This sermon is part of our Summer Preaching Series:
Danica Black has been the Minister of Children, Youth and Families at CMUC since the Fall of 2014.
Formerly a summer staff youth leader and coordinator at Naramata Centre, Danica brings a passion for creative children and youth ministry. Her vision is to provide a welcoming, radically inclusive, and playful space for younger members of the congregation to wonder, play, and form lasting friendships with their peers, while nurturing their connection to Spirit and the world around them.
Danica is on the Board of Check Your Head, a youth-driven not-for-profit organization focused on educating, activating and empowering young people to engage in social, environmental and economic justice movements.
She also works part-time supporting Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the Metro Vancouver region of the United Church, and this summer is the Leadership and Facilitation Consultant for Camp Spirit.
Danica grew up attending McDougall United Church in Calgary.
On May 7th, 2017, we welcomed the Rev. Dr. Chris Ferguson as our Guest Preacher. Rev. Chris Ferguson has spent much of his career providing leadership in global ecumenical advocacy and public witness for peace, justice, ecological justice and human rights. He is currently serving as General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), and is receiving an honourary doctorate from the Vancouver School of Theology.
On March 19, 2017, we welcomed Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada. Carmen holds an M.Div and a Th.M from the Vancouver School of Theology, and a Ph.D from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She is the new Executive Director of First United Church in Vancouver’s DTES. One of Carmen’s passions is taking the best of indigenous thinking on what constitutes knowledge and truth, and using its radically inclusive and ambiguous nature to open up christian theology and missiology to the possibilities of truly intercultural discourse. Her current research focuses on the integration of missiology and ecotheology with a specific focus on climate change. Carmen is currently a resident of Washington State, and cross-border commute – exercising her indigenous right to make the border irrelevant.
Last Sunday, we enjoyed a dramatic interpretation of the parable of The Woman at the Well by Rev. Beth Hayward and Frances Kitson. Frances is a member of our congregation, a trained actor, and a student at the Vancouver School of Theology.