United Church of Canada

Day One


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I began my fast this morning with a special commissioning/blessing in our regular worship service at Hillhurst United Church in Calgary. It was very moving to feel the support of the congregation and to have special friend, Lynn Chazotsang, a Tibetan Buddhist leader, participate. Kitty Dunn, from the Quakers and David Swann, my Liberal MLA were in the congregation as well.

After worship, while others had lunch, I encouraged people to sign the Climate Change petition (which you will find on this website). 

I have been greatly encouraged by emails from people planning their own actions. This morning I received an email from Moderator Mardi Tindal who is attending the COP 17 talks in Durban. She is joined by Joy Kennedy, Alanna Mitchell and Kaitlin Bardswich from the United Church.  We are part of a large inter-faith gathering witnessing to our solidarity. 

Tomorrow I will be standing in front of my MP's constituency office, Michelle Rempel. I invite you to plan your own activities at this crucial moment in the history of Mother Earth.

The Very Reverend Dr. Bill Phipps is an outspoken activist in Calgary and throughout Canada. He is in demand as a speaker, workshop leader and writer.