Date(s) - June 11, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Reconciling with Neighbours
Fukushima—and Vancouver—as social, cultural disaster
How can we create a culture of faith, hope and love, not a culture of fear, resentment and violence, as the source of recovery (and renewal) of communities after the multi-faceted disaster of Fukushima?
These events connect ecological sustainability with social and spiritual sustainability in local Vancouver communities by building relationships through art. Those relationships will connect Vancouver communities with Fukushima, Japan, a community that has experienced a traumatic ecological disaster and yet has also sustained hope and is seeking to recover vital local community life.
Free Evening Public Dialogues
These two evening public dialogues will be a way to engage local communities around some of the most sensitive social and historical issues of ethnic segregation that have taken place in the Downtown East Side and Strathcona neighbourhoods, affecting Japanese Canadians and First Nations. The dialogues will be an opportunity to hear from local leaders about ways we can learn from our own local history, and to learn lessons of positive integration, reconciliation, and hope, from these resilient and forward-looking communities.
The Role of Art and the Local Church
What is the place of art and creativity in the local church and for our city? In worship? How are we, as human beings, called to be creative? What sort of role does imagination play? Join us for a panel discussion between artists and church leaders to engage with some of these questions.
Connecting Historical Dots: from Japan Park to Oppenheimer Park in Strathcona Neighbourhood
Vancouver has a rich history of ethnic and cultural diversity, but what about those tainted years of turmoil and grief? What pieces of Vancouver’s history need to see reconciliation and witness Christ’s healing power? Come listen in as individuals share their experiences, and learn more about how the past can help us strive towards a more redemptive future.