Topic: Global Issues

Issues of globalization, refugees etc.

Special Worship Event: “Don’t Label Me: A Modest Proposal for How to Engage in a Time of Outrage” with Guest Speaker Irshad Manji

Join us when Ms. Irshad Manji will speak about how to reclaim our humanity in this time of trenchant tribalism.

Irshad is the author of Don’t Label Me, a gutsy guide to moving beyond the politics of Us-versus-Them. She is also founder of Moral Courage College, which equips people worldwide to do the right thing in the face of their fears. A lecturer with Oxford University’s Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights, Irshad previously taught leadership at New York University as well as the University of Southern California.

In between, she has written bestselling books about the need for reform in her faith of Islam, while producing the Emmy-nominated PBS film, Faith Without Fear. 

Oprah Winfrey has given Irshad Manji the first annual Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness, and conviction.” On November 24, we will see why. (A reception and book-signing will follow.)


UN Sunday and Gibbard Award

Join us for a Celebration of UN Sunday and the opportunity to meet and hear from this year’s John Gibbard Award winner. “The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.” We still affirm this principle and extend our support for the vision and effective work of the UN.

Building a Failure Muscle

In the immediate aftermath of failure, be it personal or professional, we languish in a gully of desperation and hopelessness, convinced that we will never taste competence, let alone success, again.
Bouncing back from failure is a practice. Author and UCV member Lorimer Shenher explains how his life’s personal and professional challenges led him to believe in a failure muscle. He explores ways to strengthen ours, not only building our individual resilience, but enabling us to embolden our global quest for justice and peace.

Speaker: Lorimer Shenher

Refugees and Distress Migration – Where are we in 2019?

This service explores the historical background and the current issues of conflict, climate change and poverty that are fueling the migration crisis we are witnessing. Do we have a duty of care, and to whom?

We will examine religious attitudes and philosophical approaches to ethics of hospitality and explore how modern international mobility and immigration control adds to the problems to find workable and humane solutions.

Huguette has been involved with our refugee committee extensively for many years.

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Deep Green Change

The looming threats of climate change and biodiversity loss are caused by human behaviour. To modify behaviour, we can use incentives and discouragements. But they won’t stick without deeper change – a profound shift in our sense of ourselves and the world.
As Christ harrowed Hell to free lost souls, as Orpheus dove into Hades to save his Beloved, so we must visit the Underworld to find the Deep Green Change.

In this homily, Dr. George will give precise directions to the entrance to the Underworld. The rest will be up to you.

Music by Patrick Dubois

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No One is Illegal?

What did Egyptian border guards say to Mary, Joseph and their infant son when they fled a murderous tyrant and sought refuge in the land of Egypt?
In an age when millions are on the road and high seas in search for a better world, how do we respond?

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Seventy Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights We Have Only Just Begun

Seventy years ago the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations, with Canada voting in support. But to what extent have we realized the Declaration’s just and lofty principles, and how can we work towards a Canada, and a world, in which human rights are granted fully and robustly for all?
Stephen von Sychowski is the President of the Vancouver & District Labour Council.

Image result for Stephen von SychowskiStephen von Sychowski was elected President of the Vancouver and District Labour Council in February of this year. However, many of you may know him as a Union Representative with MoveUP, a union he became a member of in 2007 when he started working at Coast Mountain Bus Company. He is also a member of United Steelworkers Local 2009. Stephen has been active and held positions at all levels of the labour movement. He was born in Prince George and today resides in Maple Ridge with his wife Erin, daughter Coraline and dogs Molly and Daisy.

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Seeds – The Stuff and Staff of Life

We live in a world of seeds. They support our diets, economies and civilizations. They are objects of beauty and evolutionary wonder. We’ll be surprised and awed by how they’ve shaped the world and human history. A good way to prepare for this year’s Advent season.

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