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.

Fall 2016 Connection Circles

Fall 2016 Connection Circles are starting!

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. This year they include:

Sacred Wounds – Led by Gwen Dirks

A 4 session creative exploration into your faith of origin story. Looking into the source of religious trauma and injuries experienced that have affected our relationship to God and each other. Opening to the healing process of our heart, body and mind using collage or any other form of right brained activity (journaling, poetry, prose, playing music, visual art – any creative means you want to choose) to tell our stories and our healing to ourselves and each other.

Dates: Saturday mornings, 9:30-noon. Sept 24th, Oct 8th, Oct 29th, Nov 19th.

Meeting in the CMUC Sanctuary (with an alternative location TBD for Oct 8th)

Keeping Our Hearts Open in Hell – Led by Toni Pieroni and Bob Russell 

The past several months has been a challenging time in the world, with what has felt to be an increase in difficult and traumatizing events, e.g., the shootings in Orlando, the attack in Nice, racial violence in the U.S., the U.S. Presidential election, and closer to home, environmental issues regarding pipelines, the Site C dam, etc. It is natural to feel fearful and overwhelmed.

Thich Nhat Hanh says: “The bells of mindfulness are calling out to us, trying to wake us up, reminding us to look deeply at our impact on the planet.” As Christians, how do we respond to these events? What are the practices that deepen us into God’s love for the world as embodied in Jesus? Please join us in this circle to share our feelings about world events and learn practices from various wisdom traditions to transform our responses in a way that contribute to the healing of our world.

Dates: Wednesday evenings, 7pm. Oct 19th, Oct 26th, Nov 2nd, Nov 16th, Nov 23rd, Nov 30th

Meeting in the CMUC Fireside Room.

Dying, Death, and all that Denial – Led by Steven Chambers 

There are times when we need to think about all of it – living, dying, grieving – even in a culture that doesn’t much want to. Join Steven Chambers for a 4-week circle of reflection and discussion on death, how we meaningfully think about it, prepare for it and talk about it in a community of care. 

Dates: 4 Mondays, Oct 24th, Nov 7th, Nov 21st, and Dec 5th. 7pm.

Meeting in the CMUC Fireside Room.

Parenting Connection Circle – Led by Dana MacDonald

How do we want to raise our kids? As a family connection circle we will consider together how to increase our children’s awareness of social justice and environmental issues through a Christian lens. We will be selecting either a book or articles to anchor our meetings (to be determined).

Dates: 6 Thursday evenings, Oct 13th to Nov 17th, 7:30-9pm.

Meeting in the Centre for Peace (either the Library or the Meditation Room depending on availability – check the sign at the bottom of the stairs when you arrive)

Cinema Sophia – Led by Tom Little

Sign-up for this connection circle will be open starting at our Fall Kick-Off Sunday on Sept 18th.

Date: Every second Monday, starting Oct 3rd. 7pm.

Meeting in the CMUC Fireside Room.

We’re looking for an Administrative Assistant!

Administrative Assistant

Canadian Memorial United Church is a progressive, open and welcoming organization which is looking for an administrative assistant to support our leadership with communications and administrative tasks. Reporting to our Administrator, this is a part-time, six month contract with a possibility of renewal, perfect for an organized individual with excellent communications skills, strong computer knowledge and the ability to coordinate diverse tasks.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Act as a first point of contact with the public, mission partners and congregation members when working in the office, assisting with questions or directing them to staff as required.
  • To assist with the organization’s communications materials through preparation of weekly and other print materials, as well as our weekly screencast for service, electronic newsletter, preparing and posting content to the organization’s website and social media feeds.
  • Assist with the distribution of print materials through volunteers/mail as requested.
  • Assist in the preparation, printing and collating of documents and music materials for organization staff as requested.
  • Provide information about or help process registrations and bookings for Canadian Memorial’s programs, activities and facilities, and accept payments for the above as these arise.
  • Assist staff with filing, contract, payment and records management or other similar administrative tasks as requested.

Key Skills:

  • Excellent command of written English, and solid interpersonal communications skills
  • Demonstrated experience in office administrative tasks such as filing, data and information management, document preparation, correspondence, and similar work is required.
  • The ideal candidate will be comfortable with computing and office technology, and adaptable to using a wide variety of desktop and web-based programs; those with experience in both Windows and OSX environments have a strong asset for this role.
  • Strong skills required with MS Office required. In addition, a general knowledge of social media platforms, experience with WordPress and other CMS systems, non-Adobe or open source design programs are all assets for this position.
  • Experience and a like for customer service and dealing with the public are assets for this position.

 

Compensation

This position starts with a compensation of $19.00/hour for an average 16 hour work week.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume by email only to Jason Queck: office@canandianmemorial.org. This posting closes on August 31, 2015. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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