As our musical feature for this day’s service, we’re very happy to welcome Vancouver’s Jubilate Vocal Ensemble, an internationally award-winning choir specializing in new Canadian music. Jubilate members are a diverse group of strong singers, including professional and amateur musicians, music teachers, composers, and conductors. We share a love for choral music and a commitment to highlighting the work of talented Canadian composers. For more on Jubilate Vocal Ensemble, please visit their website.
Back by popular request, our favourite Anglican Priest and Soul Worker, Rev Chris Dierkes, is our guest speaker this Sunday.
Chris spent four years living as a monk in early his twenties and later worked for three years as an Anglican priest in Vancouver. He has recently begun his own private practice in soul readings and clearing work. You can learn more about Chris and his work here.
And here’s a post-view of his sermon when he was with us in July.
What is the ethical response to energy issues and their effect on our planet? What should people of faith be doing right now to protect our planet? The Canadian Memorial Sustainability Circle has been working with community partners like Voters Taking Action on Climate Change to ask the BC Government to say no to allowing coal from Texada Island to go to the
US, adding to climate change emissions and putting the Salish Sea at risk. The Sustainability Circle got over 50 faith leaders to sign onto a petition to the BC Government. Then, the BC Conference branch of the United Church of Canada
got inspired by their work and put forward this motion: Proposal 2014-1 Coal_BC Conference_UCC_from DJ_2014_05_28
Protecting the planet is part of our spiritual work. Christianity has been used as a justification for exploiting the planet but Scripture is littered with references to the sacredness of creation. As spiritual people, we need to find the energy to engage the greater community in remembering why we all depend and value our planet so much. While it is daunting to imagine the amount of change required in how we use and harvest energy, it is also exciting to realize that this is in our power to make such changes. God had a vision of a world that was full of peace, justice and love for all. We can actively co-create that reality.
To learn more about the Sustainability Circle, contact Sheila Smith.