7 Chats For The Fall Season

Church Family Chats

As we enter a new church season, we are excited to join together once again with Covenant and Inglewood Christian Reformed Churches to provide a series of Church Family Chats that will make up a significant portion of our adult education offerings for the season. Here is a list of what we have planned, so be sure to chalk these up on your calendar! The events will be offered in-person at the church listed (masks encouraged but not required), or can be attended virtually from the link on the home page of our website: www.westendcrc.ca. You can also catch these events later on YouTube, by clicking on the link for that or going directly to YouTube and entering “West End Christian Reformed Church” in the search bar.

SEVEN FALL CHATS

What Does Christian Schooling Contribute to Society and to God’s Kingdom?

September 20, 7:00 p.m.

Presenter: Keith Piquette, Dir. of Development and Admissions for the Edm. Soc. for Christian Ed.

Location: West End CRC

Christian day schools may have fallen under the radar for many of our churches, so Keith will update us on the health of Christian schooling in Edmonton, how our relationship with the government is going, what contributions the Christian School system is making, and how well the uniqueness of a Christ-centered curriculum has been maintained.

Brush Strokes: Artists Answer

November 1, 7:00 p.m.

Presenters: Frank Van Veen and Clarence Visser

Location: West End CRC

Ever wonder what artists are trying to convey, why they do what they do, and how they strive to accomplish what they set out to do? We’ve invited two Christian artists to show us what’s going on in their art and how they go about their work.

From Genes to Organisms

October 4, 7:00 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Hank Bestman, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry Emeritus at the King’s University

Location: Covenant CRC

If you though Darwin had it all cased, guess again! With the explosion of recent discoveries in the field of biology, Dr. Hank will summarize some of the amazing new developments in our understanding of biological complexity. The marvels of God’-created life are stunning!

Economics in the Age of Climate Crisis

November 15, 7:00 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Elwil Beukes, Professor of Economics Emeritus at The King’s University

Location: West End CRC

How can our leaders help us make the necessary changes to our lifestyle before it’s too late and our planet reaches the point of no return? How do we prevent further damage to our environment and ecosystems? How can governments do what must be done without destroying our economy? How does “the market” tie into all of this? Dr. Beukes will provide us with some much-needed perspective on these vital concerns.

How Do We Access Real News and Distinguish it from Fake News?

December 13, 7:00 p.m.

Presenters: Janet Paquette, Paul DeGroot, and Dr. Michael DeMoor

Location: Covenant CRC

If you’re confused about the news—what’s real, what’s not—you’re in good company. How do we access and distinguish truth from lies? We’ve invited a seasoned news reporter, a web expert, and a philosopher to help us sort out those crucial questions. We’ll take a caution from the old truism about data: “Garbage in, garbage out.”

The Reformation: celebrate it or grieve it?

October 18, 7:00 p.m.

Presenter: Rev. Andrew Aukema, pastor of Inglewood CRC.

Location: Inglewood CRC

As Reformation Day approaches we take a critical look at some of the causes of the Protestant Reformation, examine its key outcomes, and mull over some of the gains and losses from the Reformation that Christ’s Body has experienced over the past 500 years.

What is the Christian Labour Association and What Does It Do?

November 29: 7:00 p.m.

Presenter: Wayne Prins, Executive Director

Location: Inglewood CRC

What is the Christian Labour Association and how is it different from other unions? How is it unique? Whom does it represent? We’ve invited Wayne Prins to share with us a brief history of the union and its present position on the labour scene. He will describe what it believes and does, and why  a union based on Christian values really matters.

What Does Christian Schooling Contribute to Society and to God’s Kingdom?

September 20, 7:00 p.m.

Presenter: Keith Piquette, Dir. of Development and Admissions for the Edm. Soc. for Christian Ed.

Location: West End CRC

Christian day schools may have fallen under the radar for many of our churches, so Keith will update us on the health of Christian schooling in Edmonton, how our relationship with the government is going, what contributions the Christian School system is making, and how well the uniqueness of a Christ-centered curriculum has been maintained.

From Genes to Organisms

October 4, 7:00 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Hank Bestman, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry Emeritus at the King’s University

Location: Covenant CRC

If you though Darwin had it all cased, guess again! With the explosion of recent discoveries in the field of biology, Dr. Hank will summarize some of the amazing new developments in our understanding of biological complexity. The marvels of God’-created life are stunning!

The Reformation: celebrate it or grieve it?

October 18, 7:00 p.m.

Presenter: Rev. Andrew Aukema, pastor of Inglewood CRC.

Location: Inglewood CRC

As Reformation Day approaches we take a critical look at some of the causes of the Protestant Reformation, examine its key outcomes, and mull over some of the gains and losses from the Reformation that Christ’s Body has experienced over the past 500 years.

Brush Strokes: Artists Answer

November 1, 7:00 p.m.

Presenters: Frank Van Veen and Clarence Visser

Location: West End CRC

Ever wonder what artists are trying to convey, why they do what they do, and how they strive to accomplish what they set out to do? We’ve invited two Christian artists to show us what’s going on in their art and how they go about their work.

Economics in the Age of Climate Crisis

November 15, 7:00 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Elwil Beukes, Professor of Economics Emeritus at The King’s University

Location: West End CRC

How can our leaders help us make the necessary changes to our lifestyle before it’s too late and our planet reaches the point of no return? How do we prevent further damage to our environment and ecosystems? How can governments do what must be done without destroying our economy? How does “the market” tie into all of this? Dr. Beukes will provide us with some much-needed perspective on these vital concerns.

What is the Christian Labour Association and What Does It Do?

November 29: 7:00 p.m.

Presenter: Wayne Prins, Executive Director

Location: Inglewood CRC

What is the Christian Labour Association and how is it different from other unions? How is it unique? Whom does it represent? We’ve invited Wayne Prins to share with us a brief history of the union and its present position on the labour scene. He will describe what it believes and does, and why  a union based on Christian values really matters.

How Do We Access Real News and Distinguish it from Fake News?

December 13, 7:00 p.m.

Presenters: Janet Paquette, Paul DeGroot, and Dr. Michael DeMoor

Location: Covenant CRC

If you’re confused about the news—what’s real, what’s not—you’re in good company. How do we access and distinguish truth from lies? We’ve invited a seasoned news reporter, a web expert, and a philosopher to help us sort out those crucial questions. We’ll take a caution from the old truism about data: “Garbage in, garbage out.”