Around Town: Laudato Si’ +1, Caring for Strangers, Christian Life & Witness . . .

laudatosi1insideSeveral significant events over the next few weeks will focus on environmental issues.

1. Laudato Si’ +1
 
Just over a year ago, Pope Francis released his encyclical Laudato Si’: On care for our common home, which focused on the environment and climate change, and asked leaders and citizens, businesses and communities around the world to act.
 
In the fall, Roman Catholic Archbishop Michael Miller shared the stage with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre for the Climate of Change Symposium to discuss Laudato Si’.
Archbishop Michael Miller will be on the Laudato Si' +1 panel, along with city councillor Andrea Reimer and SFU chancellor  ** ***.

Archbishop Michael Miller will be on the Laudato Si’ +1 panel, along with city councillor Andrea Reimer and SFU chancellor Anne Giardini.

Now Miller will take part in Laudato Si’ +1: Faith, Business and Climate Change next Tuesday (October 11) at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

The SFU Interfaith Centre is hosting the public dialogue in collaboration with the SFU Sustainability Office, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and SPNAGE PR and AD Agency. The purpose of the event is “to highlight the concrete steps that businesses, organizations, researchers and individuals in the Lower Mainland have taken to improve ‘our common home.’

Joining Miller as panelists will be Anne Giardini, chancellor, Simon Fraser University; Andrea Reimer, councillor, City of Vancouver; Praveen Varshney, Varshney Capital; Paul Kariya, executive director, Clean Energy BC; and Sybil Seitzinger, executive director, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.
 
The moderator will be Baptist chaplain Victor Thomas, director of the Interfaith Centre at SFU; he and his wife Candice are the pastoral couple overseeing The Point, a church which meets on the SFU campus (and four other locations).
 
(For some insight into the significance of Laudato Si’ read this powerful commentary by retired Regent College prof Loren Wilkinson.)
 
earthandspirit1 2. Earth & Spirit Speaker Series
 
St. Anselm’s Anglican Church on the UBC campus is hosting a four-week Earth & Spirit Speaker Series this month.
 
The first one has already gone by, but the second, featuring Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament, Green Party leader and active Anglican believer, will no doubt guarantee a full house next Wednesday (October 12).
 
May will speak on ‘Pushing for Meaningful Climate Action.’ Go here for information about the series.
 
3. Earthkeepers: Converge & Catalyze
 
earthkeeperslogo1In a couple of weeks (October 22), Earthkeepers: Christians for Climate Justice will convene Converge & Catalyze at Tenth Church. Here is their description of the event:

Climate change is real, happening and caused by humans. How are followers of Jesus supposed to respond to perhaps the single biggest threat facing our planet?

As Earthkeepers, we’re unraveling a few possibilities.

We’re a newly formed ecumenical group in Vancouver working out biblical teachings on issues of ecology, love of neighbour and climate justice. And over the summer, we’ve hunkered down to reflect on how we can best respond to climate change.

Join us as we unveil our strategic plan for 2016/2017, which will include ways you can get involved so that we all work together towards climate justice. Come meet new people or reconnect with old friends over food, discussion, prayer and more!

4. Famine or Feast
 
goodsoilcampaign1A week later (October 29), several groups (including Earthkeepers, Planted, A Rocha and Canadian Foodgrains Bank) will host Famine or Feast at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church. Here is part of the description of the gathering:
 
This event is part of the Good Soil Campaign, a partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and its members, to advocate that the Canadian government increase its support for small-scale agriculture in Canada’s international aid programs. As we look at global food issues, we also need to respond to what is happening locally. Join us to figure out what that means.
 
5. CPJ: An Evening at A Rocha
 
karrivennmunn1And finally, early next month (November 3), Karri Munn-Venn, senior policy analyst for CPJ (Citizens for Public Justice) will speak at A Rocha. Here is CPJ’s brief description of An Evening at A Rocha:

The Brooksdale Environmental Centre is a place of transformation. The flagship project of A Rocha Canada, Brooksdale is one of the most dynamic Christian environmental centres in North America.

After spending the day working with the community at Brooksdale, Karri Munn-Venn will be giving a presentation on local environmental action, political engagement and how both are needed as part of our Christian response to the global climate crisis.

Luke Glanville: Caring for Strangers

Luke Glanville, a senior lecturer in International Relations at the Australian National University, will deliver a Geneva Lecture on Caring for Strangers next Wednesday (October 12) at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church.
 
Following is a summary of what Glanville will discuss:
 
In North America, the Christian church has the reputation for being a powerful supporter of conservative ideology. This reputation is a far cry from the early church’s social role.
 
This lecture explores how early Christians radically transformed prevailing Roman understandings of social ethics. Whereas Roman philosophers endorsed a hierarchical and elitist ethic of patronage and reciprocity, the early Christians turned this upside-down, insisting that people should seek to help those most in need and those least able to reciprocate, including not only friends and family but also strangers and foreigners.
 
The lecture traces the impact of this new ethic on the development of ideas about both social justice and international relations.
 
Glanville’s research and teaching focuses on historical and contemporary efforts to protect vulnerable people. He wrote Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect: A New History (University of Chicago Press, 2014).
 
Christian Life & Witness Courses
David Macfarlane is addressing Christian Life & Witness Courses on behalf of the BGEA.

David Macfarlane is addressing Christian Life & Witness Courses on behalf of the BGEA.

Hundreds of people are taking Christian Life & Witness Courses at 24 churches from October 4 – 22. They start every night of the week from Tuesday to Saturday, beginning between the 4th and 8th, then carry on for two more weeks. (It is possible to join in late.)

The courses are part of the year-long Festival of Hope process. This is how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada describes them:

The Christian Life and Witness Course (CLWC) is a great way for you to reignite your faith in Jesus Christ and find power to live a life that radiates His love. This three-session evangelism training will equip you to apply God’s Word to everyday life, develop a devotional quiet time, pursue spiritual maturity, share your faith with others, and serve as a counselor at the Festival outreach weekend if you wish to do so.

The free courses are led by BGEA representatives David Macfarlane and Derrick Mueller (both are well known across Canada; Macfarlane has pastored churches in this area).
 
Briefly noted
The Flying Angel Club provides a base for the Mission to Seafarers.

The Flying Angel Club provides a base for the Mission to Seafarers.

Rev. Peter Smyth was inducted as the senior chaplain to the Mission to Seafarers September 20. The mission works out of the Flying Angel Club in the Downtown Eastside to serve the Port of Vancouver.

Bill Reimer, who runs Regent College Bookstore, was featured on the Research on Religion Podcast October 2; he discussed his new book Revisiting ‘Toronto the Good’ at length.
 
Ron Dart was featured in the September 23 issue of BC Booklook for his 25th book, The North American High Tory Tradition. Dart teaches at University of the Fraser Valley.
 
More Than a Roof has been chosen as one of two non-profit groups to operate social housing sites currently managed by BC Housing. It will own and operate Sunset Towers in Vancouver. The BC government made the announcement October 5.
 
The Abbotsford Christian Leaders Network (ACLN) is again showing great leadership during the Thanksgiving season, encouraging all local churches to display the same message in their bulletins and on their websites:

Give thanks to the Lord – His love endures forever

October 6, 2016

Christian Life & Witness Courses – October 6, 2016 at All Day
Sarah Jane: Visible Light – October 6, 2016 - October 13, 2016 at All Day
The Firs Adult Retreat – October 6, 2016 - October 11, 2016 at All Day
Ben Heppner speaks at VST's 2016 Chancellor's Dinner – October 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Christian Life & Witness Course (Thursday evenings) – October 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christian Life & Witness Course (Thursday evenings) – October 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christian Life & Witness Course (Thursday evenings) – October 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christian Life & Witness Course (Thursday evenings) – October 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christian Life & Witness Course (Thursday evenings) – October 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christian Life & Witness Course (Thursday evenings) – October 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dennis Venema: Surveying the Origins Landscape: What Do Evangelicals Think About Evolution? – October 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Thinking Series with Andy Steiger (Thursdays) – October 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Good Way Out by Cara Norrish – October 6, 2016 - October 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Love Fix Experience: Terrance Richmond & more – October 6, 2016 at 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

October 7, 2016

Talks with Tom: Trauma – October 7, 2016 at 7:00 am - 8:30 am
Christian Life & Witness Course (Friday evenings) – October 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christian Life & Witness Course (Friday evenings) – October 7, 2016 - October 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christian Life & Witness Course (Friday evenings) – October 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christian Life & Witness Course (Friday evenings) – October 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 8, 2016

Christian Life & Witness Course (Saturday mornings) – October 8, 2016 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Christian Life & Witness Course (Saturday mornings) – October 8, 2016 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Christian Life & Witness Course (Saturday mornings) – October 8, 2016 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Christian Life & Witness Course (Saturday mornings) – October 8, 2016 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

October 9, 2016

Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: A Canada – Ukraine Friendship Tour – October 9, 2016 - October 18, 2016 at All Day
Jazz Vespers: Jennifer Scott – October 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

October 10, 2016

Connecting the Ends: A Part of Homelessness Action Week – October 10, 2016 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kyiv Symphony Orchestra & Chorus: A Canada - Ukraine friendship tour – October 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 11, 2016

Journey Discipleship Course (Tuesday evenings) – October 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Laudato Si + 1: Faith, Business and Climate Change – October 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ARPA Canada Fall Tour – October 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 12, 2016

Millennial Adults: Hearing Their Questions, Dreams & Faith – October 12, 2016 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LeaderImpact Special Evening with Bill Adsit – October 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: A Canada – Ukraine Friendship Tour – October 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Earth & Spirit Speaker Series: Elizabeth May – October 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Geneva Lectures: Luke Glanville – Caring for Strangers: The Historical Contribution of Christianity – October 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Andrea Menard – October 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

October 13, 2016

Voices Together 2017 Launch – October 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
A Day with Brad Brisco: Missional Essentials - A Guide for Experiencing God's Mission – October 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ARPA Canada Fall Tour – October 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 14, 2016

BC Leadership Prayer Weekend – October 14, 2016 - October 16, 2016 at All Day
Christ & Cascadia Conference – October 14, 2016 - October 15, 2016 at All Day
Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild Exhibit: The Way of Beauty – October 14, 2016 - October 23, 2016 at All Day
The Compassion Experience – October 14, 2016 - October 17, 2016 at All Day
Vancouver Retrouvaille: A Lifeline for Marriages – October 14, 2016 - October 16, 2016 at All Day
Walking from Wrongs to Rights – October 14, 2016 - October 15, 2016 at All Day
Spark Conference 2016 – October 14, 2016 - October 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Jon Bryant – October 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Movie Night with Archbishop Miller: The Vessel – October 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
It Takes a Network to End Sexual Slavery: Dessert Evening with Helen Sworn – October 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

October 15, 2016

CETA Conference – October 15, 2016 at 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Biblical Creativity and Storytelling Through the Arts – October 15, 2016 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Festival of Hope: FM419 Student Evangelism Training – October 15, 2016 at 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
WNC Conference (Worship + Next Generation + Culture) – October 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
WNC Conference (Worship + Next Generation + Culture) – October 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Swil Kanim: An Evening of Inspiration at New Beginnings Baptist Church – October 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
M2/W2 Association: 'No One Leaves Alone' 50th Celebration – October 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ATESTO Pursue – October 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ember – October 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: A Canada – Ukraine Friendship Tour – October 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 16, 2016

Ending Sex Slavery: It Takes a Network – October 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church: 60th Anniversary Celebration Service – October 16, 2016 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cascadia Reed Quintet – October 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: The Hot Club of Mars – October 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: A Canada – Ukraine Friendship Tour – October 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sukkot, The Feast of Tabernacles – October 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 17, 2016

Chew on This! – October 17, 2016 at All Day
Mental Health First Aid – October 17, 2016 - October 18, 2016 at 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Journey Discipleship Course (Monday evenings) – October 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: A Canada – Ukraine Friendship Tour – October 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 18, 2016

Press Conference: The Trafficked Human Campaign – October 18, 2016 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: A Canada – Ukraine Friendship Tour – October 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 19, 2016

Irene Kordalis Pedersen: The Book of Hebrews - Opening Reception – October 19, 2016 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
IJM Vancouver Benefit Dinner – October 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Earth & Spirit Speaker Series: Marc Lee – October 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Nancy Newman – October 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

October 20, 2016

The Global Leadership Summit – October 20, 2016 - October 21, 2016 at All Day
The Global Leadership Summit – October 20, 2016 - October 21, 2016 at All Day
EFC Webinar: Religious Freedom for Other Religions – October 20, 2016 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am

October 21, 2016

Faith Day: Behind the Scenes – October 21, 2016 at 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Inaugural lecture by Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee – October 21, 2016 at 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Rise of the New Warriors Revival Meetings – October 21, 2016 - October 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
David Asscherick: Why God? – October 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Integrate: Sex Trafficking, Justice and the Gospel – October 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ten Years: A Community Screening – October 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dr. John Baumgardner: The Genesis Flood - Understanding the Earth's Rock Record – October 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 22, 2016

Worship Central Conference – October 22, 2016 at 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Promise Keepers: Legacy Equipping Conference for Men – October 22, 2016 at 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Building Blocks of Faith-Based English Language Ministry – October 22, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Saint of Calcutta: Mother Teresa Exhibit – October 22, 2016 - October 23, 2016 at 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Converge & Catalyze: Working Toward Climate Action as People of Faith – October 22, 2016 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Dr. John Baumgardner: Language Falsifies Philosophical Naturalism – October 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
BC Lions: Faith and Family Night – October 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dr. John Baumgardner: The Vast Geological Transformation of the Earth – October 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 23, 2016

Vancouver Private School Expo – October 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Sanctuary All Stars (big band) - Bob Liley – October 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Together: City Church Worship and Prayer Gathering – October 23, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Iain Provan: Seriously Dangerous Religion – October 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 24, 2016

BC Student Leadership Conference – October 24, 2016 - October 26, 2016 at All Day
C2C Fall Celebration Banquet – October 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dr. Joseph D'Souza: Dalit Freedom Network 10th Anniversary Dinner – October 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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