Addressing Our Cultural Moment with Humility and Hope (including book launch)

Date(s) - May 6, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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About the contributors

Jason Byassee is the inaugural holder of the Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Hermeneutics at Vancouver School of Theology. He is a prolific author whose latest book, Better than Brunch, tells the stories of creative churches in the Pacific Northwest.  He is regular contributor to the Christian Century and Christianity Today. His primary vocation is to reinvigorate today’s church with the best of ancient and contemporary wisdom for creatively faithful living. Tim Dickau was a pastor at Grandview church in East Vancouver for 30 years.  He recently transitioned to two new roles as the Director of Citygate and as an associate at the Center for Missional Leadership.   His first book was titled Plunging into the Kingdom Way: Practicing the Shared Strokes of Community, Hospitality, Justice and Confession.  Tim is passionate about resourcing communities to participate in God’s restoring action in the world. Anna Robbins is the president of Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She is also the first director of the Andrew D. MacRae Centre for Christian Faith and Culture.  Anna is committed to working out how the gospel in real-life issues with justice, innovation, academic rigour and joyful expectation. Shadrach Kabango is a Juno award winning rap artist who has released six studio albums since 2005.  His latest single is titled “Out of Touch”.  In addition to his music being easy to dance to, Shad has a knack for prophetically speaking to  vital cultural issues.  Shad hosted Q on CBC Radio and the documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution. Shad lives in Toronto.



Published: April 2021

In this book, Tim Dickau tells three stories: the story of Western society’s move towards secularism and its captivation to distorted powers; the story of Grandview Church’s sustained journey of forming a thicker and more porous shared life in a particular place; and the story of his own recovery from burnout and alcohol abuse after thirty years of pastoral ministry in one place.

While engaging a host of scholars across a variety of academic disciplines in his societal analysis, Dickau engages three primary conversation partners that include Charles Taylor, William Cavanaugh and Willie Jennings. In describing the moves made in Christian theology and practice over the last half millennium, Dickau attempts to help us understand how we have come to our current cultural context. By describing how Grandview church has responded to this context, he attempts to spark our imagination for how the church might participate in the mission of God in fruitful ways in this cultural moment. In particular, Dickau seeks to illuminate how Grandview church sought to hold together elements of the mission of the church that often get pulled apart including evangelism with seeking justice, prophetic action with works of mercy, personal conversion with the pursuit of systemic change, institutional development with grass-roots organisational leadership, formation and discipleship with deeper cultural engagement. By telling his own story of recovery, Tim also seeks to let us in on some of the personal challenges of pastoring in a communal context for the long haul.


“People are always asking me for resources that might help them strategize in and with their communities about how to bring about lasting and meaningful change. Dickau offers us a weapon for righteousness or more precisely a weapon of humility that will help Christians see rightly their world and their work in it. This is a book for pastors, churches large and small, and for all Christians who believe that faithful witness to the gospel must be a witness in place and a witness of place.”
Willie James Jennings Associate Professor of Theology and Africana Studies, Yale Divinity School, Author of After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging

“This book shows how the disintegration of the church in a secular context presents the opportunity to reimagine the church and give hope to those wandering through a divided and despairing world.  Tim Dickau deftly bridges the scholarly and the pastoral to display a realized vision of a congregation sharing the hardships and dreams of a neighborhood.  The practical examples of liturgy, peace work, and alternative economic practices show what humility and openness to God’s Spirit can allow to happen.”
William Cavanaugh Professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University and author of Field Hospital: The Church’s Engagement with a Wounded World

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