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Redesigning the Tree of Life, public meeting, Nov 3

 Join me at this free public event on Redesigning Life and the future of food on Friday November 3 at 7 pm at the YWCA on Elm Street, Toronto.

Redesigning Life Poster 

For more information, see this post.

Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

At the Central Committee meeting of the World Council of Churches held in July 2014 in Geneva, the Central Committee approved an Invitation to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.   The WCC is calling on member churches and partners to walk together in a common quest and collaborative engagement with the most important issues of justice and peace and to become communities of justice and peace in the world.   The WCC is inviting people of faith and people of goodwill everywhere to join in this pilgrimage of justice and peace.   The pilgrimage will be organized r

Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology, one area of new technological development, integrates engineering, genetics and computer science to produce new forms of life.  This is going beyond the genetic modification of existing species to the manufacture of new ones.  Synthetic biology could be used to produce medications, replace human organs of make biological weapons and products that destroy biological diversity.   In August 2014 Quakers in Canada approved the following:

Interfaith Summit on Climate Change

As part of the global effort to mobilize action on climate changed, the World Council of Churches and Religions for Peace is organizing an Interfaith Summit on Climate change, to be held in New York, 21-22 September 2014.  This is just ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit on 23 September in New York  (http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/).

World Council of Churches International Assembly closes

The International Assembly of the WCC, held in Busan, Republic of Korea, closed on Friday.   During the week there were many, many oppportunities to meet with others from around the world, share stories and hopes for the future.   Several statements were approved in the final days, including:  The Way to Just Peace; Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula; Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo; the Church Presence and Witness in the Middle East; situatin of Abyei in South Sudan; Indigenous Peoples; and Climate Justice.   A statement on Movi

Weekend in Seoul

We spent the weekend in Seoul, hosted by Korean Quakers.    We traveled by train - three hours at speeds up to 300 km per hour - but you wouldn't think it because the ride was so smooth.   We were met at the train station by taken for a Korean lunch.  Then we visited two palaces of dynasties aroun 1300 and 1400, had Korean tea in a teashop in the old part of Seoul, visited a Buddhist Temple which was packed with folks coming for evening worship and people in the courtyard where there were hundreds for pots of chrysanthemums - Korea's national flower - to rememb

More from the World Council of Churches, Busan, South Korea

Yesterday, Friday the day began with a drums, music and song as people gathered.   This was followed by a moving plenary about life in Asia.  Three women told the story about how their lives and how people in Asia are being impacted by globalisation, migration in search of work, exploitation of women, children, and natural resources  with the subsequent devastation to the environment.

2 Days in Busan

I've now been 2 days in Busan.  Yesterday we saw an amazing cultural performance  - music and dance - on the history of Korea - colonization, independence, the Korean conflict and the contued division into north and south Korea.   Each day there are several cultural events and lots of people from around the world to meet.   Lots of bright young people who are committed to helping make this world a better place.    There have also been several sessions of WCC business.  And more tomorrow.

Peace Train to South Korea

It's been a while since I have written anything on this blog - three years to be exact.  My life has gone through a number of transitions in that time.

But I am writing to you now as I sit in the Pearson Airport waiting for a flight to Tokyo and then going on to Busan in South Korea to the 10 international gathering of the World Council of Churches.    I am going as a representative of Canadian Yearly Meeting.   And I hope to be able to blog about the experience while there.

Quaker Earthcare Witness - April meeting - setting priorities

At its April meeting in Chicago, Quaker EArthcare Witness set some priorities for the next year:  focus on communications and outreach - particularly engaging with young people; telling our story; projects such as the mini-grants; finca la bella farm in Costa Rica and connecting with community initiatives for sustainability.

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