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Canadian Memorial is hosting an event series exploring the places where spirituality, family, art and justice meet, through the stories of those living it. Join us.
Sunday, March 19th
At Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace
15th and Burrard, Vancouver
All are welcome. Childcare provided.
The Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne
Carmen is the new Executive Director at First United Church in the Downtown Eastside, an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation.
Before joining the team at First United, Carmen spent two years as Director of Operations at Ecojustice, and prior to that worked at both Galileo Learning (developing innovators who envision and create a better world) and the Alliance for Climate Education, both in Oakland, California.
Born in Alert Bay, BC, Carmen grew up in the United Church and was involved in the church in a variety of ways. She has served on the Executive of the General Council, as United Church representative to the Executive and Central Committees of the World Council of Churches, and currently sits on the Theology, Inter-church, Interfaith committee of the national church. She holds a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and speaks, writes and publishes across North America on issues of indigenous theology and indigenous-Christian relationships.
Carmen believes that the ministries at First United are at the heart of the creator’s mission for the world, and is firmly committed to a working in and with the Downtown Eastside for justice, in love, service and solidarity. Speaking about her new position, Carmen says “The context and specific needs of the DTES continue to change and evolve in urgency and complexity. I look forward to working with the community, staff, the wider church and residents of Vancouver and British Columbia to find ways to continue shining the light of hope that First United has held for so many.”
Carmen cross-border commutes from Ferndale, WA where she lives with her partner and their two children. You can read more of her work at: www.carmenlansdowne.com