Archive for May 2013

KAIROS, the WCC and the MECC express concern for bishops kidnapped in Syria

May 29, 2013

In April, Syrian Archbishops (Metropolitans) His Eminence Boulos (Yazigi), from the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and His Eminence Mor Youhanna Gregorios (Ibrahim) from the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, were abducted in Aleppo. By all accounts they remain in…

Post filed in: Middle East

Wabanaki Water Convergence ceremony

May 28, 2013

This weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Fredericton, New Brunswick to participate in the Wabanaki Water Convergence ceremony, which took place where the waters of the Saint John River (WOLASTOQ) converge with the tide’s end.  The importance of…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

Hopes and Prayers for Colombia: KAIROS sends messages to the Ecumenical Forum for Peace in Colombia

May 22, 2013

‘Announcement from the Ecumenical Forum for Peace’ (PDF) Anuncio del foro Ecuménico por la Paz (PDF) On May 18-19 hundreds of church leaders, clergy, ecumenical organizations and representatives of social movements gathered for the Ecumenical Forum for Peace in Bogota,…

Post filed in: Latin America

Expression de la réconciliation présentée par les organismes liés aux églises chrétiennes du Québec

May 21, 2013

Cette Expression de la réconciliation était lue par Fr. Richard Renshaw le 27 avril, à l’événement national de la Commission Vérité et Réconciliation, Montréal  : Nous sommes ici en tant que membres de différents organismes liés aux églises chrétiennes du…

Post filed in: En français

We Are Called- A theological reflection on 40 years of ecumenical justice

May 21, 2013

By Sr Sue Wilson, CSJ, KAIROS Board member for the Canadian Religious Conference. Offered May 8 at the gathering of all KAIROS Circles, Board, Southern and Indigenous partners, and guests from the former ecumenical coalitions.The day focused on the 40th…

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

Colombian paramilitaries torture and murder Benedicta Joya Aponte while seeking her brother

May 21, 2013

Note from KAIROS: Just days before an Ecumenical Forum on Peace, May 18-19,  we received terrible news from church partners in Colombia. Benedicta Joya Aponte, a campesina woman and sister of a local priest, was brutally murdered in their home. …

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America, Women of Courage

Middle East Churches and their partners issue statement on Christian presence and witness in the Middle East

May 21, 2013

From May 21 to 25, KAIROS staff took part in the Middle East Council of Churches and World Council of Churches conference, “Christian presence and witness in the Middle East” in Beirut, Lebanon. In a joint statement, the conference called…

Post filed in: Middle East

Manitoba Government Extends Health Care Coverage for Seasonal Agricultural Workers

May 17, 2013

The Government of Manitoba has acknowledged the importance of migrant workers to Canada’s standard of living by extending health care coverage for seasonal agricultural workers. The hope is that other provincial governments will follow Manitoba’s lead.

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

Stormed by the Holy Spirit (a reflection for Pentecost) – By Fr. Bob Holmes

May 15, 2013

Bob is a Catholic priest, a member of the Congregation of St. Basil, and has been involved in the Peacemaking ministry of CPT for 13 years serving in Canada, Palestine, Iraq, Mexico, Colombia and Congo.

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections

Prophets: patterns and examples – By Jane Orion Smith

May 7, 2013

Jane Orion Smith serves as the General Secretary of Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers). She served on the Board of Directors of KAIROS (2000-2010), including as Chair and as Treasurer.

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

MEDIA ADVISORY: KAIROS Celebrates 40 Years of Ecumenical Social Justice Activism

May 7, 2013

Photo Opportunities (Toronto) For Immediate Release May 1, 2013 WHO: KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives WHAT: Ecumenical worship service to launch year long activities in celebration of 40 years of ecumenical social justice activism. A reception will follow the worship…

Post filed in: Media Releases

Take action: Ask the government to clearly identify Israeli settlement products sold in Canada

May 6, 2013

(Support for a United Church of Canada action) The United Church of Canada is inviting the ecumenical and justice community to write to the Foreign Affairs and Trade ministers, asking for proper identification of Israeli settlement products in Canadian stores…

Post filed in: Middle East

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program do not address the vulnerability of migrant workers in Canada

May 1, 2013

On Monday, April 29 the Government of Canada introduced changes to the temporary foreign workers program (TFWP). KAIROS welcomes some of the changes announced by the federal government, such as the decision to remove the provision that allowed employers to…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

KAIROS Times: May 2013

May 1, 2013

Read the May 2013 issue.

Post filed in: KAIROS Times E-Newsletter