The Canadian Yearly Meeting Education & Outreach Committee would like to announce its upcoming online workshop “Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways”. The course will be facilitated by Eric Kristensen (Vancouver Monthly Meeting).
The Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways will address the early history of Friends, the history of Friends in Canada, the experiential nature of Quaker faith, the role of the Meeting in Quaker life, Quaker testimonies and their origin, and how our Quaker community nurtures how we live, work, worship, and transact business.
For further information about the workshops and how to register please consult the attached PDF document.
This year’s The Sunderland P. Gardener Lecture, named after a historic figure in Canadian Quaker history, will be delivered by Alastair McIntosh. McIntosh is a noted Scottish, scholar, speaker and author of many books including Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power and Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope, and the Human Condition. Alastair will be lecturing and facilitating workshops from August 16th to the 20th, 2015, as part of the annual gathering of Canadian Yearly Meeting 2015 at the University of Prince Edward Island.
Alastair McIntosh- “(C) Médiathèque Lafarge – Alain Le Breton”.
A member of the Religious Society of Friends in Scotland, McIntosh has built an international career as a scholar and public speaker, teaching and lecturing at a variety of universities, and as a frontline activist on behalf of environmental integrity and healthy, resilient human communities. He is especially known for the way he has combined scholarship in theology, poetics, anthropology, and human ecology with the organization of citizen based campaigns to save valued landscapes and human communities from industrial degradation.
All events are open to the public
Decolonizing Land and Soul: A Quaker Testimony
Sunday August 16th, 2015, 7:00 pm
Room 242, Alexander H. MacKinnon Auditorium (McDougall Hall)
In this lecture Alastair will share his unique experience that spans the Maritime provinces of Canada, Scotland and France. He has titled the lecture
“Decolonising Land and Soul: a Quaker Testimony.” He will explore the imperatives of Quaker witness for today and will touch on spiritual experience and the Cross as the supreme symbol of nonviolence in our times.
Like Quakerism in Canada, McIntosh is broadly universal in his approach to understanding theology. He sees that deep rootedness in the land and attachment to place provide human communities with the best realization of their spiritual potential. An affinity with the traditional spirituality of First Nation peoples is evident in this understanding.
Monday August 17th to Thursday August 20th, 2015, 3:30 to 5:30 pm (Location to be determined)
More details to come! Stay tuned.