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NEWS - The 2018 Mission Conference "Inside Out Church" will take place at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School, 8800 East Lake Drive. Saturday, May 26, 8am to 4pm. Sign-in at 8am, programme begins at 9am


A  Conference Design Team has been assembled under the staff support guidance of Executive Archdeacon, the Venerable Douglas Fenton and consists of: Doug Ibbot, St. James’; the Reverend Craig Tanksley, St Mark, Ocean Park; Lauren Pinkney, St Alban the Martyr, Burnaby; the Reverend Wilmer Toyoken, St Michael’s Multicultural, Kingsway; the Reverend Patrick Blaney, St John the Evangelist, North Vancouver; Kim Hodge, ODWN, St George, Ft Langley. The Team is meeting regularly throughout the winter and spring.  

Information about the keynote speaker, the Reverend Dr. Lillian Daniel is available below. Dr. Daniel will open up the conversation: How do we ‘live into’ who we are as disciples of Jesus? Why would our ‘good works’ have to be in line with our spiritual practice and life in a religious community?

May 26, 2018 marks the second diocesan-wide Mission Conference. This event has three purposes:

1.      For the diocesan community to gather and connect in a less formal way than Synod, with more of the community present. This goal developed out of the Reconnect Task Force’s work in 2012-2013.

2.      To be an opportunity for the diocesan community to think about mission – what is it that God is doing in our Diocese (through individuals, parishes, and groups outside of the Diocese) and how are we participating?

3.      To energize and strengthen Anglicans as they are sent into the world (in their homes, schools, workplaces, community and civic organizations) to participate in God’s mission in this time and place.

All members of the diocesan community are invited to participate - although pre-registration is required. Unlike Synod where delegates are elected by parishes and each parish is assigned a number of delegates based on the size of the parish, the Mission Conference can be attended by anyone. The program is designed to welcome clergy and lay people, adults, youth, and children.

Cost for the day which includes lunch and refreshments is $20 for adults and $10 for those aged 18 and under.

The keynote speaker will be preacher, teacher, writer and speaker, Lillian Daniel.

Lillian Daniel is a preacher, teacher, writer, and speaker whose honesty and wit have taken her from the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. to the Festival of Homiletics in Denmark. Wherever she goes, Lillian brings a deep understanding of scripture and how it can be practically applied to everyday life.

Featured in the New York Times and on PBS, her words have been described as biting, hilarious, pitch perfect, tender, and often stunningly beautiful.

Her most recent book, When Spiritual But Religious Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church (Jericho, 2014), makes a provocative case for why religious community matters. Earlier books further explore Lillian’s commitment to making religious life real. This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of two Ministersshares stories about ministry from the inside. And Tell it Like it is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimonytells the story of one church’s attempt to get people to talk to each other about, of all things, God.

As an editor at large for The Christian Century Magazine, and a contributing editor at Leadership Journal, Lillian’s words and work can be found in The Huffington Post, Christianity TodayRelevant MagazineBooks and CultureThe Journal for Preachers, as well as in the United Church of Christ’s daily email devotionals that boast over 20,000 subscribers.

She has taught preaching the University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Yale Divinity School, where she received the 2010 distinguished alumni award for “Distinction in Congregational Ministry.” Equally comfortable in convention centers, classrooms, lecture halls and church pulpits, Lillian has spoken at Duke Chapel, Princeton Seminary King’s College London, and Queen’s University Ontario.

After leading three churches, most recently as Senior Minister of a 1,400 member church outside Chicago, IL. Lillian is currently devoting herself full time to writing, speaking and procrastination.