Today we welcome David Roche as our guest speaker. David is an inspirational humourist, author, performer and disability activist who has transformed the challenges and gifts of living with a facial difference into a compelling message that uplifts and delights audiences. He has performed his one-man show, The Church of 80% Sincerity, across Canada and around the world. He and his wife Marlena Blavin recently launched their new educational video Love at Second Sight. David was raised Catholic, and spent four years studying at a Roman Catholic seminary.
Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan is the Director of Inter-Religious Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology. Laura arrived in Vancouver in 2005, where she served for nearly ten years as Rabbi at Or Shalom Synagogue. She has led weeklong summer workshops at the United Church’s Naramata Centre, and taught at VST and UBC Religious Studies as an adjunct faculty member. She is a fellow at Rabbis Without Borders, a progressive, pluralistic U.S.-based Jewish think tank. Laura’s most recent publications explore the phenomenology of prayer and images of animals in the Hebrew Bible.
On Sunday we welcomed Amal Rana as our guest speaker: Queer Muslim Poet, Educator, Facilitator and Writer. Amal’s work explores the often-contradictory spaces between the sacred and profane as sites of both trauma and resilience. In a time when even exhaling while being Muslim is considered a crime, she conjures poetry as an act of sedition and collective love. Amal is a co-founder of Breaking the Fast, an annual arts showcase and blog centering the voices of queer and trans Muslims and Muslim women. She has been involved in anti-oppressive, interfaith organizing for years. More about Amal at rosewaterpoet.com
Thomas Berry, Prophet and Mystic
With Gertie Jocksch SC
Saturday Jan 14, 2017, 10 – 4:00 pm
Thomas Berry can be an inspiration for these challenging times of unparalleled Earth devastation. Our task, he says, is to begin the transition from our modern industrial-technological civilization to a more benign mode of human presence to Earth. This calls for a radical re-visioning of what it means to be human among the communities of our planet home and how to birth a new age of healing and harmony with all creatures and elements of earth.
Collaborating with Canadian Memorial United Church
Date & time: Saturday Jan 14, 2017, 10 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $60 Please bring lunch, refreshments are supplied
Location: Canadian Memorial United Church, 1806 W.15th Ave. & Burrard St. Vancouver
Please do not let cost deter you from attending, call us.
Our own Frances Kitson gave the sermon on New Year’s Day. Frances is currently a student at the Vancouver School of Theology and is a longstanding member of Canadian Memorial.