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Halifax Friends Meeting Youth Program: Sylvia Mangalam arranged two very successful programs at Atlantic Cirque for our young people and their friends. The first was for the younger ages and the second for teens. Atlantic Cirque has a circus school for acrobatic skills located in Burnside, Dartmouth. Here are some photos from the second program held Sunday afternoon, February 18th, showing DeeDee Webb and his friend Aidyn on the trapeze and on the circus wheel! ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you, Sylvia, for organizing this! Thank you, Quakers, for doing it! The youth had a great time!
Halifax Quakers added 2 new photos.
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Travel Writers Association of Nova Scotia visits the Quaker Whaler
House,Feb. 17, 2018. Halifax Quaker Maida answered questions about Quakers. Shannon Baxter of Dartmouth Heritage Museum led the tour. Travel writers inspect the whale's skull and take pictures of the preserved whales eye! ... See MoreSee Less
Cast of "Beyond the Veil of the Sorrow Songs", a multi media concert expressing the challenges of the Underground Railroad and its connection to Atlantic Canada. The cast combines performers from Nova Scotia with those from New York. Performed by singers, dancers, drummers, actors, at New York University, Friday night, February 9th, 2018.
Congratulations to Quanda Johnson, author/director, and to all the crew! Halifax Friends Meeting helped with costs of travel for the Nova Scotian performers. ... See MoreSee Less
Jocelyne at the Interfaith Celebration.
Bangra Dancers fast-paced dancing. ... See MoreSee Less
Celebration of Interfaith Harmony Week at the Central Library.
Bangra Dancers liven it up.
Jocelyne Tranquilla, on the Planning committee, at the Celebration. ... See MoreSee Less
Halifax Friends Meeting: Open House for International Interfaith Harmony Week
Sunday, February 4, 2018
Our participation in Halifax’s Interfaith Harmony Week was scheduled for Sunday, February 4th, at our usual time of Meeting for Worship, 10:30 to 11:30. In anticipation of our visitors, we set up 35 chairs in a large circle in the meeting room, the King’s Room at Atlantic School of Theology Library. Our graduate student helper, Patrick Okiowei, had the coffee and tea perking and with Jocelyne Tranquilla, helped arrange the furniture. As usual, the many Friends attending had prepared a wealth of goodies for light refreshments. Jocelyne, our representative on the Halifax Interfaith Planning Committee, welcomed visitors as they came and signed their Interfaith “Passports”. As two other faith groups were scheduled to welcome guests this same day, we felt we might not have a large turn-out, but in the event we had every chair filled - 35 attended, only a few less than the previous year. Following last year’s experience, we were better prepared this year, and were able to make space for one large circle, without having a second row of chairs in the back. This enabled all participants to see each other, and made it easier for everyone to share.
The clerk opened the Meeting with a brief introduction to the origin of Quakers, with founder George Fox’s experience of direct communication with the Divine. The Quaker believe that there is “That of God in every person” was shown to be the basis for our belief in the equality of person of every culture, race, gender, religion, or social class. That every person may have experience with the Divine led to the Quaker emphasis on silent waiting in Meeting for Worship, to listen for the voice of the spirit. Impelled by the spirit, the Friend shares the message with the group. Visitors are also welcome to share their spiritual messages.
Following this introduction, two Friends who had agreed to participate spoke. Sylvia Mangalam spoke of the inclusivity of Friends, and the continued learning and deepening of Friends’ faith.
Faith is not static, but can grow and change. Sharon MacDonald spoke of her many years of experience participating in the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), a program started with Friends and inmates of prisons to help reduce incidence of violence, when conflicts broke out. Developing trust between people, and finding words to reduce the level of tension are important in this program.Following these brief introductions to Quaker ways, the Meeting continued in silence, and out of the silence Friends and visitors occasionally shared messages and song.
At the break of Meeting everyone took hands with their neighbours to form a large circle. We then adjourned for refreshments and informal conversation. Our visitors included a wide range: students from St. Mary’s, municipal officials, visitors from Christian, Jewish, Sikh and other faiths, as well as seekers currently without a faith. With all, we felt an interest in exploring faiths, a reaching out to understanding, and a warm acceptance of us and each other as participants in the Interfaith program. It was a pleasure to meet others and exchange experiences, to answer questions, and to be with interested and interesting people from different faiths.
Maida Follini, clerk, February 2018 ... See MoreSee Less
Director and cast of the multimedia drama, "Beyond the Veil of the Sorrow Songs" go over the script, preparatory to rehearsal, at the Dalhousie U. Performing Arts Centre, January 25, 2018. L to R, Natasha Thomas, Dr. Linda Carvery, Sobaz Benjamin, Quanda Johnson (author & director), Sara Hartland-Rowe, Jacqueline Warwick, and Shari Clarke. ... See MoreSee Less
Quanda Johnson (right) receives Halifax Friends Meeting's substantial donation in support of her Underground Railroad drama, "Behind the Veil of the Sorrow Songs", to be performed at New York University's Jack H. Skirball Centre for the Performing Arts, on Friday, February 9th at 7 p.m. The multi-media, mixed race cast will chronicle the journey of Africa American refugees who escaped slavery and reached Atlantic Canada via the Underground Railroad. Dance, spoken word and song, mixed with African drumming,Scots-Irish fiddling, and visual artistry will provide a compelling witness to the bravery of persons often unknown to history.
Nova Scotian cast members - actors, dancers, singers, will travel to the Big Apple to perform as part of New York' African American History Month celebrations.
On the left, Maida Follini, on behalf of Halifax Quakers. ... See MoreSee Less
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News of Quaker Scientists: JASON HOFMAN, PH.D., was cited in the January 12 Chronicle Herald for his research study published on the Divert NS website, on the use of pet waste for compost! He found that pet waste is suitable for compost as long as it is treated with appropriate heat for a sufficient time! Whether Nova Scotia will provide appropriate treatment for pet waste is unclear. But congratulations to Jason for his useful research on the question.
JEFF DAHN, son of Ray Dahn and the late Margery Dahn of the South Shore Worship Group, physics professor at Dalhousie University, was featured in a full-page spread in th Chronicle-Herald on Monday, Jan 15. Currently Dahn is researching how to develop long-lasting batteries to power mass-market electric cars. Dahn has received many awards for his research. In 2015 he received the Governor General's Innovation Award, and in 2016 he won the Herzberg Gold Medal, Canada's top award in the sciences.
Congratulations to Jeff Dahn! ... See MoreSee Less