Breakout Sessions

  •   Breakout Session 1 - Saturday 9:00 AM
    • Re-Thinking Human Trafficking: How it REALLY Happens (and What We Can Do About It)
      [ RM 174 ]
      Katie Bergman
      Katie Bergman
      There are anywhere between 21 and 46 million people enslaved in our world today, forced to work for little or no pay in manual labour, domestic servitude, the sex trade, and other industries. While human trafficking has garnered widespread public attention only in the last 10 years, it has persisted since biblical times. Why haven't we eradicated it by now? Could it be that we don't fully understand its complexities? Have we been only addressing the symptoms and not the underlying problems?
    • A Biblical response to Refugees
      [ RM 175 ]
      Derek + Tayler Gust
      Derek + Tayler Gust
      How does Christ and His word ask us to respond to refugees? What are some practical ways we can love and build relationships with refugees, both across the world and in our own backyard? Come learn, hear first-hand stories, and join in the discussion.  
    • Beauty will save the world: loving art and culture in the postmodern age
      [ RM S113 ]
      Grant Poettecker
      Grant Poettecker
      Abstract: What does it mean to be “in the world, but not of the world” when it comes to art and culture?  Young Christians are often taught to guard themselves against the influence of culture, and in some evangelical circles this warning is intensifying: we often hear some version of the saying, “culture is of the devil”. But is this true?  We also often hear that “beauty is subjective,” which is an idea that encourages us not to discern what is praiseworthy and good in the images, music, movies, poetry, and stories that our culture produces.  This session will question those half-truths, and will consider the importance of seeking true beauty and God’s truth as we engage the arts today.
    • Art as Catalyst for Adoration
      [ RM 134 ]
      Joshua Leventhal
      Joshua Leventhal
      Reflecting on our call to meaningful creativity in the Church and the broader Kingdom of God. Topics to be explored: The song writing process, the utilitarian nature of current evangelical pop art, honesty and bravery in artistry and the church, the worship chasm (corporate vs individual), criticism and faith-based art, genuine hope.
  •   Breakout Session 2 - Saturday 10:30 AM
    • Re-Thinking Human Trafficking: How it REALLY Happens (and What We Can Do About It)
      [ RM 174 ]
      Katie Bergman
      Katie Bergman
      There are anywhere between 21 and 46 million people enslaved in our world today, forced to work for little or no pay in manual labour, domestic servitude, the sex trade, and other industries. While human trafficking has garnered widespread public attention only in the last 10 years, it has persisted since biblical times. Why haven’t we eradicated it by now? Could it be that we don’t fully understand its complexities? Have we been only addressing the symptoms and not the underlying problems?
    • A Biblical response to Refugees
      [ RM 175 ]
      Derek + Tayler Gust
      Derek + Tayler Gust
      How does Christ and His word ask us to respond to refugees? What are some practical ways we can love and build relationships with refugees, both across the world and in our own backyard? Come learn, hear first-hand stories, and join in the discussion.
    • Beauty will save the world: loving art and culture in the postmodern age
      [ RM S113 ]
      Grant Poettecker
      Grant Poettecker
      What does it mean to be “in the world, but not of the world” when it comes to art and culture?  Young Christians are often taught to guard themselves against the influence of culture, and in some evangelical circles this warning is intensifying: we often hear some version of the saying, “culture is of the devil”. But is this true?  We also often hear that “beauty is subjective,” which is an idea that encourages us not to discern what is praiseworthy and good in the images, music, movies, poetry, and stories that our culture produces.  This session will question those half-truths, and will consider the importance of seeking true beauty and God’s truth as we engage the arts today.
    • Art as Catalyst for Adoration
      [ RM 134 ]
      Joshua Leventhal
      Joshua Leventhal
      Reflecting on our call to meaningful creativity in the Church and the broader Kingdom of God. Topics to be explored: The song writing process, the utilitarian nature of current evangelical pop art, honesty and bravery in artistry and the church, the worship chasm (corporate vs individual), criticism and faith-based art, genuine hope.
  •   Breakout Session 3 - Saturday 1:00 PM
    • Moving into the Margins: sharing a life of solidarity and justice with our poor neighbours
      [ RM 174 ]
      Katelyn Siggelkow
      Katelyn Siggelkow
      Relocated by the call to “love your neighbour as yourself” and “proclaim the good news to the poor”, there are movements of Christians deciding to live incarnationally in urban poor communities. Our attempts to bring Jesus to dark places or to serve the poor are quickly unravelled as we discover Jesus is already here. He is present in every face of our poor neighbours, and we have much to receive from them. Mother Teresa refers to this as “seeking the face of God in everything…in the distressing disguise of the poor”. Join me as I share stories from my experience of moving into Canada’s poorest postal code in downtown eastside, Vancouver. When I set out to transform a community I quickly learned that God called me to this work to transform my heart and draw me closer to Godself. 
    • Understanding the Kingdom of God
      [ RM 134 ]
      Dan Gabor
      Dan Gabor
      In the gospels, Jesus made reference to the Kingdom about 100 times even going so far as to say that we should seek it first, above all other things. Crucial, then, that his followers should understand what He is speaking of when he uses the word ‘Kingdom’. We will take some time looking at the Old Testament backgrounds that would have framed Jesus words on the topic and we will move on to understand how Jesus sharpened the picture of what it meant for his hearers then and for us today.
    • The Reality of Addiction
      [ RM 175 ]
      Margaret Clarke
      Margaret Clarke
      Addiction is prevalent in our society and each one of us is touched directly or indirectly by it. The recent Fentanyl crisis is an opportunity for us to think deeply about people who struggle with debilitating addictions and the stigmas we may have that hinder our ability to have a compassionate approach as Jesus followers.
    • Does "Church" Matter?
      [ RM S113 ]
      Sid Koop
      Sid Koop
      2 questions...is gathering as "the church" really important, is it necessary? And if so, does the way we "gather", actually make a difference...in us and through us? The scriptures tell us the church must gather, and national research suggests it's not so easy to grow faith apart from gathering as the church. However, good stewardship, or faithfulness demands we ask the questions, "do our current models really matter?"
    • Nature, Creation, Discipleship, and Mission
      [ RM 139 ]
      Truitt Wiensz
      Truitt Wiensz
  •   Breakout Session 4 - Saturday 2:30 PM
    • Moving into the Margins: sharing a life of solidarity and justice with our poor neighbours
      [ RM 174 ]
      Katelyn Siggelkow
      Katelyn Siggelkow
      Relocated by the call to “love your neighbour as yourself” and “proclaim the good news to the poor”, there are movements of Christians deciding to live incarnationally in urban poor communities. Our attempts to bring Jesus to dark places or to serve the poor are quickly unravelled as we discover Jesus is already here. He is present in every face of our poor neighbours, and we have much to receive from them. Mother Teresa refers to this as “seeking the face of God in everything…in the distressing disguise of the poor”. Join me as I share stories from my experience of moving into Canada’s poorest postal code in downtown eastside, Vancouver. When I set out to transform a community I quickly learned that God called me to this work to transform my heart and draw me closer to Godself. 
    • Understanding the Kingdom of God
      [ RM 134 ]
      Dan Gabor
      Dan Gabor
      In the gospels, Jesus made reference to the Kingdom about 100 times even going so far as to say that we should seek it first, above all other things. Crucial, then, that his followers should understand what He is speaking of when he uses the word ‘Kingdom’. We will take some time looking at the Old Testament backgrounds that would have framed Jesus words on the topic and we will move on to understand how Jesus sharpened the picture of what it meant for his hearers then and for us today.
    • The Reality of Addiction
      [ RM 175 ]
      Margaret Clarke
      Margaret Clarke
      Addiction is prevalent in our society and each one of us is touched directly or indirectly by it. The recent Fentanyl crisis is an opportunity for us to think deeply about people who struggle with debilitating addictions and the stigmas we may have that hinder our ability to have a compassionate approach as Jesus followers.
    • Does "Church" Matter?
      [ RM S113 ]
      Sid Koop
      Sid Koop
      2 questions...is gathering as "the church" really important, is it necessary? And if so, does the way we "gather", actually make a difference...in us and through us? The scriptures tell us the church must gather, and national research suggests it's not so easy to grow faith apart from gathering as the church. However, good stewardship, or faithfulness demands we ask the questions, "do our current models really matter?"
    • Nature, Creation, Discipleship, and Mission
      [ RM 139 ]
      Truitt Wiensz
      Truitt Wiensz