Archive for 2014

Christ Candle Prayer

December 22, 2014

Here is a Christmas Eve/Christmas Day candle-lighting prayer that matches the other candle-lighting prayers used in the KAIROS 2014 Advent resource One: Called to be a reconciling people, we gather together to experience the birth of the Christ child, one…

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Remembering John Mihevc

December 21, 2014

KAIROS is deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague John Mihevc.

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KAIROS Times: December 2014

December 18, 2014

Read the December 2014 issue.

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Popular Movements Meet with Pope Francis

December 16, 2014

KAIROS colleague Judith Marshall shares experiences from a meeting of social movements with Pope Francis.

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Mining and Human Rights: building networks of resistance

December 16, 2014

In recognition of International Human Rights Day 2014, KAIROS co-sponsored Mining and Human Rights: building networks of resistance, an afternoon of workshops and presentations on the struggle of communities to defend their land from the impacts of resource extraction.

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Temporary Foreign Workers Program Needs More Work

December 15, 2014

In its message to commemorate International Migrants Day, KAIROS’ Dignity and Rights Circle applauds recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program but stresses that it still has serious flaws that undermine workers’ rights.

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WI’AM Means Agape

December 12, 2014

From beside the Separation wall in Bethlehem, Paul Gehrs reflects on determination, persistence, and the ongoing struggle for a just peace in Palestine and Israel.

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We Are All Water-Keepers

December 12, 2014

The KAIROS group in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan has been looking at its watershed these past few years, and has released this report looking at the threats posed to it. Agri-business, the commodification of water, urban water demands and the use…

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I don’t have words to describe what I saw.

December 11, 2014

On a tour of two of the world’s most contaminated mining communities, a delegation of women activists from across Latin America realize that while their stories may differ, what unites them is their work defending communities and Mother Earth.

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

Tribunal at Peoples’ Summit calls for a UN Declaration on the Rights of Nature

December 10, 2014

The Tribunal on the Rights of Nature at the Peoples’ Summit on COP20 in Lima has no legal authority beyond the integrity and respect generated from its process and participants, but the hope is that by revealing the impacts of…

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Prepare IN the Wilderness: Reflection for Advent 3 by Stephen Larson

December 9, 2014

Stephen Larson from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada tells us that punctuation is important in that it is IN the wilderness times of our lives that we prepare the way of the Lord.

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To Repent, to Reconcile, to Make New

December 7, 2014

Sara Stratton reflects on the call to repentance and reconciliation in this sermon for Advent 2.

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections

New Palestine

December 5, 2014

Paul Gehrs reflects on his experience at the “Life with Dignity” conference celebrating the 5th anniversary of Kairos Palestine.

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Anti-mining activist killed and Ecuadorean partners harassed on eve of Lima meetings

December 4, 2014

What was supposed to be a celebratory launch for KAIROS partner Acción Ecológica’s delegation to the People’s Summit and COP20 meeting in Lima, Peru turned into a nightmare as delegation members were detained and harassed and news came in of…

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

“Congratulations, KAIROS, on the occasion of you still being a thing!”

December 4, 2014

KAIROS is still here and Rick Mercer is glad!

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To be in Bethlehem in Advent

December 2, 2014

Paul Gehrs reflects on the shortest Advent ever — from his church in Winnipeg to the manger in Bethlehem in 24 hours.

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Making the invisible visible: The Wayuu in Guajira face a humanitarian crisis

December 2, 2014

The Wayuu people are one of 43 Indigenous groups in Colombia facing extinction. In this blog, Wayuu leader Matilde Lopez speaks with KAIROS’ Rachel Warden and Audrey Huntley from No More Silence about the threats facing her people.

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People’s Climate March Spurs Hope for Climate Justice: Policy Briefing Paper #40

November 17, 2014

The latest KAIROS Briefing Paper contrasts the hopeful movement for climate justice symbolized by the People’s Climate March with the slow process of official UN negotiations. It exposes hidden dangers in certain measures that claim to address climate change, and…

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Radical Hospitality by Heather Vais

November 17, 2014

Heather Vais of the Presbyterian Church in Canada tells us that hospitality, radical hospitality is what the Kingdom is God really looks like.

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KAIROS Times: October 2014

November 12, 2014

Read the October 2014 issue.

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Perceiving Justice through the Ears and Eyes of Others by Tom Billard

November 10, 2014

Tom Billard helps us reinterpret Jesus’ Parable of the Talents through the ears and eyes of the poor and oppressed of first century Palestine.

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KAIROS wins NOW magazine ‘Best Activist Religious Group’ for the second year in a row

November 6, 2014

KAIROS is feeling the love once again! For the second year in a row, we’ve been named “Best Activist Religious Group” in NOW Magazine’s 2014 Best of Toronto readers’ poll. Many thanks to everyone who voted for KAIROS!

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Pull Together with Indigenous Nations Challenging the Flawed Review Process for the Northern Gateway Pipeline

November 4, 2014

Join in solidarity with eight First Nations from British Columbia who have been granted leave by the federal Court of Appeal to apply for a judicial review of the government’s decision to allow the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Given the landmark…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights

To Remember is to Work for Peace

November 3, 2014

Sara Stratton tells us why she wears both a bright red poppy and a pin that reads “To remember is to work for peace” in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday.

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Northern Gateway and National Aboriginal Day: Reconciliation postponed, by Sara Stratton

October 31, 2014

We’re at a watershed moment for Canada, one where we have the opportunity to carry on as we always have in our relationship with Indigenous peoples, or one where we can move forward in new, more respectful ways. Which path…

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Putting people before profit with a price on carbon

October 31, 2014

My week in late June began by shaking the hand of President Obama. It ended by interviewing First Nations and Métis living in the heart of the Athabasca Tar Sands. I went from meeting the most sought after person in…

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Statement by the KAIROS Board Chair on the Events of October 20 & 22, 2014

October 28, 2014

KAIROS Chair of the Board, Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons, reaches out in solidarity to those harmed and grieved, and to other faith groups, civil society organisations, and elected officials to stand firm in our commitment to human rights in Canada and…

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The presence of God in all Creation by George C. George

October 27, 2014

George C. George speaks to us of how God is present in all creation.

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