THIS FRIDAY AND NEXT WEEK: October Baby and “The Case for Personhood”

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The University of Manitoba Students for a Culture of Life will be hosting a movie night on October 18th and what better movie for October than October Baby?October Baby is a 2011 American dramatic film directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin and starring Rachel Hendrix in her film debut. It is the story of a young woman named Hannah, who learns that she was almost aborted as a baby in the womb. She then embarks upon a road trip to understand the circumstances of her birth.

The movie will start at 7:00pm on Friday, October 18th and be held at the University of Manitoba in the Student Group Resource Centre (Room 180) of the Helen Glass building.

There is no cost for this event, it’s free so bring your friends!

If you’d like to watch the trailer, click here >


What makes a human being a person? Is there a difference between the two? Should there be? Do we have rights because we’re human or because we’re persons? Why does the definition of a person change so often and is it important? Join us as we use philosophy and history to grapple with these crucial questions.

Join us on Thursday, October 24th at 7:30pm in the GSA lounge (Room 217) of the University Centre to have these questions answered!

Our speaker for this event will be Fr. Denys A. Scully.

Father Denys was born and raised in British Columbia. After high school he went to college and thereafter worked at various jobs, eventually entering a 25 year policing career. His first 8 years in policing were with the RCMP, being posted to the provinces of Quebec and Saskatchewan before eventually returning to BC. In BC he left the RCMP to join the Abbotsford (municipal) Police Department, with which he was employed for 17 years. During this career Father Denys was assigned numerous investigative and enforcement roles. His Federal policing included enforcement of immigration, passport and drug statutes and Executive and Diplomatic Protection Services. His Provincial and Municipal policing included assignments in the Patrol, Community Policing, Records, Court Liaison and Traffic Sections as well as various time-durated task forces.

During this time Father Denys and his wife Sharon also owned and managed rental properties and carried on a very active family life in the raising of their 3 daughters. Father Denys also completed his B.A and M.A. degrees. His studies were interdisciplinary in the social science and humanity fields and included, but were not limited to Psychology, Religious Studies, Criminology, Philosophy, English and History.
Always active in community and church, Father Denys has played and coached various sports including hockey, soccer and basketball. He led a local chapter of the Canadian Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers. He has also volunteered at prisons and youth detention centres. His local church ministry included work with children, teens and single and married adults. He has served on various leadership teams and committees and been a guest lecturer at colleges and universities, seminars, retreats and more. He also sings and plays guitar and harmonica and has entertained at various events. He and Sharon also love to ballroom dance.
In 2011 Father Denys retired from policing to follow a vocation in Christian ministry. He and Sharon moved to Wisconsin USA where Father Denys attended Nashotah House Theological Seminary, focusing his life and studies on Ascetical Theology and the Divine Liturgy. In September 2012 they moved to Winnipeg where he now serves as Rector of St. David’s the Faithful Anglican Church, a mission of the Anglican Network in Canada. He has a love for the classics, which combines in a creative mixture with his investigative and poetic nature. Besides what his studies and training have afforded him, over his 52 years he has met and interacted with many “persons” in a wide range of settings. He is looking forward to the upcoming presentation and discussion on “The Case for Personhood.”

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