This Week: May 29th 2016

Picture10 It is sometimes said of our youth that they are the church of tomorrow. The saying implies that they are our insurance policy that the church will still be here a generation from now. But whatever our young people may be in the future, they are also the church of today—baptized, engaged, participating, inspiring the rest of us (as they did on Pentecost Sunday) by their energy and their zeal.

At St. Stephen’s we currently have a new “crop” of pre-teens soon to enter the dead zone of church attendance. Inevitably many will drift away as other interests compete for their time and attention. We have an opportunity before that happens to fill up their backpacks with resources they will need along the way—resources designed to equip them for an adult faith.

Picture11On Sunday evening, June 12, Charmaine Evans, currently the family and youth minister at Christ Church, Elbow Park, will meet with our young people—those who will be 12 years old or older in the coming year—and with their parents to talk about a youth program for 2016/17. If the interest is sufficient we will hire Charmaine to run a pre-Confirmation youth program beginning in September.

Unquestionably, parents are the most effective teachers of faith for their own children, young people learning by example what a life of faith looks like. But the church can support that learning with programs designed to engage our youth directly. We are excited by this possibility for St. Stephen’s.

This Week at St. Stephen’s: May 22nd 2016

Picture32All our patience and preparation have paid off. Sometime in the coming months, a Syrian family will be arriving via Amman, Jordan , to begin a new life here in Canada. Together with St. Paul’s Anglican Church and the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, we are their sponsors and we will become their support while they settle in.

 

The family comprises a mom and dad and four children—two boys, 14 and 12, and two girls, 9 and 5. The dad and the older three children speak some English, there are no known medical issues, and the dad has transferable skills for employment here. It sounds like they are well positioned to succeed in their new life.

 

Our NeST team (Newcomer Support Team) will be submitting a formal application to the Central Processing Office for the Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Program, the federal program to place UN-approved refugees with private Canadian sponsors. Once approved, the application will be forwarded to the Visa Office in Amman and we are told the family could arrive between three to six weeks after that.

unnamedSo there are still some bureaucratic steps to follow, but barring any unforeseen stumbling blocks we could be meeting our family a few months from now—lots of time to raise both money and awareness and create room for them in our hearts. More information will follow as it becomes available. In the meantime you can direct any questions to Carol Rose Skelly, NeST Co-Chair.

This Week at St. Stephen’s–May 22, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS, IT’S A FAMILY OF SIX!

All our patience and preparation have paid off. Sometime in the coming months, a Syrian family will be arriving via Amman, Jordan , to begin a new life here in Canada. Together with St. Paul’s Anglican Church and the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, we are their sponsors and we will become their support while they settle in.

The family comprises a mom and dad and four children—two boys, 14 and 12, and two girls, 9 and 5. The dad and the older three children speak some English, there are no known medical issues, and the dad has transferable skills for employment here. It sounds like they are well positioned to succeed in their new life.

Our NeST team (Newcomer Support Team) will be submitting a formal application to the Central Processing Office for the Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Program, the federal program to place UN-approved refugees with private Canadian sponsors. Once approved, the application will be forwarded to the Visa Office in Amman and we are told the family could arrive between three to six weeks after that.                                                                                                                                 May 22
So there are still some bureaucratic steps to follow, but barring any unforeseen stumbling blocks we could be meeting our family a few months from now—lots of time to raise both money and awareness and create room for them in our hearts. More information will follow as it becomes available. In the meantime you can direct any questions to Carol Rose Skelly, NeST Co-Chair.

Bring a friend to church

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Think about how you found St. Stephen’s. Was it a friend? An event? A family connection? Regardless of how you found St. Stephen’s, someone took the first step to make you aware. We’re continuing to grow in togetherness and in numbers.

How have you helped St. Stephen’s become more intentional as a community in the last week? In the last month? Have you spoken to someone new at coffee hour? Have you attended an event or gathering that’s not a Sunday service? Have you written an article for the newsletter? Sent us a photograph for Facebook? Have you forwarded our newsletter to a friend to invite them to an event? Shared an event or post on your Facebook wall? Have y

ou had coffee with a fellow parishioner?

OK, so those are all things that you can do and require some time and action and effort. What about things that don’t require effort? How do you talk about your experiences at St. Stephen’s around the lunchroom table? When people discuss controversial social issues, how do you respond, and how does your faith inform that response? Does the national church’s response to issues inform your own?

Evangelism comes from the Greek and literally means to share the good news. As this article suggests, sharing comes in many forms, and looks different depending on our relationship with the person we’re sharing with. Don’t feel like you have to “beat people over the head” with your faith—just live it and watch for opportunities to tell people about the place where you can Be Real. Belong. Believe It.

This Week at St. Stephen’s : May 8th 2016

Picture2Five years ago, as our building committee bore down on plans to renovate St. Stephen’s, we said we wanted our church to become a community hub, a cultural centre, a gathering place for the neighbourhood. It sometimes seemed a remote dream, especially as the challenges mounted up and plans had to be trimmed back.

But today we witness the fulfillment of that dream. St. Stephen’s is busy most weekends with concerts, art shows, and theatrical performances. Renowned performance groups like Cantare Children’s Choirs, Luminous Voices, and the Calgary Instrumental Society thrill local audiences that sometimes burst the seams, sending patrons up into the balcony.

So it is curious that we ourselves are seldom numbered among the members of the audience, even when we are co-sponsors of events offered here. True, we designed the space for use by the wider community. But we host some of the best talent in the city right here in our sanctuary, and for the reason that (we said) we love the performing arts.

So this is just a reminder that we are part of the community too. When our neighbours come to see a performance, they are also coming to see us—not just our buildings, but the people who reside here. In coming weeks we will host a program about Sound and Spirit, and bring back the Donald Ray Johnson Blues Band, among other events. It would be unfortunate if we were to miss out on the very blessings we offer to the world.

A Day of Musical Exploration with the Instrumental Society of Calgary

Picture1ISC SOUNDWORKS
Presents
SOUND & THE HUMAN SPIRIT

A Day of Musical Exploration with the Instrumental Society of Calgary Sunday, May 29, 2016
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church

1:00 – 7:00 p.m. (including pauses, food and beverage) Tickets available at www.instrumentalsociety.ca or at the door on the day.

$75 Adult for Full Day (including food and beverage)

$60  ISC Subscribers for Full Day

$50  Musicians and Students with valid I.D. for Full Day

$20  Concert Only

The Art of Letting Go 1 – 3 p.m.
Workshop with Kevin Komisaruk, concert musician and member of The Music and Health Research Collaboratory (Toronto)  http://uoftmusicmahrc.ca Exploring performance practice, rhetoric, ‘flow’ and improvisation, and how these impact the spiritual, emotional and physical health of artists and listeners. With special participation by ISC musicians.

Intersect 3:30 -5 p.m.
A panel discussion with prominent members of Calgary’s musical, medical and spiritual communities exploring
Health and Wellness Through Ancient and Modern-day Practices of Music

Interplay 6 – 7 p.m.
ISC musicians perform Olivier Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time. Here is a little window into this profound work… Written with materials and priviledges granted to a prisoner by a guard, Messaien completed the Quartet for the End of Time for a unique combination of dilapidated instruments available to his prisoner friends. In 1941, shivering in the cold at the Stalag VIIIA POW camp, prisoners and guards shared sounds that weaved a story, in their odd metrical way, reaching into the depths of human pathos and emotions.  The story danced with violence, tender longing and serene hope looking forward to sacred texts where time is no more.  As they shivered and participated together in the waves of sound that frigid night, perhaps the line where enemies are separated was blurred.
Featuring Special Guest Speakers

Kevin Komisaruk is an Associate Professor in the performance area of the University of Toronto and a core faculty member with the Music and Health Research Collaboratory.  His work explores intersections between performance practice, rhetoric, flow theory, and improvisation, and how together these impact the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of artists and listeners. In practice, his research develops applications for re-purposing professional stage performance in a variety of medical contexts, especially palliative care and stroke rehabilitation, with a view towards enhancing existing therapies and developing new ones. As a concert musician, he has performed throughout Europe, the UK, and North America; his recordings on the ATMA label have received several international citations.

Janet Youngdahl is active as a soprano, academic and choral conductor. She has toured with the ensemble for medieval music Sequentia throughout Europe and North America. She appears as a soloist on many recordings on the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi / BMG label. In concert, she has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City, the Proms in London, and the Melbourne Festival. Recent recordings include several discs of 17th-century Italian music by Kapsberger and Castaldi for Toccata Classics, cantatas by Elizabet Jacquet de la Guerre for Centaur Records and a new recording of arias by Barbara Strozzi with beloved UK soprano Catherine Bott.  Dr. Youngdahl is an Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge, her work as a specialist in the chant of Hildegard von Bingen has fostered invitations to offer lectures and workshops at the University of Toronto, California State University and the American Academy in Rome.

Brian Pearson is an Anglican priest—the Rector of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Calgary. He is a published author (two works of fiction and one of autobiographical essays) and a singer/songwriter. As the evocative power of the Christian story wainsin the modern age, Pearson is curious about human spirituality, and the many and diverse ways the divine breaks through into consciousness. The arts have always served us as such a medium, reaching beneath the differences of particular religious traditions to create pathways for the life that flows through us all.

Sarah Van Peteghen is an Accredited Music Therapist based in Calgary, Alberta.  At the Alberta Children’s Hospital, she works with children aged 0-18 on goals involving everything from developmental play with infants to processing trauma through song-writing with school-aged children and teens.  She specializes in neonatal intensive care work with premature infants to increase tolerance to a hospital environment through the use of rhythm, breathand lullaby. Sarah created the first music therapy internship program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in 2013 which has just graduated its 3rd music therapy intern.  In the community she is employed by JB Music Therapy, an award-winning company who designs treatment plans for people of all ages and abilities to foster change.  There Sarah works with seniors, adults with mental health issues and developmental delays as well as preschoolers coming from trauma-based environments.  When not playing with children or running her wedding music agency RSVP Weddings, she can be found puttering in her garden or cooking with gluten and sugar.

Pandit Dabral, PhD. was born near Dehradun, India, into a family of Sanskrit scholars.  He holds a doctorate in Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit from Varanasi, India.  A disciple of H. H. Swami Rama of the Himalayas, he trained extensively with Swami Veda Bharati, travelling with him for many years teaching Meditation and Yoga Philosophy in Asia, Europe and North America. Panditji is an experienced teacher in the Himalayan Tradition who is capable of bringing the authentic teachings of the yoga masters to all types of students. People of all ages enjoy his accessibility and humor. His knowledge of Sanskrit and the yoga scriptures is vast and comprehensive yet he is able to explain complex ideas in ways that are easy to understand and apply to daily life. He brings the experiences and knowledge of the Himalayan sages to life.  He is the Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Center Calgary and Shri Rama Yoga Meditation.
Hal Eagletail is from the Athabasca speaking Tsuu T’ina Nation.  Many teachers have contributed to Hal’s knowledge in traditional ways of knowing, herbology, healing, traditional arts and craftmanship and ceremonial leadership.  Hal’s late grandfather, Frank Onespot, a member of the Blackfoot Prairie Chicken Society, transferred the rights of the Eagle Whistle, Whip and Rattle to Hal.  Hal provides leadership in times of celebration, healing and spiritual growth at various events throughout Indigenous contry and is sure to leave a trail of laughs behind.  Hal is a Traditional Wellness Counsellor with the Aboriginal Health

For Tickets see Eventbrite at the bottom of this page or contact us at boxoffice@instrumentalsociety.ca

$75  Regular for Full Day (including food and beverage)

$60  ISC Subscribers for Full Day (including food and beverage)

$50  Musicians and Students with valid I.D. for Full Day (including food and beverage)

$20  Concert Only (no food and beverage