Quakers in Canada meet in Winipeg, August 14 - 21 2010

Over 130 Quakers from across Canada met for a week in Winnipeg to renew friendships, make new friendships and attend to some important issues of concern.   These included the tar sands; prisons and justice; how to support the implementation of the Declaration on Indigenous Peoples; and the environment.    Information on what Quakers said can be found on

Post G20 thoughts

I wonder if having faith leaders as part of the organizing committee would have made any difference in the outcome of the G20 protest marches?    All during the week leading up to the G20 protests in Toronto I was remembering how the faith leaders in South Africa took on such an important role during the anti-apartheid marches and demonstrations.   As well, faith leaders played an important role in Canada during that time.   When there is a crisis faith leaders need to be with the people.   

G20 Interfaith Leaders Summit

80 senior Leaders of eight world religions and faith based organizations from the G20 countries issued a strong and simple message to governments:  honour your commitments to the poor and vuolnerable of the world - especially children.  Specifically, the statement - A Time for Inspired Leadership and Action - urged political leaders - especialy those of the G8 nations to achieve the Millenium Development Goals  and meet the .7% of Gross National Income target in development assistance; ensure that harmful climate change caused by humanity does not exceed a 2 degree

Ursula Franklin on Scrupling

Want to hear Ursula Franklin on scrupling - an old Quaker practice used in discussing difficult issues of the time such as paying taxes for wars and slaveholding.   Quakers in Toronto recently experimented on scrupling on the erosion of democracy in Canada.    You can hear Ursula's views on the CBC's The Current at http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/2010/05/may-06-2010.html

More on Scrupling

On Saturday April 17 2010 a follow up working session on scrupling was held at Friends House, Toronto.  Fourteen people attended including representatives of the Anglican and Presbyterian Churches as well as Quakers.   The objective of the working group was to discuss the possibilities of convening scrupling sessions within our communities.   It was agreed that we would share our experiences and prepare some background materials on scrupling for community groups.

Scrupling on the Erosion of Democracy in Canada

Toronto Quakers are holding a working session on scrupling on the erosion of democracy in Canada on Saturday April 17.   The purpose of the working session is to share what we learned at our February 7 scrupling session when 50 Quakers and and two sitting Members of Parliament came together.  If you are interested in organizing a scrupling session within their community this may be of interest to you.   We see this as an opportunity to till the soil for engaging in dialogue with our elected representatives on issues that concern us and our communities

Scrupling - Next Step

I hope to convene a working group of people interested in convening a scrupling session in their community.   We held one at Quaker Meeting in February.   50 people and two sitting MPs seeking new ways of addressing structural problems such as why is it that our MPs do not seem to listen to what we are saying.   If you google the word scrupling or look it up in a dictionary you will see that it is a coming together to search for a way forward on a particular problem.   It is not a panel discussi0n, or a debate.  We are trying to figure out who is

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