Around Town: Cultivating Shalom, Legacy Education, Freud’s Last Session

Deb Judas is woman of many talents – retreat facilitator, soul care practitioner, Neighbourhood Value Pastor at The Neighbourhood Church (in Metro Vancouver) and Director of Formation with Forge Canada.

And author. Last fall, Cultivating Shalom, (WestBow Press) was published. She will lead a webinar based on the book’s themes January 25.

Here is what to expect from the Cultivating Shalom event:

With all the noise and uncertainty, along with our fast-paced world and jam-packed schedules, it is often difficult to keep sight of the goodness and beauty that surrounds us. Finding peace seems elusive when we are constantly bombarded with bad news, negativity and reminders that we don’t have enough.

Is it possible to be content and fulfilled when there is a perpetual underlying sense that we don’t measure up? How can we contribute in positive ways to bring about healing, justice and hope to our world, even in the midst of disruption and disappointment?

The answers to these questions seem to lie in a familiar, ancient writing. Cultivating Shalom uses the imagery and wisdom of Psalm 23 to uncover new insights on what it means to flourish and experience a deep sense of wholeness, delight and wonder in all seasons of life. This is not 10 easy steps to wellness. Rather, it is an invitation to keep company with God and others, providing a new lens that reveals the extraordinary power of ordinary life.

Legacy Education Summit

Nicholas Ellis is founder and CEO of Christian Halls International.

Anyone looking for education alternatives these days – and I know many are – might benefit from this free Legacy Education Summit this Saturday (January 20) at Riverside Calvary Chapel in Langley.

The gathering will explore and ponder the following questions:

  • What is the purpose of education?
  • What kind of students do we want to enter the world?
  • How can we help reshape education so that students enter the world well-equipped?
  • How do we create a lasting effect?
  • How can education influence our culture for Christ?
  • What role do parents, families, and our elders have in education?

Keynote speakers are:

  • Nicholas Ellis, a second-generation homeschooler, is founder and CEO of Christian Halls International. CHI helps build local, mentor-led communities of Christ-centred higher education that is academically excellent, debt-free and discipleship-focused. He is passionate about giving back responsibility for the formation of souls to families and churches. He has a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford where he taught New Testament and Greek at Wycliffe Hall. He earned his Masters in Theology and Religion at Trinity Western University 
  • Bruce Friesen is a visionary leader, a church planter, a launcher of the Third Education Revolution Canada and the founder of Children Arise Ministries and Kingdomize Global. Bruce’s passion lies in fostering transformative partnerships, orchestrating strategic alliances and navigating networks to connect resources for kingdom ventures.
  • David Hunt is Education Director and BC Director at Cardus.

    David Hunt is the Education Director at Cardus. He leads original research initiatives with academics from around the globe on educational pluralism, excellence, and outcomes. In addition to presenting regularly to audiences across Canada, David’s work has been presented to various levels of government, appeared in Canada’s major media and used as evidence in court. He holds a Master of Public Policy from Simon Fraser University and Bachelor of Business Administration (with distinction) from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he was the Dean’s Medal recipient and is now a faculty member.

  • Paul Johnson began his teaching career in the Langley school district. In 1983, he responded to the call to Christian education and joined Regent Christian Academy, a church-based K-12 school in its early stages. In 1993, Paul was appointed Principal, and over the years, the Academy experienced remarkable growth. It expanded its offerings with the addition of a thriving international student program and a Distributed Learning (online) division. He retired in December 2021. Highlights of his career included establishing a robust student mission program and building and supporting church-based schools in Nigeria, Kenya and Mexico. Paul’s greatest desire as a Christian educator is to see students experience a transforming encounter with Jesus.

Go here for more information.

Freud’s Last Session

Sigmund Freud (Anthony Hopkins) and C.S. Lewis (Matthew Goode) in Freud’s Last Session.

Freud’s Last Session has been playing for several days at Cineplex Fifth Avenue Cinemas on the west side of Vancouver, and it looks as though it will be there for a few more.

Promotional materials say this about the film:

On the eve of the Second World War, two of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud, converge for their own personal battle over the existence of God.

Freud’s Last Session interweaves the lives of Freud and Lewis, past, present and through fantasy, bursting from the confines of Freud’s study on a dynamic journey.

Local film critic Peter Chattaway wrote about it last fall on his Thoughts and Spoilers Substack site, just after it premiered in Los Angeles. He began:

Thirty years ago, Anthony Hopkins played C.S. Lewis in a movie called Shadowlands. In one early scene in that film, a colleague of Lewis’s teases him with the idea that there’s some sort of sexual subtext to the Narnia stories, and Hopkins-as-Lewis dismisses the idea as a bit of “hand-me-down Freudianism”.

Now, this year, Hopkins is playing Sigmund Freud himself . . . and he’s doing so in a movie about a fictitious meeting between Freud and C.S. Lewis.

Go here for the article, which quotes reviews of the film in several major publications. He also links to many of his earlier writings about The Inklings (C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and their friends), and his reviews of Narnia-based films and The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis, and more. Well worth digging into.

Jobs and Events

Go here for links to many local events and here for a couple of hundred job listings.

Jan 2024

Healing Journey: Art of Patricia June Vickers – January 18, 2024 - January 24, 2024 at All Day
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2024 – January 18, 2024 - January 25, 2024 at All Day
Dwelling: The Practice of Being With – January 18, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2024 Education Career Fair – January 19, 2024 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Living Word of God: Exploring the Intersection of Scripture and Catholic Worship In the Liturgy and Life Study Bible – January 19, 2024 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
How to Develop Financial Wisdom: 7 Biblical Principles for Today’s Challenges – January 19, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UCM Emerge Conference 2024 – January 19, 2024 - January 21, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 12:00 pm
BC Christian Academy: Open House – January 20, 2024 at 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Legacy Education Summit – January 20, 2024 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Prabo Mihindukulasuriya: The Aborigines’ Protection Society: Indigenous Rights Advocacy as Christian Mission in the British Empire – January 22, 2024 at 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Finding Our Way: Truth, Reconciliation & Right Relations – a Conversation with Jody (Puglaas) Wilson-Raybould – January 22, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dispossessed but Defiant – January 23, 2024 - January 31, 2024 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Surrey Christian School: Kindergarten Open House at Fleetwood Campus (two one-hour sessions) – January 23, 2024 at 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Workers On Our Knees: Day of Prayer – January 24, 2024 at All Day
January Series 2024 – January 25, 2024 - January 28, 2024 at All Day
Deb Judas: Cultivating Shalom – January 25, 2024 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
B.C.’s Human Rights Code Educational Sessions – January 25, 2024 at 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Bioethics and Environmental Ethics – January 25, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Parent Discipleship Sessions (three events) – January 25, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Craft of Spirit: BC Liturgical Textiles: Opening – January 25, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Prayer & Fasting Gathering: Loving Muslims Together Network – January 26, 2024 at All Day
Paul Dirks: Author Spotlight for 'Deep Discipleship for Dark Days' – January 26, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Firestarter Conference – January 26, 2024 - January 27, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Vespers with Linda Szentes and Jazzlinks – January 28, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
More Than a Song: Worship Night – January 28, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hayden Wiseman Violin Concert – January 28, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Vancouver Bandits and Langley Schools Host 2nd Annual Langley Schools Play Day – January 29, 2024 at All Day
Surrey Christian School: Open House at Fleetwood Campus (three events) – January 30, 2024 at 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Pastors' Prayer Breakfast – January 31, 2024 at 9:30 am - 10:30 am
A Counter to the Culture of Death: Joseph Ratzinger's Theology of Creation – January 31, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Celebrating Thomas Merton's Birthday – January 31, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Night of Worship & Praise with Natasha Zimbaro – January 31, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Noah Franche-Nolan & Feven Kadane – January 31, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Feb 2024

Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story – February 1, 2024 - February 4, 2024 at All Day
Canadian Physicians for Life: Bioethics Symposium on Mental Health – February 1, 2024 - February 3, 2024 at All Day
Youth Worker Conference – February 2, 2024 - February 3, 2024 at All Day
Women Who Adore God – February 2, 2024 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Movie Screening: Sight – February 2, 2024 at 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
BC Christian Academy: Open House – February 3, 2024 at 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Refugee Housing Crisis: Developing a Response – February 3, 2024 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Choosing Life in a Culture of Death – February 3, 2024 at 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
DTES Churches Women's Cultural Celebration – February 3, 2024 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Movie Screening: Sight – February 3, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Songs of Freedom – February 3, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Brittany Melton: The Hope of Place: Placedness in Lamentations and Song of Songs – February 5, 2024 at 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
The Installation of Dr. David Robinson as the R. Paul Stevens Chair of Marketplace Theology and Leadership – February 5, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Willingdon School of the Bible & Ministry (four courses) – February 6, 2024 at All Day
Surrey Christian School: Open House at Secondary Campus (three events) – February 6, 2024 at 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
TWU Black History Month: Docuseries & Conversation with Dr. Adkins – February 6, 2024 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black History Month: Black Prophetic Rhetoric from the Civil Rights Movement to Hip-Hop with Speaker Dr. Theon Hill – February 7, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Black History Month: Colloquium with Dr. Theon Hill – February 7, 2024 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Candus Churchill Sings Nina Simone – February 7, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Body Prayer with Ingrid Hauss – February 10, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Jazz Vespers in the Valley with the Diane Lines Quartet – February 11, 2024 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Jesus Christ Superstar Sing-along – February 11, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gloria Wong: sik teng mm sik gong (pardon my chinese) – February 14, 2024 at All Day
Kentro Webinar: Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing – Nice to Have or Need to Have? – February 14, 2024 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Christopher Watkin: The Bible as a Tool for Changing Culture – February 14, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Movie Showing: The Great Debaters – February 14, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Marcus Mosely & Michael Creber with the reflection by Chris Wong – February 14, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Black History Month: Ghislain Brown-Kossi’s new exhibition UMOJABLACK – February 15, 2024 - March 26, 2024 at 12:00 am
Mission Fest Vancouver 2024 – February 15, 2024 - February 17, 2024 at All Day
Tax Clinic – February 15, 2024 - April 30, 2024 at All Day
Tax Program – February 15, 2024 - April 30, 2024 at All Day
The Chosen: Season 4 – February 15, 2024 - March 10, 2024 at 12:00 am
Salvation Army Gateway of Hope Tax Clinic – February 15, 2024 - December 30, 2025 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Craft of Spirit: BC Liturgical Textiles – February 15, 2024 - March 31, 2024 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Discern: Recognizing God's Presence – February 15, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UMODJABLACK: Art Exhibition Opening – February 15, 2024 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
CHILD-ish – February 16, 2024 - March 9, 2024 at All Day
Black History Month Festival of Praise – February 16, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Canadian L'Abri Lecture Series (Friday evenings) – February 16, 2024 - March 22, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
TobyMac Hits Deep Tour – February 16, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Loreto Aramendi : The Virtuoso Organist Returns – February 16, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
God & Sex: Gospel Conversations on Gender, Identity & Sexuality – February 17, 2024 - February 18, 2024 at All Day
Bible Saturday: Jesse Nickel: A Revolutionary Jesus – Violence and Peacemaking in the Kingdom of God – February 17, 2024 at 9:30 am - 11:45 am
Workshop with Loreto Aramendi In collaboration with the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists – February 17, 2024 at 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Loreto Aramendi : The Virtuoso Organist – February 17, 2024 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Empowered to Influence: Lunch and Learn (4 Sundays) – February 18, 2024 - May 26, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Vocational Discernment Mini-Course (4 Sunday afternoons) – February 18, 2024 - March 10, 2024 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Taizé Contemplative Service – February 18, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Advance Summit – February 20, 2024 - February 22, 2024 at 5:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Reading the Psalms: a Lenten series (4 events) – February 20, 2024 - March 19, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Why Catholics Need Literature – February 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alpha Canada: Come & See – February 21, 2024 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Art for Peace, Shalom, Salam (Wednesday evenings) – February 21, 2024 - March 6, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Phyllis Adelyne & Don Hardy – February 21, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 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
Bridges: Christians Connecting With Muslims (6 Saturday mornings) – February 24, 2024 - March 30, 2024 at 7:00 am - 9:00 am
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
Cross Cultural Ministry Training (three gatherings) – February 24, 2024 - October 19, 2024 at 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

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