Archive for June 2018

Spirited Reflection: The grace of giving

June 28, 2018

Second Corinthians 8:7-15 talks about giving, and it has a message for us today. The church in Jerusalem had fallen on hard times financially. It started off great, with believers sharing everything they had in the belief that Christ would…

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Canada boosts transformative work of grassroots women peace builders

June 26, 2018

Women are often prime targets in war but, when given the chance, they can also be critical agents for peace. Isabel Caicedo is one such woman. Forcibly displaced from her home after paramilitary forces massacred her neighbours during a decades-long…

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Why this blanket exercise is now essential training for RCMP cadets

June 26, 2018

The exercise synthesizes 500 years of colonization under the observation of a local Indigenous elder.  This past winter, the RCMP introduced a new educational tool at its Regina training academy: the KAIROS blanket exercise. Developed by its namesake ecumenical advocacy organization,…

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KAIROS Times: June 2018

June 25, 2018

Hot off the press! The June 2018 KAIROS Times.

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Spirited Reflection: What do we pray for when we pray for peace?

June 24, 2018

Photo credit to Jonathan Sears. This year, some Muslims celebrated the end of the month of Ramadan under a cloud of fear, dislocation, and suffering. I’d been speaking again with a friend of twenty years from Mali, a majority-Sunni Muslim…

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Blanket exercise coordinator educates non-Indigenous people about shared history of Canada

June 22, 2018

Susan Beaudin knows about the power of a blanket. The educator from Cowessess First Nation is a residential school survivor. She is also the Kairos Blanket Exercise Coordinator for Saskatchewan. In her role, she travels to different communities, institutions, and…

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New Video: Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a Just and Inclusive Canada

June 21, 2018

Indigenous and newcomer communities came together in five Canadian cities for delicious feasts, cultural exchanges, and dialogue from October 2017 to March 2018. As part of KAIROS’ Indigenous and Newcomer Friendships for a Just and Inclusive Canada project, refugees, immigrants…

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The KAIROS Blanket Exercise goes to Alaska

June 21, 2018

Interest in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) is growing beyond Canada’s borders In late May I traveled to Anchorage, Alaska with Lillian Underwood, an Indigenous KBE trainer and facilitator based in B.C., and my colleague, KBE Coordinator Sara Anderson, for…

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Trailblazer: Earth Quaker Action Team

June 21, 2018

Local green energy, unlocked by local green jobs by Rachael Warriner: performers with Hardwork Movement at a youth-led action. Is climate change a huge crisis or a huge opportunity?  Some Pennsylvania community activists are answering: “Both, if we want it…

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Walking the Red Road – National Aboriginal Day (June 21st)

June 20, 2018

I thank Creator for making me who I am and guiding my steps as I try to walk “the Red Road” in “the Way of Jesus.” Then, I say thank you to the Mohawk people of the Iroquois Confederacy who…

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Speak for the Silenced

June 12, 2018

Politically motivated audits by Canada Revenue Agency have silenced the voices and threatened the future existence of vital charities in Canada.  Here is a chance to do something positive about this injustice. Send a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau to…

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Psalm 138: Thanksgiving and Praise – of David

June 8, 2018

1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 2 I bow down towards your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted…

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Spirited Reflection:  Beholding a turtle

June 4, 2018

Sunning itself on a log near the shore of Six Mile Lake in Muskoka was a small turtle with its eyes closed. I crept up closely and gently picked up the turtle in my hand. Immediately, its little legs danced…

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