Archive for 2019

Indigenous Orientation Toolkit for Newcomers – Podcast Interview

May 24, 2019

Listen to the feature story on BeCause Radio (2:27 – 13:03). KAIROS is part of an exciting project developing in Winnipeg to orient newcomers to Canada around the truth about Indigenous people. This project seeks to foster safe spaces for…

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KAIROS Times: May 2019

May 22, 2019

Hot off the press! The May 2019 KAIROS Times Newsletter.

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Spirited Reflection: Take up your load

May 21, 2019

Ascension Sunday – 6th Sunday of Easter; Acts 1: 1-11; Luke 24: 44-53 In the days following Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples experienced a range of emotions. At times, they were amazed. At other times they were terrified and convinced they…

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KAIROS urges Canada to deliver on funding for grassroots women peace builders

May 16, 2019

KAIROS urges the Government of Canada to use the upcoming Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver as an opportunity to make a very important announcement: increased funding to grassroots women peace builders. The global conference on women’s equality, well-being and rights…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

Urge senators to send Bill C-262 to Committee

May 14, 2019

This Thursday, the Bill is supposed to be sent to committee for review. Please urge senators to be in the Red Chamber on Thursday to vote in favour of this important step. Time is of the essence. STEP ONE – Please…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, UNDRIP Blog Updates

Participate in a Green New Deal for Canada

May 14, 2019

The pact for a Green New Deal is a collaborative attempt to make the climate emergency a political priority. This national call to action is supported by over 60 organizations, including KAIROS. The pact goes beyond tackling the climate crisis…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Equality and Social Justice– no better and no worse

May 14, 2019

Fortunately, I did not have to attend Residential School. Since I grew up with my parents in Toronto, I absorbed their attitudes and worldviews. In spite of a great deal of denial in my family, I have been constantly identified…

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KAIROS gatherings invigorate participants coast-and-coast

May 14, 2019

KAIROS gathered, at opposite ends of the country, just one week apart. April 26-27 was the KAIROS BC-Yukon Network Gathering with the theme: No Passengers on Planet Earth. From May 2-5 was Streams of Justice, the KAIROS Atlantic Gathering for…

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Two KAIROS Congolese partners visiting Canada in June 2019

May 14, 2019

KAIROS is excited to welcome two partners from Héritiers de la Justice (HJ, Heirs of Justice), an ecumenical human rights organization in South Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) and a partner in the…

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Corporate accountability is also a feminist issue

May 9, 2019

To address corporate misconduct, the federal government needs to truly commit to independence and power in an ombudsperson because the safety and well-being of Indigenous women are at stake. There is an indisputable difference between claiming to be a feminist…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice

Hundreds take to the streets to call for justice for communities abused by Canadian mining

May 8, 2019

Toronto – National human rights, faith and labour organizations along with concerned Torontonians rallied in Toronto to call for a Ombudsperson with the power to investigate corporate abuses abroad. The Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) was created last month,…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice

Atlantic Gathering Highlights: The “aha” moments so far

May 4, 2019

It has been two full days of learning and  activism at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick. The Streams of Justice- KAIROS Atlantic Gathering commenced with an opening plenary on May 2nd evening, where the participants connected with one another…

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Largest KAIROS Blanket Exercise and Colombian activist come to Mount Allison University, May 3-4

May 1, 2019

(Sackville, N.B.) – Atlantic Canada’s largest KAIROS Blanket Exercise, and a celebration of arts and activism with a Colombian activist will highlight the first May weekend at Mount Allison University. These events are open to all and are part of…

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Action still needed: Tell the federal government to keep its promise on corporate accountability

April 29, 2019

The Ombudsperson still needs powers to hold companies accountable A huge thank you for all you have done to keep the pressure up for an independent  Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business Enterprise (CORE) with powers to investigate. On Monday, April 8, the federal government appointed the CORE…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Spirited Reflection: That you should enter under my roof

April 26, 2019

A man approaches. He gives me a Happy Easter greeting. I give him the same, and two dollars. A woman comes, desperate to get to the hospital. I give her cab fare; she thanks me and touches my arm. A…

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Earth Day 2019: Here is what individuals can do to reduce their carbon footprint

April 22, 2019

Ecological grief, or feelings of hopelessness and anxiety about the planet’s health, is a mental health issue related to ecological loss and a changing natural environment. One way to address ecological grief is by highlighting the behavioural changes that individuals…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

NEW VIDEO- On Earth Day, Canadian faith leaders issue urgent plea for climate action

April 18, 2019

Unceded Algonquin Territory [OTTAWA]/ Territory of the Huron-Wendat, Seneca, Petun, and Mississaugas of the Credit Indigenous Peoples [TORONTO] (April 18, 2019) — On Earth Day 2019, Christians leaders from across Canada have come together to issue an urgent call to…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Spirited Reflections

KAIROS calls for an investigation into the mass killings in Negros Oriental province, the Philippines

April 16, 2019

KAIROS shares the concerns of our partner the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) on the killing of 14 people in Negros Oriental province, on 30 March. There is a huge discrepancy between the testimony of local witnesses…

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Easter 2019 video: Where do you see new life?

April 16, 2019

Dear Friends, I invite you to watch KAIROS’ 2019 Easter video: Where do you see new life? Please share it with your family, friends, congregation and community. Post it on Facebook or tweet it. If you attend a church, consider…

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Tune in and listen to this Atlantic School of Theology podcast, featuring Kenn Stright talking about Streams of Justice

April 12, 2019

Watch and listen to this Atlantic School of Theology podcast as Kenn Stright, a retired Presbyterian Minister, past KAIROS Atlantic Regional Representative, and member of the planning team for Streams of Justice: Atlantic Gathering 2019 discusses faith and activism and the unique…

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Spirited Reflection on Palm Sunday: Shouting Stones–discerning when and how to speak out, facing the evidence

April 11, 2019

NRSV Luke – 19:37-40 As Jesus was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they…

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An Independent and Empowered CORE is at the core of corporate accountability and gender justice

April 10, 2019

On Monday, April 8, the federal government appointed the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business Enterprise (CORE), but failed to create an independent office with real powers to investigate abuses and redress harms caused by Canadian companies operating abroad, essentially breaking…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice

Canadian Government reneges on promise to create Independent Corporate Human Rights Watchdog

April 8, 2019

KAIROS joins members of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) in expressing profound disappointment at the failure of the Government of Canada to fulfill its promise of an independent Ombudsperson with the power to investigate. The Government of Canada…

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Spirited Reflection: And hatred is not a form of love

April 5, 2019

I marvel how some religious communities justify exclusion and hatred as an expression of the divine command to love. Love does not insist on its own way, but policies of exclusion and expressions of hatred are somehow based on insistence….

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