Saturday, July 19, 2014

Peoples' Social Forum 2014 in Ottawa - invitations to-date IV

I met Paul Heidebrecht at the Mennonite Central Committee office in Ottawa June 25th to talk about the Peoples' Social Forum and MCC. I invited them to present a workshop. Paul is stepping down as director of MCC and MCC thinks they can't present at the Forum because of that. It appears that Muslims for Progressive Values also missed the boat. I also invited MPV and Faith House Ottawa to host a workshop to talk about the Ottawa Network of Spiritual Progressives, but they didn't register either. There are about 10 workshop in the 'spirituality' category, out of about 450 total workshops. There are some nice workshops proposed under this category, such as one titled "Jesus and revolution". There are some institutions such as Citizens for Public Justice that will host a workshop - which is great, but the workshop was not associated with the 'primary' theme of spirituality.
In June I led a Sunday School class at the Ottawa Mennonite Church on the Forum. I spoke about the Forum, I read some documents of the World Council of Churches on Ecumenism from the 60s, always highlighting the importance of interaction between churches and social movements. The discussion was good, but there was no response with concrete action at the time.

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