Around Town: Business As Mission, St. Paul’s as sanctuary, Coldest Night

Gea Gort leads BAM initiatives in Netherlands and around the world.

“Do you work? Do you have faith? Then your business is your mission.”

That is the starting point for the Business As Mission (BAM) Conference coming up March 1. Business As Mission “will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, business professionals, students and passionate individuals from all over the world, connected by a common cause to create, invest and build businesses with kingdom impact.”

Keynote speakers this year are Gea Gort and Bill Job.

Gea Gort

Dr. Gea Gort co-founded and leads Business as Mission (BAM) in the Netherlands, and is involved with the BAM movement globally:

In 2023 Gea initiated BAM Moves; a hybrid learning platform, including coaching, retreats and a BAM podcast, with the aim to gather ‘Kingdom Keys for Business’ from all over the world and pass them on (www.BAMMoves.com).

From 2003 to 2015 Gea led a citywide network in Rotterdam. Through witnessing what God is doing in urban mission initiatives (and BAM) she wants to make the church aware of what God is doing regarding mission: local and global.

In her books (BAM Global Movement, God in the City: A Missional Way of Life in an Urban Context), she combines stories and theological reflection.

Bill Job

Bill Job

Bill Job and his wife Kitty moved to China in 1987, at the age of 39, with their two daughters. In February 1988, Bill was able to start the first of several companies in Xiamen:

He gave the first large company to a local believer to own and operate after 25 years. Over the years, there have been nine different product lines in three companies. All these companies are still operating.

The Lord revealed technical, financial, personnel, manufacturing and marketing solutions. As Bill saw this happening, he realized that every idea he brought with him to China was incorrect regarding how to partner with the Lord to see the kingdom established in the businesses he would steward.

Today, he is most interested in encouraging entrepreneurs and business operators to explore the practical meaning of ‘steward’ regarding their businesses and business ideas.

Jackee Kasandy

Jackee Kasandy

Joining them will be a local businesswoman:

Jackee Kasandy is an expert in retail, marketing and strategy practices, with 15 years corporate experience and eight years as an entrepreneur.

Since founding her own successful lifestyle brand, Kasandy Inc, she worked on advertising, marketing, growth and transformational strategy across a variety of industry segments. 

She currently serves as the global president board chair of the Black Entrepreneurs and Businesses of Canada Society [BEBC Society], having founded it in 2020. As the CEO of Kasandy Inc, she established a brick & mortar store on Granville Island in 2016. She is also a board member for Union Gospel Mission and a board commissioner for BC Housing.

Other speakers are David A. Stone, Brian Albright and Andrea Soberg.

The BAM Vancouver Conference is offered by YWAM Vancouver, and is sponsored by Trinity Western University, City in Focus, Rise Above Finance, Tenth Church, BetterIt Workplace Chaplains, Midland Industrial Covers and BAM Canada.

I have been to earlier versions of BAM and even as a non-business person can see the tremendous potential in the movement.

Go here for more information and here to register. The conference will be held at Civic Hotel, located next to Surrey City Centre’s SkyTrain station, near King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue.

St. Paul’s, sanctuary

St. Paul’s Hospital is moving from Burrard Street to just east of Main in the Downtown Eastside. The new building is going up and things are, apparently, moving along well. But a controversy which arose last year is likely to last well beyond the time the move is completed.

St. Paul’s, as a Catholic institution, has refused to allow euthanasia on its property, and that has made some critics very upset.

Some groups are not even satisfied by the provincial government’s November 29 announcement that “Medical assistance in dying (MAiD) services will soon be available for people within a Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) clinical space adjacent to St. Paul’s Hospital.”

The BC Humanist Association, for example, described that prospect as “demeaning and dehumanizing,” adding:

The BCHA is calling for the province to tear up the Master Agreement with the Denominational Health Association that permits religious facilities to deny healthcare services, such as abortion, contraceptive prescriptions and MAID.

Brian Bird, a lecturer at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC, wrote a comment on the situation for National Post February 19: ‘Sanctuaries from euthanasia must be protected.’ Noting that a constitutional challenge appears to be on the way, he offered several suggestions about what the Supreme Court of Canada should do if it hears the case of St. Paul’s.

He followed up:

 That analysis should be enough for the court to conclude that it is constitutionally valid for provinces to allow organizations to decline, for conscientious or ethical reasons, to provide euthanasia. This conclusion is reinforced by the fact that Canadians have largely had little difficulty accessing euthanasia since 2016.

He added:

The court could note the value in preserving some health-care spaces as sanctuaries from euthanasia, where patients seeking life-affirming supports know they will never be invited to consider ending their lives instead. We already have evidence of the pressing need for these spaces, yet the legal challenge that is reportedly being pursued against St. Paul’s would claim that these spaces should no longer exist. . . .

Euthanasia never should have come to Canada, and perhaps we will one day realize that. Until then, we are going to have to find a way to manage our differences on this topic. The militant intolerance directed toward St. Paul’s demeans the “free and democratic society” that the Charter declares Canada to be. If this intolerance leads to the courtroom, our judiciary should not hesitate to say the same.

Go here for the full comment.

Several readers of The B.C. Catholic were most unhappy with the way things are going, also opposing the provincial initiative, though for other reasons. One said: “The decision to allow MAID beside St. Paul’s Hospital is devastating to our faith roots.”

The B.C. Catholic posted an article earlier this month which expresses some views of Archbishop of Vancouver Michael Miller on the topic of legalizing and normalizing euthanasia: ‘MAiD for mental illness must be stopped, not paused, Catholic and legal experts say.’

Coldest Night

Will February 24 be the coldest night of the year? Well, several local groups – and many more across Canada – have agreed that it will.

The Coldest Night of the Year is “a winterrific family-friendly 2 or 5 km fundraising walk in support of local charities serving people experiencing hurt, hunger and homelessness.”

There are two main ways to participate:

  •  Main Event: All CNOY locations will host an organized, in-person main event – complete with 2km + 5km signed routes, rest stops, volunteers and snacks at the end.
  •  Offsite Walk: All CNOY locations will welcome offsite fundraisers who self-organize either with friends or individually, walking any day in February on a route they choose.

Coldest Night works right across Canada:

Each year in February, tens of thousands of Canadians step outside the warmth and comfort of home to shine a light of welcome and compassion in their communities. Since 2011, the Coldest Night of the Year has raised over $75,000,000 across Canada in 190 Canadian communities – 100% of net proceeds stay local to support our CNOY charity partners. Learn more about our history.

Here are some of the local groups participating in Coldest Night:

Jobs & Events

Go here for many local events and here for more than 200 job listings.

Feb 2024

Advance Summit – February 20, 2024 - February 22, 2024 at 5:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Marketplace Mornings: Everything You Want Is Not Enough with Jeff Mayhew – February 22, 2024 at 7:00 am - 8:30 am
Prayer Ministry and the Weekend – February 22, 2024 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Serve Our Schools Network – February 22, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Prayer & Fasting Gathering: Loving Muslims Together Network – February 23, 2024 at All Day
North Shore Night of Worship – February 23, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: A Tribute to Nina Simone – February 23, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Suzie Ungerleider & Veda Hille – February 23, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Coldest Night of the Year 2024 – February 24, 2024 at All Day
The Long, Long Night of Hope – February 24, 2024 at All Day
iParent | Navigating the World Our Kids Live In with Dr. Dave Currie – February 24, 2024 at 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
GO 2024 Missions Conference – February 24, 2024 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Prophetic Vision of Bishop Remi De Roo: A Symposium – February 24, 2024 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tomorrowland: How to Understand and Navigate Artificial Intelligence from a Biblical Perspective – February 24, 2024 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Inspired Arts Missions Fundraiser Gala | Photographic Journey Through Israel – February 24, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
My Cousin's Wedding – February 24, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Black History Month Service – February 25, 2024 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Jazz Vespers with Joelle Lush – February 25, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Colin Linden – February 25, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jonathan Anderson: The (In)visibility of Theology in Contemporary Art – February 26, 2024 at 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Let's Talk About: Women in Ministry – February 26, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ron Dart: Reading George MacDonald’s Lilith with Dante – February 26, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Contemplative Ecology with Dr. Jason M. Brown – February 27, 2024 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Film Viewing: Picking Up the Pieces – February 27, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Black History Month Richmond Social – February 28, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dr. Hans Boersma: Love – Why God's Most Appropriate Name is Creation's Deepest Ground – February 28, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Dutch Robinson & the Marcus Flo Group – February 28, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CHILD-ish – February 29, 2024 - March 9, 2024 at All Day
The Chosen: Season 4 – February 29, 2024 - March 10, 2024 at 12:00 am
Business as Mission Leadership Lunch – February 29, 2024 at 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Vulnerable & Fierce Fundraising Dinner – February 29, 2024 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Papal Visit 2022: The Catholic Church and the Four Steps of Reconciliation – February 29, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Paul Nedelisky: Can Science Show Us the Good? – February 29, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Speed Dating: Christian Singles (Ages 27-47) – February 29, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
All of Life Interview with Dr. Arnold Sikkema – February 29, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Mar 2024

Apologetics Canada Conference 2024: Can I Trust the Bible? – March 1, 2024 - March 2, 2024 at All Day
Business As Mission Vancouver Conference 2024 – March 1, 2024 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
March Art & Prayer Retreat – March 1, 2024 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Black History Month Closing Celebration Concert – March 1, 2024 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
G. Peter Kaye Lectures: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa: The Listening Society: Religion, Music & Democracy in Resonance (2 events) – March 1, 2024 - March 2, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Re-imaging the Church Choir – March 2, 2024 at 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Books & Bistro – March 2, 2024 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Spring Small Business Fair – March 2, 2024 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Trace Bundy's Acoustic Spring – March 2, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Jazz Vespers in the Valley with The Ruby Lane Organ Trio – March 3, 2024 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Laing Lectures: George Yancey – Christian Racial Reconciliation – March 5, 2024 - March 7, 2024 at 12:00 am
Kentro Webinar: Applying Violence and Harassment Legislation in a Practical Way? – March 5, 2024 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Imagination Retreat – March 6, 2024 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Kairos BC-Yukon Spring Conversation Toolkit Launch – March 6, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Shruti Ramani & Friends – March 6, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Black History Month: Ghislain Brown-Kossi’s new exhibition UMOJABLACK – March 7, 2024 - March 26, 2024 at 12:00 am
MCC Vulnerable & Fierce Fundraising Dinner – March 7, 2024 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
March Art & Prayer Retreat – March 8, 2024 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Understanding Abuse Training – March 8, 2024 - March 10, 2024 at 1:00 pm - 12:30 pm
A Music Night with Jon Bryant: Fundraiser for Jacob's Well – March 8, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Canadian L'Abri Lecture Series (Friday evenings) – March 8, 2024 - March 22, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
North Lonsdale United Church: Worship Concert Fundraiser – March 8, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ReFrame Dance Production – March 8, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Root Dwellers x WIRTH Present: Jordan Klassen, Zaac Pick, Cassidy Waring – March 8, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Business As Mission Breakfast – March 9, 2024 at 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Co-creating Plausible Futures for the Canadian Church – March 9, 2024 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Abendmusik Vesper Choir: Lent 2024 Vespers – March 10, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
My Little Plastic Jesus – March 10, 2024 - March 15, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lisa Sung: The Doctrine of the Trinity: Eliciting Insights for Life and Ministry – March 11, 2024 at 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Colonialism, Reconciliation and the First Nations Bible – March 11, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – March 12, 2024 - March 23, 2024 at All Day
Church Redevelopment and Reconciliation: An Indigenous and Settler Perspective – March 12, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Philippians with George Guthrie: Lecture & Book Launch – March 12, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Reimagining Church, Land & Community – March 12, 2024 - March 13, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: The Benders & Friends – March 13, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Kentro Webinar: Anti-Racism From a Jesus-Centred Perspective Part 1 – Terminology 101 – March 14, 2024 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Brandon Lake: Tear the Roof Off Tour – March 14, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Speed Dating: Christian Singles (Ages 34-55) – March 14, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Opening to Compassion Ignatian Retreat – March 15, 2024 - March 17, 2024 at All Day
River Spring Conference (with Marc Dupont) – March 15, 2024 - March 17, 2024 at All Day
Climate change, eco-dread & Christian wisdom: a crisis in search of a hope-filled perspective – March 16, 2024 at 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bible Saturday: Darrell Johnson – Resting in Jesus's Intercession (John 17) – March 16, 2024 at 9:30 am - 11:45 am
MAID Seminar – March 16, 2024 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Neil Osborne – March 16, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jazz Vespers in the Valley with Nick Apivor & Friends – March 17, 2024 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Say Yes: a Liturgy of Not Giving Up on Yourself – March 17, 2024 - March 18, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Premiere: Blessed is the Spot: The Wounding and Healing of the Garry Oak Ecocultural Landscape – March 18, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
What is Prayer? – March 20, 2024 at 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Dr. Chad Bauman: Anti-Christian Violence in Contemporary India – March 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Jillian Lebeck & Friends – March 20, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Céilidh – March 21, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Planetary Health: Protecting and Sustaining the Well-being of our Ecosystems – March 22, 2024 - March 23, 2024 at All Day
Public Talk & Retreat on Thomas Merton – March 22, 2024 - March 23, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thomas Merton, Hermann Hesse and the Israel-Palestinian War – March 22, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Miles Black Trio – March 22, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Easteravaganza – March 23, 2024 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Selections from St John Passion, BWV 245 and St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 , Johann Sebastian Bach – March 23, 2024 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Haydn's 7 Last Words of Christ - An Easter Concert – March 24, 2024 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Taizé Contemplative Service – March 24, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The 7 Last Words Of Christ – March 24, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thinking Through the Arts (three events) – March 25, 2024 - March 26, 2024 at All Day
Thinking Through Music & Fashion – March 25, 2024 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Town Hall to Discuss Bill S-210 with MP Garnett Genuis, MP Arnold Viersen & Frm – March 25, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thinking Through the Arts: Conherence & Wholeness in Music – March 25, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thinking Through the Visual Arts – March 26, 2024 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  

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