Archive for December 2018

Spirited Reflection: Where there is darkness, be light

December 23, 2018

Advent is a time to pause and reflect on the action of God in our lives. It is both an opportunity and a challenge to set aside the busyness of this time of the year and pay attention to the…

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KAIROS Christmas video for sharing

December 21, 2018

“This Christmas, let’s settle only for great joy—not for the few, the powerful, the privileged—but for all. Peace and goodwill for all peoples.” Dear Friends, With Christmas approaching, I would like to share with you a short video message and…

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Les femmes qui construisent la paix valent l’investissement

December 20, 2018

La consolidation de la paix a l’air noble et est souvent perçue comme relevant de la responsabilité des dirigeants mondiaux et des acteurs armés. Elle se manifeste aussi assez souvent dans le travail inlassable des femmes et de leurs alliés…

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Spirited Reflection: A story of women’s solidarity

December 18, 2018

From 1987 to 1989, I worked with wives of theology students at the United Church of Zambia Theological College in Kitwe, Zambia; their education ranged from Grades 5 to 12. While there, I led a weekly Bible Study session with…

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Needs Improvement: Educators make progress on Indigenous curriculum, but more work to do

December 14, 2018

In the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to include more study on Indigenous issues in school curriculum, it appears educators across the country are taking the recommendations to heart. In its second report card on how Canadian…

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Jessica’s report after the first week at COP24

December 12, 2018

It’s been an incredibly busy week of tedious negotiations, energizing side events and impactful demonstrations at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report this year showing the significant adverse effects of reaching an…

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KAIROS joins church leaders in condemning violence against migrant caravans

December 11, 2018

On the week of International Human Rights Day and the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, KAIROS, along with representatives of churches and communities of faith, have signed a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau asking the Government…

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Spirited Reflection: The time to act for justice is now

December 10, 2018

Following on the Scripture readings: Jeremiah 23: 1-6; Luke 4: 16-21 Jeremiah was one of the Hebrew prophets who insisted that living in right relationship with God was not enough. They knew that because the root of spiritual life is…

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Canadian youth speak up at COP24

December 7, 2018

Earlier this morning in Poland, Jessica Steele, one of KAIROS’ delegates to COP24 spoke at a Canadian youth press conference organized by BCCIC.  Jessica spoke of how women, particularly Indigenous women disproportionately bear the brunt of climate impacts and Indigenous…

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KAIROS Times: December 2018

December 6, 2018

Hot off the press! The December 2018 KAIROS Times Newsletter.

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Migrant Worker Story: Meet Teresa

December 6, 2018

After Teresa filed a report against her farm employer for sexual assault, he asked her how much money it would take for her to retract her statement. In the spring of 2014, Teresa (not her real name) was attacked by…

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“We’re definitely not the best nation in the world,” school children learn about colonialism

December 5, 2018

“Getting to the truth was hard, but getting to reconciliation will be harder. It requires that the paternalistic and racist foundations of the residential school system be rejected as the basis for an ongoing relationship. “Reconciliation requires that a new…

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Canadian ecumenical community supports women’s participation at COP24

December 3, 2018

Today marks the official start of COP24 – the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – in Katowice, Poland and Jessica Steele and Georgine Kengne are there representing KAIROS Canada under…

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The KAIROS Blanket Exercise in Ireland

December 3, 2018

A KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) team travelled to Ireland in November to facilitate the exercise for Trócaire, a development and emergency relief agency that works “to support the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness of…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Two women frontline climate activists lend their voice at COP24

December 3, 2018

KAIROS-led delegation is sole Canadian church presence and will participate in new UNFCCC Gender Action Plan (Toronto, ON) – Two women climate activists representing KAIROS Canada under the accreditation of The United Church of Canada are in Katowice, Poland as…

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