Archive for 2014

Momentum builds to make Canada Open for Justice

October 23, 2014

Since the Open for Justice Campaign launched a year ago, 90,000 Canadians have taken action in support of Canadian mining accountability overseas, and there have been more than 65 meetings with Members of Parliament in ridings across the country. This…

Post filed in: Corporate Accountability, Ecological Justice

The Blanket Exercise Video

October 23, 2014

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a workshop that explores the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Blankets arranged on the floor represent land and participants are invited to step into the roles of First Nations, Inuit and…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Solidarity with First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

October 20, 2014

KAIROS gathered together Indigenous leaders, church representatives, educators and civil society representatives on October 19 in a show of solidarity with Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, on the eve of final…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Sagesse autochtone: vivre en harmonie avex la Terre Mère – Analyse stratégique #39

October 16, 2014

Cette analyse stratégique résume une recherche plus élaborée disponible en anglais. Elle examine comment la sagesse ancestrale des peuples autochtones des Amériques peut nous orienter face aux défis sans précédent de l’évolution du climat et des crises écologiques qui s’y…

Post filed in: En français

Indigenous Wisdom: Living in Harmony with Mother Earth – Policy Briefing Paper #39

October 16, 2014

This summary of our longer study on how the ancestral wisdom of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas can guide us as we face unprecedented challenges from climate change and related ecological crises is now available as a Briefing Paper….

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

KAIROS Thanksgiving Message 2014

October 10, 2014

KAIROS Thanksgiving Video Message: thriving with resilience, gratitude and faith 5 yrs after CIDA cut

Post filed in: Executive Director, Spirited Reflections

“What does it mean to be a servant?” by Alberto Sarthou

October 7, 2014

Alberto Sarthou cautions us that being a servant does not mean shrinking from speaking truth to power.

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

Mining oversight bill defeated by government, despite widespread public support

October 3, 2014

KAIROS Canada is disappointed that the Extractive Sector Ombudsman bill, Bill C-584, did not pass second reading in the House of Commons on October 1. More than 90,000 Canadians voiced their support for such an Ombudsman through the Open for…

Post filed in: Corporate Accountability, Ecological Justice

Peace with Justice: International Day of Peace by Jennifer Henry

September 30, 2014

Jennifer Henry explains that peace of which the prophet Micah spoke is not the absence of conventional war, rather the presence of transformed beliefs and collective understandings, economic and ecological justice and democratic inclusions, human rights and greater equality.

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

In Memory of the life of Adolfo Ich Chaman-

September 26, 2014

Today, five years later, KAIROS joins the family of Adolfo Ich Chaman- , his community and human rights and solidarity groups in Guatemala and in Canada in commemorating Adolfo Ich’s life and demanding justice. Angelica Choc, Adolfo’s wife, has called…

Post filed in: Latin America

Urgent Action – Ask MPs to support the Ombudsman bill

September 26, 2014

This is a crucial moment in the Open for Justice campaign to win greater accountability from the Canadian mining, oil and gas industry. Find out how you can join this urgent action!

Post filed in: Corporate Accountability, Ecological Justice

Being Right, Doing Right: Social Justice and the Temptation of Appearance by André Forget

September 22, 2014

André Forget reflects on the difference between doing the right thing as opposed to merely appearing to do the right thing.

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

Justice Camp: Oil/tarsands by Nathan Lodewyk

September 19, 2014

Are we stuck in the same trap as the people of Babel; building higher and higher not because we should but because we can? In his reflection, Nathan Lodewyk, a young adult from the Christian Reformed Church in North America…

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

A Place Between Cynicism and Idealism by Greg Veltman

September 12, 2014

As the People’s Climate March on September 21 draws closer, we are mindful of how our use and production of energy effects the earth and all its peoples. Greg Veltman was one of two young adults supported by KAIROS to…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Spirited Reflections

KAIROS network shows solidarity for partners in the Middle East

September 11, 2014

“In this moment, we must all don the robe of humanity. It is a time to stand together as Canadians, Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, Jews, Israelis and Christians as one soul. We must show that none is ignored or considered unworthy…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Middle East

KAIROS Times: September 2014

September 10, 2014

Read the September 2014 issue.

Post filed in: KAIROS Times E-Newsletter

Development Free of Fear by Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons

September 9, 2014

Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons, BA LLB MDiv, is the Head of the Philippine Learning Tour, a delegation organized by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, with representatives from KAIROS member churches, CUPE, MiningWatch Canada and Indigenous people in Canada.  Rev. Jagger-Parsons is…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific

Holy Cross Sunday: Is It Worth It? by Brian Wilker-Frey

September 8, 2014

Brian Wilker-Frey explains that it’s not enough to hold up the cross, say thank you Jesus, and carry on with the worship service.

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

People’s Climate March

September 3, 2014

Government leaders from across the globe will be meeting in New York City on September 23 for a one-day United Nations climate summit. The People’s Climate March precedes it on September 21 and will send out a massive, united call…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

The Great Turning: A Path toward Life by Mark Hathaway

September 2, 2014

Inspired by a passage from Romans, Mark Hathaway tell us that rather than working for change based on what we should not do, or even out of guilt or fear, work for the Great Turning that will be sustainable and…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Spirited Reflections

The Identity Politics of G-d by Rick Garland

August 25, 2014

Rick Garland of Student Christian Movement of Canada says his ownership and acceptance of a life of Christian ministry and activism began when he was able to say “I AM WHO I AM”.

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

Is God on our side? by Esther Epp-Tiessen

August 18, 2014

Esther Epp-Tiessen tells us that God is on our side, but also on the side of all people,

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

“Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.” by Catherine Fairbairn

August 11, 2014

Sister Catherine Fairbairn imagines a world where people see their ‘enemy’ as a person just like themselves.

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

Press Statement: The Rock Hard Truth—Philippine Learning Tour raises concerns about mining-related human rights violations in the Zamboanga peninsula

August 6, 2014

At a press conference at the Iglesia Filipina Independiente in Pagadian City, Philippines Learning Tour (PLT) members Rev. Desmond Jagger-Parsons, Chair of the KAIROS Board, and Linda Wilson, a member of Idle No More, present a joint statement at the…

Post filed in: Media Releases

Here comes this Dreamer by Hierald Kane-Osorto

August 4, 2014

Hierald Kane-Osorto tells us about space for solitude and dreaming of God’s justice for our communities.

Post filed in: Spirited Reflections

KAIROS Members Call for Peace in Gaza

August 1, 2014

KAIROS member churches and organizations continue to speak out for peace in Gaza, urging the Canadian government to become more engaged in building a just peace.

Post filed in: Middle East

Rapport Annuel 2013: pour la justice, par la foi

July 29, 2014

“Lors de la liturgie de clôture de Éléments de justice, la Rencontre intergénérationnelle de KAIROS en 2013, la communauté avait à marcher vers une série de quatre endroits à l’extérieur. À chaque point de rencontre, nous nous concentrions sur un…

Post filed in: En français

Support those affected by ongoing violence in Gaza

July 28, 2014

A number of KAIROS’ member churches are accepting donations to provide direct support to those affected by ongoing violence in Gaza.

Post filed in: Middle East