Around Town: The Chosen, Underground Mass, UGM’s 2024 Lent Devotional . . .

Update: Peter Chattaway flew from Metro Vancouver to Los Angeles for the world premiere of The Chosen Season Four two weeks ago.

Today, as the movie begins showing in theatres, Christianity Today posted his article (‘The Chosen Sets its Face Toward Jerusalem’) and Peter has posted his interviews with Dallas Jenkins (the director); Jonathan Roumie (Jesus); Abe Bueno-Jallad (Big James) and Vanessa Benavente (Mother Mary); and Yasmine and Al-Bustami (Ramah) and Brandon Potter (Quintus) on his Thoughts and Spoilers Substack. 

Season Four of The Chosen will be in local theatres beginning today (February 1). Response to The Chosen TV series has been strong all around the world (with an IMDb rating of 9.2/10), and I know many people who are keen on the series, so I imagine business will be brisk here in town as well.

But for those who haven’t been following the phenomenon (and I have to admit that I haven’t seen a single show yet) here is what IMDb says about the series:

The Chosen is a historical drama based on the life of Jesus and those who knew him. Set against the backdrop of Roman oppression in first century Palestine, the series shares an authentic look at Jesus’ revolutionary life and teachings.

Go here for brief descriptions of each episode of the series, which began in 2017. The Direct said Season Four will bring back all of its main characters in a cast led by actor Jonathan Roumie; go here for their description of cast members and their roles.

Writing for Religion Unplugged January 31, Joseph Holmes said:

It’s worth remembering what a surreal phenomenon The Chosen has become in recent years. A short film by a failed Christian filmmaker became the largest crowdfunded project of all time. In the process, it emerged as a phenomenon in Christian circles before gaining mainstream attention and acclaim from filmmakers such as Paul Schraeder.

Even more miraculous is how it managed to do something that I often heard people say couldn’t be done – make a creative and artistic interpretation of Jesus that both Christians and non-Christians accept. Like I said in my first review, The Chosen manages to tell stories about Jesus and his followers that are narratively compelling without offending the sensibilities of Christians who think the show is violating the Bible.

So, The Chosen ought to do well at the box office. But Peter Chattaway, our local expert – whose Thoughts and Spoilers Substack (“Film and stuff, with a particular focus on Bible films.”) is well worth checking out – noted on X (Twitter) January 31 that the movie doesn’t seem to be receiving the attention it deserves in some quarters:

Gotta say, it’s a little irksome to see these weekend box-office preview pieces that say Argylle is the *only* new release this week. I would be shocked if The Chosen Season 4: Episodes 1-3 wasn’t at least #2 on the chart.

(The Season 3 premiere made more in its 1st weekend than last week’s #1 movie did. So if all of last week’s holdovers take a dip at the box office this week, and Argylle is the only big-studio release this week. . . . seems pretty clear the Season 4 premiere should be in the Top 2.)

Peter has many comments about The Chosen on his site. Apart from the interviews and other information posted February 1, he looks at trailers for Season Four here and here and here, along with box office prospects and other matters.

The shows will be released in three stages – episodes 1 – 3 (February 1 – 14); episodes 4 – 6 (February 15 – 28); and episodes 7 – 10 (February 29 – March 10). Go here for tickets.

Underground Mass

An article by Nicholas Elbers on The B.C. Catholic site demonstrates that religion has not been removed completely from the public square – at least, not when the action is below ground.

He wrote:

Giving a new definition to the phrase “underground Mass,” Father Juan Lucca of St. Francis of Assisi Parish recently celebrated Mass with the work crew of an under-construction SkyTrain tunnel. 

The request for the Mass and blessing came from the work crew at one of the tunnels associated with the extension of the SkyTrain’s service down the Broadway corridor. Father Lucca was told the underground workers celebrate the feast of St. Barbara, the patroness of miners and tunnellers, every year on Dec. 4. . . .

At each entrance to the Broadway tunnel, a small shrine to St. Barbara has been placed to ask for her intercession in keeping the work site safe.

Go here for the full article.

UGM’s Lent Devotional

Union Gospel Mission (UGM) does a lot of giving – food, shelter, companionship . . . but more is on its way, including their 2024 Lent Devotional:

Each year, UGM’s Church Relations creates a beautiful daily devotional guide through the Lenten season and distributes it for free to local churches. This year’s theme is centred on Acts 16 and is called: Finding Freedom: The World Turned Upside Down.

This is a part of our support of the local church – and our gift to you! The guide includes stories, reflections and prayers all written by pastors, ministry workers, and community members.

This offers a creative way to minister to your congregation and community – it can be used in small groups, Sunday services, your personal devotions or to connect with neighbours and colleagues.

There will also be an online PDF version available, which we are happy to send to you via email. If you have any questions, or if you would like any free copies, please reach out by emailing: [email protected]

UGM is also following up with its Transforming Community Grants – more on them next week.

Feb 2024

Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story – February 1, 2024 - February 4, 2024 at All Day
Canadian Physicians for Life: Bioethics Symposium on Mental Health – February 1, 2024 - February 3, 2024 at All Day
Youth Worker Conference – February 2, 2024 - February 3, 2024 at All Day
Women Who Adore God – February 2, 2024 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Movie Screening: Sight – February 2, 2024 at 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
BC Christian Academy: Open House – February 3, 2024 at 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Refugee Housing Crisis: Developing a Response – February 3, 2024 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Choosing Life in a Culture of Death – February 3, 2024 at 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
DTES Churches Women's Cultural Celebration – February 3, 2024 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Movie Screening: Sight – February 3, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Songs of Freedom – February 3, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Brittany Melton: The Hope of Place: Placedness in Lamentations and Song of Songs – February 5, 2024 at 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
The Installation of Dr. David Robinson as the R. Paul Stevens Chair of Marketplace Theology and Leadership – February 5, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Willingdon School of the Bible & Ministry (four courses) – February 6, 2024 at All Day
Surrey Christian School: Open House at Secondary Campus (three events) – February 6, 2024 at 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
TWU Black History Month: Docuseries & Conversation with Dr. Adkins – February 6, 2024 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black History Month: Black Prophetic Rhetoric from the Civil Rights Movement to Hip-Hop with Speaker Dr. Theon Hill – February 7, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Black History Month: Colloquium with Dr. Theon Hill – February 7, 2024 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Candus Churchill Sings Nina Simone – February 7, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Body Prayer with Ingrid Hauss – February 10, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Jazz Vespers in the Valley with the Diane Lines Quartet – February 11, 2024 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Jesus Christ Superstar Sing-along – February 11, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gloria Wong: sik teng mm sik gong (pardon my chinese) – February 14, 2024 at All Day
Kentro Webinar: Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing – Nice to Have or Need to Have? – February 14, 2024 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Christopher Watkin: The Bible as a Tool for Changing Culture – February 14, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Movie Showing: The Great Debaters – February 14, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Marcus Mosely & Michael Creber with the reflection by Chris Wong – February 14, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Black History Month: Ghislain Brown-Kossi’s new exhibition UMOJABLACK – February 15, 2024 - March 26, 2024 at 12:00 am
Mission Fest Vancouver 2024 – February 15, 2024 - February 17, 2024 at All Day
Tax Clinic – February 15, 2024 - April 30, 2024 at All Day
Tax Program – February 15, 2024 - April 30, 2024 at All Day
The Chosen: Season 4 – February 15, 2024 - March 10, 2024 at 12:00 am
Salvation Army Gateway of Hope Tax Clinic – February 15, 2024 - December 30, 2025 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Craft of Spirit: BC Liturgical Textiles – February 15, 2024 - March 31, 2024 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Discern: Recognizing God's Presence – February 15, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UMODJABLACK: Art Exhibition Opening – February 15, 2024 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
CHILD-ish – February 16, 2024 - March 9, 2024 at All Day
Black History Month Festival of Praise – February 16, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Canadian L'Abri Lecture Series (Friday evenings) – February 16, 2024 - March 22, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
TobyMac Hits Deep Tour – February 16, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Loreto Aramendi : The Virtuoso Organist Returns – February 16, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
God & Sex: Gospel Conversations on Gender, Identity & Sexuality – February 17, 2024 - February 18, 2024 at All Day
Bible Saturday: Jesse Nickel: A Revolutionary Jesus – Violence and Peacemaking in the Kingdom of God – February 17, 2024 at 9:30 am - 11:45 am
Workshop with Loreto Aramendi In collaboration with the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists – February 17, 2024 at 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Loreto Aramendi : The Virtuoso Organist – February 17, 2024 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Empowered to Influence: Lunch and Learn (4 Sundays) – February 18, 2024 - May 26, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Vocational Discernment Mini-Course (4 Sunday afternoons) – February 18, 2024 - March 10, 2024 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Taizé Contemplative Service – February 18, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Advance Summit – February 20, 2024 - February 22, 2024 at 5:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Reading the Psalms: a Lenten series (4 events) – February 20, 2024 - March 19, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Why Catholics Need Literature – February 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alpha Canada: Come & See – February 21, 2024 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Art for Peace, Shalom, Salam (Wednesday evenings) – February 21, 2024 - March 6, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Phyllis Adelyne & Don Hardy – February 21, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Marketplace Mornings: Everything You Want Is Not Enough with Jeff Mayhew – February 22, 2024 at 7:00 am - 8:30 am
Prayer Ministry and the Weekend – February 22, 2024 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Serve Our Schools Network – February 22, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Prayer & Fasting Gathering: Loving Muslims Together Network – February 23, 2024 at All Day
North Shore Night of Worship – February 23, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: A Tribute to Nina Simone – February 23, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Suzie Ungerleider & Veda Hille – February 23, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Coldest Night of the Year 2024 – February 24, 2024 at All Day
The Long, Long Night of Hope – February 24, 2024 at All Day
Bridges: Christians Connecting With Muslims (6 Saturday mornings) – February 24, 2024 - March 30, 2024 at 7:00 am - 9:00 am
iParent | Navigating the World Our Kids Live In with Dr. Dave Currie – February 24, 2024 at 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
GO 2024 Missions Conference – February 24, 2024 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cross Cultural Ministry Training (three gatherings) – February 24, 2024 - October 19, 2024 at 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Prophetic Vision of Bishop Remi De Roo: A Symposium – February 24, 2024 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tomorrowland: How to Understand and Navigate Artificial Intelligence from a Biblical Perspective – February 24, 2024 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Inspired Arts Missions Fundraiser Gala | Photographic Journey Through Israel – February 24, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
My Cousin's Wedding – February 24, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Black History Month Service – February 25, 2024 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Jazz Vespers with Joelle Lush – February 25, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Colin Linden – February 25, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jonathan Anderson: The (In)visibility of Theology in Contemporary Art – February 26, 2024 at 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Let's Talk About: Women in Ministry – February 26, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ron Dart: Reading George MacDonald’s Lilith with Dante – February 26, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Contemplative Ecology with Dr. Jason M. Brown – February 27, 2024 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Black History Month Richmond Social – February 28, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dr. Hans Boersma: Love – Why God's Most Appropriate Name is Creation's Deepest Ground – February 28, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Dutch Robinson & the Marcus Flo Group – February 28, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Business as Mission Leadership Lunch – February 29, 2024 at 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Vulnerable & Fierce Fundraising Dinner – February 29, 2024 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Papal Visit 2022: The Catholic Church and the Four Steps of Reconciliation – February 29, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Paul Nedelisky: Can Science Show Us the Good? – February 29, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Speed Dating: Christian Singles (Ages 27-47) – February 29, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
All of Life Interview with Dr. Arnold Sikkema – February 29, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Mar 2024

Apologetics Canada Conference 2024: Can I Trust the Bible? – March 1, 2024 - March 2, 2024 at All Day
Business As Mission Vancouver Conference 2024 – March 1, 2024 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
March Art & Prayer Retreat – March 1, 2024 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Black History Month Closing Celebration Concert – March 1, 2024 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
G. Peter Kaye Lectures: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa: The Listening Society: Religion, Music & Democracy in Resonance (2 events) – March 1, 2024 - March 2, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Our Lady of Good Counsel Tax Clinic – March 2, 2024 - April 28, 2024 at 12:00 am
Peace Portal Alliance Church Tax Clinic – March 2, 2024 - May 30, 2024 at All Day
Re-imaging the Church Choir – March 2, 2024 at 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Books & Bistro – March 2, 2024 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Spring Small Business Fair – March 2, 2024 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Trace Bundy's Acoustic Spring – March 2, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Jazz Vespers in the Valley with The Ruby Lane Organ Trio – March 3, 2024 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Laing Lectures: George Yancey – Christian Racial Reconciliation – March 5, 2024 - March 7, 2024 at 12:00 am
  

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