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In the community
Mennonite Central Committee
Save the Date! On November 18 at 9am, pastors, church admins, and lay leaders are invited to the Calgary office to have breakfast with Rick Cober Bauman, Executive Director of MCC Canada. RSVP by calling or texting Donita at 780-901-1021.
Join us for a celebration of 50 years of MCC Thrift! This special virtual event on November 22 at 6pm will celebrate the history, creativity and generosity of the MCC Thrift network and our many dedicated volunteers. Link: mcccanada.ca/get-involved/events/celebration-50-years-mcc-thrift.
Power of Partnership. Join MCC Ontario on October 27 for a virtual/in-person event with best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, as we discuss the Power of Partnership and how a legacy of partnership with local, on-the-ground organizations can bring peace, dignity and hope to those who need it most. Link: powerofpartnership.ca/
MCC Fall Festival Results. On September 24, 350 of you came to Bergthal Mennonite Church for the MCC Alberta Fall Festival. We were thrilled to see the joy of fellowship unfold, bringing together people from all over our province. Together, you raised $94,074 to support relief, development and peace in 45 countries! Volunteers, thank you for giving your time to the Fall Festival. Without you, it could never have happened.
First Mennonite Church
Enjoy a musical theatre production of “Selah’s Song” by Theatre of the Beat at First Mennonite Church (3650 91 St NW) on Friday, October 21 at 6:30pm. Admission is ‘pay what you can’.
Selah’s Song is an original, heartwarming musical written by Johnny Wideman with music by beloved Mennonite musician Bryan Moyer Suderman. The musical tells the story of a young girl whose courage inspired a whole village, and whose song became an anthem for peace. Selah, a burgeoning songwriter, is excited to hear that her father is coming home from the war in West Candling. But the joy of having her family reunited is short-lived when a harsh War Tax is started instead. Inundated with catchy pro-war propaganda songs, Selah is inspired to share her own music with the village, creating some competition for the King.
The Give Away: Where Repair, Reciprocity, and Reconciliation Meet. What does the work of reconciliation look like? What role could reparations play in the church’s work of building shared future with all of our neighbours in what we call Canada?
In this exciting day-long event hosted by the Micah Centre, NADC, King’s, and friends from KAIROS Prairies North and Mennonite, Anglican, and Christian Reformed communities, participants will learn about the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual roots of reparations and reciprocity.Through a variety of interactive workshops led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders, participants will consider the role they can play in repairing broken relationships and building communities of reciprocity and hope.
To register for the event, visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-give-away-where-repair-reciprocity-and-reconciliation-meet-tickets-429356074577
To learn more about the Pakitinâsowin Fund for Reciprocity and Reparations, visit: https://www.kingsu.ca/reciprocity-fund
A Common Word Alberta
ACWAB invites you to their annual Christian-Muslim Dialogue, held this year on October 29, 2022 from 10 am to 2 pm at All Saints Anglican Cathedral. The theme this year is “Drawing the Circle Bigger: Inclusion and Belonging as expressed in our faith tradition.” Find out more on their website.
Canadian Mennonite University
Experience CMU, at our place (in person) or your place (virtually) – Drop-in on October 21 between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM CDT for an in-person open house or log into our virtual open house on October 26 from 6:00–7:00 PM CDT. Both events include a tour of the CMU campus, meetings with professors and current students, and opportunities for your questions. Visit cmu.ca/experience.
Are you looking to study music? If you are considering a Bachelor of Music, Music Therapy, or a Bachelor of Arts with a music major or minor, join us for CMU’s Music Campus Visit on November 4, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT. Participants will meet with professors, discover what classes are like, and go on a campus tour. Visit cmu.ca/campusvisit.
J.J. Thiessen Lecture Series – Robin W. Jensen, Patrick O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame will deliver three lectures on October 18 and19, in person at CMU. Dr. Jensen’s title for her lecture series is “Picturing the Bible: How Artists Tell the Story”. Visit cmu.ca/jjt for times and location.
CommonWord Book Launch – Believers Church Bible Commentary: Joel, Obadiah, Micah by Dan Epp-Tiessen. Join us in person or via livestream on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 PM (CDT) as Epp-Tiessen introduces the prophetic books Joel, Obadiah, Micah as “survival literature” that gave voice to post-exilic Judah’s disorientation, trauma, and rage and can offer grace and healing in our time. For more information, visit commonword.ca/go/3063.
Richard Eaton Singers
The Music of Vaughan Williams. Concert Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 7:30 pm at the Winspear Centre. Richard Eaton Singers have in past years had the opportunity to present numerous concerts with the Edmonton Symphony either on or around Remembrance Day, as musical commemorations of one of the most significant national holidays in our calendar. This concert will present several of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ works, including his major cantata on the theme of war and peace, Dona nobis pacem. This co-production will reveal the composer’s lifelong commitment to writing impactful music for voice and orchestra including four representative works that span a period of nearly 50 years of compositional activity.
Reflecting on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, we begin with the short celebratory hymn arrangement Vaughan Williams was invited to contribute to her coronation in 1953, The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune: All People That on Earth do Dwell. The first half of the concert closes with his Five Mystical Songs for baritone soloist, chorus and orchestra.
The second half of the concert will centre on the fact that Vaughan Williams’s long life (1872-1958) spanned both World Wars. Although at the age of 42 he was well past the age of conscription for active duty in WWI, he did contribute as an ambulance attendant for British campaigns both in Greece and France, and the experience of witnessing the brutality of the War’s casualties affected him deeply. Undoubtedly the memories of these war experiences were very much on his mind when in 1935, with the ominous signs of conflict emerging from continental Europe, he composed the cantata Dona nobis pacem – grant us peace. A major source of text for Vaughan Williams was war poet Walt Whitman. The rigours of war are aptly represented in Beat! Beat! Drums!, Dirge for Two Veterans, and Reconciliation. The cantata closes with a triumphant and ultimately peaceful, reassuring “Dona nobis pacem”, hauntingly sung unaccompanied by soloist and chorus.
Celebrate, commemorate, and reminisce with us in Remembrance of those that have given their lives to protect ours. Buy tickets here.
The Chester Ronning Centre
Stories about Religion in Public Office. Can you be religious in office? The Chester Ronning Centre hosts a conversation on the politics of religion and public life. Join Interim Director Joseph Wiebe who will be speaking with Agnes Hoveland (Camrose City Councillor), Rodrigo Loyola (MLA, Ellerslie), and Jonathan Martin (Chief Federal Prosecutor) about their experiences of religious traditions in their public life. This event will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at the Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Mayer Hall, at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus. There will be refreshments at 6:30, and the program will begin at 7:00. Register here.