Archive for 2018

Spirited Reflection: For the beauty of the earth

April 18, 2018

Glistening pine needles, sunlight dancing; wind through trees, branches flailing wildly; chipmunks scampering over the forest floor; whitecaps whipping across blue waters; greyed white clouds scudding across blue skies; painters’ brush, daisies, poppies in woods and fields; green hills and…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Spirited Reflections

KAIROS Partner Delegation Participates in the International Gathering Women Resisting Extractivism in Montreal, April 27-30

April 16, 2018

From April 27 to 30, KAIROS delegates from Canada and the Global South will participate in the International Gathering of Women Resisting Extractivism in Montreal. This gathering will bring together more than 40 land and life defenders from around the…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

Spirited Reflection: Revaluing Creation – Looking towards Earth Day

April 9, 2018

Humans put value on Creation based on what it can do for us – how can it feed us? How can we sell it to grow the economy? This attitude – our present development model – has led to the…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Spirited Reflections

Take Action: Ask Canada to keep its promise to end fossil fuel subsidies

April 6, 2018

Spring into Action before Global leaders meet for the G7 summit in June. Canada is preparing to host world leaders for the G7 summit in June 2018. This is a golden opportunity to call on the Canadian government to demonstrate climate…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Indigenous & Newcomer Friendships wrapped up in Thunder Bay

April 5, 2018

The final of five Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships events was held on March 22 in Thunder Bay, on the traditional territory of the Fort William First Nation. Entitled Moving Forward Together, it attracted more than 200 people to Dennis Franklin…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

April 22 is Earth Day: Updated Worship Resource

April 5, 2018

The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth. Humankind did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever humankind does to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

KAIROS delegates call for a guaranteed pathway to permanent residency for migrant caregivers

April 5, 2018

KAIROS organized a delegation of migrant caregivers and advocates in Ottawa on March 23 to meet with Members of Parliament, including Jenny Kwan, MP and Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, and to participate in a consultation…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

KAIROS Canada Submission to the Arctic Policy Framework Consultation Process

March 29, 2018

KAIROS Canada made its formal submission to the Arctic Policy Framework Consultation Process on February 28, 2018. This submission comes a year after KAIROS participated in the NGO Roundtable on the Framework, on February 7, 2017. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Easter video: Come and witness first light

March 27, 2018

Dear Friends, I invite you to take a moment to watch the KAIROS Easter video. Share it with your family and friends, post it on Facebook and tweet it. Share it on your congregation or community e-lists. Show it in…

Post filed in: Executive Director, Spirited Reflections, Video Playlists & Photo Albums

MEDIA ADVISORY: Thunder Bay Indigenous and newcomer communities gather for reconciliation, March 22

March 20, 2018

Thunder Bay hosts final KAIROS Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships event (Thunder Bay, ON) – KAIROS Canada, in partnership with local organizations, presents Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a Just and Inclusive Community in Thunder Bay on March 22 at Dennis…

Post filed in: Media Releases

Spirited Reflection: Kenosis and Watersheds

March 19, 2018

Photo: Gordon Finney Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself…  Philippians 2.5-7a,…

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NEW VIDEO! Women Building Peace in South Sudan: Agnes Wasuk Petia and Awak Deng

March 15, 2018

This International Women’s Day, we honoured and celebrated two women of courage: Agnes Wasuk Petia and Awak Deng from the National Women’s Programme of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), a KAIROS partner. The following 5 minute video, Women…

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

Reflecting on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

March 14, 2018

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is a tool developed in 1997 by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives in which participants learn about European colonization of Turtle Island (North America), the accompanying dispossession of Indigenous peoples (reflected by the steady removal…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Spirited Reflection: Renewing our relationship with the watershed

March 13, 2018

Wherever we live, we are part of a watershed. Watersheds are interdependent ecosystems nested within larger ecosystems, which are also watersheds. Tiny creeks and tributaries are nested within the watersheds around Hamilton, which are nested in the larger Great Lakes/St….

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Spirited Reflections

March 22 is World Water Day

March 12, 2018

If people feel a relational connection to the watershed in which they live, it is easier for them to act in an embodied way upon their responsibilities. – Denise Nadeau Wherever we live in creation we are part of a…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

KAIROS Women of Courage Program: Being a Feminist every day of the year

March 7, 2018

On International Women’s Day everyone is encouraged to be a feminist.  It’s one day of the year where we have the rare opportunity to highlight the women’s movement and the significant achievements of courageous women, as well as current struggles…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

Letter to the editor: Trade is important, but not at any price

March 7, 2018

Re: What’s at stake in Canada’s lost Philippines helicopter deal? (The Hill Times, Feb.28, p. 16). Op-ed writer Omar Allam argues that Canada’s credibility and reputation are at risk depending on the outcome of the government’s review of the $300-million…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific

Steps but, not strides, forward: Federal Budget 2018

March 5, 2018

With its strong focus on gender equality and gender analysis, Federal Budget 2018 takes some significant steps forward in a number of KAIROS priority areas while failing to advance other critical concerns. Building on last year’s contributions, Budget 2018 invests…

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Spirited Reflection: Gun violence – where will we stand as a community of faith?

March 5, 2018

Yet another violent massacre has happened in a school, this time in Florida. Every week, every month, every year this happens, and on a gut level, it feels like it is happening on a more regular basis.  Over the past few…

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World Day of Prayer 2018 focuses on climate change

March 2, 2018

Photo by Tali Folkins: Beth Lorimer, Ecological Justice Program Coordinator for KAIROS Canada, delivers a reflection at a service for World Day of Prayer 2018 at St. Andrew’s United Church, Toronto, Friday, March 2. Our exploitative attitude toward creation has…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

MEDIA ADVISORY: Edmonton Indigenous and newcomer communities gather for reconciliation, March 10

March 1, 2018

Edmonton event is one of five KAIROS’ Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships events in four cities and provinces (Edmonton, AB) – KAIROS Canada, in partnership with local organizations, presents Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a Just and Inclusive Community in Edmonton…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Media Releases

Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships – for a just and inclusive community

February 28, 2018

KAIROS and its partners invite Indigenous peoples and newcomers  in Canada to join in a series of reconciliation events running until March 2018 entitled, Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a just and inclusive community. KAIROS believes Canada’s future can be…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Migrant Justice

KAIROS stands with young Indigenous people

February 23, 2018

On February 23, the day after a jury in Winnipeg returned a not guilty verdict in the death of Tina Fontaine, people across the country are wrapping themselves in blankets in a powerful , poignant and public expression of care…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Spirited Reflection: In an age of diversity, how do we deal with differences?

February 23, 2018

“Earlier this year, National Geographic put a call out to photographers from around the world to capture images that would close ‘a widening empathy gap between us and those who have life experiences that differ dramatically from our own’. The…

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Trailblazer: Sheila Watt-Cloutier

February 23, 2018

Looking back, Sheila Watt-Cloutier sees connections between her personal struggles as an Inuk girl and her public leadership decades later, addressing the environmental crises that afflicted her people. At the age of ten, when she was sent for schooling away…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice