AFFIRM Film night: “Belonging in the Body: Transgender Journeys of Faith”

AFFIRM FILM NIGHT

BELONGING IN THE BODY:

Transgender Journeys of Faith 

Wednesday, November 14 | 7-10pm 

Would you like to better understand transgender experiences through the lens of Christian faith? You are invited to CMUC’s Affirm screening of “Belonging in the Body: Transgender Journeys of Faith” on November 14 in partnership with Generous Space Ministries.

The film, released in 2018, shares the stories of 11 trans Christians along with their experience of church, scripture and faith. Following the one-hour film in the sanctuary, there will be a chance to ask questions to a panel of trans Christians. A reception with refreshments will follow in the Centre for Peace. This is a FREE event open to all with an optional opportunity to donate toward the work of Generous Space.  

Check out the trailer here:

Evening begins at 7 pm at the church. Panel discussion follows film. Reception will happen afterwards in the Centre for Peace. This is a FREE event with donations accepted for the work of Generous Space. Come are you are.

Check out our Facebook event page for more details.

Come as you are. Invite your friends; meet new ones. ALL ARE WELCOME.

Connect with our Fall 2018 learning circles and on-going activities

Connect with your community throughout the week through Bible study, choir, film, serving others and more. Explore our on-going programs that are designed to welcome the person who can commit to all sessions as well as those who can drop-in even for one class. 

Tuesday Night Bible Study

Tuesday Night Bible study welcomes The Rev. Dr. Harry Maier on Nov. 6 and 13 from 7-8:30 pm. He will discuss the letters of Paul.

Location: CMUC Centre for Peace
Register: beth@canadianmemorial.org or just drop-in

Tuesday Night Bible Study with Beth wraps-up for the fall term on Nov. 20. A key part of nurturing our Christian faith is learning to wrestle with our texts. Led by Rev. Beth Hayward. No experience required.

NOTE: The 2018 Tuesday night Bible study group has ended. Watch our announcements for upcoming Bible study opportunities.

Chancel Choir

Led by our Minister of Music, Lonnie Delisle
Dates: Thursdays 7:15-9 p.m., ongoing
Location: CMUC Sanctuary
Talk to Lonnie or email lonnie@canadianmemorial.org to sign up

A mix of gospel, contemporary and traditional music. No auditions required.

Cinema Sophia

Led by Tom Little
7-10 p.m., every second Friday
Location: CMUC Centre for Peace
Limit: 25 people. Register during coffee hour or in the Main office starting Sept 16th. Please commit to attending at least 50% of films.

NOTE: Registration for Cinema Sophia is currently closed. The next opportunity to join the group will be fall 2019. Watch for announcements this summer!

More than a film-watching group, this is a chance to experience deep and moving (and sometimes funny) films, and then discuss and reflect on them among spiritual community.

ONGOING DROP-INS

Meditation Group: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Fireside Room

Learn meditation techniques, listen to spiritual readings.
Questions? Contact Sam Wyatt, sam@samwyatt.com.


Parent and Tot Group:
Thursdays, 10:00-12:00 p.m. | Great Hall

Build community and offer support and encouragement while young children play and interact.
Questions? Contact Michelle Cobban, mcobban@hotmail.com.

JUSTICE AND SERVICE

In from the Cold

Join us to serve a hot meal at First United Church on the second Friday of every month from 3:30-7:30 pm. Volunteers cook a meat or veggie stew, set-up, and serve those in need of a nourishing meal.

To get involved, contact Heather McKelvie, hdmckel@gmail.com.

StreetMeals

StreetMeals is an outreach ministry that has been supporting street-involved youth in Vancouver with a hot meal and sandwich program. StreetMeals provides food, clothes, and scholarships to street-involved youth.

To get involved, contact Joanne Hausch, jhausch@deloitte.ca.

Reconciliation Seekers

The Canadian Memorial community continues to listen and learn how we can live into the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.

To get involved, contact Hilary Kitson, hfkitson2@gmail.com.

Affirm

CMUC is part of a network of over 200 Affirming ministries across Canada. We declare in word and action that God loves and accepts people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We are committed to working for the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the United Church of Canada and in society. Check out our action plan for the upcoming year here.

To get involved, contact Emily, emilyasimpson@gmail.com

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.

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.

All Music Sunday

You don’t want to miss this: All Music Sunday

This Sunday, June 25th, we celebrate friendship and song with a powerful, faith-filled, possibly even rockin’ morning of music. It’s a great week to bring a friend or neighbour to church. And a week to not miss yourself.

Looking for a little more inspiration?

Here’s the choir singing Love Train last year!

Want to invite a Friend? Not sure how you’d go about inviting a friend to church? Here are some simple tips:

  1. Make the invitation low-pressure. “I’m not sure if you’re free, but…”
  2. Tell them why you like it here. “The community has been so supportive of me… The music is better than I expected… The preaching is powerful…”
  3. Make it personal for them – connect it to why you think it might be a fit. “I know you’ve been a bit lonely lately… I know you grew up in a church that doesn’t work for you anymore…”
  4. Respond to concerns. Honour people’s real worries about whether they would be welcome, what they would wear, whether their kid might be too noisy, what they would say to others, ect. Listen, and respond with both love and helpful information.
  5. Offer to go together, or meet them out front. Even if you know someone there, it can be intimidating to walk in alone. Particularly for folks who have had bad church experiences in the past.