Mar 16, 2024    
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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Christ Church Gabriola
2600 South Rd, Gabriola, BC, V0R1X7

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with Ruth Walmsley and Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta

The Gabriola Ecumenical Society extends a warm welcome to two ardent peace activists from Burnaby.  Longtime members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Ruth and Maxine will share with us their current active engagement in promoting peace from a Quaker-infused perspective.

Ruth Walmsley is a passionate activist for social and environmental justice. Her concern about the climate crisis has motivated her to engage in spiritually rooted non-violent civil disobedience, as part of a multi-faith prayer circle direct action group, which she founded in 2018. This led to her arrest and incarceration for 9 days at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in B.C.  For Ruth, singing with others is a source of great joy, and an increasingly important vehicle for merging her spirituality with her activism.

Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta is a Quaker Jew and a long-time member of Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) , the Vancouver Quaker Meeting, and Or Shalom Synagogue in Vancouver.  Prior to settling in Burnaby, she lived in Jerusalem for seven years, where she was active in Israeli and joint Israeli-Palestinian groups working against the abuses of the Israeli Occupation. She is the principal author – with Palestinian and Israeli editorial partners, Ghassan Andoni and Jeff Halper – of the interview-based book, Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation.

Maxine looks forward to introducing the exciting work being done by Standing Together, a relatively new organization, whose membership of some 5,000 Israeli citizens, both Jewish and Palestinian, jointly advocate for and actively work towards a future with “peace and independence for Israelis and Palestinians, full equality for everyone in this land, and true social, economic, and environmental justice”.



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