Around Town: Art shows, key Regent lectures, religion & millennials . . .

Claudio and Fairy with ‘Summer heat,’ one of 15 paintings to be featured at L’Arche’s Art Together show October 15.

I wrote about the Saint John’s Bible exhibition at the Dal Schindell Gallery on Church for Vancouver last week, and then went to take a look for myself.

I was fortunate in my timing, because Daniel Melville Jones gave me – and then a group of Vancouver College boys – a guided tour of the seven oversized volumes, each of which weighs up to 35 pounds.

Regent College owns its own compete set, but the art on the walls of the gallery will only be there until October 26.

Jones’ enthusiastic appreciation of the work is infectious, and he will be there from 1 – 3 pm on the next two Thursdays, the 13th and 20th. I highly recommend a visit.

I have since come across two other art shows, each of which supports a good cause.

Art Together for L’Arche

The newly-opened Jubilee United Church will host L’Arche Greater Vancouver’s Art Together show this Saturday afternoon (October 15).

They say of the exhibition:

Please join us for our 2022 Art Together show which will feature 15 original paintings created by artists from L’Arche Greater Vancouver. Our artists have been inspired by this year’s theme – ‘L’Arche for Every Season.’ We’re looking forward to welcoming you; we’re sure our paintings will make you smile.

Admission is free, though donations are welcome: “L’Arche Greater Vancouver is an intentional community where adults with developmental disabilities, along with those who come to assist them, share life together in family-like settings and work environments.”

L’Arche is in the midst of a major rebuilding program, which I wrote about here last fall; it is expected to be complete in 2024.

Compassionate Art for Ukrainian families

The other art show will be held today (October 13), as a fundraiser for Ukrainian families. Compassionate Art will take place from noon to 8:30 pm), downstairs at Tenth Church.

Here are the details:

The Russia / Ukraine War has affected the whole World. It​​’s heartbreaking to see deep pain, suffering, anger and​ division among the nations. We pray for the War to be over and extend Compassion and Unconditional love to all people who have been tragically impacted by this conflict.

The art show is designed to bring together​ artists of Greater Vancouver (Russian, Ukrainian and artists ​ from different countries​ to share​ the message of​ Compassion and Unconditional Love with the Local Community and the World.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in New Westminster to help mothers and children with groceries. I have posted a couple of articles about the work Holy Trinity has been doing ever since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Regent College events

Regent College offers a steady stream of valuable lectures, classes, art shows and webinars – but this next couple of weeks promises to be especially rich. Three events look particularly significant:

1. Dr. Brian Stanley: Global Protestantism

Brian Stanley will speak at Regent College October 19.

One of the foremost scholars on World Christianity will stop by Regent College to deliver a noon-time lecture next Wednesday (October 19).

His topic will be ‘From Conversion and Civilization to Development? Patterns in British and American Protestant Globalism in the 19th and 20th Centuries.’

Here is what to expect:

Drawing from his recent work in Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History (Princeton University Press, 2018), Dr. Stanley will shed light on the contours and patterns of British and American Protestantism amidst the global spread of Christianity in the 19th and 20th centuries.

In the early 19th century, the missionary quest for conversion was closely linked to the impulses of antislavery and ‘civilization.’ As the century proceeded, these humanitarian dynamics were supplanted by an emphasis on ‘relief,’ which in the 20th century evolved into ‘development.’

Important though theological change is, the lecture will instead draw attention to the extent to which Christian thinking about world mission has been profoundly shaped by secular influences such as global famines, war and the power of the photographic image.

Brian Stanley (PhD, Cambridge) is a British historian, best known for his works in the history of Christian missions and world Christianity. He is Professor of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. His books include The Global Diffusion of Evangelicalism: The Age of Billy Graham and John Stott (2013), The World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh 1910 (2009), and, most recently, Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History, (2018).

Alex Strohschein, a Regent College graduate, wrote a review of Christianity in the Twentieth Century, which I posted on this site.

2. Official launch: Houston Centre

Dr. James Houston with a couple of well-wishers for his 95th birthday at Regent College.

The very next day (October 20) will see the official launch of the James M. Houston Centre for Humanity and the Common Good:

Grounded in Dr. Houston’s comprehensive vision of integrative scholarship, the Houston Centre for Humanity and the Common Good fosters interdisciplinary and interreligious dialogue on the central question of the late-modern world: what does it mean to be human?

Inviting a range of philosophical perspectives through collaboration with the University of British Columbia and other institutions, the Centre explores a holistic understanding of humanity that accounts for the unique social, political and theological issues of our time.

Jens Zimmermann is Director of the Houston Centre.

Led by Dr. Jens Zimmermann (J.I. Packer Chair of Theology at Regent College), the Centre generates dialogue with a community of leading scholars across disciplines – including theology, philosophy, biology, cognitive science and political studies – in order to navigate the mystery of the human person.

Through public lectures, seminars and a variety of publications, the Houston Centre helps others engage theological questions of humanity for the sake of the common good.

James Houston was named the first Principal of Regent College, following his time as a University Lecturer at Oxford (where he taught from 1947 to 1971, specializing in cultural and historical geography). He will turn 100 this year (November 21).

Zimmerman will deliver a lecture titled ‘Defining Humanity, Defending the Mystery of Personhood’:

Dr. Brent P. Waters (Houston Centre Senior Fellow and Emeritus Jerre and Mary Joy Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Garrett Evangelical Seminary) and Dr. Elizabeth Sung (Visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Regent College) will each offer a brief response to Dr. Zimmermann’s lecture, followed by a question and answer period for in-person attendees.

3. Dr. John Milbank: Laing Lectures

John Milbank will deliver the Laing Lectures October 26.

John Milbank, influential Anglican theologian and co-founder of the Radical Orthodoxy movement, was to have delivered the annual Laing Lectures at Regent College in March 2020 – but they had to be postponed due to the pandemic.

The time has finally come to make that happen. His lecture, ‘Most Entanglings: The Trinity as the Root of All Being, will take place October 26 at noon:

Dr. Milbank will join us remotely from the UK to explore the theoretical foundations of Radical Orthodoxy, an ongoing theological movement that originates in Milbank’s landmark work, Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason.

In response to the modern tendency to distance God from creation, Milbank will attempt to re-ignite the traditional view that the properties of creation owe their ongoing existence and operation to the Creator.

Dr. Milbank will isolate three realities each of us encounters every day – time, motion, and mystery – teasing out how each finds its roots in the Trinity. What is the fruit of this endeavour? That our day-to-day life can lead us into more constant awareness and wonder at the ever-present reality of our Triune God.

Dr. Ross Hasting, Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology at Regent College, will deliver an in-person response to Dr. Milbank’s lecture. This year’s Laing Lecture will be delivered remotely, but anyone interested is encouraged to attend Regent College Chapel to watch in community. To stream online, visit rgnt.net/live a few minutes before the event.

Book launch: Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme

The Canadian Society for the Study of Religion will host a book launch next Friday (October 21):

Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme will take approx. 30 minutes to present key findings from her new book Religion, Spirituality and Secularity among Millennials, and then there will be approx. 30 more minutes for Q&A and discussion with those in attendance.

Routledge, the publisher, describes the book like this:

This book explores the world of religion, spirituality and secularity among the Millennial generation in the United States and Canada, with a focus on the ways Millennials are doing (non)religion differently in their social lives compared with their parents and grandparents.

It considers the influences exercised on the (non)religious and spiritual landscapes of young adults in North America by the digital age, precarious work, growing pluralism, extreme individualism, environmental crisis, advanced urbanism, expanded higher education, emerging adulthood, and a secular age.

Based on extensive primary and secondary quantitative data, complemented with high-quality qualitative research, including interviews and focus groups, this book offers cross-national comparisons between the United States and Canada to highlight the impact of different social environments on the experience of religion, spirituality and secularity among the continent’s most numerous generation.

I have posted several articles about Wilkins-Laflamme’s work on this site.

Scholar John Stackhouse tweeted October 8:

Really good book from @swilk033. Well researched, judiciously argued and provocatively pointed. I’ll be quoting it at least twice in two different addresses this week.

To attend the free virtual event, register here.

October 13, 2022

'Compassionate Art' Fundraiser for Ukrainian Families – October 13, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Catherine Reardon: Physicians vs. Fundamentalists: The Lull in English Witchcraft Convictions – October 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Evolution of Man with Laurence Tisdall – October 13, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Benevolence – October 13, 2022 - October 15, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

October 14, 2022

KENTRO Fall Workshop: Collective Impact and Effective Partnering – October 14, 2022 at 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
ARPA Youth Conference 2022 – October 14, 2022 - October 15, 2022 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Apologetics Canada Launch 2022 – October 14, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Langley Leadership Prayer Breakfast 2022 – October 14, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jesus and the Book of Genesis with Laurence Tisdall – October 14, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Steve Bell Solo Concert – October 14, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jacob Moon with Special Guest Cory Alstad – October 14, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

October 15, 2022

Canadian Chinese School of Theology Vancouver Open Day – October 15, 2022 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
L'Arche Greater Vancouver 2022 Art Show – October 15, 2022 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Answering the Objections to the Creation Model with Laurence Tisdall – October 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Steve Bell Solo Concert – October 15, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 16, 2022

The Third Annual Lavender Tea – October 16, 2022 at 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Jazz Vespers in the Valley with Kim Greenwood – October 16, 2022 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Solemn Evensong - Queen Elizabeth II – October 16, 2022 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cathy AJ Hardy In Concert – October 16, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 18, 2022

The Walrus Talks: Global Hunger Crisis – October 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Road to COP 27: Spirit & Solidarity – October 18, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

October 19, 2022

Brian Stanley: Shifting Patterns in British & American Protestant Globalism in the 19th & 20th Centuries – October 19, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Chaplains Connect: Thoughts on Professional Practice – October 19, 2022 at 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Septuagint Series: How Reading the LXX Helps Us to Read the New Testament – October 19, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Material Culture Project – October 19, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 20, 2022

Illuminating the Word: An Exhibition of the St. John's Bible – Donald Jackson – October 20, 2022 - October 26, 2022 at All Day
The Global Leadership Summit 2022 – October 20, 2022 - October 21, 2022 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Global Leadership Summit 2022 – October 20, 2022 - October 21, 2022 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Philip Jenkins: Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith: How Changes in Climate Drive Religious Upheaval (Part 1) – October 20, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Official Launch: Houston Centre for Humanity and the Common Good – October 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 21, 2022

Book Launch: Religion, Spirituality and Secularity among Millennials: The Generation Shaping American and Canadian Trends – October 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Living for Impact: 2022 Heart for Asia Youth Celebration – October 21, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Crescent Sky – October 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

October 22, 2022

Let the Nations Be Glad! Heart for Asia Conference – October 22, 2022 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Intercessory Prayer Conference – October 22, 2022 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

October 23, 2022

Matt Maher & Friends: Love Reaches Everywhere – October 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

October 24, 2022

Faith that Indigenizes (Book Presentation) – October 24, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

October 25, 2022

Daniel K. Williams: How Should Christians Think about Politics? – October 25, 2022 at All Day
Philip Jenkins: Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith: How Changes in Climate Drive Religious Upheaval (Part 2) – October 25, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CityGate and Sanctuary Community Development Plan (four Tuesday evenings) – October 25, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 26, 2022

Human Rights Codes for Charities – October 26, 2022 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
2022 Laing Lectures: Dr. John Milbank will deliver this year's lecture, titled "Most Entanglings: The Trinity as the Root of All Being – October 26, 2022 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Webinar: Launching the Faith & Life Sciences Guidelines & Case Studies – October 26, 2022 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Open Generation: Gen Z, Jesus & Justice – October 26, 2022 at 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
'Paradoxical Spaces of Belief in Paranormal Investigation Cultures' by Dr. Paul Kingsbury – October 26, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: John Gross & Friends – October 26, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 27, 2022

Trauma-Informed Pastoral Care – October 27, 2022 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Run Alpha Q & A – October 27, 2022 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Business as Mission lunch with Graham Carter – October 27, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Toast Talks: Updates from First United – October 27, 2022 at 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
SIMinar: Poetry Speaks Louder Than Words – October 27, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Unbound: The Path to Change – October 27, 2022 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
'Subversive Mission': An Evening with Craig Greenfield and Alongsiders International – October 27, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 28, 2022

Apologetics Canada Leadership Summit – October 28, 2022 - October 30, 2022 at All Day
White Rock-South Surrey Leadership Prayer Breakfast – October 28, 2022 at 7:00 am - 9:00 am
St James' Church Open Tour and Bell Ringing – October 28, 2022 at 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

October 29, 2022

Ivan Boudreau Hosts a Night of Songwriters in the Round – October 29, 2022 at 12:00 am
Just1Morning with Craig Greenfield – October 29, 2022 at 9:00 am - 11:45 am
Fall Bazaar @ St. John's Port Moody – October 29, 2022 at 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
9th Hallelujah Night presented by Blue Ocean Movement – October 29, 2022 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

October 31, 2022

Fall Festival (five locations) – October 31, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

November 1, 2022

David S. Robinson: Does Everything Really Happen for a Reason? – November 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Stories from our Living Rooms 2022: New Hope Fundraising Night – November 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

November 2, 2022

Pastors Workshop: John Swinton & Daniel Whitehead – Seeking Sanctuary, Finding Shalom – November 2, 2022 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Conversations with Donors – November 2, 2022 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Janaki Larsen: Self-Assembly – Gallery Opening – November 2, 2022 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Singing Christmas Tree: Tickets available – November 2, 2022 at 5:00 pm
2022 Delta Christian School Annual Open House – November 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mother Teresa: No Greater Love Encore – November 2, 2022 - November 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Matt Franceschini & Friends – November 2, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 3, 2022

Christian Advocacy Society Autumn Banquet Fundraiser – November 3, 2022 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
SAMC Theatre presents The Miracle Worker – November 3, 2022 - November 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

November 4, 2022

TWU Richmond Open House – November 4, 2022 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Audible – November 4, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hummingbird Ministries Peace Through the Arts Festival – November 4, 2022 - November 5, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Identity Crisis: Sexuality, Gender & Why Humans Exist – November 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Joy Restored: Adult & Teen Challenge BC 2022 Fall Choir Tour – November 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TWU Game Jam for high school students – November 4, 2022 - November 6, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Vancouver Chamber Choir: Cecilia – November 4, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jim Byrnes with Simon Kendall – November 4, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

November 5, 2022

From War to Peace: Heinrich Schütz and His Time – November 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 6, 2022

International Day of Prayer 2022: Stand Firm – November 6, 2022 at All Day
Book Reading and Q&A with Mary Jane Joe – November 6, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

November 9, 2022

Preaching Advent: An Immersive Encounter with the Scriptures – November 9, 2022 - November 10, 2022 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Theology Symposium: When does Translating Change the Meaning of Scripture? – November 9, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Lorraine Foster for Remembrance Week – November 9, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 10, 2022

'COP of Coffee': Live from COP27 in Egypt – November 10, 2022 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
New Man Vancouver – November 10, 2022 - November 12, 2022 at 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
SIMinar: Dark Moments in Missions – November 10, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

November 11, 2022

The Cookie Jar House Concert with Mark Glanville Jazz Trio – November 11, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

November 12, 2022

Have Art, Will Show – November 12, 2022 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Truth and Reconciliation Education Workshop Part 2 – November 12, 2022 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
'People & Planet First, Part II': 2022 Fall Campaign with Development and Peace, Caritas Canada – November 12, 2022 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Gig: New Artist Showcase – November 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Soweto Gospel Choir – November 12, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

November 13, 2022

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light of the Global Stage: Protestant Churches in China After 1979 – November 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

November 14, 2022

Rikk Watts: God's Biographers – Why We Can Trust the Gospels – November 14, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 15, 2022

ELO Forum Vancouver 2022 – November 15, 2022 at 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Is Canadian Healthcare at Risk? – November 15, 2022 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
OM Ships Partner Dinner – November 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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