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Indigenous rights are lived responsibilities

February 20, 2020

Pipelines, mines, and projects that extract resources while compromising the earth and water are not the only solutions to escape poverty. Anyone who offers these as the only possibilities are either not thinking or lying. There are other options. Indigenous…

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Spirited Reflection: Choosing Life

February 20, 2020

This week the KAIROS Epiphany resource, Listen to the Children: A Worship Resource for Justice Seekers (digital) (print) and Écoutez les enfants, highlights the responsibility of parents and other caring adults to nurture and guide children in the ways of God.     The Message   The Israelites have been wandering in the…

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Spirited Reflection: Children of courage

February 14, 2020

This week the KAIROS Epiphany resource, Listen to the Children: A Worship Resource for Justice Seekers (digital) (print) and Écoutez les enfants, highlights the situation of extremely vulnerable children who find and demonstrate strength and resilience.   Child enslaved and saving her master  The heroine of the story in 2 Kings 5:119 is a young and unnamed Israelite…

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We stand with the Wet’suwet’en Peoples and hold our government accountable for its actions

February 14, 2020

A path that respects the human rights of Indigenous peoples does not include armed police officers, violent acts, arrests and check points that prevent Indigenous peoples from accessing their lands. A path that respects the human rights of Indigenous peoples…

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MERE Hub Wants YOU

February 6, 2020

KAIROS is developing the Canadian phase of Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water (MERE Hub), a digital platform on the gendered impacts of resource extraction. MERE Hub is being created for and in consultation with women land defenders from across the globe who are mobilizing around large-scale resource…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Gender Justice

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: Reflections on La Tienda de la Casa Comûn and the Special Synod on Amazonia

November 28, 2019

Words have power. We daily witness this power, both for good and for harm – for life and for death. Words can also communicate a shift in approach and a new vision such as those presented in Laudato Si’ as…

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Launching Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water

October 31, 2019

On November 25, 2019, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, KAIROS will launch the first phase of Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water. Mother Earth and Resource Extraction (MERE) is a living…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America, Women of Courage

“Was COP 24 really a success?” – Jessica’s final reflections from the global climate conference

January 17, 2019

It’s been a month since COP 24 ended in Katowice, Poland. When describing my experience, I often get asked: Was COP 24 a success? In some ways it was. COP 24 finished with the completion of the Katowice Climate Package…

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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…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

Streams of Justice: KAIROS Atlantic Gathering 2019

November 29, 2018

All are welcome to join us for a diverse, inter-generational gathering May 2 – 5, 2019 at Mount Allison University in what is known as Sackville, NB, part of the greater territory of Mi’kma’ki, to learn about the work of…

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Ecumenical Community writes PM regarding recent Supreme Court decision

November 21, 2018

On November 9, in response to the Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada Supreme Court of Canada decision, KAIROS Canada and Mennonite Church Canada (MCC) wrote to the Prime Minister urging him to ensure that Indigenous Peoples are fully involved…

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Spirited Reflection: Women of Courage – making visible the women who work for peace

November 21, 2018

I am not a theologian, but when I hear the passage from Luke 19 and Jesus’s words as he enters the city of Jerusalem: “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace….

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Spirited Reflections, Women of Courage

Winds of Change: Education for Reconciliation update in BC

November 7, 2018

On October 30, 2018 a delegation consisting of Janet Gray (BC-Yukon KAIROS Regional Representative) Susan Draper (KAIROS Victoria), Rev. Laura Kavanagh (KAIROS national steering committee member), Ruth D’Hollander (Aboriginal Neighbours), and Indigenous leaders and educators, Nella and Alex Nelson, met…

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Trailblazer: Salal + Cedar, a watershed discipleship community

November 7, 2018

While the just transition to a clean energy economy requires new technology and new ways of understanding our planet, it also calls on us to embrace new ways of knowing one another; to living in right relations with each other…

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Spirited Reflection: Finding Rev Saul in Muddy Waters

November 7, 2018

In my work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) over the past 10 years, I have become very aware of the influence that Christianity has had in colonization around the world. Through the voices of our partners from Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan,…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Encouraging progress on TRC Call to Action 62.i: Education for Reconciliation

October 9, 2018

(Ottawa, ON) – The majority of provinces and territories are making progress towards implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Call to Action 62.i – also known as Education for Reconciliation, according to KAIROS Canada in its updated…

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Just and inclusive tables: KAIROS Thanksgiving video message

October 4, 2018

As Thanksgiving approaches, I would like to share with you a short video message about our common work of setting a just and inclusive table. I invite you to take a moment to watch it and share it with your…

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

Spirited Reflection: Fruit Trees and Nuclear Weapons

September 22, 2018

September 26 is the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons – and in 2018, this is an exciting day. In recent years, the international focus on nuclear weapons has shifted away from the security concerns of nuclear-armed…

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NEW VIDEO: Women of Courage in Colombia talk about peace

September 5, 2018

In conflict and post-conflict zones, such as Colombia, there is often a tendency to treat victims only as victims—instead of hearing what they have to say about what they expect. Here are voices of women from Colombia and elsewhere, including…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America, Women of Courage

800 students learn to “combat racism and ignorance” through the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

August 17, 2018

The blankets represent land in Canada and the participants are the Indigenous people or European settlers Photo: Students were placed into groups and were asked to pick and sit on a blanket of their choice. The blankets represent land in Canada,…

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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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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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KAIROS is gravely concerned about the political and human rights crisis currently unfolding in Honduras

December 20, 2017

KAIROS is gravely concerned about the political and human rights crisis currently unfolding in Honduras following the presidential elections on November 26. Hondurans who went to the polls peacefully and in good faith were met with illegal interference from President…

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KAIROS calls on Canada to bring Christmas cheer to foreign caregivers

December 20, 2017

KAIROS supports foreign caregivers across Canada who continue to suffer prolonged separation from their spouses and children due to the long delay in processing their permanent residency applications. Many have been waiting for seven or eight years. KAIROS’ support was…

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Living Justice: Reformation 500 in Toronto

October 31, 2017

Sermon: In Truth, With Love, For Justice St James Cathedral, October 29, 2017, by Jennifer Henry Creation, Human Beings, Salvation–Not for Sale Texts: Isaiah 42: 5-9, Psalm 36: 5-10, James 2: 14-18, John 13: 33-35 I am so grateful to be…

Post filed in: Executive Director, Spirited Reflections

KAIROS Reconciliation in the Watershed Workshop Series: Registration is now open

September 14, 2017

Nova Scotia Halifax October 14 | 10 am – 3 pm St. Andrews United Church (6036 Coburg Road, Halifax, NS) Hosted with the KAIROS Atlantic Network with guest speakers and guides from local Indigenous, environmental and community groups Registration fee…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice