A Congregational Renewal Event
June 2 - 3 - 4, 2017
Here at Highlands United Church we feel God is doing something special. Together, we make up more than just a church — we make up a faith community, a family, a gigantic support network. And this takes energy.
Over the course of this weekend we hope to revive this energy for our faith lives and faith community through a series of inspiring talks and sermons by Bishop Yvette Flunder, as well as through community-offered workshops ranging on all sorts of topics related to the spiritual health of our lives, and time together to reflect and enjoy each other's company.
This community of ours is more than just a church — it's living proof of the spirit.
Late Morning Sessions
Textile Waste: Finding Hope in our Dirty Laundry
led by Carol Smith
What can we do to divert unwanted textiles from our landfills and reduce the negative impact of textile production on our environment? One answer is to find ways to extend the life of textiles. Our Social Fabric is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to divert unwanted textiles from the landfill and make them available for creative projects. Join Carol for a short presentation and hands-on demonstration. Learn how to create works of art and make useful items for your home, using scrap fabric. Participants are asked to bring an unwanted T-shirt to the workshop.
Carol is an artist by nature, loves creating art from discarded items and is passionate about diverting textiles from the landfill.
Finding your Voice
led by Geordie Roberts
Spend an hour learning about your singing voice with a goal of making singing as easy and natural as talking. No previous vocal training required and a special welcome for those who "don't sing".
Geordie Roberts has been a music leader at Highlands for twenty-five years and teaches singing at Capilano University.
Social Media 101
led by Andria Irwin
"Technology is anything that wasn't around when you were born" - Alan Kay
Are you feeling behind the times? Do words like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat and #hashtag make you nervous? Then this workshop is for you. Come and get an overview of the most popular social platforms of today, what they're used for, and why you should take the leap (and can!)
Andria is the Minister of Youth, Young Adults and Social Media here at Highlands United Church. Before she began her role at the church she received her BA in English and Communications and worked as the Communications Assistant at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. She is passionate about where technology and media can take us and how it can be used as a tool for faithful and authentic living.
Salsa Dancing: Learn to have faith in your partner and yourself! *
led by Elizabeth Hudgins
*No partner needed!
This workshop will get you moving in a fun and low-stress environment. At this class you will learn the basics of salsa dancing and learn the essential art of how to communicate with one another in a dancing partnership. Bring comfortable shoes, some water to drink, and a happy spirit.
Taught by Elizabeth Hudgins of Urban Beat Dance Company.
led by Sandi Parker
Sandi Parker is a minister and counsellor – but her unofficial expertise is as a bread maker, and her cinnamon buns have graced the tables at many churches around the province.
Her love of bread making began 30 years ago after someone told her they bought a loaf of bread she had made for a bake sale because they felt sorry for her – it looked so awful! Determined to learn the art, she eventually developed it to include cinnamon buns, pizza, cheese sticks, pretzels and communion bread. Her 4 children ate homemade bread for most of their growing years.
Come and join Sandi to get messy in the kitchen and work with dough through all stages of bread making. Sampling and a recipe included. Space is limited, so sign up for this workshop early.
What the Rocks Tell Us
led by Lindsay Bottomer
After an intense time indoors, allow your mind and thoughts to re-focus on the spectacular natural environment surrounding us. We will carpool to the Cleveland Dam, walk over it and then thru part of the Capilano River Canyon, observing the natural world on our doorstep: 110 million year old bedrock, partially covered by glacial lake sediments from 30,000 years ago when an ice dam existed in Burrard Inlet. These nourish one of the few remaining old growth forest groves in our area.
Lindsay Bottomer has travelled and worked for over 40 years as a professional geologist. He has led numerous public interest geological excursions in the Lower Mainland and Howe Sound corridor.
Early Afternoon Sessions
led by Bill Kershaw
Not too long ago, it was the frog that was the "canary in the coal mine". Now it is the bee. Due to loss of habitat and chemical use, bees of all sorts are in danger. We are in a good position to do something about this: the urban environment is not only safer but also potentially richer for bees than a rural environment. With a little help, urban areas can become oases for bees. This workshop will look at how we can help our bee friends in our backyard.
Bill Kershaw took up the cause of the bee as a self taught, concerned individual. He will share my journey with you and encourage you to do the same.
What is Your Definition of Success in Life? led by Sandi Goldie
Each of us has a unique formula for living a life that is richly satisfying, based on our particular set of values. Identifying and honouring our values is foundational for moving towards our richest life. In this interactive workshop, Sandi will lead participants to discover their own template for making life decisions, uncovering the elements most important to them. Come ready to uncover what will make your life sing!
Sandi Goldie is a former teacher who rewired as an ICF Certified Life Coach in 2008. Sandi is also a Certified Daring Way Facilitator™ who trained with Brené Brown and loves leading workshops on resilience, based on Dr. Brown's work.
The Joy of Healing Hands
led by Ross White
Pentecost is an event and season that celebrates the awesome energy that Jesus and Old Testament prophets like Elijah made manifest in our world. Early Christians used this knowledge and power in works of healing. The practitioners of Highlands Healing Ministry do the same thing, using the same source. In this workshop you will begin to experience the wonder of this spiritual gift and re-imagine the healing it can bring to you and others you touch.
Ross White has had a passion for sharing healing energy since he was a teen, and has found in Healing Pathway the most progressive way to teach God’s love to any person.
Psalms on Fire
led by Ray McGinnis
Come and discover a way to write to God that will set your pens on fire. Workshop leader, Ray McGinnis, fuses psalm-writing with a writing prompt to help you express something inside that you didn’t know needed to be expressed. Just jump right in and be amazed!
Ray McGinnis, active United Church leader, is author of Writing the Sacred and has led a variety of writing workshops across North America for the past 18 years.
Rhythm of Life
led by Michael Soderling
All life has rhythm. Some rhythm is faster and some is slower but we all move independently yet together in the same world. Come explore how rhythm in a drum circle is like the spirit; ever evolving and changed by those around you.
Michael regularly drums with Sunday morning worship, the Spirit Singers, and the Ignite worship band.
LGBTQ2 (Session 1 of 2)
led by Anna White
*please note: while we are offering two sequential workshops with Anna on this topic, you are not required to participate in both, but of course may!*
Have you ever been confused about what all the letters in LGBTQQ2SIAl mean? Ever worried about saying the wrong thing or calling someone by the wrong pronoun? GOOD! Together we'll explore terminology, inclusive language, pronouns, gain awareness and understanding, and gain skills to be a friend to gay, queer, trans, and gender-creative folks.
Our United Church communities strive to radically welcome people in the same manner as Jesus. We open our hearts and doors to all, and sometimes... we're unaware of exclusive societal norms - the stuff that can cause people to feel left out, without us even knowing it. This is a chance to open that awareness up and become better allies.
Late Afternoon Sessions
Allyship (Session 2 of the LGBTQ2 series)
led by Anna White
Now that you understand terms like 'asexual pan-romantic' and 'non-binary trans masculine'... In an interactive, fun way let's delve deeper into the journey of allyship! What does this look like in our personal lives and faith communities? Together we can practice things like learning how to react gracefully when we flub-up!
Anna White (who grew up in Highlands United) works at UBC's Social Justice Institute and is the Camp Director of CampOUT! – a social justice summer camp for queer, trans, and Two-Spirit youth! www.campout.ubc.ca
Spirituality of Wine*
led by Roz Hollett
*19 & up only, $10 tasting fee
Why is it that wine is mentioned so frequently in the Bible, and in such a spiritual connotation? This workshop will probe this question while allowing us to try local B.C. wines. (There will be an extra charge to participants to pay for the excellent wines!)
Rosalind Hollett is a local elementary school teacher and WSET Level 3 trained wine enthusiast.
Making a Prayer Bracelet
led by Doreen Banning
Enjoy the company of others for an hour, while making your own unique prayer bracelet. All supplies are provided including 3 special charms of your choice that resonate with your heart and soul. Your prayer bracelet will help you to center yourself for quiet prayer, contemplation, meditation, or to set an intention. It can also be worn as a necklace.
Doreen Banning has been a member of Highlands for twenty-four years, and has been creating beaded jewelry over the past five years. Now retired after working 45 years in business administration, she is enjoying following her creative passions.
Islam and Us
led by Aishah Parkinson
Islam and Western civilization today - Are they compatible or mutually exclusive? Are we walking towards a clash of civilizations? Or are we heading towards assimilation across cultures/religion/politics on a global scale? Let’s discuss, explore, ask questions and figure out our role as we move forward in these challenging times.
Aishah Parkinson is a reform-minded Muslim and former lawyer. Educated in England, she practised civil and criminal law in Malaysia, a Muslim majority country with a dual justice system: British-based common law and Islamic Sharia law. She came to Canada in 2002, and practised as a lawyer here for several years before taking time off to raise her family.
Liturgical Movement: Prayer with the Whole Body
led by Ann Echols & Joy Dancey
Come join us for an hour of prayerful movement. Participants will learn about, experience, and create prayers involving generous gestures of praise, gratitude, service, and so much more. Word, song, and scripture will be the stimulus.
No previous experience necessary- just an open intention to experience the joy of this ancient prayer form.
Joy and Ann have been choreographing Liturgical Dance within Highlands for over 20 years. Although they come from differing dance training, Joy from the performance end and Ann from the educational end, they have collaborated in preparing workshops for both children and adults interested in learning and doing Liturgical Movement.
What is wrong with my plant?: Rx for your garden woes
led by Elizabeth Hudgins
Are you plagued with frustrating garden problems? Do you wish you knew what was eating your rhodo or rotting your tomatoes? Bring your plant questions and samples and learn some of the basics about diagnosing what is causing the problem and what to do about it.
Elizabeth Hudgins is a plant pathologist and researcher at Kwantlen University.