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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

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

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.

Faith and Genetics

What can be said about faith and genetics?   The Biotechnology Reference Group of the Canadian Council of Churches has developed a draft curriculum to introduce discussion on the topic of genetics to those who are not scientists and may feel overwhelmed by the sorts of choices now available.   The draft curriculum is being tested now and should be available in the fall for use as an educational tool.

Quaker Earthcare Witness

I have taken on a new challenge - general secretary of Quaker Earthcare Witness - QEW - check out its website at www.quakerearthcare.org    I am working with Quakers in North America to see how we can change the way we live to be less destructive to the earth.   QEW is more or less a virtual organization doing a lot of its work by email, and through electronic discussion groups.   The organization does meet twice a year.  This may be reduced to just once a year.  The next face to face meeting

Quaker Earthcare Witness

I have been nominated for the position of General Secretary of Quaker Earthcare Witness - check it out at www.quakerearthcare.org     I will be taking up my responsibilities in January 2011.

Labelling of GMO products

The Canadian Council of Churches and the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy have submitted a petition on accountability re labelling of GMO products to the Federal Commissioner for Environment and Sustainable Development.   You can check out the petition at www.cielap.org.   This was a project I was working on at CIELAP before I resigned in June 2009.  It is great to see it finally submitted jointly with the Canadian Council of Churches.

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