Archbishop Melissa Skelton will induct the Reverend Sharon Smith as vicar of St. Catherine's, Capilano on St. James', Day.
Clergy encouraged to vest and process.
The preacher will be the Reverend Jessica Schaap
The liturgical colour is red.
Born in South Africa, the daughter of a Baptist minister and a florist, Sharon grew up in the turmoil and injustice of the apartheid system in a family that spoke out against the system and worked to end oppression. She has a Masters in Theological Studies and a PhD from UBC in Rehabilitation Studies where she explored the meaning of spirituality for people living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. She continues to teach at UBC. Her previous experience includes work as the interim Executive Director of Jacob’s Well in the Downtown Eastside, leading a 4-year spirituality project for Vancouver Coastal Health, and 6 years as Founder and Executive Director of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries.