Welcome the Stranger: Refugees Becoming Neighbours

Date(s) - November 16, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Royal Oak Community Church

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Over the last year, Canada has welcomed more than 31,000 Syrian refugees through our government assisted and privately sponsored streams. An additional 16,000 refugee claimants have arrived in Canada to claim asylum. 21,900 sponsorship applications are currently mired in government backlog. It is clear, Canadians have opened the door. How do we become great neighbours? 

On Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00pm, join us for, “Welcome The Stranger: Refugees Becoming Neighbours,” a workshop to explore the opportunities and challenges of supporting refugees. 

Join this creative, interactive evening of stories, art, and biblical teaching. 

Broaden your imagination. Strengthen your practice. Inspire your mission. 

Presenters: Dr. Erin Goheen Glanville and Revd. Mark Glanville

Bio: Dr. Erin Goheen Glanville researches and writes in the area of contemporary refugee narratives. She is a full time mum and has edited two multi-author volumes, one on globalisation and the other on the creative resilience of refugee-ed and indigenous people. Revd. Mark Glanville is pastor at Grandview Calvary Church and wrote his PhD on the laws regarding the stranger in the Old Testament. He has written a book on Exodus. Erin and Mark are currently co-authoring a book that will assist churches in supporting refugees. 

Who Should Attend?: This evening will resource Christians who desire to support refugees. We will journey from compassionate awareness towards an informed response that includes a hopeful vision for mutual transformation. 

If you are currently working with refugee communities or are considering getting involved, this workshop is perfect for you. Refugees arrive in Canada through various streams – some through sponsorship, some by themselves. All of them benefit from communities and people ready to welcome them in unique and personal ways. 

Workshop Format:

Erin will workshop two recognisable refugee narratives—one antagonistic, one sympathetic—to understand the language of our public conversations around refugee-ed people.

Mark will unfold the biblical ethic of welcome for displaced people. We will workshop biblical texts that call God’s people to mirror God’s love and welcome by sharing our lives with displaced and vulnerable people.

In this workshop, you will experience story, conversation, teaching, creativity, and refugee art. We trust this multi-textured workshop will be a wonderfully stimulating evening which will challenge and encourage you and your communities. 


If you are currently working with refugee communities, either individually or with a team, this evening will further equip you for your work. We want you to come away feeling encouraged and energized.

If you are part of a church or group considering involvement, we believe this workshop will assist you in discerning next steps. Journey Home Community and Kinbrace will be sharing practical opportunities to get involved with refugee families who are already in Canada. 

Host Partners

Hosted in partnership by Journey Home Community and Kinbrace Community Society, this workshop is part of our program, “Creating Communities of Welcome: Equipping BC’s Lower Mainland to Provide Housing and Support for Refugee Claimant Families.” This program is supported in part by the United Way of the Lower Mainland. 

For additional information, contact Brad Kinnie – 604.544.2872 / [email protected]


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The event is at Royal Oak Community Church, 7175 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby.

This site is easily accessible by Skytrain. Exit Royal Oak Station and walk one block south. The church is on the corner of Royal Oak and Victory Street. 

If you are driving, there is a parking lot at the back of the building, accessible off Victory Street. There is also ample street parking. 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have questions, please contact Brad Kinnie by email: [email protected] or by phone: 604.544.2872

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, if you register and cannot attend, please share your ticket with someone else. If you need to cancel your ticket, please email brad@journeyhomecommunity and indicate the number of tickets you are cancelling.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It is not necessary to bring your printed tickets to the event. We will have a registration table at the entrance and can verify your participation from our list.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

Yes, it is OK. If you cannot make it, please share your ticket with someone else.


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