Around Town: Transform Conversations, Week of Prayer, Martyrs, Gramma . . .

Chris Smith will lead two events at Regent College on Friday.

Chris Smith is a community-cultivating, book-loving peace-maker – and he will introduce us to his favourite themes this Friday (January 17) at Regent College.

Transforming Conversations will draw on his most recent book, How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church. Here is what to expect:

In the polarized era in which we live, it is often taken for granted that we don’t know how to talk with others, especially others whose background and perspective differ from our own.

In this workshop with author Chris Smith, we will explore both theologically and scripturally why conversation is an essential practice for churches, and how churches can bear witness to the transforming power of conversation in our polarized times.

Workshop participants will also practice conversation with each other.

Registration is free, but is required. Register here.

Smith will then deliver a lunchtime lecture, The Future of the Church is Slow, Local . . . and Bright:

Although churches in North America face many cultural and missional challenges, we have good reasons to be hopeful about our future. This forum will feature an interview with Chris Smith, co-author of the recent book Slow Church, about the future of church life and how congregations will need to change in order to thrive in the coming decades.

When he is not writing his own books, Smith is editor of The Englewood Review of Books.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The glory days of official ecumenism are behind us, but it is good to see that some Christians will be gathering at several local churches next week to celebrate the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18 – 25.

The Canadian Council of Churches sponsors the movement in Canada, and describes it like this:

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an annual ecumenical celebration. Christians around the world are invited to pray for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship.

You can use the resources on this website not only during the Week of Prayer itself, but throughout the year. Let them help you express the degree of communion already given to the churches, and to pray together that we may be more fully united in the one Christ.

Abbotsford is the hotspot for local gatherings, with five gatherings in five churches.

These are the Metro Vancouver services I’m aware of:

Jesuit martyrs, for kids
A Vancouver homeschooling mom has honoured eight Jesuits who were killed for their faith during the 1600s in a new book. An article in the The B.C. Catholic said this:

“They were so motivated by love, for the love of God and for the love of people,” despite trials, torture and eventually martyrdom, said [Bonnie] Way.

But the homeschooling mother of five found there were few resources available to introduce the Canadian martyrs (also known as the North American martyrs) to children.

So, Way took it into her own hands. The first-time author published the North American Martyrs Kids Activity Book, the culmination of a year’s work.

“There’s nothing like this for families for teaching our kids about the saints,” said Way.

The activity book, intended for children aged seven and up, tells the stories of all eight martyrs alongside colouring pages, word searches and even a “decoding” challenge to introduce the idea that the missionaries had to learn First Nations languages to properly preach the Gospel. St. Jean de Brebeuf, the “Apostle of the Hurons,” is credited for writing the first dictionary of the Huron language.

“Often we think saints are superheroes with some secret power or special ability we don’t have. That’s not true,” said Way. “They were ordinary men.”

The book was illustrated by Katherine Babcock of Victoria.
Gramma by Maki Yi
Pacific Theatre is starting off the calendar year with Gramma by Maki Yi. Here is how they describe it:

Korean-born Maki is excited to begin her new life in a Regina basement suite, but her elderly landlady seems determined to treat her as nothing more than a servant. Playwright and actor of Suitcase Stories Maki Yi returns to Pacific Theatre with the world premiere of her new one-woman show, a poetic new tale of human connection in the loneliest of circumstances.

What does it mean to connect?

Writing in the Richmond Sentinel, Hannah Scott said:

Director Laura McLean sheds light on the play’s messages.

“This show is about the loneliness of making a journey away from home and the fight for life, love and connection,” she says.

McLean likens the show to a memoir.

“It’s autobiographical non-fiction about the life of creator and performer Maki Yi. It is at times both hilarious and heartbreaking,” she explains. . . .

While the show is technically set in Regina, McLean notes that the city is never mentioned by name. “To me it feels like it could take place anywhere in Canada,” she says. “It’s a very relatable story for anyone who has recently moved to the country.”

The show runs from this Friday (January 17) to February 1.

January 16, 2020

Spiritual Formation & Emotional Health with John Mark Comer – January 16, 2020 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
January Art & Prayer Retreat – January 16, 2020 - January 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 5:00 pm

January 17, 2020

BC One Heart – January 17, 2020 - January 18, 2020 at All Day
Transforming Conversations with Chris Smith – January 17, 2020 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Chris Smith: The Future of the Church is Slow, Local . . . and Bright – January 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Motivated 4 Mission Summit – January 17, 2020 - January 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Evangelism for the Shy Christian: Learning to Speak our Faith Respectfully in the World – January 17, 2020 - January 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 3:00 pm
44th Annual Musical Devotional Meetings – January 17, 2020 - January 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

January 18, 2020

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020 – January 18, 2020 - January 25, 2020 at All Day
Day with Mark Glanville: Forming Communities of Mission – January 18, 2020 at 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Renegotiating Faith – January 18, 2020 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Town Hall Meeting: Government Consultations on MAID – January 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January 19, 2020

Taizé Contemplative Service – January 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

January 21, 2020

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020: Burnaby Service – January 21, 2020 at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

January 22, 2020

Troy Terpstra: Broken Hallelujah – opening reception – January 22, 2020 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020: Vancouver Service – January 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020: UBC Service – January 22, 2020 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

January 23, 2020

Gramma by Maki Yi – January 23, 2020 - February 1, 2020 at All Day
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020: New Westminster Service – January 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

January 24, 2020

Living the Change Webinar – January 24, 2020 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Life on the Margins – January 24, 2020 - January 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Screening & Critical Discussion: The Two Popes – January 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Into the Deep: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity – January 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aimless: Youth & Young Adult Rally – January 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

January 25, 2020

Demystifying MAID: Theology and Ethics – January 25, 2020 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Finding Your Calling in Life and Work (Saturday mornings) – January 25, 2020 - February 1, 2020 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

January 26, 2020

Jazz Vespers @ St. Andrew's United Church on the North Shore – January 26, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers in the Valley: Wild Blue Herons – January 26, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fleetwood Gospel Hall Community Dinner – January 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Table Talk: How to Read the Bible – January 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January 27, 2020

Leo's Journey; 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz – January 27, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Living, Dying & the Power of Presence – January 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January 28, 2020

New Generations – January 28, 2020 - February 1, 2020 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

January 29, 2020

Unity in Mission – January 29, 2020 - January 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Twelve Thousand: private TWU film screening – January 29, 2020 at 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

January 30, 2020

Dorothy L. Sayers on Work – January 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Night with the Persecuted Church – January 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

January 31, 2020

Missions Fest 2020: Altar Vision – January 31, 2020 - February 1, 2020 at All Day
Theology for Non-Theologians – January 31, 2020 - February 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Film in Concert: The Passion of Joan of Arc, featuring The Orlando Consort – January 31, 2020 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

February 1, 2020

Mandarin Kairos Course (Saturday mornings, Tuesday evenings) – February 1, 2020 at All Day
Demystifying MAID: Moral and Legal Issues – February 1, 2020 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Project Dovetail: SOGI Training for the Church – February 1, 2020 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Equip Worship – February 1, 2020 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cooking with Stewing Hens – February 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

February 2, 2020

Mission Sunday . . . at your church – February 2, 2020 at All Day

February 5, 2020

Book Launch with Steven Garber – February 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Adele M. Wilding – February 5, 2020 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

February 6, 2020

Kairos Course Vancouver (Thursday evenings, two Saturdays) – February 6, 2020 at All Day

February 7, 2020

Laila Biali – February 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Cost of Colonialism, the Joy of Jubilee – February 7, 2020 - February 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 4:00 pm

February 8, 2020

Comagape: United by Love – February 8, 2020 at 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Demystifying MAID: Spiritual and Pastoral Care – February 8, 2020 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
TWU Ending Poverty Together Workshop – February 8, 2020 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Alzheimer Café – February 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception Mennonite Gals Can Paint: Watercolour and Acrylics – February 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Iain Provan at UBC – February 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm - 4:15 pm

February 9, 2020

Jazz Vespers in the Valley: Marcus Mosely Chorale – February 9, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tony Campolo: Why Christians Should be Involved in Seeking Social Justice – February 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 11, 2020

Kairos Burnaby (Tuesday evenings, Saturdays) – February 11, 2020 at All Day
Experience Regent: Be a Student for a Day – February 11, 2020 at 9:45 am - 4:00 pm
Gender, Albinism & Human Rights Cafe – February 11, 2020 at 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Journey Discipleship Course (Tuesday evenings) – February 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Screenagers Next Chapter Presented By TWU School of Education – February 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 12, 2020

Jazz Evensong: Maria Ho – February 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

February 13, 2020

Book Launch with Dr. James Houston – February 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Focusing on Quality of Life in Health Care for Older Adults, with Richard Sawatzky – February 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Genesis: So What? – Evening Seminar with Iain Provan – February 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 14, 2020

At a Time Like This, Who Needs Another Apocalypse? The Book of Revelation and Christian Identity – February 14, 2020 - February 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Date Night Tour – February 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

February 16, 2020

Taizé Contemplative Service – February 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Black History Month: a Gospel Celebration – February 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Skillet: the Victorious Tour – February 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

2 comments for “Around Town: Transform Conversations, Week of Prayer, Martyrs, Gramma . . .

  1. mem says:

    DECEIVERS EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: CH. 1 – Jan Markell: Religionist Deceivers Rampant (Part 6) – When Left Isn’t Right

    By Jan Markell -October 17, 2019

    Part six of Jan Markell’s Chapter “Religionist Deceivers Rampant,” an exclusive preview of Terry James’s book “Deceivers: Exposing Evil Seducers & Their Last Days Deception.

    When Left Isn’t Right

    The rise of the religious left is simply stunning. Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, Shane Claiborne, Lynne Hybels and many more, have convinced two generations that the social gospel is where it is at. It had its modern beginning in the late 1800s, which I referred to when I began this chapter.

    “It developed as a way to address the various conditions in society that caused suffering among the populace. The belief was, and is, that Christianity will attract followers when it demonstrates its love for mankind. This could be best accomplished by helping to alleviate the suffering of humanity caused by poverty, disease, oppressive work conditions, society’s injustices” and civil rights abuses.

    Along with this came the push for “social justice,” and that spotlight was turned on the so-called Palestinian people and their perceived plight. Denominations and churches then heavily turned away from support for Israel and God’s chosen people. Gone are the days when Israel could count on 100 percent evangelical support.

    Criticism was always couched in sentiment that Israel was an “occupier” with no thought given to all the verses about her God-given land.

    This, too, is end-time deception.

    To be honest, the more I learned about these strange theologies, the more I sensed my world was growing smaller and smaller. I just didn’t fit in hardly any of them. Was I just a theological prude who was a purist and a victim of a hyper-fundamentalist orientation when I was young? Or was I a Berean who looked at these theological aberrations and concluded they were a part of the great end-time falling away?

    Part 7
    Part 5

  2. mem says:

    Part five of Jan Markell’s Chapter “Religionist Deceivers Rampant,” an exclusive preview of Terry James’s book “Deceivers: Exposing Evil Seducers & Their Last Days Deception.”

    So Protestants Are Now Catholics?

    In more recent years, I began hearing about mystical Christianity. I learned that many churches, and most of them evangelical churches, were promoting labyrinths, icons, chanting, candles, centering prayer, and contemplative prayer. The latter is a distant relative of Buddhism, so I wondered how much stranger things could get. Protestants began taking on Catholic traditions. They were heralding ancient Catholic mystics. I guess we didn’t need the Reformation.

    Some just called this “the new spirituality,” even though they were tapping into practices that were very old – so old that it went back to the desert fathers and borrowed their practices. I could not believe what I was seeing and reading.

    These folks all talked about a new kind of meditation that sounded quite dangerous. It did not sound like true biblical meditation, but was more aligned with Zen. The Christian college from which I graduated years ago brought in a Buddhist to encourage the students to zone out and meditate, but not on the Bible!

    Men who didn’t have sound theology, such as Dallas Willard, Richard Foster and Thomas Merton, started being quoted in church pulpits. What was going on? The more I looked into these mystics, the more I trembled for the Church and the sheep who were going to be slaughtered and eaten by wolves. There was just no end to the last days’ deceptions.

    These mystics thought they could sanctify yoga and decided to call it “Christian yoga.” You can’t put a smiley face on millions of demons who are a part of the yoga experience, but these folks thought you could!

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