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.
Connect, play, sing and be restored!
Join us for a weekend of campfire sing-alongs, paddling on calm waters, and breaking bread together on beautiful Gambier Island. This retreat will offer programming for all ages, including canoeing, hiking, archery, music, crafts and more! Be restored in community away from the distractions of our busy city lives.
When: Friday, June 9 from 7:00pm until Sunday June 11 at 3:00pm
Where: Camp Fircom – Gambier Island
Ages: All ages
We were blessed to have Indigenous land rights and climate justice activists Joan Phillip and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip as guest speakers for our Earth Day Sunday Service on April 23, 2017.
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.
Find out more about Carmen at www.carmenlansdowne.com
The Work That Reconnects – Earth Day 2017
During this time of such tumult and uncertainty, it is challenging to know how to respond. Ecophilosopher and activist Joanna Macy developed a form of group work to help people channel their emotional responses to the conditions of our world into empowered responses. We invite you to come join us for this retreat to use some of Joanna’s powerful exercises to connect with yourself, others, nature and with the issues that concern you the most at this time. Together we will support each other to find or deepen our own particular path for the healing of this beautiful and broken world. The retreat will be led by Toni Pieroni and Larry Butler, who were trained by Joanna Macy and have led these retreats for CMUC before.
Dates: Friday night, April 21, 7:00-9:30pm, Centre for Peace
Saturday, April 22, 9:30am-4:30pm, Stanley Park Ecology Centre
Bring: Warm clothes and your lunch (Saturday)
Register: Contact Toni at email@example.com
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