Guest Speaker: Clarence Li
The Rev. Clarence Li was born in Hong Kong and came to Canada when he was 18. He became a Christian while attending a youth group at the Church of the Good Shepherd. After a short stint as an accountant after graduation from UBC, he answered a call to full-time ministry with the Anglican Church when he turned 26. He treasured his experience ministering among people of varied abilities during his two years living in L’Arche Daybreak in Toronto, as well as serving as a priest at St. James’ Anglican Church in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for 8 years. Since 2010, he has been the Rector of St. Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt, where he was involved in opening a Cold Weather Shelter at the church for people who are homeless. He enjoys meeting people and has a wonderful sense of humour. He and his partner, Dave, live in Davis Bay.
Few Words on the Theme: “Blessed are the poor in spirit”
This retreat invites young people to reflect on poverty and discover God’s good news for all who are poor in spirit. Through stories of different ways of encountering people who appear ‘poor’ in the eyes of our world, participants will examine the black and white divide between the rich and the poor in our world today, and learn how to cross this divide through how we pray and serve.
Winter Retreat is primarily organized and designed by the Leadership Team of the Diocesan Youth Movement of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster. This team includes youth, young adults, parish leaders, parents, youth leaders, clergy and other diocesan leaders. Together their purpose is to promote, support, and advocate for ministry with young people in the Diocese and beyond. They receive administrative and communications support from the Missioner for Children, Youth and Families (this position is currently vacant). The Chair of the Leadership Team is Anne Kessler, Children, Youth and Family Ministries Coordinator at Christ Church Cathedral and our Chaplain is Lauren Odile Pinkney, youth leader at St Alban the Martyrm Burnaby.
Sorrento Centre Hosts
In addition to DYM, the staff of Sorrento Centre ensure that our retreat happens in a warm, clean and welcoming space, make sure everyone is well fed and make sure registration, payment and the event run smoothly. In particular, Associate Director Melissa Green connects with the DYM Leadership Team and participants and acts as our main host for this event. Melissa Green is a familiar face at Sorrento. She has been at the Centre for many years in various positions including that of Summer Youth Staff Coordinator, and most recently Program Director.
The British Columbia and Yukon Anglican Youth Movement is a ministry of the ecclesiastical province of BC and Yukon led by a council of young people from parishes around the province. As a part of this provincial ministry, the members of council support the annual DYM winter retreat as needed. In the past they have led workshops, activities, worship, and the infamous annual Winter Olympics.
Adult Chaperones and Other Leaders
In addition to the retreat leaders and organizers, other adult chaperones and youth leaders attend the event as well. They are from different parishes in different dioceses, they are clergy, and lay people, paid and volunteer leaders. They participate in the weekend’s programming alongside the youth and young adult participants and they support the organizers and make sure things run smoothly. These adults ensure that there are more spiritually mature adults present with whom youth and young adults can connect during the weekend, particularly while the retreat leaders are focused on making the program run smoothly.
All leaders comply with the Safe Church Screening Policy of Sorrento Centre.