Truro Quaker Meeting House

Dick Cotterill's photo.
Dick Cotterill's photo.
News from the Truro Worship Group: We are happy to share with Friends that we have arranged for the use of a lovely cabin in the woods at 424 Chisholm Road in North River, Colchester County, for use as our Quaker Meeting House! We hold Meeting for Worship every Sunday at 2:00 pm and guests are always welcome, pursuant to Nova Scotia Covid restrictions. Here are a couple of pictures from today’s meeting. L-R outside the Meeting House are Mary Petrie, Dick Cotterill and Katherine Reed. For more information or to arrange a visit, call Dick at 902-893-4588.

Interfaith Harmony Week 2020

Halifax Quakers will be participating in World Interfaith Harmony Week 2020
Sunday 2, February 2, 2:00 p.m. – Local Council of Women, 989 Young Avenue, Halifax (at Inglis Street)
A brief introduction to the Quaker religion will be followed by a Meeting for Worship. Guests are invited to participate as we sit in a circle in silence, listening to the voice of the Spirit. One or another Friend may be moved to speak, perhaps on a spiritual subject, perhaps about a moving experience she or he may have had. We leave a space of silence between spoken ministry to allow the group to absorb the testimony. The Meeting closes with an elder taking the hands of his or her neighbours as we form a circle holding hands. A social time follows with light refreshments, friendly conversation, and questions.

All welcome
More information can be found on Interfaith Harmony Halifax’s website:

Upcoming Schedule Changes for Meetings for Worship

Jan 19: M4W at Ecology Action Centre  (EAC) (10:30)
Jan 26: M4W followed by M4W4B
Feb 2: M4W at the Women’s Council House (2PM)
Feb 9: M4W at EAC (10:30)
Feb 16: M4W at EAC (10:30)
Feb 23: M4W at EAC (10:30)
March 1: M4W followed by M4W4B

International Interfaith Harmony Week: February 3 to 10, 2019

Members of the Halifax Interfaith Harmony Library Sessions Planning Committee met at Central Library to plan Panel Discussions which will be held during International Interfaith Harmony Week February 3 to 10, 2019. Faith leaders from different faiths in the Halifax Area will discuss the meaning and importance of faith, and learning about different faiths, in 3 sessions held at different public libraries in Halifax Regional Municipality.Pictured, standing, are Roberto and Tiffany. Seated are Quakers Maida, and Jocelyne, our committee chair.

More information: 



Sunday, January 20th, 2019, Meeting for Worship is cancelled due to weather conditions.


Ruth Bishop – CUSO Volunteer

Ruth Bishop accepted as CUSO volunteer
Ruth Bishop, a participant of Halifax Friends Meeting, has been accepted for
a one-year volunteer teaching position with CUSO, starting in September. She will
serve in Myanmar, teaching English to government officials. Ruth has several
year’s experience teaching English as a second language to New Canadians – immigrants
and refugees to Canada. She has also served on our Meeting’s Peace and
Social Justice Committee, helping to promote peace and intercultural understanding.

A send-off luncheon will be held for Ruth, following Meeting for Worship,
on Sunday, July 9th.



Questioning Canada 150 Celebrations

Info about the event:

What does the Canada 150 campaign celebrate?  Whose perspectives are represented? How does it affect the self-image of those of us who see ourselves as Canadians, and how does it affect relationships between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of this land?  What are your questions about what this means and what we can do, individually or together?

Please join us for discussion and reflection on these questions and more.



7 PM, Wednesday, June 14



Theatre Auditorium (downstairs), KC Irving Centre, Acadia University

33 University Ave., Wolfville



Short films, radio clips, readings, responses, discussion and reflection. 

Light refreshments will be served.



This event is organized by settlers (non-Indigenous peoples) from Annapolis Valley Quaker Meeting and Horizons Community Development Associates, with support from Acadia University’s Community Development Program, in order to help each other unsettle our thinking about the birth of Canada.


Children Walking the Labyrinth at AFG 2017



Sunday, June18: Lee Webb

Sunday, June 25: Lee Webb

Sunday, July 2: Claire Henry


Update of Activities June 2016 – June 2017

Halifax Monthly Meeting

Update of Activities, June 2016 – June 2017


Process of forming a Half Yearly Meeting:  In June, 2016, our Meeting approved a Minute to join with other Atlantic meetings and worship groups to form a Half-Yearly-Meeting.  At the May 19 to 22 Atlantic Friends Gathering, CYM committee members Carol Leigh Wehking and Marilyn Thomas gave two presentations about the process of forming a H-Y-M. The first step, was selecting nominating committee members from each Meeting. Halifax selected Maida Follini at the June 2017 Meeting for Business.   New Brunswick and Annapolis Valley Meetings will select their members for this committee.


Service: Halifax Monthly Meeting continues to assist a family of three Palestinian refugees whom we sponsored to settle in Canada.

Letters were written supporting prisoners of conscience, through Amnesty International.

Books about First Nation children’s experience in residential schools were delivered to Halifax area public schools.

A member attends monthly meetings of the Face of Poverty.

A monetary donation was made to the homeless shelter, “Out of the Cold”.


Peace and Interfaith Work:   United Nations International Day of Peace was celebrated September 21 2016, with  Peace Expo including 12 different  Peace groups providing information  about their programs.

Halifax Monthly Meeting participated in World Interfaith Harmony Week, on Jan. 29 , 2017, hosting about 45 community members at our Meeting for Worship.

Our refugee committee members attended a SupperNova gathering at St. Benedict Church, for immigrants.


Atlantic Friends Gathering: a total of 10 Halifax Monthly Meeting Friends were among the 40 person attending the AFG Gathering this year. Meeting with the wider group of Friends from New Brunswick, PEI and Annapolis Valley inspired us, and helped us to appreciate the wider Quaker world.


Halifax Monthly Meeting needs:  The presence of six children at AFG reminds us that we need to take special means to attract child attenders to our Meeting.

To assist in opening and closing our Meeting on Sundays we have hired Patrick Okiowei, a graduate student from Nigeria, who moves the furniture and sets up the chairs for our worship circle.

Welcomers needed: We need Friends to sign up for the Sunday task of welcoming Friends and visitors to our Meeting. Sundays are covered through July 2nd.  We need Welcomers for July 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Welcomers arrive around 10 a.m., supervise refreshments, and following social time supervise dish clean-up, & make sure all lights are turned off, windows closed and door locked when you leave.