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Date: 1st and 3rd Wed of the month Time: 1:30 pm
Location: 1st Wed of the month in a member’s home; 3rd Wed of the month at the church
This group will be reading “Faith After Doubt” by Brian McLaren. Each session covers one or two chapters for discussion. Our perspective is that of progressive and evolving Christianity. If you have questions please contact Janice Evans
Date: Wednesday, Feb 16th & 23rd Time: 5:30pm via Zoom
As a part of our commitment to becoming an intercultural church, we are seeking ways to understand and be involved in the work of becoming an anti-racist. We have a unique opportunity offered through our new partnership with Saanich Neighbourhood Place to join in 2 sessions of online Bystander Intervention training, produced by the Inter-Cultural Association of Victoria.
Date: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays Time: 10:30am via Zoom
A new course titled, “History of Christianity Part II” started Tues Jan 25th. The sessions are an hour in length with a 30min lecture followed by discussion. At present there are nine people in the group and we welcome anyone who wants to join in. For more information contact Blake Ford
Date: Last Saturday of each month Time: 7 pm Location: Arbutus Sanctuary
Leadership: Mark Green
WE hope to be able to return to in-person for the February movie night with Covid Safety protocols similar to your local theatre. Individual snack bags will be provided. We gather to watch the movie together and then convene as a group for a discussion. Each movie is carefully chosen to help bring an artistic lens to our overall theme and the specific theme of the month. Watch the newsletter and Bits & Bytes email for the title of the movie each month. All are welcome to join us!
Date: June 24th – July 3rd Time: 7pm Location: Arbutus Sanctuary
During the Victoria Pride week, we will be offering a different movie nightly that celebrates and explores issues connected to Pride and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. We will draw on a variety of films from the past and the present for a fun and engaging experience that also make s space for some important conversations to be had in the discussion following the films. A complete guide and listing of films will be available closer to the event.
Date: Thursdays March 3rd-Apr 7th Time: 1-3pm Location: Arbutus Sanctuary
Leadership: Mark Green
James Baldwin wrote: “People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.”
But what happens when some people’s stories get erased, neglected, or forgotten in the making of our collective history? And how can we reclaim the stories of Black experience?
Those are the questions Esi Edugyan explores in her 6 – part CBC Massey Lectures, Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling. The award-winning Canadian author examines the relationship between art and race through the lens of visual art, literature, film and her own lived experience.
Through story telling with analyses of contemporary events and her own personal story, we are challenged to rethink our assumptions and look for what is missing. We will gather together in-person to listen to each lecture for the first half of the class. Then, in the second part, discuss and unpack what we have heard and how this impacts our lives and changes our perspectives. We hope you can attend the whole series but if you miss one, its easy to catch up on it at home.
Date: Thursdays Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm via Zoom Leadership: Julie Ng
Many newcomers speaking English as a foreign language find it challenging to integrate into the local community. ICaB offers a safe spaces to meet people of a diverse cultural background who look for opportunities to practice and improve their English language skill. Depending on the number of English speakers, participants are divided into very small groups to share opinions or experiences on a weekly topic. We appreciate those who are open to providing English speaking opportunities to English learners. In our conversations, you are not meeting people who are just learning English, you are meeting courageous people who are specialists, professionals, advocates in their own countries, so it is also a chance for you to widen your perspective about the world and your universe. We have had many enjoyable conversations and have seen friendships being developed through this connection.
Date: Saturday Mar 26th Time: 9am-12:30pm (with lunch to follow)
Leadership: Elder Patricia Watts and the BVU reconciliation team
Cost: $25/person (lunch included)
** Pre-registration is necessary
As part of our ongoing commitment to walking the road of truth and reconciliation, we are privileged to have the opportunity to hear directly from Patrica Watts, an elder in the Wuikinuxv (Wookink-in-uksh) Nation. She will join us for the morning to share her experiences of Residential School using power-point, story-telling, and discussion as a means to both share her story and invite us into a time of deep listening and learning.
Although born as a Kwak-waka-wakw, Patricia has lived in Nuu-Chah-Nulth territories for a number of years. Her stories of recover and triumph over the devastation many have lived since their childhood experiences of Residential Schools. Patricia has worked for the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation in difference capacities and in the last few years she has been sharing her stories with different ministries in the provincial government.
The BVU Reconciliation team extends a warm invitation to everyone to join us for this deep learning event.
- Coffee and muffins will be available at 9am
- The session begins at 9:30am
- Our time together will run to about 12:30pm with lunch to follow
Those who registered previously for this event will be notified and confirmed for this new date, new registrations are welcome!