Around Town: Women / Regent, housing fraud, CLAC at TWU, Casse-Tête . . .

Beth Allison Barr is the author of ‘The Making of Biblical Womanhood.’

Next week offers an opportunity to hear from several unique women at Regent College.

Most are teaching courses, but if you can’t make those, do take in some of their talks, which cover Christian women depicted in church art, women in Christian history, a discussion of biblical patriarchy, holiness and pursuit of the good, true and beautiful.

All are available in person or online, except for ‘Women in Christian History,’ which is only in person:

Journey back into church history through its art. From the catacombs of Rome to the mosaics of Ravenna; from frescos in cathedrals to illuminated manuscripts, we see the legacy of women’s influence and piety shaping the church. Some of these women gave their lives as martyrs, others wrote poetry and devotional books; some challenged impious rulers, others fed the poor and cared for the sick. Their faithfulness enriches our own discipleship and reminds us that we are part of a great cloud of witnesses.

Lynn H. Cohick is Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Director of Houston Theological Seminary at Houston Christian University. She is President of the Institute for Biblical Research, and her works include Women in the World of the Earliest Christians (2009).

This week, you’re invited to a roundtable conversation with historian Beth Allison Barr, New Testament scholar Lynn Cohick, and Old Testament scholar Lissa Wray Beal. The three of them will discuss the vital but oft-forgotten contributions of women through the history of Christianity. Meet at noon in Room 100, and feel free to bring your lunch.

Beth Allison Barr, James Vardaman Professor of History at Baylor University, teaches on European women, medieval history and world history. A Baptist pastor’s wife and a mom, Beth is the author of The Making of Biblical Womanhood.

Dr. Barr is teaching The Cost of Forgetting Church History for Women from May 27 – 31 as part of Regent’s 2024 Summer Programs.

Karen Stiller

Do you recognize holiness in your own life and in the here and now?

These days, brokenness feels more comfortable to discuss than holiness. It’s easier to say that we are messy than holy; it’s easier to say that healing is a long way off. To say that we are holy seems one step away from holier-than-thou, and no one ever wants to be that.

In this talk, Karen Stiller will introduce her latest book, Holiness Here: Searching for God in the Ordinary Events of Everyday Life (NavPress, 2024), and help us consider how we can see the holiness all around us and within us.

Karen Stiller is also the author of The Minister’s Wife (Tyndale House, 2020), and co-author (with Patricia Paddey) of Craft, Cost & Call: How to Build a Life as a Christian Writer.

Stiller serves as a senior editor of Faith Today magazine and co-host of the Faith Today Podcast. Her writing has appeared in Reader’s DigestEkstasisChristianity Today and many other publications across North America.

Before she was a writer, Stiller was a reader. She loved to wander through the Regent College bookstore when she worked at the College as Admissions Officer. Today she is a writing coach, and loves to help writers flourish. She serves on the Regent College Board of Directors and lives in Ottawa.

Karen Swallow Prior

Contemporary culture encourages us to ‘pursue our passion.’ But what if our passion doesn’t fill a need in the world? What if other duties and roles don’t allow us to pursue our passion? How do we rightly order our passions with God’s calling on our lives?

Every Christian ought to desire – and can cultivate a deeper desire – to pursue the good, true and beautiful, and do so passionately, no matter what our role in life. And we can do so in everyday life. This is the calling of every believer.

Karen Swallow Prior is a writer, speaker and columnist for Religion News Service. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others. Her latest book is The Evangelical Imagination: How Stories, Images and Metaphors Created a Culture in Crisis (2023).

Dr. Swallow Prior is teaching Christian Poetics from June 3 – 7 as part of Regent’s 2024 Summer Programs.

Housing fraud

A woman who describes herself as “a Social Justice Developer, passionate about eradicating poverty through revitalizing impoverished neighborhoods” was recently fined more than $600,000 for defrauding members of the Christian community – and is now facing new allegations.

An April 15 news release from the BC Securities Commission stated:

The BC Securities Commission (BCSC) has ordered $626,000 in financial sanctions and issued market bans after finding that a BC resident committed fraud, illegally sold shares of her purported real estate company and obstructed justice.

Cherie Evangeline White and her company, KingdomInvestments2015 Inc., must pay a combined $275,771 to the BCSC, representing the amount they obtained as a result of their wrongdoing. Any money collected by the BCSC toward that amount can be made available to the victims. White, who was the CEO and owner of Kingdom, must also pay an administrative penalty of $350,000 for her misconduct. . . .

In total, investors suffered losses of approximately $776,000 as a result of the fraud and illegal distribution. “The damage done to the investors in this case cannot be overstated,” the panel said. “Investors shared their anger, remorse for trust lost and shed tears while speaking of feelings of violation, disappointment, self-doubt, shame, regret, guilt and failure.”

The panel noted that White and Kingdom “did not cooperate fully in the enforcement process, have shown little to no remorse for their actions or the damages caused by them and have failed to demonstrate any understanding of their misconduct or its impact.”

Go here for the full release.

Bethany Lindsay, in a May 16 post on the Investigative Journalism Foundation site, wrote:

Now, White is the subject of a new complaint about another affordable housing proposal.

It concerns a second company she directed while she was under investigation by the BCSC, according to emails shared with the IJF. Emails from February show that a BCSC investigator has been assigned to the file.

Pastor Stanley Ng said he filed the complaint earlier this year after winning a default court judgment against White and her company, Steadfast Developments, over a 2021 loan of $260,000.

Under the terms of their agreement, White would use Ng’s money to buy property in the Downtown Eastside and repay him in six months, with interest, according to the claim Ng filed in BC Supreme Court.

Go here for the full write-up.

CBC’s Early Edition host Stephen Quinn interviewed Lindsay May 16; she played clips from Ng and another investor, Mary-Lee Bouma. Lindsay said White would not speak with her.


CLAC (Christian Labour Association of Canada) posted a release May 14, stating that faculty represented by CLAC teaching at Trinity Western University (TWU) voted in favour of ratifying their first collective agreement after months of negotiations:

CLAC Local 62 was certified by the British Columbia Labour Relations Board on March 21, 2023, to represent all tenured and tenure-track faculty members and all sessional faculty members with a minimum 60 workload points, employed by TWU in undergraduate and graduate programs, including faculty librarians, assistant deans, department chairs, coordinators and graduate program directors.

The three-year contract provides the 180 faculty members with annual wage increases, a new dispute resolution process, enhanced representation, and secures many important employment conditions. In addition, as of January 1, 2025, members will be enrolled in both the union’s pension and benefits plans.

“Negotiations for a first agreement with such a diverse group were comprehensive and complex requiring many days of meetings, proposals and bargaining over the past year,” says Nathan Mathews, CLAC representative.

“Over months of bargaining, we achieved resolution on all outstanding issues except wages, which required the assistance of a mediator to reach a settlement acceptable to both parties. However, throughout the entire bargaining process, negotiations were characterised by a spirit of mutual respect and collaboration. We’re very pleased with the end result, and we’re pleased that the settlement was ratified with overwhelming support by the membership.”

Formed in 1952, CLAC represents more than 60,000 workers in almost every sector of the economy across Canada. The union has a regional office in Langley, south of the freeway, just west of TWU’s main campus (the school also has Richmond and Ottawa campuses).

Go here for a joint (and collaborative) statement from TWU and CLAC.


This weekend would be a good time to visit South Surrey / White Rock – especially if you like free music.

The seventh Casse-Tête: A Festival of Experimental Music will be held in various locations from Friday evening (May 24) to Sunday midday (May 26).

Here is the background

In 2013, a startlingly original music festival began in Prince George. It ran for five successful years before its founder and Artistic Director, Jeremy Stewart, relocated to BC’s lower mainland. Casse-Tête resumed in 2023 in a new location on the Semiahmoo Peninsula (on the unceded traditional territory of the Semiahmoo First Nation).

Casse-Tête 2024 is a production of the Casse-Tête Institute Society, sponsored by The Canadian Music Centre and the City of Surrey, and will feature a presentation stage as part of the White Rock Jazz & Blues Festival (in partnership with the White Rock BIA). ‘Casse-Tête’ is the French word for a puzzle, but it can also refer to a headache or a deafening noise.

Rebecca Bruton will be part of a concert at Saltaire Amphitheatre Sunday morning.

Stewart’s day job is at Regent College, where he is Director of Communications and Public Engagement, and also serves as Scholar-in-Residence. He has also just been appointed as a Veritas Scholar with the Veritas Forum.

These are the shows:

  • Friday, May 24, 8 pm at Mount Olive Lutheran Church: pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa performs a set of compositions by Rodney Sharman
  • Friday, May 24, 10 pm at Ocean Park Hall: Raghu Lokanathan and Jeremy Stewart perform the improvisational play Welcome to Debby’s
  • Saturday, May 25, 2:30 pm at Ocean Park Hall: Fruiting Body present the children and families program involving a group improvisation with instruments and noisemakers
  • Saturday, May 25, 8 pm at Ocean Park Hall: Tender Love, Magazinist, Bill Horist – a lineup of improvisers across a range of traditions and practices – noisy, fun, brilliant and surprising
  • Sunday, May 26, 11 am at Saltaire Amphitheatre (northeast corner of Thrift Ave and Johnston Road in White Rock): Darren Williams, Casse-Tête Festival Ensemble, Rebecca Bruton – jazz and traditional forms exploded – from the searing to the meditative, transformative and grounding
All concerts are free, suitable for all-ages and in accessible venues. For more details, go here.

May 2024

May 'Almost' Silent Retreat – May 23, 2024 - May 25, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Walk in the Spirit of Reconciliation – May 24, 2024 - May 26, 2024 at All Day
Stephen Fearing – May 24, 2024 at 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Higher Calling: A Southern Gospel Quartet – May 24, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A Taste of Living from the Heart – May 25, 2024 at 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Politics in the Pulpit Conference: The Local Church’s Responsibility in Political Engagement – May 25, 2024 at 9:45 am - 3:00 pm
Sweet Sounds on Sussex with Linda Szentes & Friends – May 25, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Vespers in the Valley 'Caribbean Style' featuring the Steel Drums of Sweet Pan – May 26, 2024 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hymn Fest – May 26, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers with Quintessential Jazz – May 26, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
20th Anniversary Celebration Ridge-Meadows Celebrate Recovery – May 26, 2024 at 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
17th Annual FIRST UNITED Golf Tournament – May 27, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lynn H. Cohick: Visual Record – Christian Women Depicted in Church Art – May 27, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Ideology, Theology and Practicality – May 28, 2024 at 6:00 am - 7:00 am
CityReach’s 20th Celebration Open House – May 28, 2024 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lynn Cohick, Beth Allison Barr & Lissa Wray Beal: Christian Women in History – Ancient & Modern – May 29, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Beth Allison Barr: The Hope of Jesus – A Historical Reception of Biblical Patriarchy – May 29, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildcat (Movie: Flannery O'Connor) – May 30, 2024 at All Day
Book Launch: 'Holiness Here' by Karen Stiller – May 30, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Business As Mission Lunch with Rise Above Finance – May 30, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
TWU School of the Arts, Media + Culture presents Equipping Lectures – May 30, 2024 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Prayer & Fasting Gathering: Loving Muslims Together Network – May 31, 2024 at All Day

Jun 2024

Pro-Life Apologetics Conference – June 1, 2024 at 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bach Mass in B Minor by United Voices Choir – June 1, 2024 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
2024 Vancouver Gospel Music Talent Festival – June 2, 2024 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bach Mass in B Minor by United Voices Choir – June 2, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pacific Canada Preachers' Refresher 2024 – June 3, 2024 - June 5, 2024 at All Day
Book Launch: Dr. John Martens, editor of Liturgy & Life Bible Study – June 3, 2024 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Karen Swallow Prior: Pursuit of the Good, True & Beautiful – the Calling of Every Christian – June 3, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kontakt Canada Benefit Concert – June 4, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Biblical Studies Roundtable: Brent Strawn, Michael Gorman & Douglas Moo – June 5, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Beyond MAiD for Mental Illness: Confronting Canada’s Mental Health Challenges – June 5, 2024 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Douglas Moo: Full & Final Forgiveness – the Unique Perspective of Hebrews – June 5, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Chris Berner & Friends – June 5, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
A Case for the Existence of God – June 6, 2024 - June 9, 2024 at All Day
Loaves and Fishes: Vancouver's Hidden Helpers – June 6, 2024 - June 7, 2024 at All Day
The Wise Leader: Leading & Mentoring Require Wisdom (Book Launch & Author Interview) – June 6, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
MHM Books & Borscht: Jake Wiens – June 6, 2024 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Human & Machine in the Age of AI: A Virtual Unconference – June 7, 2024 at 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
No Mama, No Cry – June 7, 2024 - June 8, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Himalayan Life: The Extra Mile – June 8, 2024 at 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
June Embodied Spirituality Retreat – June 8, 2024 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Himalayan Life: The Extra Mile – June 8, 2024 - June 10, 2024 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bethel Music Worship Nights – June 9, 2024 at 12:00 am
Vancouver Oratorio Society: Joseph Martin – Sanctuary – June 9, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Minho Song: Missional Communities: Q&A – June 10, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
A Disciple-Making Challenge – June 11, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Bryn Kinders & Footnotes – June 12, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
In Veritate et Caritate: Verity Leung’s Charity Concert for Kinbrace – June 13, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Music Night with Jordan Klassen & Friends: A Fundraiser for Jacob’s Well – June 14, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Vespers, with Dawn Pemberton – June 14, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hymn Festival: He Leadeth Me – June 15, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
From Struggle to Sanctuary: The Power of Faith Communities in a Refugee’s Life Story with Njamba Koffi – June 16, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Alpha Canada: Reigniting Hope: Sharing the Good News in Canada in 2024 – June 18, 2024 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Financial Statements Part 1: Preparing Financial Statements – June 19, 2024 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Financial Statements Part 2: Evaluating Financial Statements – June 19, 2024 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Dawn Pemberton & Michael Creber Play for Juneteenth – June 19, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Welcome Home: Dessert Night Fundraiser for New Hope – June 20, 2024 - June 21, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FaithTech Vancouver | June online Meet Up: Andrew Denysov – June 20, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
OM Ships Partner Dinner & Dessert Evenings (Richmond, Victoria, Abbotsford) – June 21, 2024 - June 23, 2024 at 12:00 am
Engaging Sikhs with the Gospel – June 22, 2024 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Love Without Borders: Welcoming Refugee Claimants Orientation – June 22, 2024 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
17th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic – June 22, 2024 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Juneteenth – June 22, 2024 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
To the Ends of the Earth – June 22, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Very Very Improv – June 22, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Half-Marathon and 5K event in support of CoSA BC – June 23, 2024 at All Day
Catholic Pacific College Fundraiser Dinner – June 24, 2024 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pacific Life Bible College Town Hall Meeting – June 24, 2024 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cyndi Parker: The Story the Land Wants to Tell – June 24, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
One With Them: A Day for Christian Captives – June 25, 2024 at All Day
The Artists Project: Look! This is My Faith – June 25, 2024 - June 27, 2024 at All Day
Discerning & Wise Leadership: Walter Kim & David C. Wang – June 26, 2024 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Walter Kim: The Gospel in Tumultuous Times – June 26, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong @ Brentwood: Patricia Faith & Miles Black – June 26, 2024 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Aiden Kirkegaard: Tracing Memory – June 27, 2024 - August 9, 2024 at All Day
MHM Books & Borscht: Janet E. Boldt – June 27, 2024 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Prayer & Fasting Gathering: Loving Muslims Together Network – June 28, 2024 at All Day
Day of the Christian Martyr – June 29, 2024 at 12:00 am
Worship Invasion Loves Langley – June 29, 2024 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Jazz Vespers featuring Wild Blue Herons – June 30, 2024 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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