Murray with Ruth
Murray with Ruth

Murray MacAdam is a writer, teacher, father, Christian, vegetarian, social activist and tree-lover. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario, with his wife Ruth and daughter Rosemary.  He has written or co-authored six books: Making Waves, about the Grindstone Island social change education centre; From Corporate Greed to Common Good, on Christian-based community economic development; Lives in the Balance and Lives Still in the Balance, both about poverty in Ontario; Nation to Nation: Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Future of Canada, an anthology on First Nations issues, with John Bird and Lorraine Land; and his memoir, Catch A Fire.  

During his career Murray has worked for many church and faith-based organizations, including the United Church of Canada, the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, and Citizens for Public Justice. Murray hails from Nova Scotia and has an M.A. in journalism from the University of Western Ontario.

Murray works part-time as a freelance writer, as well as teaching courses on memoir writing and on creative retirement planning. He is an active member of the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC), Ontario’s major interfaith anti-poverty organization, and is a board member for the Anglican Church of Canada’s international relief and development organization, PWRDF (Primate’s World Relief & Development Fund).

In his spare time Murray enjoys life outdoors, yoga, cycling, gardening and music.