to Building Community Within Canadian Diversity – October 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

October 31, 2016

Lecture Tour: Dr. Tom McLeish in BC's Lower Mainland – October 31, 2016 - November 3, 2016 at All Day
Tom McLeish: A Medieval Big Bang Theory – An Interdiciplinary Tale – October 31, 2016 at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Mr. Darwin's Tree – October 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

November 1, 2016

JOB FAIR for New Immigrants – November 1, 2016 at 12:00 am - 3:00 pm
Story, Stillness and Song, with William Paul Young – November 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Death Cafe – November 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tom McLeish: Science and Religion Over Two Millennia – A Long History of Shouting? – November 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 2, 2016

Christian College & University Fair – November 2, 2016 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Vancouver Pastors Prayer Fellowship – November 2, 2016 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Business By the Book: Matt Choquette – November 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jason Lepojarvi: C.S. Lewis's Famous Disagreement with Augustine on Love – November 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tom McLeish: Investigating the Deep Structure of Modern Science – The Search for Wisdom – November 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tom McLeish: Investigating the Deep Structure of Modern Science – The Search for Wisdom – November 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Christian College & University Fair – November 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rosemary Siemens: CD Release Concert – November 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christian Life & Witness Course (Wednesday evenings) – November 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
CPJ's East Van Talks: Karri Munn-Venn – November 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Dawn Aitken – November 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

November 3, 2016

CPJ: An Evening at A Rocha – November 3, 2016 at All Day
Showtimes for 'I'm Not Ashamed' – November 3, 2016 - November 8, 2016 at All Day
Christian College & University Fair – November 3, 2016 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Tom McLeish: Noon Hour Discussion – November 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation – November 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Making Sense of Anxiety in Children and Youth – November 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tom McLeish: A Modern Scientist in the Footsteps of Job – November 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Trinity Western University's production of SMASH, a British comedy – November 3, 2016 - November 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
In the Flesh by Paige Louter – November 3, 2016 - November 5, 2016 at 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

November 4, 2016

Christian College & University Fair – November 4, 2016 at 8:30 am - 10:30 am
The Compassion Experience – November 4, 2016 - November 7, 2016 at 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
An Honest Conversation About Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) – November 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cheers to Awareness – November 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Eugene Cho & David Ruis – November 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Trinity Western University’s Chamber Singers night, “In Every Season” – November 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 5, 2016

Discerning Your Call: Praying with the Apostles & Ignatius of Loyola Retreat – November 5, 2016 at 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
SCSBC Leadership Conference – November 5, 2016 at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Ken Shigematsu: God in My Everything - Life-Giving Rhythms for Connecting with God Every Day – November 5, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Christian Advocacy Society Dinner Banquet Fundraiser – November 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Eugene Cho & David Ruis – November 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hymn Festival: Holy Spirit Breathe On Me – November 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Trinity Western University’s Chamber Singers night, “In Every Season” – November 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 6, 2016

Jazz Vespers: Geoff Claridge Quartet – November 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dr Rita Nakashima Brock: The Invisible Wounds of Trauma and Pathways to Recovery – November 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – November 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 7, 2016

Celebrating the Story of Streams: Streams of Justice 10 Year Anniversary – November 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – November 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 8, 2016

His Mercy Endures Forever – November 8, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – November 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Institute of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives Lecture: The Importance and Role of Education as Part of the Reconciliation Journey – November 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 9, 2016

Dr. Myron Penner: Science and Naturalistic Explanations of Supernatural Belief – November 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Soaking Prayer – November 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Leaders' Series: Dr. Paul Rowe - Has ISIS Already Won? The Future of Minorities in the Middle East – November 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Lorraine Foster (sings Vera Lynn) – November 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

November 10, 2016

Irene Kordalis Pedersen: The Book of Hebrews – November 10, 2016 - November 17, 2016 at All Day
Saint of Calcutta: Mother Teresa Exhibit – November 10, 2016 - November 12, 2016 at All Day
JustWork: A Taste of Dignity – November 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Suitcase Stories by Maki Yi – November 10, 2016 - November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Most Massive Woman Wins by Madeleine George – November 10, 2016 - November 12, 2016 at 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

November 11, 2016

Eryn Sharpe Trio – November 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fr. Rob Galea: No Greater Love – November 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Music for Remembrance: Duruflé’s Requiem – November 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 12, 2016

Youth Unlimited: That Love – November 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

November 13, 2016

IDOP Sunday: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – November 13, 2016 at All Day
The OTHER Catholics: The Eastern Catholic Churches – November 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Andrea Menard – November 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Dave Guiney Swing Band – November 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
IDOP Sunday: International Christian Response – November 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

November 15, 2016

Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – November 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 16, 2016

Hope for the Sold: Over 18 - A Documentary About Pornography – November 16, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Welcome the Stranger: Refugees Becoming Neighbours – November 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Bill Sample – November 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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