Unsettling the Word – May 09, 2020

Today was another Facebook Live session for our drop in book study.

The section of Unsettling the Word we covered was “Scouting the Haldimand Tract” on page 36.

The scripture that it is connected to, ‘inspired by’ is Numbers 13: 1-3, 16-33

We use a study guide developed by SCM (Student Christian Movement) Canada – Unsettling the Word: The Study Guide

Also part of our discussions over the last few months has been some background on what is know about the pieces of scripture we’re reading. Vikki has provided a piece that discusses the the biblical scholarship around the authorship of the five books of the Pentateuch or Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) – The JEPD Theory

Unsettling the Word drop in book study & COVID-19 – updated with the video

We are still meeting today for discussion on Unsettling the Word and you are welcome to join us. We’re a small group and there’s room to sit 1 meter apart. We are also going to try out a Facebook Live event to offer connection for more folks. Not sure how successful it will be but we will try.

We know not everyone is on Facebook but for today, this is the platform we’ll use. We’ll probably learn some more online publishing/streaming skills in the days to come. Here’s the link to our Page, we’ll start at 2pm – https://www.facebook.com/vancouvercatholicworker/

Here’s the video from this session –

Activities & meetings have resumed

Please join us for our latest reconciliation conversation. This one’s going to carry on into the longterm, there’s lots of material.

Unsettling the Word – Reconciliation Scripture study:

For generations, the Bible has been employed by settler colonial societies as a weapon to dispossess Indigenous and racialized peoples of their lands, cultures, and spiritualities. Given this devastating legacy, many want nothing to do with it. But is it possible for the exploited and their allies to reclaim the Bible from the dominant powers? Can we make it an instrument for justice in the cause of the oppressed? Even a nonviolent weapon toward decolonization?

In Unsettling the Word, over 60 Indigenous and Settler authors come together to wrestle with the Scriptures, re-reading and re-imagining the ancient text for the sake of reparative futures. Created by Mennonite Church Canada’s Indigenous-Settler Relations program, Unsettling the Word is intended to nurture courageous conversations with the Bible, our current settler colonial contexts, and the Church’s call to costly peacemaking.

The Study Guide by Peter Haresnape is available for free download at: https://www.commonword.ca/ResourceDownload/19793?select=0

Feel free to drop in for one, a few or all sessions – no pre-reading is required

Time: Second Saturday of the month, 2 pm

February session is moved to Sunday Feb. 9th, 2pm

Location: Samaritan House, 1143 East Pender Street, Vancouver

We’re getting a floor! Can you help us out?

Hi everyone, here’s an update from us. Vikki is home, recovering well from her surgeries, and getting ready for radiation treatment on her lung. She’s being a good patient, with a little help from her friends.

Meanwhile, we’ve made progress this spring on the upstairs of the house. We’re getting a floor next week! Check out the video – starring Roni.


In addition to the flooring, there’s a few more things to get done before we can use the upstairs again.
Can you help us make it happen? Your donations are so gratefully accepted, we’re hoping to raise another $10,000.

June Newsletter – help spread the word

We’re trying as many ways as possible to reach out and spread the word about our project so we can finish the upper floor. Here (linked below) is a simple 2 page newsletter about who we are, what we’re trying to accomplish, and how folks can help out.  Please check it out, share it, print it, leave it lying around at work… truly any help you can give is appreciated.

vcw June 2017 – newsletter file pdf

Always a need for a place of connection and sanctuary

We were out of our house for a whole year while the entire basement was being re-created. We were graciously housed by friends (Vikki in one place, Sarah with the dog and the cat in another) and are so grateful for their hospitality.

Moving back, into the basement while the upstairs waits to be finished, we were not alone. Immediately we were housing a dear friend who is dealing with immigration issues. After he moved on to a better situation we had to move all the remaining furniture and belongings that were stored upstairs down into the spare bedroom and any other empty space available. No more room at the inn!

We’ve had lots of requests and a few visitors.

We so want to get back to being able to say yes to people who need a place to stay. We’ve hosted some small gatherings for Advent reflection and are about to start a book study on Reconciliation with the Aboriginal peoples of this land. It will be so great to have our chapel/meeting space back and welcome our various communities and groups to our space.

Thanks to all who have pitched in to our fundraising so far. If you can, please share our story far and wide so that we can finish the house and get back to unrestricted radical hospitality!