Archive for February 2014

URGENT ACTION: As peace talks resume, South Sudan needs your support today!

February 27, 2014

Since mid-December 2013, widespread violence, killings and displacement have been the daily reality for millions of South Sudanese. Church leaders in South Sudan issued a plea for peace shortly after the violence broke out on December 15. This is the…

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

Mountain-top Moments and the Valleys of Reconciliation: Reflections on Matthew 17:1-9 – by Marcie Gibson

February 25, 2014

“Justice Murray Sinclair states, ‘Reconciliation is about forging and maintaining respectful relationships. There are no shortcuts.’ As finishing touches are underway for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s seventh and final National Event in Edmonton, on March 27-30, 2014 (, I…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections

Time for Climate Activists to “Turn the Other Cheek” – by Greg Powell

February 18, 2014

Greg Powell, a UCC Divinity student and activist, challenges us to find and live out the modern equivalent of ‘turning the other cheek’ for the sake of climate justice.

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Spirited Reflections

Ecologists Call for a Transformed Financial System – Policy Briefing Paper #34

February 16, 2014

Ecologists, alarmed by how human activity is de-pleting ecosystems faster than they can be replen-ished, have added their voices to calls for a trans-formed financial system. Ecological economists point to how excessive consumption leads to more extraction of raw materials…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Bringing a message of urgency and hope from Congo to Parliament Hill

February 14, 2014

The KAIROS “Women of Courage” delegation to DRC reunited in Ottawa in December 2013 to brief politicians on the urgent situation in eastern Congo and what Canada can do to help build peace and prosperity. Read more about their recommendations.

Post filed in: Africa, Indigenous Rights

Portant un message d’urgence et d’espoir du Congo jusqu’à la Colline du Parlement

February 14, 2014

En décembre 2013, des députés et sénateurs de toutes parties politiques se sont assemblés sur la Colline du Parlement pour une table ronde de KAIROS sur la République démocratique du Congo (RDC).  Les représentants et représentantes des Églises canadiennes qui…

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Holy Trouble in the Watershed

February 12, 2014

Whether it’s overfishing or the environmental and human rights impacts of resource extraction, as watershed disciples we are sometimes called to make holy trouble. In this sermon at Toronto’s Trinity St. Paul’s United Church, KAIROS member relations and campaigns coordinator…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

KAIROS Times: February 2014

February 11, 2014

Read the February 2014 issue.

Post filed in: KAIROS Times E-Newsletter

Mandela and The Prince of Peace – by Jennifer Palin

February 11, 2014

UCC minister Rev. Jennifer Palin reflects on the swirl of media discussion following Nelson Mandela’s death and what a ‘living’ faith depends on.

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

How will you show your love on February 14?

February 7, 2014

On February 14, send a valentine to your elected representative asking them to ‘Have a Heart’ for First Nations children and youth. Shannen Koostachin was a courageous girl from Attawapiskat First Nation who believed “school is a time for hopes…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, UNDRIP Blog Updates

Talking about sin—and redemption—in the quest for justice – by Paul Heidebrecht

February 3, 2014

Lent and social justice – do these themes relate? Paul Heidebrecht, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) staff and former KAIROS Board member, reflects, “Advocacy presumes that the institutions of our own day are also fallen,” but he is also talking about…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Spirited Reflections

Fasting from Inaction and Complacency – by JoAnne Lam

February 3, 2014

In this week’s Spirited Reflection JoAnne Lam, seminary intern at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and CPJ, explains, “In Isaiah 58:1-9a, the people of Israel struggled with the efficacy of their fasts. They had thought that God required from them…

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