Around Town: Top 10 prof, $3 million for St. Mark’s, Dementia Awareness . . .

Allyson Jule of TWU has been chosen as one of Canada's top 10 professors.

Allyson Jule of TWU has been chosen as one of Canada’s top 10 professors.

Top 10 in the nation. Impressive. Allyson Jule, a professor of gender studies at Trinity Western University’s School of Education, has been named one of Canada’s top 10 professors. Jule has been awarded a prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship for excellence in teaching and leadership, marking the first time a TWU professor has won the honour.

Maclean’s featured the 10 professors in its February 4 issue, saying of Jule:

Jule’s courses reward adventurous spirits. She travels with her students to Cameroon for three weeks, where they teach students, often by candlelight. “It is quite the thing to see teaching done in a totally different context,” she says. Closer to home, she’s combined faith and feminism by creating the gender studies minor at Trinity Western.

“For me, it’s a statement about the School of Education, its faculty and staff, and the kinds of atmosphere of excellence we create together,” says Jule, who is currently on sabbatical and completing a research fellowship at Oxford University.

Sisters of Saint Anne bless St. Mark’s

The Marie Anne Blondin Chair of Theology is named for the founder of the SIsters of Saint Anne.

The Marie Anne Blondin Chair in Theology is named for the founder of the SIsters of Saint Anne.

Saint Mark’s College on the UBC campus announced February 5 that the Sisters of Saint Anne have contributed $3 million to the college to establish the Marie Anne Blondin Chair in Theology. The endowment represents the largest in the college’s history, and also one of the largest gifts received by a Catholic theological college in BC.

The Sisters of Saint Anne have had a strong interest in education ever since the congregation was founded by Marie Anne Blondin in Vaudreuil, Quebec in 1850; the original purpose of the Congregation was to educate children in rural Quebec. Since their arrival in Victoria in 1858, the Sisters of Saint Anne have established 30 schools and 10 hospitals throughout the BC, Yukon and Alaska.

There are at least three books detailing the work of the Sisters of Saint Anne in the West: A Century of Service by Edith E. Down; Caring and Compassion by Darlene Southwell; and North to Share by Sister Margaret Cantwell in collaboration with Sister Mary George Edmond.

Dementia Awareness

Planted Community Food Network is joining forces with Pomegranate Training to host a participatory Dementia Awareness Workshop for anyone interested in learning about dementia, caring for vulnerable seniors and building stronger communities. Here’s what they say about the event:

An estimated one out of every three people reading this will develop some form of dementia in their golden years. This workshop will explore the nutritional needs of our aging population. We will share practical information to help understand early signs of dementia and how to support individuals at our community programs.

Participants will leave with knowledge of healthy eating strategies to assist people with dementia and ideas for creating socially stimulating environments at mealtimes.

The workshop will take place next Tuesday afternoon (February 16) at Tenth Church in Vancouver.

Healthy Aging

Another upcoming event related to getting older is Transitions of Life, which will consider ‘Healthy Aging, Retirement and the Spiritual Journey.’ Organizers say:

This seminar will review the emerging trends, the challenges of aging and the Christian framework for understanding the retirement time of life as part of our spiritual journey. The content and discussion will cover material and resources designed to help maturing adults (50-plus), either approaching or already in retirement to discover peace and purpose for this season of life through personal growth and ministry development.

The topics will focus on gaining an appreciation of the differences between the “old retirement” vs “new retirement” approach to aging, including:

  • fragmentation vs wholeness
  • purposelessness vs purposefulness
  • fixation vs creative change
  • idle busyness vs life enrichment
  • dependency vs independence
  • self-absorption vs healthy self-esteem
  • attitude of criticism vs attitude of mentorship
  • alienation vs involvement

Led by Dr. Paul Pearce, the day (10 am – 4 pm) will take place February 20 at Carey, on the UBC campus.

February 11, 2016

Cantonese Kairos Course – February 11, 2016 at All Day
Whale Dreams – February 11, 2016 - February 14, 2016 at All Day
Perspectives Course (Thursday evenings) – February 11, 2016 at 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm
Common Grace by Shauna Johannesen – February 11, 2016 - February 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

February 12, 2016

Do Nice People Always Finish Last? – February 12, 2016 at 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Weekend Series with Dr. Caroline Leaf – February 12, 2016 - February 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Wes Howard-Brook: Come Out, My People! God's Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond – February 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Vancouver Chamber Choir: The Source of Song - Gregory's Gift of Chant – February 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

February 13, 2016

Growing In Faith Through Worship: Celebrating and Nurturing Differing Abilities in the Church (Part II) – February 13, 2016 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Max Oliva SJ: Beatitudes for the Workplace – February 13, 2016 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

February 14, 2016

Celtic Music: Marco Del Rio – February 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Glenda Rae Trio – February 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm

February 15, 2016

Red Light/Green Light Film Screening – February 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 16, 2016

Dr. Robert Keller: Environmental Law, Ethics & History – Two Perspectives – February 16, 2016 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Dementia Awareness Workshop: Remembering to Eat Well – February 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Faith & Reason Lecture Series: Academic Freedom – February 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hope for the Middle East with Wayne Hilden, F.I.R.M. – February 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 17, 2016

EFC Webinar: Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in Canada – What Canadian Christians need to know – February 17, 2016 at 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Living Well Forum with Dr. Jim Houston – February 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Erica Grimm: Salt Water Skin Boats – Opening Reception – February 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Gender Cafe: Pornography and the Death of Love and Beauty – February 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lenten Study 2016 (Diarmaid MacCulloch: BBC History of Christianity, Wednesday evenings) – February 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Eli Bennett – February 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

February 18, 2016

Risen (opening night) – February 18, 2016 at All Day

February 19, 2016

Cascadia Worship & Arts Conference – February 19, 2016 - February 20, 2016 at All Day
Wab Kinew: Reflections on Reconciliation – February 19, 2016 - February 20, 2016 at All Day

February 20, 2016

Coldest Night of the Year – February 20, 2016 at All Day
Transitions of Life: Healthy Aging, Retirement & the Spiritual Journey – February 20, 2016 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Matters of the Heart – February 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 21, 2016

SAMC Faculty and Friends Recital Series: Calvin Dyck (violin) & Carmen Hollett (piano) – February 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

February 23, 2016

Community Open House: Oakridge Lutheran Church – February 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Updating the Scriptural Past in the Dead Sea Scrolls – February 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 24, 2016

Trace Elements: Artist Talk and Opening Reception – February 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr. Agnes de Dreuzy: The Church That Goes Forth – Justice and Mercy in the European Migrant Crisis – February 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Bill Weeds – February 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

February 25, 2016

Soulcare at Work: Cultivating Good Ground For Spiritual Health – February 25, 2016 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Peacemeal Preview – February 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Angela Konrad: Confessions of a Drama Queen – How Theatre Can Change the World – February 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

February 26, 2016

A.J. Swoboda: Green Jesus – Creation Care, Sabbath and the First Earth Day – February 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Tourist Company – February 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 27, 2016

Wholehearted Men – February 27, 2016 at 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Good Noise: The Best of Hallelujah Praise, with Crystal Hicks – February 27, 2016 at 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Death, Dying & Dessert – February 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tak Maeda’s 60th Birthday Bash Concert – February 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

February 28, 2016

Good Noise: Featuring the 150 voice Hallelujah Praise Mass Gospel Choir – February 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Jazz Vespers: Candus Churchill & Friends – Nina Simone Tribute – February 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Gospel Music Concert: One Heart, Fraser Valley Quartet, The Royal Heirs – February 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

February 29, 2016

Development and Peace Celebrates 50th Anniversary – February 29, 2016 at 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm
Broken Links in the Food Chain: Rethinking our Relationship to Land – February 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 1, 2016

Thomas Heilke on Religion's Engagement with the Secular – March 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
A Catholic-Evangelical Conversation: Seeking Unity in Our Common Faith in Christ – March 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 2, 2016

Multiply 2016 – March 2, 2016 - March 3, 2016 at All Day
Vancouver Pastors Prayer Fellowship – March 2, 2016 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Business By the Book: Herman Kwee – March 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jonathan Wilson: How to Read Stanley Hauerwas – March 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Multiply Conference: Francis Chan – March 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Art & Spirit: Robert Bateman – March 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Eli Davidovici – March 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

March 3, 2016

Preaching Out of the Rest of God – March 3, 2016 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Fear Drives Out Love: Living with Anxiety as a Christian – March 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Keeping Your Children on God's Side with Natasha Crain – March 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 4, 2016

Academic Symposium 2016 – March 4, 2016 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
World Day of Prayer – March 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Apologetics Canada Conference 2016 – March 4, 2016 - March 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Contemplative Practice and Ecological Responsibility – March 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Vancouver Chamber Choir: Choral Tapestry - Our Heritage of Song – March 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 5, 2016

Lenten Retreat: The Name of God is Mercy – March 5, 2016 at 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
Aging Matters Part I: Soulful Wellness for Maturing People – March 5, 2016 at 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MVA Seminar Series: Laudato Si – March 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Today's Modern Women of Faith Conference – March 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brighter: A Night of Music and Talent – March 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Good Noise VIP Young Artist Concert – March 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Abendmusik: Lenten Vespers – March 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mirror Dance: Caught Up in the Keeping – March 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 6, 2016

Abendmusik: Lenten Vespers – March 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 7, 2016

Preaching in a Post-Christian Culture: The Power of Imagination to Transform Lives with Dr. Mick Nelson – March 7, 2016 at 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Unmasking the Truth: Beauty Beyond the Pain – March 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
A More Christlike God: A Theology Cafe with Brad Jersak: A More Christlike God - A More Beautiful Gospel – March 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 8, 2016

SAMC Graduate Art Exhibition: Retracing Social Practice - Opening Reception – March 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gary Thomas: A Lifelong Love – March 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Steve Kaldestad – March 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

March 9, 2016

The Laing Lectures 2016: Iain McGilchrist – God, the Brain and Paradox – March 9, 2016 - March 10, 2016 at All Day
Art & Spirit: Bramwell Tovey – March 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Laing Lecture 1: Iain McGilchrist – Where Shall I Go for Truth? – March 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 10, 2016

Laing Lecture 2: Iain McGilchrist – What Brains Can and Can't Teach Us About God – March 10, 2016 at 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Laing Lecture 3: Iain McGilchrist – The Power of No – March 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 11, 2016

The Young Messiah – March 11, 2016 at All Day
Fan the Flame Cross-Canada Tour – March 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tanner James – March 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brentwood Concert Series: Musica Intima – March 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Red Light/Green Light Film Screening – March 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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