Archive for November 2013

What mine eyes have seen….

November 30, 2013

As the Guatemala study tour draws to a close, KAIROS BC/Yukon regional representative Janet Gray, one of the group’s photographers, talks about the pictures in her camera and those in her mind.

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America, Women of Courage

Gendered Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

November 27, 2013

Michiko Bown-KAI reflects on where we can find hope in the context of gender-based violence and a war over mineral wealth in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Post filed in: Africa, Gender Justice, Women of Courage

Reflection on the International Day to End Violence Against Women

November 27, 2013

On the International Day to End Violence Against Women, we remember and support victims and survivors of all forms of violence against women, and express solidarity with all those working to end this violence. In this post, Helen Knott, a…

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

A Day of Spectacular Beauty

November 27, 2013

Emma Hebb is a member of Wesley United in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick. After a swim in beautiful Lake Izabal near El Estor, she reflects on society’s seemingly insatiable appetite for natural resources, and the all people who care about…

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

KAIROS presses Canada to be ‘Open for Justice’

November 26, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 26, 2013 Toronto, ON – KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives joins 23 Canadian organizations and global partners in calling on Canada to be Open for Justice by ensuring that those whose rights have been violated by…

Post filed in: Media Releases

Faith, Economy, Migration: Exploring the Connections

November 26, 2013

Alfredo Barahona is representing KAIROS at the Ecumenical Dialogue of the Americas on Faith, Economy and Migrations in Quito, Ecuador from November 27 to December 1. Organized and hosted by the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI), one of KAIROS’…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Migrant Justice

UN Climate Talks Move Backwards: Developed States Refuse Meaningful Action

November 26, 2013

Once again a UN conference on climate change has failed to take meaningful action despite the devastation wrought by typhoon Haiyan. Youth attending the conference in Warsaw singled out Canada and Australia for refusing to hear the urgent pleas for…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

A Beauty that Hurts

November 25, 2013

During a “day off” in Antigua, Wilf Bean, former director of the Tatamagouche Centre, wrestles with the contradictions and questions he faces as a Canadian on this tour studying the impact of Canadian mining companies.

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Where is Your Brother?

November 24, 2013

Georgina Baisley from Miramichi Presbytery of the United Church relates stories of resistance to mining’s impacts on water and human rights in Guatemala.

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Voices Amplified

November 23, 2013

The struggle of Indigenous people in Guatemala to defend the land and a way of life resonates with Helen Knott, a Dane’zaa and Cree woman from Treaty 8 territory in northeastern British Columbia.

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Day 3 – Circle of Life

November 22, 2013

On Day 3 of the Guatemala Study Tour, United Church diaconal minister Elaine Kellogg describes a meeting with the Committee in Defense of Mother Earth in San Miguel Ixtahuacan.

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights, Latin America

The Road to San Marcos

November 21, 2013

In her first blog from Guatemala, Tanis Desjarlais from Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan explains how she found hope and inspiration on the road to San Marcos.

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

Day One in Guatemala!

November 20, 2013

Lynn Hamilton, United Church clergy, writes a guest post on Day One of the Guatemala Study Tour. “Tuesday. Our first full day together as a group. Folks from Victoria, the Miramachi, and 12 points in between begin a day of…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America, Women of Courage

Press Release: National Council of Churches in the Philippines Commemorates Jubilee in Somber Mood, Intensifies Aid

November 19, 2013

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), the country’s biggest coalition of mainline Protestant and Non-Roman Catholic churches, commemorates the 50th year of its founding on November 15 in a somber mood brought about by the destruction wrought…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific, Media Releases

Getting ready for the delegates…

November 18, 2013

Rachel Warden writes on the purpose and prospects of the Guatemala mining study tour with the United Church of Canada. It will include visits to Canadian owned mining projects, and conversations with the communities where these projects are located.

Post filed in: Latin America, Women of Courage

KAIROS Times: November 2013

November 14, 2013

Read the November 2013 issue.

Post filed in: KAIROS Times E-Newsletter

Mission from the Margins

November 13, 2013

In her final blog from the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly in Busan, Executive Director Jennifer Henry reflects on the global church’s call to “justice, solidarity, and inclusivity [as] key expressions of mission from the margins.”

Post filed in: Executive Director

Assistance in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

November 12, 2013

On November 8, one of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines killing thousands and causing unprecedented damage to communities. Here’s how you can help those in need.

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific

Costly Discipleship – by Sheryl Johnson

November 10, 2013

Sheryl, KAIROS’ Fundraising Assistant, is attending the WCC Assembly on behalf of the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute. In this blog she reflects on her experience in Busan and, inspired by the many examples of prophetic and challenging witness, asks how…

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

KAIROS Participates in Study Tour to Guatemala

November 7, 2013

From Nov 19-29, KAIROS network member Helen Knott will join Latin America partnerships coordinator Rachel Warden in a study tour to Guatemala. Sponsored by the Mining the Connections Working Group of the Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada,…

Post filed in: Latin America, Women of Courage

Meet the KAIROS Delegates on the Guatemala Study Tour

November 7, 2013

Helen Knott Merritt, BC elen HelenHelenTansii, Jahonnache. I am a Cree, Dane Zaa, and English woman currently in my last year of studies for my Bachelors of Social Work. I have worked for an NGO creating a program for Indigenous young people to do…

Post filed in: Latin America, Women of Courage

KAIROS named Best Activist Religious Group by NOW Magazine

November 7, 2013

KAIROS is feeling the love, certainly in Toronto. We’ve been named “Best Activist Religious Group” in NOW Magazine’s 2013 BEST OF TORONTO Readers Poll. The popular Toronto weekly officially announced the winners on November 7th.

Post filed in: Media Releases

Her Name is Edna

November 6, 2013

In her presentation to the workshop “Dialogue of Theologies in the Struggle for Life: For a New Ecumenism” at the World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly, KAIROS ED Jennifer Henry argues that it is “the migrants and refugees knocking at…

Post filed in: Executive Director, Migrant Justice

We will leave no honors, no love, no fame …

November 5, 2013

Sheryl Johnson, In Busan for the WCC Assembly, reflects on the 1980 student pro-democracy uprising in Gwangju, and Korea’s theology of liberation.

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific

Dying by the Sword – By James Loney

November 5, 2013

An unnamed follower of Jesus decided to act. He took his sword and cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant. “Put your sword back,” Jesus commanded. “All who draw the sword will die by the sword.” (Matt 25:53)…

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

Not Lost in Translation … Facing Up to Canadian Mining

November 4, 2013

In this report from the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly in Busan, KAIROS ED Jennifer Henry meets those affected by Canadian mining overseas, and reflects on our response as justice-seeking communities of faith.

Post filed in: Executive Director, Indigenous Rights

A Story of Resilience, Grace, Persistence and Transformation

November 2, 2013

Father Michael Lapsley is an Anglican priest, a social justice activist, a freedom fighter and a healer. KAIROS Executive Director Jennifer Henry describes what it was like to break bread with him at the WCC Assembly.

Post filed in: Executive Director

IPCC Confirms We Must Act Now on Climate Change: Briefing Paper #37

November 1, 2013

KAIROS’ latest briefing paper evaluates the strength and weaknesses of the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It cites a new study by climate scientist James Hansen showing how burning just one-third of remaining fossil fuels…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice