Social distancing for the health of the community – other ways we will pray together – no in person gathering today

Friends, many in our community have vulnerable health or live with those with vulnerable health. For the next while we will attempt to find other ways to connect, pray and learn together.

Today a few of us will attempt to use Google Hangouts for a group video call. If you’d like to be invited to the call, please call or text Sarah at 604-349-5027.

Thank you to a community member who suggested this video as a reflection for today, we think there’s a few great and pertinent messages contained within.

Seasonal gatherings & events – Advent/Christmas

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community invites you to join us for
Advent in the New Universe Story 2019. This Advent program provides an opportunity for Christians to deepen their understanding of the Christmas/ Incarnation reality in the context of the New Universe Story. We now know that creation began 13.8 billion years ago, that the expanding universe contains billions of galaxies, that we and all creation are new each moment and intrinsically interconnected. We no longer live in a world with God “above.” This requires some basic re- thinking of the Christmas story! The Incarnation is a Mystery that a lifetime of contemplation would not exhaust. More and more theologians and others are writing about the transitions needed for its mutual integration with cosmic history. These pages contain just a few of their insights.

The four weeks include:

New Consciousness, New Christian Understanding
The Cosmos Prepares for New Life
Evolving Understanding of Humanity’s Place in Creation
Incarnation Revisited

When: 6:30 pm on Nov. 27th, Dec. 4th, 11th, 18th (drop-ins welcome)

Where: Samaritan House, 1143 East Pender St.,Vancouver

To register or for more information, please contact: vikki,


You are invited to join the Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community Feast Day Celebration in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


December 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm

at 1143 East Pender Street, Vancouver

Finger Food Feast follows the Liturgy,

Please bring something to share (if possible).

Ongoing discussion & education – join us

Lectionary-Based Scripture Study:

On Thursday evenings, Bonnie is facilitating and hosting an opportunity for study of the scriptures using exegetical methods, as well as current research, literature and thought. Please feel free to bring any refreshments to share.

Time: Thursdays, 6:30 pm

Location: please email or phone Bonnie for location details in East Vancouver – bonnieglassford at or 604-767-7122

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:

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

Location: Samaritan House, 1143 East Pender Street, Vancouver


September 1st service out in the community – McLean Park 10:30am

As we are members of the Downtown Eastside Faith-based Group, OLGT will be joining other church communities at our quarterly combined worship on September 1st rather than holding our own regular 1st Sunday of the month service. We have role in the service so we’d love to see you there.

DTES Quarterly Combined Worship Gathering

September 1st at MacLean Park at 10:30am

BBQ follows worship service

If it’s raining then the back up plan is to meet at Strathcona Church basement ( 431 Princess Ave).