Feb 10 – 16: Decolonizing education, Theology of the Body, Bible in a Day . . .

Dr. Marie Battitste G. Peter Kaye lecturer at VST this year.

Dr. Marie Battiste is the G. Peter Kaye lecturer at the Vancouver School of Theology.

Every year the Vancouver School of Theology hosts the G. Peter Kaye Lecture Series, and this year their guest speaker is Dr. Marie Battiste, a Mi’kmaw educator from Potlo’tek First Nations in Nova Scotia.

Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, Battiste has worked with First Nations schools in many capacities. Her research interests include initiating institutional change in the decolonization of education and the advancement of Indigenous knowledge.

Many people have wondered what will be done in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission meetings last fall; Battiste’s three events will no doubt pick up on many of the issues raised during that time.

On Thursday (February 13) she will address ‘Aboriginal Peoples Resilience and Knowledge Renaissance,’ and on Friday ‘Decolonizing Education: Nourishing their Learning Spirits.’ Her Saturday workshop will look at ‘Reframing the Human: Making New Sense of Eurocentric Discourses Surrounding Aboriginal Peoples.’

Cor Seminar with Christopher West

Christopher West

Christopher West

Christopher West is an author and popular theologian “who specializes in making the dense scholarship of the late Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body accessible to a wide audience.” His Cor Seminar is taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre this Friday (the 14th).

“His extensive lecturing, his numerous books and articles, his popular audio and video programs, and his multiple media appearances have sparked an international groundswell of interest in the late Pope’s teaching across denominational lines. He has appeared on Fox News, ABC News, MSNBC and EWTN.”

The event is quite Catholic-oriented, but Dr. Craig Carter, professor of religious studies at the evangelical Tyndale University College and Seminary has this to say: “I predict that Protestants, especially evangelicals, will embrace the Theology of the Body in greater and greater numbers in the years ahead . . . those who do will come to an understanding of sexual morality that is grounded in divine revelation . . . If the church can recover that kind of sexual morality, then I think the church will be in the position to launch the second sexual revolution that John Paul longed for and sought to prepare the way for.”

Bible in a Day

Sean Love

Sean Love

 

If your New Year’s resolution to read the Bible more regularly is flagging, if you’ve always meant to read right through the Bible, if you can’t figure out how (or whether) the Old and New Testaments fit together – you have two opportunities this Saturday (February 15) to reengage, to ‘cheat’ and to put the pieces together.

One Bible in a Day course will be hosted by Richmond Faith Fellowship, while another will take place at the Irving Barber Learning Centre at UBC.

 

Two local pastors designed the seminar, which “helps participants to understand the big story that we are all a part of.” Sean Love, rector of St. John’s Richmond Church, and David McElrea, assistant priest of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Abbotsford, say the “goal is to help give you a framework for your own spiritual growth, for further reading and study, for understanding sermons and Bible studies better, for explaining the story of the Bible (and therefore Christianity) to the people in your life.”

David McElrea

David McElrea

The bulk of the seminar is divided into four parts: “The first session focuses on Creation and Fall, because these are foundational to understanding the entire Biblical story. The second session develops the theme of God’s rule through the kings of Israel, and the heights and depths of the nation. The third session focuses [on] Jerusalem and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Promised King, and the implications of his ministry. In the final session, the seminar looks at the explosive growth of the new people of God, the true Israel, who by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are energized by the Holy Spirit to glorify God, to make disciples, and to enjoy the New Creation promised by God from the beginning.”

If you can’t get to either of the February 15th events, Bible in a Day will also be hosted by Sojourn Church and University Chapel March 1.

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February 10, 2014

Land, Water, Air & the City: A Community Forum – February 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 11, 2014

Watoto: Beautiful Africa - A New Generation – February 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Metro Vancouver Valentine's Celebration: Mark & Judy Washington and Neil & Sharol Josephson – February 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

February 12, 2014

Watoto: Beautiful Africa - A New Generation – February 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 13, 2014

G. Peter Kaye Lecture Series: Dr. Marie Battiste - Aboriginal Peoples Resilience and Knowledge Renaissance: Animating Transsystemic Knowledge Systems – February 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Surrey Aglow Meeting – February 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Watoto: Beautiful Africa - A New Generation – February 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 14, 2014

Deadline for Submissions: L'Arche Greater Vancouver's Fifth Annual Art of Being Together – February 14, 2014 at All Day
Jonathan Cooper: Life at 33 - What I Don't Know! – February 14, 2014 at 7:30 am - 9:00 am
G. Peter Kaye Lecture Series: Dr. Marie Battiste - Reframing the Human: Making New Sense of Eurocentric Discourses surrounding Aboriginal Peoples – February 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Cor Seminar with Christopher West – February 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Watoto: Beautiful Africa - A New Generation – February 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Marcus Mosely Chorale: Love Is Valentine's Day Special – February 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

February 15, 2014

Neighbourhood Engagement Weekend – February 15, 2014 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bible in a Day – February 15, 2014 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Bible in a Day at UBC – February 15, 2014 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
G. Peter Kaye Lecture Series: Dr. Marie Battiste - Reframing the Human: Making New Sense of Eurocentric Discourses surrounding Aboriginal Peoples – February 15, 2014 at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Al Helm: The Dream - Martin Luther King in Palestine – February 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Watoto: Beautiful Africa - A New Generation – February 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 16, 2014

Watoto: Beautiful Africa - A New Generation – February 16, 2014 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Al Helm: The Dream - Martin Luther King in Palestine – February 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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