St. Paul’s Hospital, Cullen Theatre, Room 1477
Level One of the Providence Building
Join us for a morning discussion with two professional counsellors on the benefits of community for our mental health. We will discuss how isolation can be detrimental to our mental well-being, and ways to address this prevalent issue – one that strongly impacts Vancouver. One of our speakers, Claudia Mérida-Rossetto, has collaborated with the Vancouver Foundation to research the impacts of social isolation in our community.
Through encouraging connection and fostering dialogue we can promote mental wellness. We will also hear personal stories from individuals who have experienced challenges related to mental health and community.
Our partner organizations for this event are the Office of Ministries and Outreach of the Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.
Chris Boyd, MA, RCC
Claudia Mérida-Rossetto, BCS, MA, D.Min
Coffee, tea & light breakfast 7:30am
Panel discussion 7:45 – 8:30 am
Forum Theme: “Called To Lead!”
The theme for this year’s forum is, “Called to Lead.” We will learn about leadership. We will learn about the process of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking, how to think of the process of creating change.
Who will drive the process? You. Me. All of us. We are all called to lead if we have a biblical worldview. To lead is to have influence. That interest in leading is enhanced because it is part of our calling. We are all called to lead. We must pursue that calling. That is how we make a difference. This is how we create meaning.
Clarity of calling is a powerful testimony to others. We believe that there must be a “caller”—that is the divine spark within us. God calls us with his purposes; we don’t craft our own calling. We have a unique and specific purpose.
In the Old Testament the Israelites were the “chosen people”; in the New Testament all believers are the “called people.” You are one of the called. Each person is called by God to a unique and specific task that should form the compass of their existence, provide a sense of meaning and lead to being on purpose in both life and work.
We sometimes hear the term that a person did something “on purpose”—in other words, with clear intent and to achieve a certain outcome. For the called, every action should flow intentionally. You are to be a steward of your opportunities within the bookends of your life. The anchor, the central feature of any Christian, should be their clear sense of calling.
A clear sense of calling is like a personal vision and mission statement: what am I aspiring to and how will I get there? Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges in Lead Like Jesus, note that “Purpose is bigger than any achievement. Your personal purpose is your calling—the reason you were created.” Lack of clarity will lead to diminished effectiveness and impact.
There are two aspects of calling. First, there is the general call of all Christians to follow the dictates of Christ, biblical principles and a life worthy of the calling. As Paul notes in 2 Tim 1:9, “He has saved us and called us to a holy life…” Second, there is the specific and personal call of each Christian. We have each been uniquely and specifically called based on various factors. What is your gifting? God does not call that to which we are not suited. What is your temperament? God does not call people who do not have the proper disposition.
A clear understanding of this two-fold call is vital to an individual understanding their meaning in life. Each person has been gifted in a particular way and this is typically tied into their passion. They truly gifted are genuinely passionate, whether they are a musician or are a high-tech entrepreneur.
Called people engage in purposeful activity. The Bible notes that when we are running the race set before us we can then lay aside distractions from various “weights” to “sin which so easily ensnares us.” (Heb 12:1). People who are not clear on their calling do not spend their time wisely. They spend their time on urgent and unimportant items; by contrast, those clear on their calling spend their time on non-urgent and important items.
How does work fit into calling? Work, which typically occupies much of people’s time and bandwidth, is not your calling. Your two-fold calling is the box within which work fits. Your general call provides a broad framework of the responsibilities of every Christian. Your specific call ties into your specific activities, of which work is a large portion but not the dominant portion.
The bottom line, however, is that every Christian needs to have a clear understanding of calling—and be living it on a daily basis—in order to reach their God-given potential. The goal of every believer should be “to walk worthy of the calling” to which they have been called.” (Eph 4:1-6). We don’t want to be like King Jehoram, who reigned for eight years, and “to no one’s sorrow, departed.” (2 Chronicles 21:20).
With clear focus, much can be accomplished. Dwight L Moody, the US evangelist of the late 1800s, said on calling that, “The world has yet to see what a man fully consecrated to God can do. I aim to be that man.” He certainly lived on purpose. By being on purpose each individual can faithfully steward the opportunities of their lives.
By end of this forum, you will have greater clarity around your calling. This will enhance your effectiveness. We should not simply desire to be leaders—but rather understand that we are called to lead!
Blue Christmas Retreat
December 2, 2017 | 1:30PM-4:30PM
Eastern Catholic Church
8700 Railway Ave Richmond BC V7C 3K3
Hosted by Fr. Richard Soo, SJ
Experience the presence of God through Eastern forms of Christian prayer and worship. Explore the wonders of chant, icons, liturgical spirituality, and incense.
The Very Rev. Richard Soo, SJ, is a Jesuit Priest in the Eastern Catholic Eparchy of New Westminster and all British Columbia and the Yukon. He is the priest at Richmond Eastern Catholic Church. He is the Superior of the Jesuits in BC and the Director of the Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver.
Cost – $25, includes coffee & muffins
PROVINCIAL LEADERS DINNER
March 22, 2018, The Vancouver Club
Reception 5-6pm & Dinner 6-8pm
The Provincial Leadership Dinner is a special gathering of the faith community on the eve of the BC Leadership Prayer Breakfast. It is an occasion for people of faith and for those who support the Prayer Breakfast to come together in an intimate setting in order to share dinner and conversation.
THE 52ND ANNUAL BC LEADERSHIP PRAYER BREAKFAST
Please join us for the 52nd annual BC Leadership Prayer Breakfast 2018, on March 23, 2018.
This annual event attracts over 1,000 people from all walks of life: public servants, business leaders, non-profit organizations and students. Together, we offer support and prayer for those who serve in elected positions in our community at municipal, provincial, federal and international levels. A Q&A session held after the breakfast concludes the morning program.
PROVINCIAL LEADERS DINNER
The Provincial Leaders Dinner is a special gathering of the faith community on the eve of the BC Leadership Prayer Breakfast. It is an occasion for people of faith and for those who support the Prayer Breakfast to come together in an intimate setting in order to share dinner and conversation.
A full refund can be issued up until a month prior to the event for which the ticket was purchased. A maximum of half a refund can be issued up until two weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be issued in the two weeks prior to the event. At all times, tickets can be turned into donations for which a tax receipt will be issued in due course.
BC Leadership Prayer Breakfast
With a consistent 1000 guests in attendance, this is an event that you don’t want to miss. Come join us and pray for the great province of British Columbia and the leaders who sustain it.
Breakfast Talks With Tom
Join us for a low-key, warm and friendly breakfast. Tom provides a platform to talk about your questions and discuss spiritual issues as he shares his journey of faith.
Engage: Elevating the Conversation
Engage isn’t just another emerging network. Engage isn’t just another place to mentor young professionals. Engage isn’t just another learning opportunity. Engage is a gathering to empower new ideas and advance the conversation on how young professionals are serving the needs of the city. Show initiative, be creative and engage in the emerging network of next-generation leaders.
The 21st Century Initiative: Values,Ethics and Faith in a new world
Ask yourself: “How will British Columbia engage with faith issue in the 21st Century?” We open up this question to business leaders and the academic community in Vancouver by hosting invitational lectures by leading Canadian and international figures. Express your position by joining the conversation!
Join us for a weekend of relaxation and insightful renewal of friendship and faith.
Offering day retreats for the business community providing the opportunity to spend part of a day in a guided retreat where one can relax, reflect and pray. The goal is to “pause for perspective” in our life – finding time away from a busy world. The goal is for spiritual growth through quiet time, prayer and meditation.