Around Town: Jean Vanier, L’Arche plans, Porter’s Gate, Streetohome . . .

I’m sure there will be a full house June 27 at Christ Church Cathedral for the Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Jean Vanier.
An article in The B.C. Catholic (World loses ‘a living saint’ in Jean Vanier) gives a sense of the man’s significance:

Jean Vanier, the 90 year old founder of L’Arche Community and Faith and Light, died May 7 in Paris. Vanier had suffered a heart attack in October 2017, was battling cancer and was receiving palliative care.

He lived until recently at the small L’Arche home in Trosly-Breuil (Oise, France).

Vanier was the author of some 30 books, a member of the Order of Canada, winner of the Templeton Prize and member of France’s Legion of Honor, but he was perhaps best known as a kind of village elder to the world.

In a statement, Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, said:

Jean Vanier was a man of great vision rooted in the Gospel of Christ’s love for the little ones and the marginalized. The inspiration he provided through the foundation of L’Arche has touched the lives of countless people. The world is certainly a gentler place because of his life and witness.

Vanier permanently changed the fate of intellectually disabled people everywhere by demonstrating how the care of a community could open lives to meaning, joy, hope and trust – not just the lives of the disabled, but the lives also of those who live with them and care for them.

Go here for the full article.

We All Belong

Plans for the new L’Arche building in Burnaby.

While L’Arche Greater Vancouver is sharing memories of its founder with the general public, it is also looking ahead to creating a new home for their work.

Their recent press release described plans for a new three-storey building:

The “We All Belong” campaign to build a new $30-million facility for L’Arche Greater Vancouver launched April 8, with several donations announced.

Audrey Staudacher, president of the L’Arche Foundation of Greater Vancouver said that B.C. Housing had made a $6.1 million grant. Burnaby’s acting mayor Colleen Jordan said that the city was donating approximately $1 million in kind and fees saved with potentially more to follow.

L’Arche Greater Vancouver is dedicated to creating homes and day programs in which people with and without developmental disabilities live, work and discover faith together. At the kick-off event, L’Arche’s executive director and community leader Denise Haskett described the new three-story home as the organization’s most ambitious dream in its 45-year history.

“With almost half the money already in place, we only have $15-million left to raise,” said Haskett. “It doesn’t sound like that much does it?” . . .

The new L’Arche building will be on the current site at 7401 Sussex Avenue in Burnaby. The 52,000-square-foot building will provide three large L’Arche homes containing 22 bedrooms; expanded community inclusion program space and administrative offices.

In addition there will be 10 suites for those who can live more independently, and 29 units of below-market rental suites. The fully accessible building also features a secure underground parkade with 62 stalls, a large central courtyard that faces a park and a roof top that will feature gardens, a multi-purpose room and a chapel.

“Our goal is to raise $15-million so the new building can be occupied in 2021 debt- and mortgage-free. This will enable us to direct more time and resources to serving the community,” said Staudacher. “We are grateful for everyone’s support to help us realize our dream.”

Go here for a story and pictures about L’Arche’s plans by Randy Murray, communications officer for the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster.

Porter’s Gate

Audrey Assad and Latifah Alattas led several of the songs for Porter’s Gate.

A chapel full of us were treated to a wonderful evening of worship and teaching last week at Regent College. Members of the Porter’s Gate Worship Project led us in songs from their first two albums, the second of which had been completed just the day before, here in Vancouver.

Their first album was called Work Songs because the songs – ‘Establish the Work of Our Hand,’ ‘God the Maker,’ ‘We Labor Unto Glory,’ ‘Little Things with Great Love’ – all reflect ways in which our daily efforts complement and reflect God’s creative work in us.
‘Establish the Work of Our Hands,’ for example, begins like this:
If you don’t build it, we labor in vain.
Without Your Spirit, we stand with no strength.
I know my life is passing away,
But the works of Your hands are what will remain.
Let the favor of the Lord rests upon us:
O Lord, establish the work of our hands . . .
Isaac Wardell, one of the founders of Porter’s Gate, said:
We wanted people, when they come to church Sunday morning, to feel themselves named. . . . Songs shouldn’t just be written for the church, they should be written by the church.
It was clear that everyone really enjoyed the music, but my daughter-in-law Kristin – a worship leader herself – gave me some background on the influence of two of the singers, Latifah Alattas and Audrey Assad:
It was clear that everyone really enjoyed the music, but my daughter-in-law Kristin – a worship leader herself – gave me some background on two of the artists involved:
Latifah Alattas is probably best known for her band, Page CXVI, in which she arranges and sings old hymns (powerfully and beautifully) in a modern and unique way. She’s also released two solo albums more recently. I love her soulful voice and the way she breathes new life into rich traditional hymns. 
Audrey Assad is well known as an incredible singer and song-writer. Her angelic voice, declaring God’s truth (like in ‘Every Father, Every Mother’ at the concert), moves me to tears every time! 
Porter’s Gate had been invited to Regent to participate in, and cap off, a two-day symposium, The Practices of Faith in the World of Work.
We sang several ‘work songs,’ along with others from the new album. Wardell said their second album is “specifically about neighbours and neighbour love,” adding that their name refers to the fact that porters, in the early church, were those who looked beyond church walls to welcome people:
It’s not clear to me that when people walk through the door, we see them as Jesus. What does it mean for us to represent the church to our neighbours and for us to see Jesus in our neighbours?
Go here to learn more about Porter’s Gate Worship Project.
Streetohome at work

Northwest view at corner of Cordova and Princess of Union Gospel Mission’s proposed new Women and Families Centre. Rendering NSDA Architects

Streetohome has signed grant agreements for the new UGM Women and Families Centre and the redevelopment of Salvation Army’s Vancouver Harbour Light.

Here is their June 4 statement:

Homelessness prevention is a strong focus for Streetohome and our current efforts are directed at filling gaps in the homelessness service system with sustainable solutions.

As we forge ahead with our projects in 2019, we are pleased to announce that we have started fundraising for two new Addiction Recovery Community Housing (ARCH) projects – the Union Gospel Mission Women and Families Centre; and the redevelopment of Salvation Army’s Vancouver Harbour Light, which will include a Recovery Community Centre, the first of its kind in Canada.

As the current addiction recovery system stands, many individuals fall through the cracks in between detox and recovery, and may find themselves lost during their transitions between the stages of recovery that may include: withdrawal management, live-in/outpatient treatment, recovery housing and continuing self-care.

The Addiction Recovery Community Housing (ARCH) model addresses these gaps by providing a one-stop shop for a full continuum of care, including: Early Recovery Housing, Addiction Treatment Housing, Recovery Supportive Housing and a Recovery Community Centre. It aims to provide recovery pathways that address the housing, health and employment goals of the individual; while optimizing the use of limited and expensive health care resources; and improving access and navigation through the system.

As always, our work would not be possible without the solid collaboration of our partners – BC Housing, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health – and the amazing generosity of our donors.

Streetohome “was incubated in Vancouver Foundation in 2008. Seed funding was provided by Vancouver Foundation, City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia. Since inception, Streetohome has contributed more than $31 million from the private sector to leverage (often 10:1) sustainable solutions to homelessness.”

June 20, 2019

We are the Body by Andrew Kooman – June 20, 2019 - June 22, 2019 at All Day
World Refugee Day – June 20, 2019 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Welcome Table: A Summer Solstice Soiree: a fundraiser for Journey Home Community on World Refugee Day – June 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 21, 2019

One Heart B.C. – June 21, 2019 - June 22, 2019 at All Day
Emerging Artist Showcase – June 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

June 22, 2019

Teddy Bear Picnic – June 22, 2019 at 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Join us for FEED (Family Empowerment Enrichment Day with Kids) – June 22, 2019 at 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Candid: An ACTS Seminaries Storytelling Open House – June 22, 2019 at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Kevin & Julia Garratt – June 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Ember – June 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marty Franklin Jazz – June 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Somerset Trio – June 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Laila Biali – June 22, 2019 at 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

June 23, 2019

Point Grey Fiesta: Ecumenical Worship Service in the Park – June 23, 2019 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Feather Dance: Unveiling Party – June 23, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jazz Vespers in the Valley: Gabriel Hasselbach – June 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Taizé Contemplative Service – June 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Erosion of Freedom: How Transgender Politics in School & Society are Undermining Our Freedom . . . – June 23, 2019 at 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm

June 24, 2019

Iain Provan: The Emperor's New Clothes – Constantine as Old Testament Hero – June 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 25, 2019

Day of the Seafarer – June 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

June 26, 2019

Faculty Roundtable: What the Church Needs to Hear About the Holy Spirit – June 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Tremper Longman: The Beginning of Wisdom – Becoming Wise According to the Bible – June 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 27, 2019

Henry V by William Shakespeare – June 27, 2019 - June 29, 2019 at All Day
Business by the Book Breakfast, with Michael Franzese – June 27, 2019 at 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Celebration of the Life & Legacy of Jean Vanier – June 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Songs for the Fatherless with Brian Doerksen – June 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pray for Hong Kong (How This is Not Politics) – June 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

June 28, 2019

Mighty Men's Conference with Angus Buchan & Robin Mark – June 28, 2019 - June 30, 2019 at All Day
Evening of Music with Steve James, Carolyn Arends, Spencer Capier, Roy Salmond & Katie Ritson – June 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

June 29, 2019

Platinum Artist Project Playoff Concert – June 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fort Night Comedy Presents Saturday Night Improv – June 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Worship Invasion says . . . HELLO Summer!!! – June 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

June 30, 2019

Canada Day Family Picnic – June 30, 2019 at 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Party in the Park – June 30, 2019 at 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Merienda: An Afternoon of Filipino & Mexican Food & Stories – June 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers @ St. Andrew's United Church on the North Shore – June 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

July 1, 2019

Mark Buchanan: Pedestrian – Keeping Pace with the Three-Mile-an-Hour God – July 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 3, 2019

Regen: Simon Gau – July 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chad Wriglesworth: Contemporary Poetry & the Complexities of Human Experience – July 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 4, 2019

Agamemnon by Aeschylus – July 4, 2019 - July 6, 2019 at All Day
Burning Ones Conference 2019 : The Convocation – July 4, 2019 - July 6, 2019 at All Day

July 5, 2019

Celebration of Life for MP Mark Warawa – July 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dean Pinter: The Book of Acts – God's Story & Our Story – July 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 6, 2019

Love My City Week (Tri-Cities) – July 6, 2019 - July 13, 2019 at All Day
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Pitt Meadows United Church Painting – July 6, 2019 - July 7, 2019 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Race for the Ridge – July 6, 2019 at 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Richmond Community Day – July 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 7, 2019

Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Lions Park Clean Up – July 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

July 8, 2019

Kickers Soccer Camp – July 8, 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lunchtime Concert: Tracy Fehr - Stories from North Africa – July 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Flo Soccer Camp – July 8, 2019 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
ROAR: FREE Kids Camp: Life is Wild and God is Good! – July 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Robinson Memorial Park Cemetery Clean Up – July 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hymn Festival – July 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
John Walton: Lost World of the Israelite Conquest – July 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 9, 2019

Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Oxford Cemetery Clean Up – July 9, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Citadel Heights Clean Up – July 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Lafarge Lake Clean Up – July 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 10, 2019

Faculty Roundtable: Practicing Hospitality in a Modern Church – July 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Mundy Park Clean Up – July 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Regen: Mental Wellness - Unfiltered – July 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Paul Stevens: Investing in Heaven - the Ultimate Use of Money – July 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 11, 2019

Canadian Viewpoints: Concealed and Revealed – July 11, 2019 - July 12, 2019 at All Day
DivorceCare (ongoing, several locations) – July 11, 2019 - January 7, 2020 at All Day
Dennis T.W. Ng: A Faith that Enables People to be the Ambassador of Harmony Under Globalization - a Theology in the Context of Contemporary China – July 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Shoreline Trail Clean Up – July 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 12, 2019

BC Christian Ashram: Refreshing Revival in Christ Jesus – July 12, 2019 - July 14, 2019 at 12:00 am
Unplanned (movie) – July 12, 2019 - July 19, 2019 at All Day
Love My City Week (Tri-Cities): Coquitlam Crunch Encouragement & Clean Up – July 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lights for Liberty – July 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

July 13, 2019

Whole Way House: Amazing Race to the Family Picnic – July 13, 2019 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
MHM Book Launch: Women in Ministry Leadership by Doug Heidebrecht – July 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

July 14, 2019

Canada in Crisis Prayer Gathering – July 14, 2019 at 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

July 15, 2019

Film Night for Cambodia: Don't Think I've Forgotten – Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll – July 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Andy Crouch: Putting Technology in its Proper Place – July 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 17, 2019

Now and Then – July 17, 2019 - August 8, 2019 at All Day
Faculty Roundtable: How Do Stories Shape Our Lives? – July 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Now and Then: Opening Reception – July 17, 2019 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
DivorceCare Summer 2019 (Wednesday evenings) – July 17, 2019 - September 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Regen: Erin Larose (Home Church, Red Deer, AB) – July 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Barbara Armacost: Justice, Advocacy & the Redemptive Power of Law – Are We Asking Law to Do Too Much (Or Too Little) in a Broken World? – July 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 18, 2019

Mission Possible Tour – July 18, 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

July 19, 2019

Film & Faith Evening: The Apostle – July 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm

July 20, 2019

Postmodern Urban Spaces: A City Tour – July 20, 2019 at 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Ezra Kwizera (African Descent Festival) – July 20, 2019 at 6:25 pm - 6:55 pm

July 21, 2019

Taizé Contemplative Service – July 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

July 22, 2019

Summer Kids Concert: The Springmans – July 22, 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

July 23, 2019

Book Signing with N.T. Wright – July 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Parallel Love: the story of a band called Luxury – July 23, 2019 at 6:20 pm - 8:00 pm

July 24, 2019

Faculty Roundtable: The Impact of N.T. Wright on New Testament Studies – July 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Regen: Chris Karuhije – July 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
N.T. Wright: Jesus in Space, Time & History – Natural History & the Challenge of Talking About God – July 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 26, 2019

Summer Retreat at Kingfisher Farm – July 26, 2019 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

July 27, 2019

One Day Intentional Community Event – July 27, 2019 at 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

July 28, 2019

Church at Country Fest – July 28, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jazz Vespers @ St. Andrew's United Church on the North Shore – July 28, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Interdenominational Hymn Singing – July 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

July 29, 2019

Malcolm Guite: Ordinary Saints – July 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 30, 2019

Vancouver Bach Festival 2019 – July 30, 2019 - August 9, 2019 at All Day
Lunch Discussion with Malcolm Guite: The Poetic Imagination – a Way of Seeing Reality More Clearly – July 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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