Room For All: A gospel celebration of love and belonging

Sunday, Nov 26th, 7pm
Canadian Memorial United Church
15th and Burrard, Vancouver

Featuring the Universal Gospel Choir 

Bishop Yvette Flunder

 

Proceeds to Rainbow Refugee

 

 

Dr. Rev. Yvette Flunder has been leading movements for justice and radical inclusion for over 30 years, from the church house to the White House and steps of the Supreme Court. In June 2003 she became Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a multi-denominational coalition of over 100 primarily African American Christian leaders.

A founding member of the African American Interfaith Alliance on AIDS, and a frequent guest in the Obama White House, Bishop Flunder is a much sought-after and prophetic preacher, educator, author, and justice advocate, and a renowned gospel music artist.

Concert proceeds will to go Rainbow Refugeea Vancouver based community group that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status. Rainbow Refugee also hosts a support group, and engages in public education and awareness efforts. Find out more about their work, and how to support it, at the concert!

The Universal Gospel Choir

Vancouver’s beloved and longest-lived gospel choir, the Universal Gospel Choir (UGC) is a community-based group of singers passionate about raising the roof with their music. Known for their big sound, musical diversity, exuberant sense of fun and standing-room-only concerts, UGC celebrates all genres of music, from old-school gospel to current uplifting pop, from civil rights anthems to traditional songs from all around the world. More than 60 voices strong, the Universal Gospel Choir is an open, justice-oriented group celebrating the best of choral music and committed to lifting and inspiring the human spirit. UGC is directed by Lonnie Delisle.

Canadian Memorial United Church

Canadian Memorial is an inclusive and progressive Christian church in Vancouver, where we worship and practice an open-hearted, open-minded faith that takes Scripture and the message of Jesus seriously, but not literally. Rather than to “hold out” for a peaceful world in an afterlife, our mission as a spiritual community is to actively build a new earth now, one that includes authentic relationships, social and ecological justice for all, and fosters peace through Jesus’s radical love of all humanity.

Canadian Memorial is going through our own Affirming Ministries process, and we are thrilled to have Bishop Flunder as a teacher and visionary in that process. You can learn more about CMUC’s Affirm process here.

Light Up the Season 2017

We invite you to bring light into this season by donating a light to the Canadian Memorial Christmas Tree.



Gifts in honour of someone will receive a card to mail to that person, letting them know you have made a donation. All gifts in honour or memory will include an option to be publicly recognized. Donations are tax-deductible. Online donations can be made at the link here, or in person donations can be made in the CMUC Office.

Lighting Up the Tree & Carol Singing

Whether you are able to make a donation or not, join us on Sunday, December 3rd at 5pm to sing carols, drink hot chocolate, and light up our tree! All are welcome.
Sunday, Dec 3rd, 5pm
CMUC Centre for Peace

 

Remembrance Service and Open House

A Climate of Peace

Remembrance Service with Guest Preacher Elizabeth May
Sunday, November 5th, 10:30am
Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace
Elizabeth May is one of Canada’s most respected environmentalists, and has a long history of involvement in peace movements. Trained as a lawyer, May served as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada for seventeen years. A practicing Anglican, she also studied theology at St Paul University, and has received an honourary Doctorate of Divinity from the Atlantic School of Theology. May is the leader of the Green Party of Canada and a Member of Parliament representing Saanich-Gulf Islands.
All are welcome.

Following Worship Elizabeth will stay for a Q&A, co-hosted by Author and Activist Bill Geimer and local Peace Groups.

Light refreshments provided.
12:00-1:00pm in the Centre for Peace Youth Room

Bill Geimer is the author of Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars, which he will share more about during the discussion. He is also a peace activist, a veteran of the U.S. 82d Airborne Division, and Professor of Law Emeritus, Washington and Lee University. After resigning his commission in opposition to the war on Vietnam, he represented conscientious objectors and advised peace groups near Ft. Bragg NC, once representing Jane Fonda, Dick Gregory and Donald Sutherland in negotiations with police.

1:00–3:00pm Books of Remembrance Open House

Canadian Memorial United Church invites you to visit its sanctuary and view the unique and historic stained glass windows created as a memorial for peace after WWI. The church also houses the only copies of the Books of Remembrance outside Ottawa. Come view the books and names of family members who gave their lives in the hope of peace.

Fall 2017 Connection Circles

Connection Circles are an opportunity to deepen relationships with other members of CMUC through a shared interest. Registration sheets are in the main church office, or you can register by emailing christine @ canadianmemorial.org.

The Fall 2017 Connection Circles are:

Deepening Reconciliation

Led by Hilary Kitson
Dates: Mondays 7:00-8:30pm, Oct 23 to Nov 27th
Location: CMUC Library
Limit 8 people

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Spiritual Practice for Busy Lives

Led by Michelle Cobban
Dates: Mondays 7:00-8:30pm, Oct 16th to Nov 20th
Location: Michelle’s house in Kits (address will be sent to those who sign up)
Limit 8 people

Sometimes our lives are so busy that we barely have enough time to brush our teeth before falling into bed at night. How do we make time and space for God in our life when we are balancing kids, pets, caregiving, multiple jobs, hobbies, housework? Bring your ideas and challenges as we talk about ways to support each other in a daily spiritual practice in our busy lives. Please bring your busy lives with you—kids, pets, food, wine, piles of bills… Come late or leave early—in this circle, the chaos of our every day lives will be present; there is room for all.

Bible Study for Doers, Dreamers and Doubters

Led by Rev Beth Hayward and Seth Baker
Dates: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm, Oct 10th to Nov 14th.
Location: CMUC Sanctuary
Limit 15 people

A key part of nurturing our Christian faith is learning to wrestle with our texts. This six week study group will explore the biblical tradition of prophecy with an eye to how it can enlighten our response to today’s Pharaohs. Led by Rev. Beth Hayward and Seth Baker, this circle is intended to deepen our comfort with and knowledge of the scriptures. No experience required!

Active Witnessing – Challenging hate and intolerance in our everyday lives

Led by Carol Sutton
Dates: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm, Oct 10th to Nov 14th.
Location: Carol’s house near Cambie and Broadway (address will be sent to those who sign up). Wheelchair accessible space, with small washroom.
Limit 10 people

Following CMUC’s excellent workshop on Active Witnessing, this Connection Circle aims to bring the discussion into the Canadian context. The purpose of Active Witnessing, also called ‘Bystander Intervention’ is to provide practical ideas of words and actions any individual might take in the face of threatening racist, sexist, homophobic and other unacceptable comments and behaviours. As a circle we will learn, reflect and practice Active Witnessing in the types of everyday situations we have encountered and might encounter in our own lives.

Book Study: A God that Could be Real: Spirituality, Science and the Future of Our Planet

Led by Angie Gerst, Elisabeth Tanner and Stephen Tanner
Dates: Wednesdays 7:15-9pm, Oct 4th to Nov 8th.
Location: Stephen and Elisabeth’s home – near 20th and Main (address will be sent to those who sign up). Wheelchair accessible.
Limit 12 people

In this circle, we will engage in discussion about the nature of God, based on the book “A God that Could be Real: Spirituality, Science and the Future of Our Planet” (2015). In this book, “Abrams explores a radically new way of thinking about God. She dismantles several common assumptions about God, and shows why an omniscient, omnipotent God that created the universe and plans what happens is incompatible with science – but explains that this doesn’t preclude a God that can comfort and empower us…. Abrams finds something worthy of the name “God” in the new science of emergence… A God that could be real…. is what humanity needs to inspire us to collectively cooperate to protect our warming planet and create a long-term civilization.”

Developing a Meditative Practice

Led by Bob Russell and Sam Wyatt
Dates: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, October 12, 19, 26 and November 9, 16.
Location: CMUC Library
Limit 10 people

The intent is to introduce a variety of meditation practices (including contemplative prayer, which has strong traditional roots in Christianity) to help one to cultivate an inner silence and thereby move from being a victim to a witness.  The Circle is open for people with all levels of experience, from those with none at all to those with a daily practice.
Meditation practice has undergone a wide resurgence of interest as it has become recognized as not simply a luxury suitable for use within cloister walls, but a necessity to people living in a world hungry for the recovery of its spiritual roots.

Cinema Sophia

Led by Tom Little
Dates: Fridays at 7pm, Sept 29th, Oct 13th and 27th, Nov 10th and 24th, Dec 8th. (Winter/Spring dates to be announced.)
Location: CMUC Fireside Room (Oct 27th will be in the Meditation Rm)
Limit: 30 people

More than a film watching group, this is a chance to experience deep and moving (and sometimes fun and funny) films, and then discuss and reflect on them among spiritual community. Sophia is the Greek term for Wisdom. Let this experience deepen your Fall, with the wisdom of art, the wisdom of others, and the wisdom within.