Collaboration with Environment Canada
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Ottawa, January 10, 2017 – The Green Churches Forum, to be held on May 11 at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, will host a distinguished guest: the Honorable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change. She wants to show her support to Canadian churches of all denominations as spiritual and moral leaders in their efforts to reduce their ecological footprint. She will say a few words at the opening of the Forum and will be on hand to meet and exchange with participants.

The theme of our Forum is “Celebrating the Spirit of Creation”. We want to celebrate in conjunction with the celebrations taking place throughout the National Capital for Canada’s 150th anniversary. As believers we see Creation manifested in abundance in our home and native land. This event will be like a thanksgiving for the beauty and greatness of God’s work from coast to coast to coast.

The opening conference by a noted Canadian spiritual and ecological figure will be followed by workshops on topics related to spirituality, education and action. During the break for a “green” lunch, it will be possible to visit the kiosks of various ecological organizations that work as stewards of Creation. Other workshops will be presented after lunch, and the day will end with a beautiful ecumenical celebration.

This fourth Forum organized by the Green Churches Network follows those held in Montreal (2010), Drummondville (2012) and Quebec City (2015). Begun in 2006 in Montreal, the Green Churches Network presently numbers more than 60 churches of various denominations. As the mission of the organization covers Canada in its entirety, the National Capital is the best choice for a meeting site in this anniversary year.

Registrations will be accepted beginning in March.

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