Archive for January 2017

Reflection on pilgrimage of justice and peace: We came, we saw, we listened…

January 31, 2017

In 2015, Bishop Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, The Rev. Dr. Willard Metzger, Executive Director, Mennonite Church Canada and I, The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches, took…

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27th Annual Feb 14 Women’s Memorial March for missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada

January 31, 2017

On February 14, KAIROS will join Indigenous and non Indigenous groups from across Canada in remembering and honouring our missing and murdered sisters in Canada. More than 1,000 Indigenous women have been murdered or have gone missing, most over the last…

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Spirited Reflection: Mountain moments

January 30, 2017

What is it about mountains?  When people in comics seek out wise gurus, they find them at the top of the mountain.  Moses received the 10 Commandments from God on top of a mountain. In the story of the Transfiguration,…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise Project with the Mary Ward Centre and Toronto Catholic District School Board

January 28, 2017

KAIROS, the Mary Ward Centre and the Toronto Catholic District School Board launched a collaborative project in October 2016 to bring the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to elementary and secondary school students on a weekly basis. Fifteen schools and hundreds of…

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‘Shame and sadness’ stirred by Indigenous Blanket Exercise

January 26, 2017

Jim Lindsay, sub-region representative for KAIROS Grey-Bruce, Wellington and Dufferin County, says the Indigenous Blanket Exercise held at St. Mark’s Church in Orangeville on Sunday afternoon was very successful – drawing a capacity crowd of about 70 participants. Centred on…

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Letter to the Editor: First, it’s our oil

January 26, 2017

  Given the urgent need to transition to a clean energy economy, rather than convincing Donald Trump “to consider Canadian oil as U.S. oil,” Justin Trudeau should tell Mr. Trump that Canada will allocate its remaining reserves of conventional oil…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Op Eds & Rabble

Spirited Reflection: Lazarus and the rich man

January 23, 2017

Luke 16: 19-31 The passage from Luke about the parable of Lazarus and the rich man is a familiar one.  Things did not end well for the rich man. The rich man died and was buried. We then read that…

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Letters to the Editor: Women have role to play in peace & Crude on the move

January 18, 2017

Women have role to play in peace Re: Why are women not included in peace-building efforts? Opinion Jan. 10 The exclusion of women from peace-building efforts is perplexing. Not only does war impact women in a particular way, such as…

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Spirited Reflection: Leave something for the stranger

January 16, 2017

“Do you want to be holy?” the Bishop beamed at my son. He paused before asking again, with a thunderous laugh, “Do you want to be holy?” “Yes”, my son smiled, “how”? He said, “Honour your father and mother”. The…

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GREAT NEWS! Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment does not close Acción Ecológica

January 13, 2017

GREAT NEWS! Yesterday the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment decided not to grant the request to close Acción Ecológica. National and international pressure was key.  Dearest friends, We want to publicly acknowledge the thousands of letters, embraces and messages that we…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Latin America

KAIROS Blanket Exercise, Gladue Summit, Thunder Bay

January 13, 2017

“A very generous and talented videographer created this short video of the Mass KAIROS Blanket Exercise I co-facilitated in Thunder Bay on November 29, 2016 for 100+ participants at the Gladue Summit, which was organized by the Ministry of the…

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The KAIROS community is deeply saddened by the recent passing of Art Manuel

January 13, 2017

The KAIROS community is deeply saddened by the recent passing of Art Manuel. Art’s relationship with KAIROS stretches back almost two decades to the pre-KAIROS days of the Aboriginal Rights Coalition (ARC). Art informed many of our education and action…

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First-year law students participate in KAIROS Blanket Exercise

January 12, 2017

Interactive exercise walks law students through history as they learn how Canadian law throughout the years has affected Indigenous individuals and communities. Photo (L to R): Blanket exercise facilitators Jodi Stonehouse, Koren Lightning-Earle and Dr. Tracy Bear, pictured here with…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise deepens RCMP Alberta Division’s cultural awareness

January 11, 2017

Marilyn McSporran couldn’t forget the moment years ago when one of her husband’s colleagues in the RCMP made an ugly remark about Indigenous peoples. When an Elder in Saddle Lake, Alberta gently encouraged her to introduce the KAIROS Blanket Exercise…

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Spirited Reflection: Shifting from human-centred to ecological-centred 

January 9, 2017

What will be the condition of earth for our grandchildren and great grandchildren? What kind of world will they inherit? It depends on our engagement now in trying to understand our ecological problems. This has been called ecological guidance –…

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Spirited Reflection: Jubilee – a new year reset 

January 1, 2017

“Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound…

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