Archive for January 2020

Recognizing International Women’s Day in prayer

January 31, 2020

Just as we remember Sarah and Hagar, Tamar and Esther, and the stories of their ancient struggles for gender justice, now we remember Gloria Chicaiza, Berta Cáceres, Tina Fountaine and so many more in the ongoing struggles for justice and…

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Learning history through participation – The KAIROS Blanket Exercise

January 31, 2020

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise program was held in Weyburn on Wednesday, January 29th, brought here by South East District in partnership with Weyburn Arts Council, Southeast Regional Library, PLURA Churches, and Canadian Mental Health Association, Weyburn Branch. While I’ve read and heard…

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Solidarity with members of the Chinese community who are experiencing a deepening of racism

January 29, 2020

As the news is filled with regular updates on the Coronavirus, we want to express our solidarity with those who are directly impacted by the illness and their families. We share our grief for those who have died, and our…

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Spirited Reflection: Jesus heals and blesses children

January 28, 2020

Continuing with the Epiphany resource, Listen to the Children: A Worship Resource for Justice Seekers (digital) (print) and Écoutez les enfants , this week we see how Jesus included children in his teachings. Throughout his ministry, Jesus speaks about a…

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Sharing an Indigenous point of view at KAIROS Blanket Exercise

January 28, 2020

Seeing, hearing for yourself, and experiencing the relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada is something that a group of people in Strathmore practiced last night at the KAIROS Blanket Exercise. The free public education session was held at…

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Spirited Reflection: Children as prophets, servants and leaders

January 24, 2020

Today, as with Scripture, we find news and stories of children and youth as prophet, servant or leader. From Isaiah 49:1-7: the servant’s role is to turn God’s people back to God, to make them a “light to the nations,”…

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Spiritual Reflection: Grief and a season to find connection

January 24, 2020

When I reflect on community, it is often with a sense of grieving for the connections once found at this time of year. Certainly, traditional communities were communal and intergenerational in their caregiving, with many navigating the harshest stretch of…

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Wet’suwet’en land defenders are not criminals

January 22, 2020

On January 13, the RCMP set up an Access Control Checkpoint on Wet’suwet’en territory, exactly one month after the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination called on Canada “to guarantee that no force will be used against Secwepemc…

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MERE Hub: Interview on FemRadio with Gabriela Jimenez and Magdalena Ugarte

January 22, 2020

In this week’s feature story at FemRadio, hear Sofia’s exclusive interview with Gabriela Jimenez and Magdalena Ugarte, all about MERE Hub, a new resource for women land defenders around the world.

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice

Aspiring to inspire! Calling for Spirited Reflections writers

January 17, 2020

With KAIROS’ commitment to faithful action for ecological justice and human rights, we are calling for new Spirited Reflections to help inspire our constituents and others.  Spirited Reflections are ethical and theological reflections on the issues facing our world. We…

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Strong medicine for toxic resource extraction

January 15, 2020

The final report of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Inquiry released on June 3 outlines 231 recommendations for addressing the ongoing discrimination and violence targeted against Indigenous women in Canada. The detailed report diagnoses patriarchy and…

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New understanding of Indigenous history inspires MHCC staff

January 15, 2020

As twenty Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) staff members seated themselves in a circle in a small, windowless room, a sense of trepidation was in the air. While some had experience working with Indigenous communities, others were only faintly…

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Spirited Reflection: God hears children—from the beginning

January 15, 2020

This year, KAIROS Epiphany and spirited reflections are focusing on children, based on the new Epiphany Resource Listen to the Children: A Worship Resource for Justice Seekers (digital) (print) et Écoutez les enfants. “I was born here. This is the…

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WCC leaders reiterate need for United States and Iran to step back from escalating conflict

January 9, 2020

KAIROS joins the World Council of Churches and member churches around the world in prayers for peace, praying that the leaders of US and Iran will be guided into and follow the way of peace. World Council of Churches January…

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Gloria Chicaiza, Presente!

January 8, 2020

By Rachel Warden, Partnerships Manager We have lost a courageous and compassionate defender of life, nature and dignity and a dear friend. When I learned from our partner Acción Ecológica in Ecuador that Gloria Chicaiza had started her journey to…

Post filed in: Latin America, Women of Courage

Spirited Reflection: The vulnerability of children and communities

January 3, 2020

“We, youth, come together to create, construct, resist, and dream.” —Paola Andrea Muñoz January 6 is the beginning of Epiphany and KAIROS spirited reflections are focusing on children, based on the new Epiphany Resource Listen to the Children: A Worship…

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