||June 5, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Canadian Bible Society Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Evening Gala
TORONTO, ON In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Canadian Bible Society will host a gala evening at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley, 1250 Eglinton Avenue East on Sat., June 17, 2006 from 4:30 - 9:30 p.m.
For 100 years, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) has been translating, publishing, distributing and encouraging the use of the Bible in Canada.
The celebration, made possible by the contributions of private sponsors, will begin with a reception (and photo opportunity) in the Reflections Room featuring exhibits depicting past and present ministries of the CBS. Among the exhibits will be the Expo Bible Display, telling the history of how the Bible came to be, and Life of Christ pewter panels. These beautiful panels, crafted in the repoussé style, were created by French artist Albert Marschner Gilles.
Five-hundred invited guests will include Bible society staff, volunteers, supporters and dignitaries. Media are welcome.
Founded in 1904 and chartered in 1906, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) formed when 14 regional auxiliaries of the British and Foreign Bible Society in Canada (dating as far back as 1807) joined together. In the century since, the CBS has distributed hundreds of millions of Scriptures.
"The Bible is such an integral part of Western civilization that it is considered a literary classic," says Phyllis Nesbitt, National Director of the Canadian Bible Society. "It has been studied and quoted as a spiritual and moral authority - and also simply for it's poetic and beautiful writing - for centuries.
"But it is the conviction that the Bible can change hearts and transform lives that motivates our work," she adds. "The Canadian Bible Society has always operated with one dominant purpose; to make the Bible available to all who want to read it, without added commentary or interpretation. Our ministry is unique in that countless traditions support our work including Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Mainline Protestant and Evangelical Christian groups from across the denominational spectrum."
The Canadian Bible Society is a member of the United Bible Societies, a fellowship of more than 140 national Bible societies around the globe.