Around Town: Katharine Hayhoe, CityFest, Raymond Roussin . . .

Katharine Hayhoe will give a lecture on 'Climate: Time for a Change' May 7 at the Chan Centre.

Katharine Hayhoe will give a lecture on ‘Earthkeeping: A Climate for Change’ May 7 at the Chan Centre.

“Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, a cheerful, Toronto-born evangelical Christian, has become the hottest ticket in the highly polarized U.S. debate over climate change.” So said William Marsden in an April 24 story in the National Post. Hayhoe will be the keynote speaker at Earthkeeping: A Climate for Change at the Chan Centre May 7 to share her pilgrimage, and her research.

Marsden stressed the fact that Hayhoe is “a missionary among her own [evangelical] people,” but added that her influence now extends well beyond that community: “Named in 2014 by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in America, she is sought out by Hollywood stars, applauded by environmentalists and fellow scientists . . .”

Her appearance at the Chan Centre reflects that bridging role. Brought in by the Christian environmental stewardship group A Rocha Canada and Regent College, the response panel will represent a broad swathe of the community.

Peter Robinson, CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation will join Preston Manning, president and CEO of The Manning Centre and founder of the Reform Party of Canada, and Jeff Greenman, president and professor of theology and ethics at Regent College to respond to Hayhoe’s address.

Also on stage will be musician Sheree Plett and special guests, A Rocha founders Peter and Miranda Harris.

aclimateforchange3In an interview with Church for Vancouver before a series of lectures at Trinity Western University last fall, Hayhoe made three points which are still relevant:

  • She notes that China, despite the size of its environmental ‘footprint,’ is taking action on wind and solar energy that North Americans would do well to take note of. Our per-person emissions remain higher than China’s.
  • For Christians, the climate change issue “is not simply about the planet or the polar bear. It is about loving people. Canadians all know people from different parts of the world and wherever we live we are being affected by our changing climate.”
  • “Science takes us so far. But it cannot make a choice for us. Our values are what we use to make our choices. That is why faith is important. Doing something about climate change is about loving others as Christ loves us.”

Hayhoe will also take part in Regent College’s annual Pastors’ and Church Leaders’ Conference: Holy Ground – Answering God’s Call to Creation Care May 5 – 8. This gathering “explores the biblical call to care for God’s creation through theological reflection and engagement with its practical expressions. More than just a current trend, creation care goes back to Genesis, honours Christ’s lordship and forms a vital part of Christian discipleship.”

Joining Hayhoe at Regent College will be Ed Brown (Lausanne Movement; pastor, author), Leah Kostamo (A Rocha Canada), Peter Harris (A Rocha International), Terry LeBlanc (North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies), Jonathan Moo (Whitworth University), Loren Wilkinson (Regent College), Jonathan Wilson (Carey Theological College) and Chris Wright (Langham Partnership).

cityfestskatejam1CityFest

The City of North Vancouver is promoting CityFest, “a North Shore Festival designed by youth for youth” which will take place this Saturday afternoon (May 2) at City Skate Park:

CityFest started in 2002 when the City threw a party with some youth serving agencies to celebrate the opening of the Centennial Skate Park. That party included a BBQ and a small skate competition. Since that time, CityFest has grown to include performing artists, visual arts displays, interactive projects, food and the largest skate competition in Metro Vancouver.

Among their key partners are North Shore Alliance Church and Youth Unlimited. It’s good to see the church out in the community, working with young people. There is a link to North Shore Alliance from the CityFest web page, for their Youth Film Competition, and Youth Unlimited North Shore highlights CityFest as one of its key annual events.

raymondroussin1Archbishop Emeritus Raymond Roussin (1939 – 2015)

The Most Reverend Raymond Roussin, S.M., Archbishop Emeritus of Vancouver, died April 24, in Winnipeg, at the age of 75.

He had been named Bishop of the former Diocese of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, by Saint John Paul II on April 10, 1995, and Coadjutor Bishop of Victoria on September 14, 1998. He became Bishop of Victoria on March 18, 1999.

On January 10, 2004, he was named Archbishop of Vancouver. For health problems, at the age of 68, his resignation was accepted by the Holy Father on January 2, 2009.

There will be a mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral May 8 at 12:10 pm.

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

freudslastsessionfrontFreud’s Last Session

Freud’s Last Session could have been just a ‘talking heads’ production. But Ron Reed (Sigmund Freud) and Evan Frayne (C.S. Lewis) delighted their opening night audience April 24 with a spirited and probing play shot through with humour.

Reed and Frayne gave us dignified and honest renditions of the two great men as they confronted one another on life’s big questions – the existence of God, moral law, sex, love, suffering, death. They even took turns, metaphorically, on the analyst’s couch.

Carolyn Rapanos’ set was powerful and warm, based on Freud’s office in exile, in London. That room had been created by his daughter Anna, modelled on the Austrian office he had been forced to leave as the Nazis advanced.

We listened in on a radio broadcast of King George’s speech to the nation as war was declared. The room was overshadowed by massive wooden wings – symbolic of the Nazi emblem as their planes begin their air raids – or the outstretched arms of the Almighty cradling these two men, one at life’s end, and the other at the beginning of his writing career, as they challenged and even psychoanalyzed each other. 

It is a mystery to me how Pacific Theatre continues to produce season after season of truly quality plays in such a small space – but that is part of its charm. The actors are forced to be authentic, and the audience in turn is drawn into their intimacy.

Freud’s Last Session, directed by Morris Ertman, is short, just an hour. It provides a tantalizing sampler of the thinking and character of Freud and Lewis. For some more background on the play, which runs until May 30, go here. For more sustained argument and discussion, one should go back to Dr. Amand M. Nicholi, Jr.’s book The Question of God.   

Margaret Ritchie

April 30, 2015

Eyes & Wings Prophetic Conference 2015 – April 30, 2015 - May 2, 2015 at All Day
I Am . . . Women's Conference – April 30, 2015 - May 2, 2015 at All Day
Ian Sheh: Love Your Face One Hundred – April 30, 2015 - May 3, 2015 at All Day
The Whole Enchilada Art Show – April 30, 2015 at All Day

May 1, 2015

Men's Conference 2015: David Murrow – The Map: The Way of All Great Men – May 1, 2015 - May 2, 2015 at All Day
Perogy Night in Vancouver – May 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

May 2, 2015

Eat Your Faith (four Saturdays) – May 2, 2015 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
CityFest – May 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Opus One (women's choir) in Concert – May 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Graham Ord concert – May 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May 3, 2015

The Gallery Singers: Elizabeth Spring – May 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

May 5, 2015

A Community Aware: Origins of Canada's Social Programs (3 Tuesday nights) – May 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sideshow Musical Improv – May 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May 6, 2015

Vancouver Pastors Prayer Fellowship – May 6, 2015 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Business By the Book: Peter Lee – May 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UBC Graduate & Faculty Christian Forum Lectures: Deborah Haarsma, Astronomer - God and the Multiverse – May 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dealing With Difficult People with Sophia Van Vuuren – May 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Chris Fraser Trio – May 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

May 7, 2015

2015 Pastors and Church Leaders Conference: Holy Ground - Answering God's Call to Creation Care – May 7, 2015 - May 8, 2015 at All Day
Morrison in China: 200 Years of Protestant Evangelism – May 7, 2015 - May 13, 2015 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Vishal Mangalwadi: From Michelangelo to Freud – Whatever Happened to Human Dignity and Why Western Humanism Degenerated into Animalism – May 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fukushima to Vancouver 2015: Opening Reception – May 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Earthkeeping: A Climate for Change with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe – May 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 8, 2015

Wellspring Gala – May 8, 2015 at All Day
Parenting in the 21st Century: Conversations on Discipline, Family Systems & Relationships (taught in Mandarin) – May 8, 2015 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Memorial Mass for Archbishop Emeritus Raymond Roussin – May 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Guided Tour of the Exhibition “Rediscover the Fading Memories” – May 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Talking Climate: Why Facts are Not Enough with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe – May 8, 2015 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mission Possible: Community Table - Tastes of BC – May 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Church and the Healing of Nations, with special guest speaker Vishal Mangalwadi – May 8, 2015 - May 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Rev. Joseph Huen: Mission Work in China (Cantonese) – May 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Roy & Rosemary: Mother's Day Piano Violin Fusion Spectacular – May 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dr. Christopher Wright: Langham Scholars, Langham Preaching and Langham Literature – May 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Shift, with Aadin Church – May 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Golden Tones: Saxophone and Organ - Julian Nolan and Denis Bedard – May 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

May 9, 2015

Health Fair 2015 – May 9, 2015 at 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
FoodSafe Level 1 Course – May 9, 2015 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sto:lo Nation Cultural Learning Day Bus Tour – May 9, 2015 at 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Rob Des Cotes: 05 FEB 2015 The Spirituality of Suffering - Faith and Prayer In the Midst of Pain – May 9, 2015 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Joyce Chan: Mission Work in China – May 9, 2015 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Dr. Chris Wright: What Story are You Living In? - Life and Work in God's World for God's Mission – May 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sweet Soul Gospel Motown for Mother's Day – May 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May 10, 2015

Professor Guo Ding: Mission Work in China (Mandarin) – May 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Celtic Service – May 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Hot Mammas & Arntzens – May 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

May 11, 2015

Booth Brothers and Young Street Vocal Band – May 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Philip Owen, C.M., ODNW, Awarded Honorary Degree by VST – May 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Iain Provan: A Fundamental Repentance: Moses and the Beginnings of Biblical Faith – May 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

May 12, 2015

Revitalizing Ministry Workshop – May 12, 2015 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Celebrazione! – May 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Light/Green Light Film Screening – May 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 13, 2015

Gordon T. Smith: Discerning Vocation: Asking Good Questions in Life and Work Transition – May 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Braveheart with Dan Reynolds – May 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

May 14, 2015

March for Life BC – May 14, 2015 at 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
The Reality of Adoptive Parenting: A Panel Question Night – May 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 15, 2015

Historymaker Conference 2015 – May 15, 2015 - May 17, 2015 at All Day
A Talk With Tom: Two Partnerships / Two Brothers / Two Friends – May 15, 2015 at 7:00 am - 8:30 am

May 17, 2015

Taize Contemplative Service – May 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

May 18, 2015

Andrew Root: Youth Ministry, the Church and the Melting of Identity – May 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

May 19, 2015

Christian Apologetics: Ready to Give an Answer for the Hope That is Within You – May 19, 2015 at All Day
Freedom Sessions Graduation Night – May 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 20, 2015

Rikk Watts: Jerusalem Versus Athens Revisited: Why the 21st Century is the Most Christian and the Most Confused – May 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Gabrielle Maes – May 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

May 22, 2015

Equip Worship: Vancouver – May 22, 2015 - May 23, 2015 at All Day
Life in the Margins Weekend Workshop – May 22, 2015 - May 23, 2015 at All Day
Together for Adoption Canada – May 22, 2015 - May 23, 2015 at All Day
Chapel North Shore – May 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Tri-Cities – May 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Vancouver – May 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Clarke Scheibe: The Search for Authenticity – May 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
DuncanAfrica Fundraiser Concert – May 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bicycle Built for Two – May 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May 23, 2015

Kairos Course (in Cantonese) – May 23, 2015 at All Day
The Inkwell Workshops – May 23, 2015 at 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
As for Me and My House: Beyond the Brick and Mortar – May 23, 2015 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cariboo Road Salvation Army Songsters – May 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ratanak International: The Long Road – May 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir: Our Canada – May 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

May 24, 2015

Global Day of Prayer – May 24, 2015 at All Day
Jazz Vespers: Karen Graves & Miles Black – May 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
City-wide Worship and Prayer: United in Prayer United in Mission – May 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
North Shore Churches: Pentecost Sunday Rally – May 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

May 25, 2015

8th Annual Golf Tournament for the Homeless – May 25, 2015 at All Day
Focus on Life 17th annual gala dinner – May 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Faith and Justice Roundtable #5: Reading the World – Migrant Justice – May 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Christine Longhurst: In Whose Image? - From God-centred to People-centred Worship – May 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

May 26, 2015

8th Annual NightShift Charity Golf Classic – May 26, 2015 at 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Buddhism, Christianity and the Silk Road: A talk with Dr. Frances Wood – May 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

May 27, 2015

Dr. Martin Brokenleg: Becoming Who We are Meant to Be – May 27, 2015 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Preaching Workshop with Darrell Johnson – May 27, 2015 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Christopher Hall: Entertainment in the Ancient World - Perspectives of the Church Fathers – May 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Minemoto, Coon & Danderfer – May 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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