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A view of the Timber Lodge at Shekinah Retreat Centre. Photo Credit: David Cheatley.
Shekinah Retreat Centre is in the North Saskatchewan River valley and thus is chalk full of opportunities for gorgeous walks, outdoor silence, autumn smells and incredible prairie skies (who remembers that year that the northern lights filled the sky?). In addition to the geographical certainty of beauty, we will gather in fun, silence, business and food – sometimes all at the same time!
Saskatoon Meeting has generously offered to provide sandwich fixings for the Friday night arrival meal and will be leading an intergenerational activity that night to get things shakin’ (quakin’?!). We are honoured to welcome visiting friend Parfaite Ntahuba from Friends Women’s Association in Burundi who is involved with the project “Caring for HIV Positive People.” She will be giving us a presentation on Saturday night.
Though it is now very short notice, please consider joining Friends for a wonderful gathering of gratitude on Thanksgiving weekend.
Please let me know if you have any questions,
PS. If you have Friends in your meeting who are not online and would like details or who are planning on coming, they are welcome to phone me with their information.
https://quaker.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Quaker-dot-ca-updated.png00Eren Cervanteshttps://quaker.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Quaker-dot-ca-updated.pngEren Cervantes2015-09-25 09:16:572015-09-26 15:48:122015 Fall Half-Yearly Meeting: October 9-11, 2015- Shekinah Retreat Centre.
Bill Curry and Dave Greenfield offered a special interest Group (SIG) on the theme of an upcoming meeting of the North American Region of the World Council of Churches in Calgary, November 7 – 11. Dave and Bill will be attending this meeting for Canadian Yearly Meeting. It is part of a process leading to the 10th General Assembly in South Korea in 2013. The POVERTY WEALTH ECOLOGY focus aims to “put climate justice and poverty eradication and therelationship between the two as a priority on the agenda”
Bill and Dave offered a number of quotes on the theme, asking, “How do we act now?” and “What are we doing?” The dialogue covered obstacles, responsibilities and faith dimensions of sustainability.
“Poverty, Wealth and Ecological Justice Framework Concept (from a longer document from the United Church of Canada)
[The United Church] has consistently worked ecumenically and globally on issues of economic justice, ecological justice, social justice, poverty, exclusion, corporate social responsibility, debt, ecological debt, human rights, extractive industries, water and climate change and has in recent years looked at many of the impacts of human activities through the lens of empire.”
“The connections among many issues, previously viewed as disparate and distinct, are better understood as many facets of an ecological whole.”
and from AGAPE Consultation: Linking poverty, wealth and ecology: Ecumenical Perspectives in Europe – 8 – 12 November 2010 – Budapest Call for Climate Justice – Addressing Poverty, Wealth and Ecology
“The Great Challenge calls for the Great Transition
Climate justice is a condition for the eradication of poverty and the eradication of poverty is a condition for climate justice.
Climate justice demands the primacy of democratic politics over economics and the embedding of market economies in social and cultural contexts (further developing the Social Market Economy). Therefore holistic answers to the challenges are required – from the individual person, from the economy, from states and internationally.
The time for fragmented and technocratic solutions is over. We need a Great Transition.
Call: for a global ecumenical conference to propose the framework and criteria for a new international financial and economic architecture that is based on the principles of economic, social and climate justice.”
If you’re interested in more information, please contact Bill Curry at
https://quaker.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Quaker-dot-ca-updated.png00Bruce Dieneshttps://quaker.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Quaker-dot-ca-updated.pngBruce Dienes2011-10-17 17:26:462013-08-09 12:50:35Poverty, Wealth, Ecology – Special Interest Group – WHYM Sunday
Saturday afternoon many of us listened intently to our two guests, Doug Racine and Cindy Hanson.
Doug, a lawyer from Saskatoon, has done significant work with residential school victims. He was adjudicator in the residential school claims process for 5 years. During that time he came to view claimants as being treated as commodities. He was moved to put his energy into representing claimants. “Money means nothing”, he told us. “The healing process is most important.”
Doug described to us how he uses stories to work with claimants. He spoke of telling trust stories (to show who he is), orientation stories (to help claimants remember and acknowledge why they are in the claimant process, and respect and connection stories (to address the guilt shame and anger that inhabit those who have been victims of sexual abuse). He confirmed what many of us have observed and believe. Western concepts of law do not deal with justice or healing.
When asked what was hardest for him about the work, he said that it wasn’t listening to the stories, it was ensuring that his clients are kept safe through the process. “Safe in and safe out”, he said. He reassures clients, “You’re not leaving until you feel good about yourself”…and he contracts for follow-up contact with each client, using the services of a traumatologist if needed.
Doug spoke passionately about his work, his clients and the need for healing in the process. Listening to him, for me, brought more hope than sadness, and led to much reflection on the nature of the debt owed to those who have been harmed.
Cindy Hanson, an adult educator, told us about her work in Ethiopa, providing a particular type of training for agricultural aid workers. She noted that the literacy level for women in Ethopia is 30%, that no one talks about HIV AIDS, that there is high infant mortality and that there is a lack of clean water. Cindy had developed and delivered a training program based on adult learning principles and approaches. looking at gender and HIV AIDS, to help raise awareness and develop sensitivity for those who were working to develop agricultural capacity in rural communities.
She told us of creating with her students social maps showing water sources and uses and the related activity patterns. The women (who do most of the agricultural work and carry the water) created a map about half the size of the room, the men a map that was about 4 times the room size. This difference in experience apparently caused quite a bit of debate and animated discussion.
In her work in Ethiopa, Cindy observed that the effective community was one that srlf-organized around equality, mutual support and sustainability. “Micro-stuff works”, she said, “and self-organization”.
Cindy left us with two questions:
1. How can we use power to challenge power?
2. How can we use privilege to disrupt privilege?
I wonder how these questions will challenge me to put my faith into practice.
In early evening, Dale Dewar, told us about the work she has been doing in Iraq, providing training for obstetricians. For about six years, she has been doing this work through Canadian Friends Service Committee, partnering with the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada and the The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. Dale travelled to Iraq, along with a couple of other physicians to provide training in monitoring the progression of a birth. She told us that 50% of deliveries in Iraq are Caeserean Sections, noting that is a reflection of the training currently provided to physicians. She observed that, although many organizations send medical supplies and equipment to Iraq, there are no systems in place to support their effective use.
Dale told us of some of her challenges in learning how local unspoken customs and practices might inhibit effective training and also spoke with hope of continued opportunities for training programs, expanding them to nursing staff. Listening to the stories, to Dale talk about the work and what it was like to be there, to build the relationships, to take the personal risks, I felt much more connected to the work that we support through CFSC. I was reminded again of a quote offered at Quaker Study at CYM this year. “The manifestation of holiness is in relationships”, and I wonder how we, as such a spread out community, can grow and sustain such relationships that nurture us and provide service to others. At Meeting for Worship for Business on Sunday, Western Half Yearly committed $500 to support Dale’s next visit, planned for later this year.
We finished the evening with a few games, including “A big wind blows…” which brought laughter, raised the energy and connected us – all the generations – through play. I was delighted to have the chance to try out some of the activities provided in the Intergenerational Took Kit provided by Friends General Conerence.
https://quaker.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Quaker-dot-ca-updated.png00Bruce Dieneshttps://quaker.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Quaker-dot-ca-updated.pngBruce Dienes2011-10-14 18:39:372013-09-10 11:37:49Western Half Yearly – Saturday October 8 – Late Afternoon and Evening
At breakfast, Saturday Morning – so great to see Friends that had arrived late the night before…and some as recently as 6:00 in the morning (Keith and Shawn of Winnipeg).
Shawn, his first time at a Quaker gathering, took time to browse the book display from Quaker Book Service (managed with care and good humour by Frank and Peter).
I spoke with Shawn a little later in the weekend and asked him about his experience of the weekend. What had most surprised him was how welcome and included he felt. He talked about the kindness, about the connection among generations, about the whole community caring for the children, the stories around creating change in the world. He said it gave him hope. I was reminded of how many times I’ve heard such descriptions from those who have just come into contact with Friends and wonder how we can continue to support and welcome in such seekers.
Gathering in small groups, most adults spent an hour reflecting & speaking from the silence about where and how we found ourselves in that time and place/space. One group was invited to consider over the rest of the day (with a sort of mental photograph) the moments and individuals that brought them joy. As I sat in the silence, I was taken with how strongly drawn I am to the place I now call home, how intentional I find I need to be when traveling to be present to myself and those who are with me. I have travelled much this year, and though being with Friends across the country delights me, challenges and supports me, still when I pause without distraction or engagement, I am called to be home again.
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
When we gathered, after some silence, the Clerk read a prayer beginning,
When the roll was called, we noted Friends were present from Prairie, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Vernon, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Vancouver Island Monthly Meetings. We were, in total, 36 plus 3 who came for part of one day. There were 4 teens, 2 children and 2 infants. We noted that we missed Tom Findley when we thought of the tradition of picking high bush cranberries each fall, and some Friends declared they would carry this tradition. Friends took up the various responsibilities that would help us move smoothly through the weekend. We closed early, with silence, and gratitude for the lunch to come
Young Friends had their own activities and creative interests during this time. Many adults were eager to spend time with babes and children, so joy was widely spread.