Archive for December 2013

Destined for Adoption – by Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons

December 31, 2013

“God destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ….” Our new Board Chair, Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons (UCC), reflects from his own perspective as an adoptive parent on this week’s scripture lessons and our joint destiny as adopted children…

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Joint Review Panel report on proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project downplays Indigenous and ecological concerns

December 24, 2013

Despite overwhelming opposition from First Nations and their allies, the Joint Review Panel has given the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project conditional approval.

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights, UNDRIP Blog Updates

Christmas Reflection from the Chair of our Board

December 24, 2013

This week the Rev. Paul Gehrs of the ELCIC offers our Christmas Spirited Reflection as he completes four years as our KAIROS Board Chair. He reflects on the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt, the road KAIROS has been…

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KAIROS Times: December 2013

December 20, 2013

Read the December 2013 issue.

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Advent, Human Rights and International Migrants Day

December 18, 2013

Alfredo Barahona, KAIROS’ Migrant Relations Coordinator, reflects on Advent and International Migrants Day from the perspective of his own personal experiences as a migrant to Canada from El Salvador, and his recent visit to Quito.

Post filed in: Latin America, Migrant Justice

Reconciliation in the Watershed

December 18, 2013

In this homily given at Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity on December 15,  KAIROS Member Relations  and Campaigns Coordinator Sara Stratton reflects on the connections between the Truth and Reconciliation commission and the pursuit of Watershed Discipleship. What will…

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The Call to Justice Discipleship

December 16, 2013

In this, the final week of Advent, Michiko Bown-KAI explores the essential question of justice discipleship.

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Dusty Shoes or Golden Slippers

December 11, 2013

by Ellen Wood Ellen Wood is a grain, cattle and apple orchard farmer as well as an ordained  United Church minister, now semi-retired.   She has worked on many social justice causes, most recently the tar sands and the nuclear…

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

Compassion for Creation

December 9, 2013

What if Creation had rights, just as human beings do? Pepe Elwert considers our call to be in right relationship with all of creation, and imagines what that could look like in this 3rd Advent Spirited Reflection

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West Hill United Church Goes To Ottawa

December 4, 2013

On November 28, a delegation from West Hill United Church in Scarborough, Ontario delivered a petition to the House of Commons calling on the federal government to end the disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Steve Watson’s article,…

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Bringing a Message of Hope for DR Congo to Parliament Hill

December 3, 2013

With recent talk of peace returning to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, KAIROS is hopeful peace-building efforts will continue at all levels – from international diplomacy between DRC and its neighbours, down to the grassroots level at which our…

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

Til The Moon Be No More

December 3, 2013

“In his days the righteous may flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!” In this reflection for Advent 2, Pepe Elwert explores the connections between Scripture and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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You Are Not Alone

December 1, 2013

Barbara Fullerton, a United Church minister from Paris, Ontario recounts her experience with members of the El Estor human rights defender work team, and reminds us that we are all in this together.

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America