Anglican priest, Laura Marie Piotrowicz, reflects on the celebration of Holy Week just passed: As we, the church, continue to journey through the Easter season, we carry with us the importance and significance of water. We are challenged to examine our use of water in every day life, seeing it not as something that just comes from a tap but a component of our sacramental and covenantal relationship with God, with God’s creation, with God’s people.
KAIROS Executive Director Jennifer Henry reflects on how companions
help us to sustain our confidence in Easter Hope.
As sure as the spring will come, as certain as the dawn will break--that confidence is Easter’s gift.
We believe in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection. But it’s a faith that can be sorely tested in the pain and the depth of our Good Fridays.
Will the fighting in South Sudan end?
Will the climate heal?
Will extra-judicial killing in the Philippines stop?
Will Indigenous women be safe?
Will land be preserved for future generations?
There’s nothing certain about any of that.
KAIROS staff led participants in the Blanket Exercise at a pre-TRC event on March 26 in Edmonton. Global News Edmonton covered the story in its News Hour Final. KAIROS is grateful to Global News Edmonton for granting KAIROS permission to use the clip.
The pre-TRC event - Reconciliation with the Land and its Peoples: how do issues affecting Indigenous peoples, migrant and faith communities intersect - was a collaboration of Action for Healthy Communities, The Mapuche Nation Support Committee, and KAIROS Canada.
As part of its Expression of Reconciliation, KAIROS Prairies North presented a quilt blanket as “a symbol of a restored relationship of trust and warmth” between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
As KAIROS youth delegate Elyse Brazel explains, in their expression of reconciliation, the 4Rs Youth Summit promised to keep the sacred fires burning and the drums beating beyond the mandate of the TRC.
As KAIROS youth delegate Kaitlyn Duthie-Kannikkatt explains in her blog on Day 3 of the TRC National Event in Edmonton, residential school trauma is not something you can “just get over”!
APPEAL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION: Call for justice for the victims of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines
According to KARAPATAN, the national alliance of human rights organizations in the Philippines, 169 men and women had been victims of extrajudicial killings under the current government of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III (July 2010 to December 2013.) From January to March this year, 19 people were killed — 9 of these in March […]
The practice of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) for shale gas and oil raises significant ecological and Indigenous rights issues. On 8 April 2014, KAIROS released a discussion paper inviting our member churches to consider whether KAIROS should endorse a moratorium on fracking. The paper documents several ecological issues, including the connection between fracking and water contamination, earthquakes and the release of methane, a very potent greenhouse gas. It also describes how Indigenous peoples in North and South America are at the forefront of resistance to fracking.
This week’s Spirited Reflection is by KAIROS Executive Director, Jennifer Henry. The images of death in the Scriptures are striking, but so are the signs of hope: transformation is God’s signature.
In their final reflection from the TRC National Event in Edmonton, KAIROS’ young adult delegates wonder if we are ready to “overcome fear and guilt, and allow ourselves to be transformed by the power of authentic relationship.”
Margaret Evans will begin her term representing the Presbyterian Church in Canada on the Dignity and Rights Circle this spring. In this week’s Spirited Reflection she offers thoughts on the lectionary text from Ezekiel. Are we too being called to breathe new life into dry bones?