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A conference for those interested in helping our congregations become more engaged in God’s mission in the world.

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The Synod of Quebec and Eastern Ontario is staging a virtual conference, Climate Change: What Can I Do? October 14 to 16, 2021. Delegates to this event will come from this Synod and other Presbyterian congregations in Canada. The event is also open to the public. Our Guest Speaker is Dr. Norman Wirzba of Duke University.

Three Plenary Sessions

  • What Kind of World Are We In?
  • What Is The Point of the World?
  • Eating Our Way To Heaven

The Climate Change Town Hall

Dr. Wirzba will join a panel moderated by Thomas Mulcair and including David Heurtel.

Norman Wirzba is a Professor of Theology and Ecology at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Making Peace with the Land and Living the Sabbath. Dr. Wirzba has based the conference presentation on his books: From Nature to Creation , and Food and Faith.

The Honourable, Thomas Mulcair, former NDP Leader of the Federal Opposition and Environment Minister in the Quebec Cabinet, is currently a Visiting Professor, at the University of Montreal, Attorney and Political Commentator. He is also chairman of the Board for Earth Day (Qué.)

David Heurtel is Counsel at Fasken Martineau. He is Adjunct Professor at Concordia University and a Political Analyst for CJAD 800 AM and CTV News Montreal. In Quebec’s Liberal government, he was Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change from 2014 to 2017. Before entering politics, David was CEO of Montreal’s Olympic Park from 2011 to 2013.

Climate change has been an ongoing concern in the 21st-century global consciousness. As such, we are aware of the scientific and political ramifications for the future. The conference will seek to find out what a Christian perspective can add to the fight to avoid global disaster. It is our objective to challenge our members to ask themselves what they can do. How might their belief in Jesus Christ be mobilized to help save the planet God created for our enjoyment?

The Synod will donate all Conference Registration Fees to PWS&D.PWS&D (Presbyterian World Service & Development) is the development and relief agency of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Working in more than 20 countries worldwide, PWS&D aims to support people as they work toward abundant life. PWS&D addresses issues of environmental stewardship and climate change through a variety of programs—but primarily, sustainable agriculture projects that address food security concerns. The global environment is increasingly under stress. Sustainable agriculture practices are needed to help farmers address the environmental challenges. These include:

  • Conservation agriculture PWS&D projects support smallholder farmers to include conservation agriculture practices into their ongoing farming work.
  • Three fundamental principles:
  • minimal soil disturbance through reduced or no-tillage procedures;
  • permanent soil cover, such as mulch; and
  • diversified crop rotation or intercropping.

These sustainable practices are essential for smallholder farmers, who are often the first to experience the adverse effects of climate change. Continued investment in addressing climate adaption techniques is critical to the food security of millions of hungry people worldwide.


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The Synod of Québec and Eastern Ontario is one of 8 synods within the Presbyterian Church in Canada. It consists of five presbyteries: Quebec, Montreal, Seaway-Glengarry, Ottawa and Lanark-Renfrew. The geographical bounds of the Synod stretch from the Gaspésie in the east (Leggatt's Point) along the St. Lawrence Seaway to Lansdowne in the southwest, and north up the Ottawa Valley to Deep River. Included in the synod are two camps, Gracefield in West Quebec (managed by the Presbytery of Ottawa) and Camp d'Action Biblique in the Eastern Townships of Quebec (managed by the Presbytery of Quebec).

The Synod normally meets once a year, usually in October, to do its business and meet for fellowship. Every third year the synod meets as a conference. The synod has a small committee system and a "Synod Council" to manage its business between synods and bring the appropriate business to the synod when it meets. The synod currently meets as a "commissioned court" with each presbytery sending representatives to the once-a-year meeting - one minister commissioner and one elder commissioner for every four ministers in each presbytery.

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