Inside Out Church, our Diocesan Mission Conference, is set for May 2018. Our design team has met several times since December, putting together plans and ideas for our second bi-annual Mission Conference. Through the leadership of Archdeacon Douglas Fenton, our design team is composed of several individuals, both clergy and lay, who have been working away to produce and facilitate this conference.
Inside Out Church comes from the idea of ‘Mission’ beginning with ourselves first in our church communities, exploring what a healthy and flourishing church looks like and taking that mission out of our churches and into the wider community, locally, nationally and internationally. This conference has been designed to educate and inspire, as well as creating space for dialogue and empowerment through exploration. The conference is designed to be participative and aimed at all ages, open to all. Anyone who is interested in Mission and what that looks like in the Anglican Church and in our daily lives, learning from outreach initiatives in the diocese as well as anything from working professionals and efforts with marginalized people.
Dr. Lillian Daniel is our guest speaker, (click for bio) her knowledge and down to earth humor bring a new edge to exploring what it is like being a Christian today. Lillian Daniel wrote many books including “When Being Spiritual But Not Religious Is Not Enough.” At the end of the day we hope that participants will be renewed and inspired to engage in their parish work, ministries inside and outside of the church and in the diocese as a whole.
Our venue for the conference will be Burnaby Mountain Secondary, (8800 Eastlake Drive Burnaby). It a great venue that will certainly suit our needs. The school is accessible by all means of transportation, both bus and SkyTrain are nearby. It is a 10 minute walk from the nearest SkyTrain station, or a short bus ride, and 3 minutes’ walk from the bus stop. The venue has a large parking lot (Free Parking!) and the facilities are accessible to all. Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee and there will be plenty of time to catch up with friends and meet new people from across the diocese and beyond. The space at Burnaby Mountain Secondary has a gym, and multiple classrooms for our conference as well as inside and outside space for having those after session conversations with peers over a coffee.
The conference will be May 26 from 8 am to 4 pm. Registration begins at 8 am for those who have not registered online. The conference will begin at 9 am with the traditional Territorial welcome from the Musqueam tribe. We will of course have worship, in the morning and at the end of the conference, which will aim to display creative new ways to worship and explore mission and diversity in our parishes. Our Keynote from Lillian Daniels will start at 10 am, with sessions at 11am and 3:30pm from a variety of different speakers and panels, with multiple topics and discussions around Mission Inside and Out of our Churches.
Submitted by the Mission Conference Design Team: Reverends Wilmer Toyoken, Craig Tanksley, Patrick Blaney; Douglas Ibbott,ODNW; Lauren Pinkney, Archdeacon Douglas Fenton