Around Town: MVA Rally, Remnant Future, Baptists coming and going . . .

livingwagebadgesinside1Next Wednesday morning (July 8) supporters of Metro Vancouver Alliance will be out in force to support Mayor Gregor Robertson as he follows through on a promise he made to them at MVA’s Municipal Election Accountability Assembly last October 9.

During the run-up to last fall’s civic election, Robertson and the other mayoral candidates all made a commitment before an audience of some 750 people to make the City of Vancouver a living wage employer if they were elected.

Robertson will honour that commitment by introducing a motion to that effect, and MVA supporters – along with the Living Wage for Families Campaign – will hold a Rally for the Living Wage outside city hall.

rallyforthelivingwage1A recent Province story described the situation this way:

The most recent estimates put the living wage for Metro Vancouver at $20.68 per hour. This is different from a minimum wage, which in Vancouver is $10.25 per hour.

“Vancouver has one of the strongest economies of any city in Canada, but too many families are struggling to make ends meet,” Robertson said in a press release.

“Full-time work should provide families with a basic level of opportunity and economic security.

“A living wage has a direct impact on health and well-being, and helps create stronger local communities and economies. This motion will allow the City to lead by example, and encourage other organizations to join the living-wage movement.”

Metro Vancouver Alliance is “a broad-based alliance of community groups, labour, faith and educational institutions working together for the common good.” Of the more than 50 member organizations, roughly half are faith-based, almost all Christian. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver is one of two sponsoring organizations, along with Vancity.
In another story, Vancouver Sun columnist Douglas Todd wrote that the MVA “recently marked a significant success when Alliance-affiliated churches and synagogues played a role in helping the mostly Filipino staff at Inglewood Care Centre in West Vancouver get through a contentious contract dispute.”
remnantfuture1Roger Feldman: Remnant Future
Regent College’s Lookout Gallery will host an exhibition by Roger Feldman July 2 – 30:Remnant Future takes pieces from the past and places them in synchronous combinations, constructing a different future. Reminiscent of previous encounters, a revamped future holds promise of fresh beginnings.”
Lookout’s artist page has this to say about him:
Roger Feldman’s site-specific sculptures have appeared in numerous solo exhibitions in the United States, England, Scotland, Austria and Canada. His work has been shown at the Los Angeles Municipal gallery at Barnsdall Art Park, Mobia in New York City and numerous sites around the U.S. Feldman completed his undergraduate degree in Art from the University of Washington, and his MFA at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California in 1977. In 1986 Feldman was the recipient of an Individual Artist’s Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches at Seattle Pacific University.
There will be an opening reception on Thursday (July 2), 4:30 pm.
Tim Kuepfer will join First Baptist as their new senior minister.

The congregation of First Baptist Church has chosen Tim Kuepfer as its new senior minister.

Baptists coming and going

Actually, the people coming and going aren’t necessarily Baptists, but their institutions are.

The members of First Baptist Church voted June 28 to welcome Tim Kuepfer as their new senior minister. Kuepfer, who has been lead pastor of Peace Mennonite Church since 2003, will start his new role this fall.

The transition will be a natural one, as the outgoing senior minister, Darrell Johnson, has taught (at Regent College) and mentored Kuepfer over the years. Johnson will likely continue to preach from time to time at First Baptist.

The Carey community will be losing two key people this summer. George Sears, chair of Carey Hall board of administration and Colin Godwin, president, said:

Barbara Mutch will be moving to Pittsburgh.

Barbara Mutch will be moving to Pittsburgh.

It is with deep regret that the Carey community is saying farewell to Dr. Barbara Mutch, Bentall Chair of Pastoral Studies and Director for the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) and Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation (MASF) programs. . . .

Dr. Mutch will conclude her ministry at Carey in June 2015.  She will be moving to Pittsburgh in the United States where she will take up a new position as Director, of Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation for ATS. We are grateful for her contributions to the spiritual formation and community life that has formed both the people and place we call Carey.

Sears and Godwin also announced the retirement of Paddy Duckow:

Paddy Ducklow will have a private counselling practice.

Paddy Ducklow will have a private counselling practice.

Dr .Ducklow came to Carey in 1982 as an Adjunct Faculty, combining his career as a Psychologist with teaching theology at the graduate level. For many years he taught in the area of Practical Theology (Counselling, Marriage and Family, Pastoral Care and Conflict). In 2009, he was named the Erb-Gullison Professor of Marriage and Family Ministries. . . .

Dr. Ducklow will conclude his ministry at Carey in August 2015 and continue counselling through private practice. We are deeply grateful for the wealth of wisdom and experience Paddy has brought to Carey, and wish him all the best as he enters into this new season of life.

For the complete statements from Sears and Godwin, along with other comments, go here and here.

Several Pierce Pettis shows

Check out the Events Calendar for several upcoming Pierce Pettis concerts – this week there will be a couple with Allen Desnoyers, the week after, one with Carolyn Arends and another with Steve Bell. Pettis is an overlooked folk gem – I’ve loved his albums over the years and still recall his Railway Club show (15 – 20 years ago?) fondly. More next week.

July 2, 2015

Roger Feldman: Remnant Future - Opening Reception – July 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

July 3, 2015

Chelsea Amber – July 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

July 4, 2015

Songwriter Cafe: Pierce Pettis with Allen Des Noyers – July 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

July 5, 2015

Pierce Pettis, with Allen Des Noyers – July 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

July 6, 2015

Athletes in Action: Cloverdale Mini Dribblers Basketball Camp – July 6, 2015 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Athletes in Action: Tsawwassen Alliance Church Soccer Camp – July 6, 2015 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Athletes in Action: Cloverdale Big Shots Basketball Camp – July 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Amanda Russell-Jones: The Outcast's Voice: Josephine Butler and the Sexual Double Standard – July 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Baseball Camp – July 6, 2015 - July 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

July 7, 2015

Experience Regent – July 7, 2015 at 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kickers Soccer School (Ages 5 - 14) – July 7, 2015 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

July 8, 2015

Joint Missions Convention 2015: Forging Future with Tradition – July 8, 2015 - July 11, 2015 at All Day
Rally for the Living Wage – July 8, 2015 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Metro Vancouver Alliance Film Night Fundraiser – July 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Regen: Helen Burns & Relate Church Band – July 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Matt Humphrey: A Pipeline Through Naboth's Vineyard? Theopolitics, the Bible and BC – July 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: The Tony Foster Trio – July 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Stone's Throw Productions: The Stonewater Rapture by Doug Wright – July 8, 2015 - July 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

July 9, 2015

“I love beer, and by that very fact, the world” – the Humour of Thomas Merton – July 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 10, 2015

BC Christian Soccer League Finals – July 10, 2015 at All Day
Carolyn Arends and Pierce Pettis – July 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

July 11, 2015

Bruce Hindmarsh & Carolyn Hindmarsh: Summer Prayer Retreat - Exploring Whole-hearted Devotion to God in the Psalms – July 11, 2015 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
A Rocha: Brooksdale Volunteer Day – July 11, 2015 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

July 12, 2015

The Maryland State Boychoir Live in Concert – July 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
A Night of Power Prayer: Praying for the Muslim World – July 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 13, 2015

Everest Summer Day Camp – July 13, 2015 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
A Night of Power Prayer: Praying for the Muslim World – July 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mark Noll: Chaotic Coherence of Sola Scriptura - 500 Years After the Reformation – July 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 15, 2015

Regen: Shane Johnston / Worship Central Canada – July 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lynn Cohick: Steadfast in Faith - Women Martyrs in Jewish and Christian Tradition – July 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Ray Levesque – July 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

July 16, 2015

Steve Bell & Pierce Pettis Live in Concert at Regent College – July 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

July 17, 2015

BC Christian Ashram Retreat – July 17, 2015 - July 19, 2015 at All Day
Harrison Gospel Chapel Art Exhibit – July 17, 2015 - July 19, 2015 at All Day

July 18, 2015

David Ley: Postmodern Urban Spaces - an Urban Tour – July 18, 2015 at 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Soccer Skills Camp (ages 5 - 8) – July 18, 2015 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am
VCAC Community Day: For the Beauty of the Earth – July 18, 2015 at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Soccer Skills Camp (ages 9 - 11) – July 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
ICEJ 35th Anniversary Celebration – July 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Singspiration Saturday: VOS Open Choral Session – July 18, 2015 at 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

July 19, 2015

ICEJ 35th Anniversary Celebration – July 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

July 20, 2015

Athletes in Action: Peace Portal Alliance Church Soccer Camp – July 20, 2015 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
High Power Soccer Camp – July 20, 2015 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aspire Musical Arts Camp – July 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
FLO Summer Soccer Camp (ages 9 - 15) – July 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Women in the New Testament and How Their Lives Matter Today – July 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Daniel Block: The Ten Commandments - the World's First Bill of Rights – July 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 22, 2015

Regen: James Fam & Regen Band – July 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jonathan Chaplin: Public Theology - Coming to a Street Near You – July 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Steve Kaldestad – July 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

July 23, 2015

L'Arche Vancouver: The Art Together Project – July 23, 2015 at All Day
North Korean Art – July 23, 2015 - July 24, 2015 at All Day
Sam Rocha: Three Sets – July 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

July 24, 2015

L'Arche Vancouver: Canada Life Softball Tournament – July 24, 2015 at All Day
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: Summer Intensive – July 24, 2015 at 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Summer Nightslide Concert: Hosted by The Russ Rosen Band – July 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm

July 25, 2015

VCAC Fraser Lands Community Day – July 25, 2015 at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Steve Delamar Band – July 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

July 26, 2015

Whitecaps Faith Night 2015 – July 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dr. Michael Goheen: Introduction to World Religions – July 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Summer Social with Russ Rosen Band and Rob Taylor – July 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

July 27, 2015

Athletes in Action: Richmond Baptist Church Soccer Camp – July 27, 2015 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Soccer Camp – July 27, 2015 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
David Fitch: Eucharist on the Move - Shaping a Church for God's Mission in the World – July 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

July 29, 2015

A Rocha: Are You a Survivor? – July 29, 2015 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Regen: Sergio Najarro – July 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
David Kim: Exilic Discipleship - a New Paradigm for Discipling Millennials – July 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: The Noah Franche-Nolan Trio – July 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

July 30, 2015

Godspell – July 30, 2015 - August 1, 2015 at All Day
Roger Feldman: Remnant Future – July 30, 2015 at All Day

July 31, 2015

Mozart's Don Giovanni – July 31, 2015 - August 2, 2015 at All Day
A Rocha: Farm Day for Kids – July 31, 2015 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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