Director of Retreats & Spiritual Direction and SoulCare Vancouver
Chris is City in Focus’s Director of Retreats and Spiritual Direction. He organizes and facilitates a number of contemplative-focused events every year. Look at our ‘Events’ page to learn more about upcoming events with him.
Chris is also a member of SoulCare Vancouver, whose mission is to help individuals and communities in the Vancouver area nurture contemplative experience with Jesus Christ, leading to inner freedom and loving service. They live out this mission by offering people opportunities to experience meditation, contemplation, spiritual direction through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and retreats. Directed by Christopher Chiu, a spiritual director with the SoulStream Community and the Program Coordinator of Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver, they are a gateway to spiritual formation resources for Vancouverites in business, government, non-profit agencies and churches.
Edie Rittinger’s ministry seeks to bring friendship and encouragement in the spirit of Jesus Christ to women in downtown Vancouver. Her women’s ministry meets them right in their offices, strengthens their ability to apply their faith principles and helps them to be a witness to others around them. Edie Rittinger gives one-on-one ministry and also creates connections and friendships through bible studies. City in Focus collects donations on behalf of Edie Rittinger. Make your donation to City in Focus writing “For Edie Rittinger” in your message. For monthly recurring donations: Call us at (604) 687-7292 or sign up for a Chimp account and setup a recurring donation to City in Focus, writing “Edie Rittinger” in your message.
Louise is an ordained Minister of Religion and moved from Australia to Canada with her family over 7 years ago. Upon moving to Canada, she began working at City in Focus, doing various positions, for 6 years. In 2017, she transitioned to her newest position as a CIF Chaplain. She also works part-time for Soulkitchen – a non-profit project founded by Louise and her husband, Hannes.
Emergency Response Chaplaincy
Bruce Rushton started the Emergency Response Chaplaincy to provide counselling, stress and crisis management training, and chaplaincy to fire and police departments throughout the Lower Mainland. Just like emergency personnel, Bruce needs to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice when devastation strikes. Fire chaplains must create a balanced life that can deal with the many challenges of the job, such as helping families in crisis or with the death of a loved one. They also minister to firefighters at emergency scenes and in their private lives.
A Rocha is an international Christian organization which engages in scientific research, environmental education, sustainable agriculture and community-based conservation projects. Through their commitment to God, each other and the wider creation, they aim to develop good relationships both within the A Rocha family and in our local communities. Everything they do comes out of their biblical faith in the living God, who made the world, loves it and entrusts it to the care of human society.
Development and Peace
Western Region – BC & Yukon
Inspired by Gospel values, particularly “the preferential option for the poor”, the goals of Development and Peace are to support partners in the Global South who promote alternatives to unfair social, political and economic structures. As a membership led organization, Development and Peace educates the Canadian population about the causes of poverty and mobilizes Canadians towards actions for change.
Jesuits of Vancouver
Jesuits work in many different fields. Some work in parishes, administer the sacraments, do counselling and spiritual direction and others are engaged in the social apostolate, the retreat apostolate, and in mass media. Some Jesuits are medical doctors, lawyers, musicians, or artists. Some are physicists, mathematicians, sociologists, or historians. Some go on foreign missions. Many are educators, among them philosophers and theologians. Seeking to encounter God in all people and places, the norm for a Jesuit apostolate remains to be the service of God and his people with a special concern for “the promotion of justice in the service of faith”.
Street Outreach Initiative
Downtown East Side
Street-involved adults living in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side struggle daily with poverty, mental illness, drug addiction, alcoholism, trauma, violence, and social isolation. In the midst of it all, Street Outreach Priest Matthew Johnson, seeks by word and deed, to remind each person he encounters of their infinite value in the eyes of God. An Anglican priest with 23 years’ experience in ordained ministry, and a decade’s service in the Downtown East Side, Matthew is uniquely equipped for and devoted to navigating these streets – where anything can happen, where no day is typical, and where Jesus Christ can be found in the least expected persons and circumstances.
Vancouver Urban Ministries
Supporting Lower Income Families in East Vancouver
Vancouver Urban Ministries serves children with learning disabilities in the poorest neighborhoods of East Vancouver. Many of them come from families with multiple challenges commonly associated with poverty. Without help these children often are unable to make it to high school and the chances of them finding a decent job after growing up are slim. The Ministry aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing these children with specialized, one-on-one tutoring using the proven, multi-sensory, Orton Gillingham approach. Special attention is given to building loving, nurturing relationships with the students and their families on a long term basis – an essential ingredient for success. Please donate and invest in the future of these children.
For Children. For Change. For Life.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. As followers of Jesus, we are motivated by God’s love to serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
Creating Theatre That Matters
Pacific Theatre aspires to delight, provoke and stimulate dialogue by producing theatre that rigorously explores the spiritual aspects of human experience. In over 30 seasons, Pacific Theatre has produced more than 120 professional mainstage productions ranging from established works to original world premieres featuring some of the top theatre artists from Vancouver and across the continent.