Around Town: Bishop John Stephens, Dal Schindell Gallery, neighbourly invitations

Bishop John Stephens, newly installed, saying, “May the peace of the Lord be always with you.” Photo: Randy Murray

Last Sunday (February 28) marked the installation of the 10th Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster. Two live-streamed liturgies took place at Christ Church Cathedral that day.

In the morning,  Archbishop Skelton preached and presided at the eucharist, with Bishop Stephens assisting with the prayers and serving at the altar (Stephens had been ordained Co-Adjutor Bishop January 23).

Bishop Stephens, who has been rector at St. John’s Shaughnessy, was installed in the afternoon. He said of Archbishop Melissa Skelton:

Some of you will know that over the past six weeks in particular Archbishop Melissa, Her Grace, has been mentoring me and guiding me and supporting me to be a Bishop in this Church.

Archbishop Skelton receiving the body of Christ from Bishop John Stephens. Photo: Randy Murray

It was not an easy task for the role of a bishop is complicated and varied in these days. But it will come as no surprise to you that Archbishop Melissa has been exceptional as a teacher, mentor, leader as our Diocesan Bishop and for that I am extremely grateful.

You will know that she has brought healing and hope to our diocese. Hope and understanding that many people, even in the world of this day, are interested in knowing more about this Jesus Christ as our way, truth and life.

She has brought incredible insight and purpose as to what it means to be the Church and what it means to be leaders in this time.

Go here for a much fuller report of the proceedings by Randy Murray (from which this short piece was taken).

In a February 25 ‘farewell note,’ Archbishop Skelton said, “I will be serving as an Assisting Bishop back in the Diocese of Olympia after my retirement on March 1. Please know that in doing this, I will be remaining in the Anglican Church of Canada as a retired bishop . . .”

Dal Schindell Gallery

Bryana Russell, curator of the Dal Schindell Gallery at Regent College, recently sent out a note encouraging people to visit the virtual gallery:

There is lots of new content for you to enjoy:

    • A Retrospective: Mae Runions. Runions’ banners have long hung in the Regent College Atrium and Chapel. Now brightening the walls of the Dal Schindell Gallery, this colourful exhibition highlights her working art, models and mock-ups, throughout the years. Peruse over 30 years of working art, and hear from Mae herself as she reminisces and speaks of her creative process.
    • Check out Douglas Coupland’s new work based on Los Angeles slogans as he continues to explore the intersection of art and religion in his ongoing exhibition.
    • In the latest Viewpoint, read about Kate Miller’s decision to cut up her wedding dress, remaking it into a quilt.

Also, we are delighted to be accepting submissions for a new group exhibition. Even in this time of pandemic induced stillness, the world continues to generate art, and art continues to need an audience.

With this in mind, we are delighted to announce ‘Distilled Life: Holding and Beholding,’ hosted at Inglewood Care Centre, for and alongside its residents.

Inglewood is a long-term care facility in West Vancouver whose residents are mainly in the final stages of life and memory. For most, life is made up of observation. They wait, though they cannot always remember what they wait for. Sometimes someone holds their hand. Still, they live. Through the beholding of art within the current confines of their home, life comes in to meet them in their own continuing.

Submissions are due March 25 and will be juried by the gallery curator with input from Inglewood recreation staff. We are seeking artwork no larger than 48” x 60″ which will be well-suited to Inglewood’s busy, full-of-continuing-life front hallway. It need not be new work, and we will gratefully receive work that has previously been shown.

Both art and audience response to it will be documented on film and shared in our virtual gallery so that we can all participate with residents in seeing, holding and living. Please submit an image of work, artist bio and reason of interest in this show to

Since 1990, the Dal Schindell Gallery “has been a place where people are invited to make meaningful connections between art, theology and the human condition. Originally known as the Lookout Gallery, the gallery was renamed in April 2019 after its founder and first director, Dal Schindell.”

A Neighbourly Invitation

Mission Central has completed the three conferences which have taken the place of Missions Fest: SERVE (January 29 – 31), GROW (February 19 – 20) and CREATE (February 26 – 27).

But their work is not done for the year. The point of changing the ministry’s name from Missions Fest to Mission Central was to emphasize that their work, and mission itself, continues all year long.

One initiative asks:

What would it look like to pray for those closest to us, in our backyards? A Neighbourly Invitation is just that initiative to prayer and more.

This pandemic has turned the world upside down. It has brought much uncertainty, worry and social isolation to our lives and those around us. While the world is at a standstill, Jesus is not.

As Christ-followers, we’ve been called ‘light’ because, as we look at Jesus we reflect his light. We know we can bring our worries, concerns and unsteadiness to God in prayer. We contend and intercede for each other. In a year where the way we do church has become changed, the consistency and promises of prayer have not. In fact, prayer has become more important than ever.

With A Neighbourly Invitation, we hope to carry the light of Jesus into our neighbourhoods, wherever that may be. We want to extend the comfort we find in prayer to those around us in an intentional way. This postcard outreach helps you extend a neighbourly invitation of prayer to people who are physically closest to you.

Go here for suggestions on how to take part in this initiative and how to download the postcard.

Mar 2021

Linda Woodhead: Values are the New Religion – March 4, 2021 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Cardus Forecast: A Canadian Addendum to Davos and McKinsey – March 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Academic Symposium 2021 – March 5, 2021 at 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
David Lewin: Education, Enhancement and the Pursuit of the Good – March 5, 2021 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
A Literary Expedition: Michael Polanyi – March 7, 2021 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Standing Strong Through the Storm – March 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
On Mission: Innovation in Missions – a Global Perspective – March 10, 2021 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Peter Legge Interviews Rick Goossen on Public Speaking Laws of Success – March 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ray Aldred on Truth and Reconciliation – March 10, 2021 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Spiritual First Aid Summit – March 11, 2021 at 12:00 am
Reading the Bible Right Now with Dr. George Guthrie – March 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Kathryn Chan: The Adjudication of Religious Refugee Claims – March 11, 2021 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Eleanor McLaughlin: Disability, Technology and Human Flourishing – March 12, 2021 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Building Relationships: Elder Care and Christian Political Advocacy – March 13, 2021 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Kim's Convenience by Ins Choi | Reunion Reading, Pacific Theatre – March 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Values for a New World: Panel Discussion, with Noam Chomsky, Miroslav Volf, Esi Edugyan, Linda Woodhead – March 16, 2021 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Alpha Webinar: Leading with Hope – March 17, 2021 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Refugee Highway Partnership: Workshop on Biblical Kinship – March 17, 2021 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Book Launch with Makoto Fujimura – Art and Faith: A Theology of Making – March 18, 2021 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Diakonia Project: Religious Faith in Action – March 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Prayer Night for Bold Climate Action – March 18, 2021 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Harnessing the Power of the Church to End Domestic Abuse – March 19, 2021 at 6:00 am - 7:30 am
Ashley Moyse: Education by Dissent: A Theological Interrogation of Transhumanist Anthropology – March 19, 2021 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
A Cross-Canada Day of Prayer for Hong Kong – March 21, 2021 at All Day
A Conversation with Tom Holland, hosted by Iwan Russell-Jones – March 22, 2021 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Reflection on Uyghur Witness & Voices – March 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Alpha Webinar: Transforming your Alpha through Prayer – March 23, 2021 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Alpha Webinar: Youth Leader Gathering – Student Empowerment – March 24, 2021 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Refuge Reimagined: Biblical Kinship in Global Politics – March 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
ACTS Seminaries Theology Symposium: The Church's Ethical Imperative in a COVID Age – March 24, 2021 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Alpha Webinar: Run Alpha Q & A – March 25, 2021 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
A Conversation with Laura Fabrycki – March 25, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zaac Pick presents 'Passages — Unplugged' Virtual Show – March 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 – March 25, 2021 - March 27, 2021 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Joshua Chestnut: Three Questions for a Pornified Imagination: Finding Hope for Unwanted Sexual Behaviour – March 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Songstage Livestream: Host Ivan Boudreau with Chris Ronald & Scott Cook – March 26, 2021 at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
A Lenten Vigil for the Silenced – March 27, 2021 at 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Easter at the Shining Rose with Brian Doerksen & Friends – March 28, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
A Conversation with Dr. Ross Hastings, hosted by Dr. Jens Zimmermann – March 29, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Beauty & Brokenness: A Journey to Easter – March 31, 2021 at 9:00 am - 9:45 am
CRISPR-Cas9: From Anti-Viral to Going Viral – March 31, 2021 at 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Remembering the Forgotten Level of Government: Christian Engagement in Local Politics – March 31, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Apr 2021

A Conversation with John Inazu – April 1, 2021 at 11:15 am - 1:30 pm
Clark Elliston: Work and Leisure in a Technological World – April 2, 2021 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Pacific Theatre: Testament – April 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Reading the Bible Right Now with Dr. Mariam Kobalishyn – April 8, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Michael Mawson: Living in the Midst of Death: Theological Reflections on Aging and Technology – April 9, 2021 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Kairos Course (Sunday evenings) – April 11, 2021 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Al Massira Online Training Event (Wednesdays) – April 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Refugee Sponsorship: Building Friendships – April 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Addressing Grief + Loss in Community Programs – April 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Human Flourishing with Jaron Lanier – April 14, 2021 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Addressing Grief + Loss in Community Programs – April 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Communication(s) and Mission: Virtual Conference – April 16, 2021 at 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Brent Waters: Remaining Focused: Human Flourishing in the Emergent Techno-Culture – April 16, 2021 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Bill C-7 (MAiD): What Will Happen Now? – April 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mission Central: Church Leaders Roundtable – Refuge Reimagined with Mark and Luke Glanville – April 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Understanding Our Muslim Neighbors – April 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
George Grant and the Nature (and Loss) of a Moral Tradition – April 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Imprisoned for Christ – April 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Good Seed Sunday, Delivered by A Rocha – April 25, 2021 at All Day
John Stott, Pastor, Leader and Friend: Global Overview of Stott’s Influence – April 27, 2021 at 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Reading the Gospels While Black: A Conversation with Esau McCaulley & N.T. Wright – April 28, 2021 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Who Will Determine the Course of Human Genome Editing? – April 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Under the Sun: Types and Shadows in a Biblical and Brazilian Perspective – April 29, 2021 - May 3, 2021 at All Day
The Church in a Post-COVID World – April 30, 2021 at 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Himalaya: A Drive-in Film Festival (two shows) – April 30, 2021 at 8:30 pm - 11:50 pm
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