Our Meeting recognizes the historic Quaker commitment to peace and social justice, and seeks to build on that commitment. We work with a broad range of groups here in Edmonton to promote programming on issues of common concern.
- Edmonton Quakers were one of the original signatories to the Edmonton Interfaith Coalition to End Homelessness (now merged with city’s End Poverty Coalition). Initially, our contribution to the Coalition was to volunteer monthly at the Neighbour Centre — a drop-in centre for the homeless. More recently, we have been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, particularly at their Re-Stores.
- Our Meeting has also worked with Mennonites and other churches, establishing and continuing to hold an interfaith Remembrance Day Peace Walk, as an alternative to increasingly militaristic commemorations of Remembrance Day. We also link with the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action to publicize their extensive programming and to work with groups that come together through the centre to sponsor events such as Hiroshima Day.
- We have in past years often taken part in Edmonton’s Pride Parade.
- Recently a number of our members have volunteered to work with refugee sponsorship groups.
- Some members are also involved in promoting ecologically sustainable living, through the Edmonton Permaculture Guild.
- At a non-local level, some members are also active in Friends Association for Higher Education.