Around Town: Mitchell Prize, Augustine, Jesus Collective, Heart for Asia . . .

Susan Alexander has been awarded the 2019 Mitchell Prize.

Bowen Island resident Susan Alexander has won a major literary prize. She was awarded the $20,000 Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for her suite of poems,Vigil.

The announcement came October 22, during a celebration at the Aga Kahn Museum in Toronto, with Juno-award winning rapper Shad serving as master of ceremonies.

Here is part of Mitchell Prize announcement:

Vigil is an outstanding collection that is highly deserving of first place,” said Lorna Goodison, a Mitchell Prize judge and acclaimed poet.

“The writer is a talented and accomplished poet who handles the language of poetry with great authority, and the reader gets a strong sense that this is a voice rich in experience and wisdom. One also gets a sense that the poet speaks confidently on behalf of a large community of people; past and present, thus fulfilling one of the ancient roles of the poet as intermediary between humanity and the Divine.”

Alexander’s previous work has appeared in chapbooks, anthologies and several literary magazines. Her awards include the 2016 Short Grain poetry prize and the 2015 Vancouver Writers’ Festival Contest. She was longlisted for the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize and is currently featured on the bus in Vancouver’s Poetry in Transit. Judges selected her winning Mitchell Prize entry from among 250 nominees. . . .

The biennial Mitchell Prize seeks to recognize Canadian poets whose work wrestles with the beauty and complexity of religious faith. Three celebrated writers make up the panel of judges: Lorna GoodisonChelene Knight, and Scott Cairns. The prize is a project of Image, a journal of contemporary art and literature, and is presented with support from think tank Cardus.

Alexander, author of The Dance Floor Tilts, has a BA in English from UBC and an MA in Theological Studies from Regent College.

On a (slightly) related note, The Word Guild’s Surrey and White Rock chapters are hosting Storytelling: Bringing the Past to Life November 2:

This one-day conference features Allen Desnoyers, David Kitz, Jim Martens, Ron Reed and Rose Seiler Scott. Session topics include The Drama of Biblical Fiction; Writing the Play Tolkien; Twentieth Century Historical Fiction and Memoir; How to Save Your Family History Through Short Stories; and Writing Historical Musicals.

The day-long gathering will take place at South Delta Baptist Church.

On the Road with Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine will not be the first person who comes to mind when churchgoers – or others – are looking for guidance through this complex modern world. But Calvin University philosophy professor and author James K.A. Smith insists that he is just the man for the times. He will present that view during two Regent College events at the end of next week.

On Friday evening (November 1) he will discuss Augustine Our Contemporary: How to Find Yourself, drawing on the theme of his new book, On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real World Spirituality for Restless Hearts.

Here is a portion of Regent’s description of the book:

Augustine spent a lifetime searching for his heart’s true home and he can help us find our way. “What makes Augustine a guide worth considering,” says Smith, “is that he knows where home is, where rest can be found, what peace feels like, even if it is sometimes ephemeral and elusive along the way.”

Addressing believers and skeptics alike, this book shows how Augustine’s timeless wisdom speaks to the worries and struggles of contemporary life, covering topics such as ambition, sex, friendship, freedom, parenthood and death. As Smith vividly and colorfully brings Augustine to life for 21st-century readers, he also offers a fresh articulation of Christianity that speaks to our deepest hungers, fears and hopes.

Smith will also deliver two Real World Spirituality lectures Saturday morning.

The Friday evening event is free to attend and will also be live-streamed. The Saturday lectures cost $30.

Jesus Collective

I’ve heard about Jesus Collective, but that’s about it. If you’re like me, and if it sounds intriguing, here’s what to expect from the day-long Jesus Collective gathering at Tenth Church next Wednesday (October 30):

  • Learn more about the vision for Jesus Collective and plans in the works
  • Special interactive session with pastor and author Bruxy Cavey – unpacking the question: What is Jesus-centred theology?
  • Chance to ask questions, share input and feedback about Jesus Collective
  • Meet some new like-minded friends from Canada and the US
  • Sharing a meal provided by Jesus Collective
  • Time to pray together

You can look into the phenomenon further by checking out the Jesus Collective website. Here’s a portion:

Our roots are in the Anabaptist radical reformation, but we’re not hung up on labels. While we value our history and tradition, we’re most interested in uniting around the Jesus-centered theology, values, practices, and Kingdom vision we share in common with more and more Jesus followers around the world. We want to live this out in fresh ways in our 21st century, increasingly post-Christian context. . . .

The Meeting House in Ontario – led by Bruxy Cavey – has been instrumental in bringing Jesus Collective together.

A Heart for Asia

OMF International has an enduring influence in Asia, stretching back to the time of Hudson Taylor and his China Inland Mission team. And every year they share their insights and expertise with the broader community. This Saturday (October 26) they are hosting Six Ways to Reach God’s World.

Following  praise and worship, here’s what will happen:

  • God at Work: Stories and testimonies of people serving in East Asia
  • Workshops on each of the Six Ways to Reach God’s World (Learn, Pray, Mobilize, Send, Go and Welcome) by experienced practitioners. Includes discussion, practical examples and opportunities for further engagement
  • Global Kids – a fun and educational children’s program to be provisionally offered on reaching a minimum of 15 child registrations (choose “Global Kids” ticket option)
  • Lunch and snacks included

The Six Ways gathering, co-sponsored by Mission Central will take place at Evangelical Chinese Bible Church in south Burnaby, from 9 am – 3 pm. One Life, a related event aimed more at young people, takes place Friday evening, also at ECBC.

October 24, 2019

Book Launch: And Yet, Undaunted – Embraced by the Goodness of God in the Chaos of Life – October 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Does Immigration Matter?: Catherine Dauvergne – Compassion, Law & Why Refugee Claims Matter – October 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Grand Embrace III with Wm. Paul Young, Dr. Brad Jersak, Cathy AJ Hardy & Lorie Martin – October 24, 2019 - October 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 4:30 pm

October 25, 2019

Endtime Prophecy Conference – October 25, 2019 - October 27, 2019 at All Day
Evening of Hope (Villages of Hope Africa) – October 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Art of Discernment in the Ignatian Tradition – October 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Embrace III Evening of Music and Inspiration – October 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One Life, a Heart for Asia event – October 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Barney Bentall – October 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

October 26, 2019

Six Ways to Reach God's World: a Heart for Asia event – October 26, 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Worship Academy Conference – October 26, 2019 at 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
What is the place of Christianity in Canada today? A Cross-Canada Conversation – October 26, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Conversations With a Painting: a Memoir – October 26, 2019 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Revealing Jesus by Sade Oladapo – October 26, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
OM Partnership Project Dinner – October 26, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Evening of Hope (Villages of Hope Africa) – October 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Neighbourhood Stories – October 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Copy of Fort Night Comedy Presents, Saturday Night Improv – October 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

October 27, 2019

Six Ways to Reach God's World: a Heart for Asia event – October 27, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers @ St. Andrew's United Church on the North Shore – October 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers in the Valley: Nick Apivor & Artie Devlin Quintet – October 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fleetwood Gospel Hall Community Dinner – October 27, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Interdenominational Hymn Singing – October 27, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
International Christian Response: Tass Saada – October 27, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

October 29, 2019

Port Moody Pacific Grace Movie Night – October 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Early Music Vancouver: Purcell & Nyman – Music After a While featuring Iestyn Davies, Counter-tenor & Fretwork – October 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 30, 2019

Jesus Collective – October 30, 2019 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

October 31, 2019

DivorceCare (ongoing, several locations) – October 31, 2019 - January 7, 2020 at All Day
Frankenstein Lost in Darkness, adapted by Peter Church – October 31, 2019 - November 2, 2019 at All Day
Geoffrey Feng: Promised Land – October 31, 2019 - November 15, 2019 at All Day
Deborah Stephan: Shellseekers Art & Soul – Spiritual Disciplines Workshop (Thursday mornings) – October 31, 2019 - November 28, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fall Fiesta – October 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fall Fiesta – October 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fall Fiesta – October 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hello-ween (multiple locations) – October 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rocky Railway Fall Festival – October 31, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
ECBC Autumn Festival – October 31, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Family Night @ New Life – October 31, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Funfest: Game On! – October 31, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FunFest: Guardians of the Globe – October 31, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Under the Big Top: Down at the Pumpkin Patch – October 31, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Halloween Fireworks & Hot Chocolate – October 31, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hallelujah Night – October 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Ruby Sunrise – October 31, 2019 - November 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 1, 2019

~sey yes~ a liturgy of not giving up on yourself (featuring Scott Erickson) – November 1, 2019 at 12:00 am
Fauré Requiem in a Liturgical Setting – November 1, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bez Fundraising Gala with Shari Ulrich – November 1, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Early Music Vancouver: Dowland Lachrimae featuring Les Voix Humaines & Lutenist Nigel North – November 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
James K.A. Smith: Augustine Our Contemporary – How to Find Yourself – November 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

November 2, 2019

Storytelling: Bringing the Past to Life – 2019 Surrey & White Rock Writers’ Conference – November 2, 2019 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Real World Spirituality with James K.A. Smith – November 2, 2019 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Craft Fair with a Cause – November 2, 2019 at 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Jason Byassee: "Any Idiot Can Grow a Church in London" – November 2, 2019 at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
More: a Retreat for Women – November 2, 2019 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Connaught Heights Craft Fair – November 2, 2019 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
St. John the Evangelist Café Church: Two Veterans & a Chaplain, Serving Canada – November 2, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Christmas for Kenya Fundraiser & Silent Auction – November 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pier 21 – November 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Praise with Paul Baloche – November 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hymn Festival: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – November 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
For King & Country: Burn the Ships Tour – November 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

November 3, 2019

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – November 3, 2019 at All Day
A Celebration of Christian Unity – November 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Jeremy Benjamin 'Wonderlove Tour' – November 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sinach Live in Worship – November 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 4, 2019

Christian Advocacy Society: Annual Autumn Fundraiser Banquet – November 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Journey 101 (Monday evenings) – November 4, 2019 - December 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 5, 2019

Fundraising Gala: New Hope in Motion – November 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 6, 2019

JustWork: A Taste of Dignity – November 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 7, 2019

Inspired Convention – November 7, 2019 - November 8, 2019 at 8:30 am - 1:45 pm
Fall Feast: an Evening of Music – November 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Michael W. Smith – November 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Our Dream Soars Higher: Pope Francis' Call to Civic & Political Love – November 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Vancouver WaterBash – November 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

November 8, 2019

Night of Creation – November 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christina Martin – November 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

November 9, 2019

SENT Conference: a Church on God's Mission – November 9, 2019 at 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Eternity Club 40th Anniversary – November 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Alzheimer Café – November 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Christian Youth for the Nations BC Grace 2019 – November 9, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Remembrance Day Concert – November 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Danny Michel – November 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

November 10, 2019

Jazz Vespers in the Valley: Linda Szentes & Jazzlinks – November 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Remembrance Day Concert – November 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
An Evening with Brother Yun – November 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 11, 2019

Dr. Gary Chapman: 5 Love Languages Tour – November 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 14, 2019

ELO Forum – November 14, 2019 at All Day
Consecrated – November 14, 2019 at 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Does Immigration Matter?: Shachi Kurl – I Know What You Think About Immigration! – November 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Banquet featuring Abby Johnson (inspiration behind 'Unplanned' movie) – November 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Creative Writing & the Soul Story: An Evening with Fantasy Author J.R. Fehr – November 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

November 15, 2019

A Holistic Approach to Helping Kids & Teens Manage Anxiety – November 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Book Launch with James M. Houston & Bruce K. Waltke – November 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
SAMC Music Presents: In the Italian Style – November 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The All Handmade Sale – November 15, 2019 - November 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 5:00 pm

November 16, 2019

When it Rains Conference – November 16, 2019 at 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Crossroads United Church Annual Christmas Sale – November 16, 2019 at 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
St. Martin's Fall Market – November 16, 2019 at 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Unhitched Conference – November 16, 2019 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
DTES Constructive Theology Conference – November 16, 2019 at 9:30 am - 7:00 pm

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