Earth & Spirit: A Speaker Series Exploring the Relationship Between Justice & Faith (Wednesdays)

Date(s) - October 28, 2015
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

St. Anselm's Anglican Church

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The Eco-Justice Unit of the diocese of New Westminster is joining with St Anselm’s Anglican parish in encouraging your participation in the series every Wednesday in October at 7:30pm

You will see by clicking the link that the focus is on our relationship with God’s creation and our responsibility.

We would like to invite Anglicans and those of other religious traditions who are passionate about ecological justice to join us for homemade soup and delicious bread and conversation before the session.

St Anselm’s folks are caring for us in doing this.

Soup and bread and conversation: 5:45 – 7 pm every Wednesday, October 7, 14, 21, 28 at St Anselm’s. The series follow the meal and begins at 7:30pm

This is an opportunity to meet and talk with others for whom faith and ecological justice and the well-being of creation is about loving this beloved world God has given us.

We will be intentional in our time together over our meal in relationship building and listening about what is at the heart of our commitment.

What indeed do we want to build upon together towards change that we so deeply desire? What action might arise from our time together?

The Eco-Justice Unit of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster will continue to support directions that we may come up with together as we meet and listen and reflect and decide upon commitments of action within our faith communities.

Please do e-mail The Reverend Margaret Marquardt, Chair of the Eco-Justice Unit if you would like to come to the first meal Wednesday October 7, 5:45pm, (or as soon as you can arrive – let me know).  Or if you can’t come the first Wednesday, but want to come other weeks you are most welcome. E-mail me to let me know. I would appreciate hearing of your interest in gathering for a meal , attending the series and strengthening our work together.

Please let me know at the latest by Sunday October 4th if you are sharing the meal October 7th. We will have a signup sheet for each week

You are also welcome to invite others to join us for the meal.


The first speaker is Christine Boyle, who accompanied Naomi Klein on a recent trip to the Vatican. Christine is the director of Spirited Social Change, and a co-founder of Fossil Free Faith. Her talk is entitled, “Faith Responses to a World on Fire”.

Andrew Weaver, the B.C. Green party MLA and a climate scientist, will speak about “The Political challenges and opportunities for mitigation of climate change.” Dr. Weaver was lead author for the United Nations panel on climate change, is a major international scholar on climate and is a member of the Order of British Columbia.

Guy Dauncey is a Victoria-based activist, speaker and prolific author on scenarios about how we can live well in a future without endangering the planet. He will speak on “The Song of the Universe.”

The final speaker is Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a Cree from northern Alberta who is a long-time Indigenous and environmental activist. Since 2009 Melina has been working as a tar sands campaigner for Greenpeace Canada and more recently, since the tragic death of her sister, has been active in the issue of missing women.

“In the church we believe the Holy Spirit is alive and well and challenging us to care as God cares for our world and for those most in need,” says Rev. Munn. “That’s why we called this series ‘Earth and Spirit.’”

Each evening begins with a hymn related to the speaker’s topic, the speaker will respond to questions following their talk, and the evening concludes with a social time when people can chat informally with the speaker.

Wednesday evenings in October, 7:30pm at St. Anselm’s, 5210 University Blvd, across from the UBC golf club.

Christine Boyle: October 7
Andrew Weaver: October 14
Guy Dauncey: October 21
Melina Laboucan-Messina: October 28

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