Meeting in person again … maybe

We have resumed meeting for worship in person again, at the usual time, on the outside patio around the back of the Seniors Centre. We observe social distancing, masks on, chairs 2 meters apart. However, because we’re outdoors, the in-person meeting may be cancelled if bad weather is likely, in which case we’ll meet by Zoom. But whether or not we’re meeting in person, you can still participate via Zoom. If you would like to join us by Zoom, and haven’t received the weekly link via our email list, please contact Robert at kirchner@ualberta.ca to request that information.

Meeting by Zoom

For the duration of this pandemic, it seems, we cannot meet for worship face-to-face. We have been meeting online instead. If you would like to join us, and haven’t received the weekly link via our email list, please contact Robert at kirchner@ualberta.ca to request that information.

Virtual meeting for worship

As noted in the last post, we’re not meeting in person for Meeting for Worship until we receive clearer guidance on the safety of doing so in light of the pandemic. In the meantime, we will be meeting online at our regular time, using the Zoom platform. If you use a computer point your browser to zoom.us. Once on that webpage there is a tab at the top that says ‘join meeting’. Click on that tab and it will ask you to type in the Zoom number which is

809673247

It will take you to a few steps and then you will be on Zoom. You can choose to turn on video (so we can see you), or not. If you don’t have convenient access to a computer, you can call in by regular telephone instead (use one of the numbers below – I think the 587 number is local for Edmonton). Linda will be on Zoom (we’re doing this through her account) from 10:00 onwards, though Meeting for Worship begins at 10:30. If any of you need help, let her know.

Time: Mar 22, 2020 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) (Linda has scheduled meetings for us for the next 7 Sundays, up to May 3).

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Meeting ID: 809 673 247

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Matthew Legge visit, Nov. 24: Are we done fighting?

On Sunday Nov. 24, Meeting for worship will be followed by a potluck lunch. At 1 pm there will be a presentation by Matthew Legge, of the Canadian Friends Service Committee, on his new book Are We Done Fighting? See this poster for further information. Here’s a description of the book:

Powerful tools for spreading peace in your community

Unfounded beliefs and hateful political and social divisions that can cascade into violence are threatening to pull the world apart. Responding to fear and aggression strategically and with compassion is vital if we are to push back against the politics of hate and live in greater safety and harmony.

But how to do it?

Are We Done Fighting? is brimming with the latest research, practical activities, and inspirational stories of success for cultivating inner change and spreading peace at the community level and beyond. Coverage includes:

  • An explanation of the different styles of conflict
  • Cognitive biases that help explain polarized and lose-lose positions
  • Practical methods and activities for changing our own and others’ minds
  • When punishment works and doesn’t, and how to encourage discipline in children without using violence
  • The skill of self-compassion and ways to reduce prejudice in ourselves and others
  • Incredible programs that are rebuilding trust between people after genocide.

Packed with inspiration and cutting-edge findings from fields including neuroscience, social psychology, and behavioural economics, Are We Done Fighting? is an essential toolkit for activists, community and peace groups, and students and instructors working to build dialogue, understanding, and peace as the antidote to the politics of hate and division.

Remembrance Day Prayer Walk for Peace

This Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 you are invited to gather with other people of faith to pray for Peace. The ecumenical prayer service will start at 6 pm at McDougall United Church. The interfaith peace walk will begin at 7 pm at the Alberta College arch (just outside McDougall). Note that the route and starting place have changed from previous years. The walk will be followed by refreshments back at MacDougall. Quakers will be leading one of the stops on the Walk.

“Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more;
but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees,
and no one shall make them afraid.” (Micah 4:3-4)

Extinction Rebellion

Michael James of Extinction Rebellion Edmonton will be speaking to us Sunday 26 May 2019 at 9:30 a.m. Extinction Rebellion is the worldwide movement of (mostly) young people organizing to demand immediate action to address global warming and other forms of ecological destruction. Refreshments will be served.

Here are slides from the presentation.

Friends wishing to get involved in Extinction Rebellion Edmonton are invited to attend planning meetings, Tuesdays 7-9 pm at Ritchie Community Hall, 7727 98 Street.