Living the Gospels Retreat Through the Carey Centre we provide accommodations on the beautiful UBC campus located in the world class city of Vancouver B.C. Guests can enjoy a walk in the Pacific Spirit Forest, which boasts 78 km of forest trails, easy access to the transit system to enjoy the sights and sounds of Vancouver, or a day at the beach only a short walk from Carey. This idyllic setting will be where you will join others for a 5-night retreat with Rob Des Cotes, with catered meals, clean and quiet accommodations, and warm hospitality. VIDEO About the “Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius The “Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius” are a very profound engagement and re-dedication of our lives to the work of Christ in us, and in the world. In the Spiritual Exercises, five sessions are given in which a progressive appreciation of our relationship and commitment to God’s purposes is encouraged. This retreat will begin each day with a time of contemplative prayer. A teaching time related to the prayer exercises for that day will then follow. In the afternoons you will be on your own to practice these prayers. There will also be opportunities for personal spiritual direction each day related to the exercises. And each evening we will come together again for debriefing and a compline liturgy. Date: Monday-Saturday August 18-23 2014 Time: Monday 7:30- Saturday at 5:30 SCHEDULE Cost: $375 (includes catered meals from Tuesday breakfast-Saturday lunch) Accommodation: onsite accommodations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis Location: Carey Centre Parking: $6/day. Parking passes are available for purchase at Reception upon arrival. Presenter: Rob Des Cotes REGISTER Daily Topics: Monday August 18: Gathering/Compline Service 7:30 p.m. in the Prayer Room @ Carey Tuesday August 19: “Disposition day” with exercises focusing on God’s presence in our lives. Wednesday August 20: Exercises of the first session will focus on the disorders of the world and our need for salvation. Thursday August 21: Exercises of the second session will focus on Christ’s public ministry and His desire to save and heal us. Friday August 22: Exercises of the third session will focus on Christ’s passion and perseverance. Saturday August 23: Exercises of the fourth session will focus on Christ’s resurrection and satisfaction.
LET’S TALK ABOUT OLDER ADULTS (55+/-) Date: Monday, August 25- Tuesday, August 26 Time: Monday 9:30 a.m.- Tuesday 3:30 p.m. Cost: $95/person (includes catered breaks and meals) Location: Carey Centre * Quiet, clean, onsite accommodations available for an additional fee. More information HERE. If booking accommodations at Carey for this event, please let Reception know that you are booking for Week 3. REGISTER Churches and communities are experiencing an unprecedented ministry challenge and opportunity over the next 25-40 years in responding to an aging population. There needs to be a more cooperative and informed approach to discerning, planning and resourcing local church ministries to serve the varied needs of older adults and their families. This summer symposium aims to bring together participants for consultation and mutual encouragement through plenary input sessions, guided discussion, resourcing workshops and other network building activities. The topics and issues addressed will be helpful for either those currently involved or those interested in developing new and connecting ministries with older adults. Pastors, church leaders, health/social care professionals and anyone interested in learning about and making a contribution to this emerging missional challenge and opportunity are encouraged to attend. * We are encouraging you and others from your church to plan to join us for a time of networking, consultation and vision formation, as we respond to this emerging ministry/mission challenge and opportunity. Watch here for more information over the coming weeks. Keynote speakers: Dr. Paul Pearce, Dr. Paul Stevens, and Rev. Fay Puddicombe Monday morning: Being and Serving Older Adults: The Challenges and Opportunities Dr. Paul Pearce, Director for the Centre for Healthy Aging Transitions/ Carey Institute Our communities and churches are experiencing an unprecedented time of change due to a rapidly growing demographic of older adults (55+/-) The aging “boomers” generation is providing the church with a “generational mission” possibility which will require a thoughtful and creative response and resourcing. This session will provide an orientation to the symposium and dialogue for discerning together how we can network, resource and support one another in our lives and ministries. We will review the factors (vocational, wellness, social, resources, spiritual) contributing to healthy aging and how they will influence our own lives and those we serve. Monday evening PUBLIC LECTURE. 7:00 P.M. @ CAREY Aging and Spirituality: Faith Flourishing in the Second Half and Third Third of Life Dr. R. Paul Stevens, Professor Emeritus, Marketplace Theology, Regent College The process of aging is itself a spiritual discipline, inviting us to go deep, to find a more substantial and significant relationship with God and life. There are patterns of spiritual growth, sometimes called “spiritual disciplines,” which are especially significant for people as they age, and these will be considered in the seminar. But in the process of aging, various vices and virtues are revealed, which when identified can enable us to flourish and produce spiritual fruit in the maturing years. Practical steps, hands-on engagement and interaction will be included in this presentation. Tuesday morning: Don’t Retire….Refire! Rev. Fay Puddicombe, Pastor with the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada Certified Retirement Coach How do you find vision and mission for our retirement years? During this session we will look at ways to evaluate where we are, the numerous areas of life to consider when retiring and how to find that ‘spark’ that makes this new phase of life exciting and meaningful. How can you use the skills and experience you gathered in your working career to have an impact now? Through discussion and some fun exercises, we will together explore the opportunities. WORKSHOPS: **Please select TWO workshops you would like to attend and email your selection to email@example.com or call 604.225.5917. WELLNESS ~ Successful Aging: Strategies for Healthy Living In recent years the value of prevention strategies in preserving health has become more obvious. How does one take care of an aging brain? What can be done to prevent dementia? What are guidelines for optimal physical activity for older adults? What is the best diet for a healthy lifestyle? How can I improve my sleep quality? We will review current scientific literature in order to inform our recommendations for healthy living strategies. It’s never too late and not too early to get healthy! Facilitator: Joy Liao (MD, MPH, FRCPC) is a Staff Geriatrician at Providence Health Care and a Clinical Instructor with the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UBC. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Vancouver. VOCATIONAL ~ Balancing Doing with Being: the heart of vocation (avocation) in later life The latter years of life represent a time of less doing and more being. However, most of us have constructed meaning out of doing and need to discover how to also construct meaning in being. The Workshop will explore ways of finding meaning in being as well as doing. “My object in living is to unite my avocation and my vocation”-Robert Frost Facilitators: Janet Fisher is an Educator, Seminar Leader, Retired Hospital Chaplain and Poet and Gerry Fisher is a Pastor, Educator, Administrator and Academic. SOCIAL ~ Breaking the Pattern of Isolation in Aging We live in a society where those who are aging are increasingly isolated while the gifts of aging are not valued or honoured. This interactive workshop will explore the problem of isolation and how we can recover a vision for aging that is community oriented and that receives the gifts of elders. Beginning with individual, biblical and cultural stories of older adults finding and holding community in their later years, together we will imagine and share creative ideas for breaking the pattern of isolation that we see and experience in aging. Facilitators: Wendy and John Hardy and Joy Banks Wendy and John Hardy are both retired, John from Pastoral ministry (40 years) and Wendy from child rearing (4 married sons), ESL teaching and multiple church related activities. They presently are involved in 3 primary communities: Family[...]
Dr. R. Paul Stevens speaks on Aging and Spirituality “Faith Flourishing in the Second Half and Third Third of Life” Dr. R. Paul Stevens is the Professor Emeritus, Marketplace Theology for Regent College and a friend resource to Carey. Public Lecture: All Are Welcome Date: Monday, August 25 2014 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: St. Marks Chapel | 5935 Iona Dr (across the street from Carey) Free Parking at Carey The process of aging is itself a spiritual discipline, inviting us to go deep, to find a more substantial and significant relationship with God and life. There are patterns of spiritual growth, sometimes called “spiritual disciplines,” which are especially significant for people as they age, and these will be considered in the seminar. But in the process of aging, various vices and virtues are revealed, which when identified can enable us to flourish and produce spiritual fruit in the maturing years. Practical steps, hands-on engagement and interaction will be included in this presentation.
All courses run online September 8th to November 28th, 2014. Check the calendar for details of courses with onsite intensives. Course syllabi can be found by clicking here and going to the program link for syllabi. REGISTER
All new Master of Divinity Students are required to attend the Graduate Studies Orientation, held annually in September. The Graduate Studies Orientation introduces the learning objectives of the degree program and prepares students to re-enter the academic world while remaining involved in practical ministry. It provides a foundation for the process of discernment of ministry gifts and skills, and the deepening of Christian character, which are integral to readiness for ministry. Various assessment tools are a part of this process. REGISTER
CALGARY LAUNCH FALL 2014 Launch Date: September 20, 2014 Location: First Baptist Church, Calgary 1311 4 St SW, Calgary, AB Parking: Free parking downtown for the CMin classes! Fees: Fees for this Certificate in Ministry in Calgary have been reduced to $300/course. Try one course or sign up for all ten and receive a Certificate in Ministry from a recognized institution. Intercultural Communication for Effective Ministry APPL 118/APPL 518 (3 Credit Hours) Instructor: Dr. Bill Dyck Dates: Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15 Location: Calgary CMin Campus, 1311 4 St SW Time: 8:30-4:45 REGISTER In a world where national and cultural boundaries are increasingly permeable to the flow of information, ideas, and people, ministry to people of different cultures is becoming the norm. Successful ministry to people of diverse backgrounds will be determined by an awareness of sometimes fundamental differences and by communication of the Gospel in a way that is deliberate and strategic about being understood. This course will help students to become attuned to their own and others’ values, beliefs, and assumptions about the world, to understand what God’s mission is for the world, and how to be involved in God’s mission by communicating in a way that is relevant.
Date: Saturday, September 20 2014 Time: 9:00-3:00 Location: First Baptist Church, Nanaimo BC Cost: $50/person REGISTER Presenter: Dr. Paul Pearce ABOUT THE SEMINAR: Canadians approaching retirement are now the fastest growing demographic in the country. The sharp increase can be attributed to the aging “baby boom” generation, who account for almost one-third of the nation’s population. This emerging trend will have significant ministry consequences for many years for churches and the communities they serve. There will need to be an intentional approach to preparation and provision of ministries in order to respond to the possibilities of mission and service with both those in the church and others in the community needing care and compassion. This seminar will review the emerging trends, the challenges of aging and the Christian framework for understanding the retirement time of life as part of our spiritual journey. The content and discussion will cover material and resources designed to help maturing adults (50+), either approaching or already in retirement to discover peace and purpose for this season of life through personal growth and ministry development. The legacy of faith, support of others and the presence and power of the Spirit has the potential to transform an ordinary retirement into an exceptional journey of discovery! The day will be planned for: (i) those preparing for eventual retirement; (ii) those already moving into or in retirement; (iii) spouses and family of future and current retirees; (iv) church personnel; (v) helping professionals. Through videos, lectures and dialogue there will be opportunities to be resourced for both personal and group ministries within your family, local church and community. The topics will focus on gaining an appreciation of the differences between the Old Retirement vs. New Retirement approach to aging. (Fragmentation vs. Wholeness; Purposelessness vs. Purposefulness; Fixation vs. Creative Change; Idle Busyness vs. Life Enrichment; Dependency vs. Independence; Self absorption vs. Healthy Self-esteem; Attitude of Criticism vs. Attitude of Mentorship; Alienation vs. Involvement). ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dr. Paul Pearce served as the Executive Director of Beulah Garden Homes Society (BGH) in Vancouver and retired at the end of 2012. Beulah Garden Homes provides affordable, independent and assisted-living housing for an older adult (55+) community of 360 people (310 residents, 50 staff) in East Vancouver. Beulah Garden Homes Society is an affiliated ministry of the CBWC. Through the years, Paul also served in a number of ministry capacities across western Canada and in Ontario as an educator, a pastor and a CBWC denominational leader. http://chat-carey.ca/