Around Town: Colour Collective, Talitha Koum, TWU appeal, Christ & Cascadia …

The Colour Collective presents 'The View From Here' at Lookout Gallery.

The Colour Collective presents ‘The View from Here’ at Lookout Gallery.

The Colour Collective is a group of artists overcoming disabilities through their artwork. In The View from Here, at Lookout Gallery, the artists “use landscape paintings to define and understand their world.”

Painting instructor for the Colour Collective Deidre Blackmore says this about their work:

It has been said that the Canadian spirit is rooted in the land, in the wild beauty of our country. That our reverence for the works of Emily Carr and the Group of Seven, is born from our attachment to place and nature. For those in our society, who have not historically been included, because of attitudes toward those labelled as “disabled,” that reverence for the landscape painting can have a deeper meaning. For some, the landscape is a symbol of “being separate from” or a yearning for community and inclusion, while for others it brings a memory of deep roots and attachment to their place and time.

The View from Here runs until July 28 in Lookout Gallery, at Regent College.

Coquitlam funds Talitha Koum house

The Talitha Koum Society works with women who have a history of addiction.

Talitha Koum Society works with women who have a history of addiction.

Coquitlam City Council voted unanimously last month to grant Talitha Koum Society $600,000 to help buy a new house in order to further its work with women who have a history of addictions.

Agnieszka Krawczynski wrote June 27 in The B.C. Catholic:

“I am pleased that the two, the Housing Reserve Fund and Talitha Koum, have found each other,” said Coquitlam mayor Richard Stewart.

It’s the first time money has come out of the new fund. According to Stewart, Talitha Koum was a deserving applicant. “We do know that there is a need for this kind of service.”

There are existing programs for women fleeing domestic abuse or with economic needs, but Talitha Koum fills a special niche. It’s the only program in Coquitlam he knows of that allows women to live in a transition house with their children while they work themselves free of drug or alcohol addictions.

“This is a group that provides an enormous service to the community, but has traditionally done it on a shoe string and without municipal partnership,” he said.

This will be the society’s second house; a donor gave them a house in Vancouver two years ago. Talitha Koum describes itself as nondenominational, though it is clearly well connected with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver.

Talitha Koum, according to the society, “are words spoken by Jesus meaning, ‘Little girl, I say to you arise.’ This characterizes our primary mission of resurrecting the lives of marginalized women wanting to overcome their addiction(s) and rebuild their broken lives.”

(Speaking of Agnieszka Krawczynski and The B.C. Catholic, I should also thank them for their June 28 story: Protestors decry local police department’s inaction. They covered a demonstration on the front steps of Vancouver City Hall June 14. Protestors held signs with slogans like “No Paid Rape,” asking that Bill C-36 – which made paying for sex illegal in Canada in December, 2014 – actually be enforced in Vancouver. As far as I can tell, the general media ignored the demonstration entirely.)

TWU on to Supreme Court

Trinity Western University will likely have to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Trinity Western University will likely appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.

“Equal access to law school beats religious freedom, court rules.” So read the headline in the June 29 Daily Xtra (which covers news important to gays and lesbians) – and that interpretation of the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision was widely shared.

Following is the release from the Trinity Western University (TWU) site the same day:

Trinity Western University is disappointed with today’s ruling from the Ontario Court of Appeal. Although the court found that TWU’s freedom of religion rights were breached, it upheld the Ontario Divisional Court’s decision to allow the Law Society of Upper Canada to deny approval to graduates of TWU’s proposed School of Law. The university will take the Ontario decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.

“The court correctly found an infringement of TWU’s rights,” said Earl Phillips, the executive director of TWU’s proposed School of Law. “However, we are most disappointed that the court found the infringement to be justifiable. That finding is a serious limitation to freedom of conscience and religion under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

“This isn’t just a loss for TWU,” says Amy Robertson, a university spokesperson. “This is a loss for all Canadians. Freedom of conscience and religion is the first of the fundamental freedoms mentioned in the Charter. It is deeply compromised by this decision, and everyone in Canada, religious or not, should be concerned. Canada is a diverse, pluralistic society, committed to living peacefully together even when we disagree. Many countries don’t enjoy this privilege.”

The Law Society of Upper Canada refused to recognize graduates of TWU’s proposed School of Law after a vote in 2014. TWU took the law society to court, and in July 2015, a three-justice panel of the Ontario Divisional Court ruled against TWU even after finding that the university’s right to freedom of religion had been breached. TWU appealed, and the decision was presented today.

“Our teachers, nurses and business graduates in particular are sought after for their compassion, integrity, training, and skill,” said Phillips. “After we make our case in Canada’s Supreme Court, I look forward to seeing the difference that graduates of TWU’s School of Law will make.”

The Law Society of Upper Canada challenged TWU’s Community Covenant, which asks students to live according to Christian values, including integrity, honesty and care. It also asks students to abstain from sexual intimacy outside of marriage, which it defines as between a man and a woman.

“The Community Covenant is a core part of defining the TWU community as distinctly Christian,” said Robertson. “We are not making a statement about LGBTQ people; we are making a statement about traditional Christian marriage, which is sacred to us. The same covenant calls for all members of the TWU community to respect the dignity of others regardless of their background. Loving one another without exception is one of the most important principles of the Christian faith.”

All students, including LGBTQ students, are welcome to attend the university and be open about their identities. “Based on my conversations with others in the TWU community, I know that LGBTQ students attend TWU, and they find it a safe, welcoming place to be,” says Robertson.

Law societies in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador have granted accreditation to TWU’s law school. Appeal court decisions are pending in Nova Scotia and British Columbia.

Christ & Cascadia: Gospel in Vancouver

Matthew Kaemingk will introduce Christ & Cascadia to Vancouver July 7.

Matthew Kaemingk will introduce Christ & Cascadia to Vancouver July 7.

In a political/institutional sense, Vancouver is part of Canada – but we are also part of Cascadia, a cultural/spiritual bioregion which stretches along the west coast from Oregon to British Columbia.

Vancouver Sun columnist Doug Todd has literally written the book on it (Cascadia: The Elusive Utopia), and for the past couple of years, Christ & Cascadia Journal has directed the attention of Christians in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver and beyond to our unique challenges of faith and place.

Anyone wanting to get a taste of Todd’s work or that of Christ & Cascadia will have the perfect opportunity July 7 at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church.

The Gospel in Vancouver: Christ & Cascadia will start with a brief lecture from Matthew Kaemingk, editor-in-chief of Christ & Cascadia and director of the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture (which publishes the journal).

Douglas Todd will be part of the panel.

Douglas Todd will be part of the panel.

David Warkentin from Columbia Bible College will then lead an interactive panel with several Vancouver leaders including Douglas Todd, pastor Tim Dickau, professor Dr. John Stackhouse and Downtown Eastside leader Jacqueline Dewar, discussing specific ways the gospel relates to the culture of Vancouver.

Following is a portion of Christ & Cascadia’s Mission & Vision statement:

Unchurched. Secular. Pagan. Godless. Those are a few of the words you’re apt to hear any time the topic of Christianity in Cascadia (Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia) comes up. Many have labeled the region a lost cause, a bastion of non-Christian values.

We respectfully disagree.

Where some see challenges, we see opportunities. We also see churches, ministries, and individual Christians living and communicating the gospel in fresh, authentic ways. The residents of Cascadia are deeply spiritual and we believe God is still active in this beautiful area.

We want to be part of it. Our role: to make sure the innovative expressions of Christian faith in Cascadia don’t stay a secret.

July 1, 2016

Canada Day Prayer for Greater Vancouver – July 1, 2016 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
With One Voice – July 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

July 2, 2016

A Rocha: Restoration Saturday – July 2, 2016 at 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

July 3, 2016

Night of Power Prayer – July 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 4, 2016

Summit Ministries Canada: Worldview Summer Course - “NO Compromise" Defending TRUTH in a Culture of Deception – July 4, 2016 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tsawwassen Alliance Church Soccer Camp – July 4, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dr. Daniel Boyarin: Jesus Kept Kosher: a New Interpretation of Mark 7 – July 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Night of Power Prayer – July 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Susan Phillips: Paying Attention - Taking the Time to Discover Our Stories – July 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 5, 2016

One Night Screening of 'Numb' – July 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

July 6, 2016

Business By the Book: Annie Li – July 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Regen: Jen Ennis / Regen Band – July 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ralph Wood: Flannery O'Connor, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Christ Pantocrator – July 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Hip Pocket Trio – July 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

July 7, 2016

Memorial for Iraq – July 7, 2016 at 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Dr. Christine Bochen: Thomas Merton’s Witness and Challenge: “Mercy, always, in everything, mercy” – July 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Gospel in Vancouver: Imagining Mission in Cascadia – July 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 8, 2016

Pacific Grace Soccer Camp – July 8, 2016 - July 12, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
White Rock Baptist Church Soccer Camp – July 8, 2016 - July 12, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
CBC Musical Nooners: The Tourist Company with special guest Jordan Klassen – July 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

July 9, 2016

Harrison Gospel Chapel Art Exhibit – July 9, 2016 - July 10, 2016 at All Day
David Ley: Postmodern Urban Spaces - a City Tour – July 9, 2016 at 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Vancouver Whitecaps Faith and Family Night – July 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 10, 2016

RZIM Summer School – July 10, 2016 at All Day
The River Fellowship Presents Dan Mohler – July 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Real Life Young Professionals Fellowship – July 10, 2016 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Kathaumixw Concert to support Syrian Refugee Project – July 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 11, 2016

Minho Song: From an Inward-looking Congregation to an Outward People of God – July 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 12, 2016

Dr. Paul Martens: Neo-Anabaptism is Dead; Long Live Neo-Anabaptism – July 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kathy Dawson: The Secret to Long Lasting Success in Child and Youth Ministry – July 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
George Marsden: The Genius of C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity – July 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 13, 2016

Northview Community Church Soccer Camp – July 13, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ravi Zacharias: When Answers Assume a Contrary Worldview – July 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Regen: Ben Hilson / Village Church Band – July 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Malcolm Guite: An Unexpected Music - Poetry and the Experience of Grace – July 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: The Six Degree Band – July 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

July 14, 2016

[R]Evolutionary Theology Conference: Re-Imagining God and the World – July 14, 2016 - July 17, 2016 at All Day
Jeff Greenman: Screening of 'Between a Shoe and the Roof' – July 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

July 15, 2016

BC Christian Ashram Retreat – July 15, 2016 - July 17, 2016 at All Day
Harrison Gospel Chapel Art Exhibit – July 15, 2016 - July 17, 2016 at All Day
Athletes in Action: Surrey Volleyball Camp – July 15, 2016 - July 19, 2016 at 9:15 am - 3:00 pm
An Evening with Lucy Shaw – July 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

July 16, 2016

A Rocha: Restoration Saturday – July 16, 2016 at 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Bibles on the Beach – July 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 17, 2016

Athletes in Action Hockey Camp – July 17, 2016 - July 22, 2016 at All Day

July 18, 2016

Total Athlete Training: 2016 High Performance Camp, Week 1 – July 18, 2016 - July 22, 2016 at All Day
Richmond Baptist Church Soccer Camp – July 18, 2016 - July 22, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Athletes in Action: Langley Volleyball Camp – July 18, 2016 - July 22, 2016 at 9:15 am - 3:00 pm
Mark Buchanan: Every Tribe & Tongue & Nation - the Church & Canada's First Nations – July 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 19, 2016

90 Years & Counting: A Birthday Celebration for Dr. J.I. Packer – July 19, 2016 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

July 20, 2016

Regen: Landry McAllister / CRCF Band – July 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dr. John Walton: Origins Today - Genesis 1 Through Ancient Eyes – July 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hans Boersma: Reading Up or Reading Down? – Hospitable Readings in the Early Church – July 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 22, 2016

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement – July 22, 2016 at 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Worship and Prayer Night, with Andy Park – July 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

July 23, 2016

Serguei Popov: World Renowned Violinist in Concert – July 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Bibles on the Beach – July 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

July 24, 2016

On Earth as it is in Heaven – July 24, 2016 at 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Engaging Our Muslim Neighbours – July 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 25, 2016

Total Athlete Training: 2016 High Performance Camp, Week 2 – July 25, 2016 at All Day
Peace Portal Alliance Church Soccer Camp – July 25, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Everett Hamner: The Soul, the Cell and Fiction Since the Human Genome Project – July 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 27, 2016

Regen: Barrie Thiessen / City Life Church Band – July 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tremper Longman: Silent Suffering: Encouragement in the Midst of Pain of Life, from Job, Psalms and Lamentations – July 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 28, 2016

My (Re)conciliation – July 28, 2016 - August 1, 2016 at All Day
The Colour Collective: The View from Here – July 28, 2016 at All Day
Jubilation – July 28, 2016 - July 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

July 31, 2016

Surrey Night Market: Sunday Worship / Open Church Service – July 31, 2016 - August 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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