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    I'm Michael, aka Sermonboy.  I'm a minister and a history buff, serving a United Church congregation (formerly Methodist) that has been on the same street corner in Toronto since 1821.  This may only impress the Canadians, but my predecessors at the church include Egerton Ryerson (father of public education in Ontario) and E.A. Pearson, father of Lester (former PM and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize).I'm interested in the history of religion, UK history (of course) and Canadian history, particularly labour history and social movements.  Genealogy is also an interest, and am pleased to report that my research turned up that my great-great-great grandfather was arrested in the aftermath of the 1837 Rebellion and later released for lack of evidence.  I think it explains why my son was arrested during the G20.

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    Welcome Michael! I'm glad to have another Canadian in the group! That is super cool about having a relative in the 1837 Rebellion (Upper or Lower Canada?). I wish I had relatives that were that interesting, and yes, as a Canadian, I found your important predecessors impressive ;)Diane

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    Upper Canada.  And he was also a Primitive Methodist preacher, a lay movement that began as a protest against the increasing worldliness of the Methodists.  It began in Yorkshire, where by GGG arrived from some time in the 1820's.  It seems that anyone who was not Church of England was suspect during and after the rebellion. 

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    Welcome, Michael!Protest is good for the soul in your family, it would appear. I was a tourist in Washington, DC in 1973 for 4th July and was caught in tear gas used to break up an anti-war demonstration.  I was young enough not to know what was going on and when I saw all the people running, falling down, getting sick, I thought they were dying and that I would die, too.  It's a frightening experience for a child.  It made me re-think everything I had learned about American 'due process' and the bill of rights in the days leading up to the incident.  I had been on the Mall as part of the festivities of the 4th and had not been participating in the demonstration.

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