Genesis 1, Verses 10, 12 10: “And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of waters called his seas and God saw that it was good.” 12: “And the earth brought forth grass and seed after his…

May 18, 2017 — Spirited Reflections


Need a ride on June 2 to Ottawa to participate in the largest mass Blanket Exercise ever?

May 18, 2017

Take the KAIROS Bus to Ottawa to participate in the largest Mass Blanket Exercise event ever! #reconciliACTION150 Departure from Toronto June 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM Location: in front of the KAIROS office at 310 Dupont St. Return from Ottawa to…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise bridges cultural gaps between First Nations and Alberta RCMP

May 15, 2017

‘It’s going to help me to be more attentive to what the Native people have gone through.‘ Photo: RCMP members from Alberta take part in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise in Cochrane. (Laurent Pirot/CBC) RCMP Staff Sgt. Lauren Weare tries in vain…

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Discomfort, ‘real feelings’ felt by Yellowknifers during exercise about history of Indigenous North Americans

May 11, 2017

‘Blanket exercise’ represents Aboriginal people being separated from their original home and traditions Peter Workman is determined to learn — even if it makes him feel uncomfortable. “I’m part of a generation that didn’t receive a lot of training or…

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TAKE ACTION to demand justice for Topacio Reynoso and her father

May 11, 2017

On April 13, 2014, unknown gunmen attacked 16-year-old Topacio Reynoso Pacheco and her father, Alex Reynoso, killing Topacio and leaving Alex seriously injured. Both were active in their municipality of Mataquescuintla, standing up for land and the health of the…

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KAIROS Times: May 2017

May 5, 2017

Read the May issue of the KAIROS Times.

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Letter to the editor: Coal calculations

May 5, 2017

Re B.C.’s Clark To Target Thermal Coal Regardless Of U.S. Softwood Outcome (May 4): Christy Clark’s attacks on thermal-coal exports through B.C. in the name of fighting climate change are hypocritical, given her support for exporting liquefied natural gas. Yes,…

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May is a month of action for mining justice

May 4, 2017

Through the Open for Justice campaign, KAIROS and the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability network continue to call for an independent ombudsperson to investigate human rights violations and environmental damage from Canadian mining companies in the Global South, as well…

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Wi’am – Occupying space with courage, resilience and humanity

May 4, 2017

It was my first time in Israel and Palestine. From April 1-10, I joined a Canadian delegation, which included representatives from the United Church of Canada and the Presbyterian Church in Canada, to visit partners in the region and finally…

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An exercise in understanding: the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

May 3, 2017

The floor of Wallace Hall is criss-crossed with colourful blankets. Participants move from blanket to blanket, greeting each other quietly, occasionally trading items – a cornhusk doll for a braid of sweet grass, a piece of leather for a dreamcatcher….

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A call to action regarding human-made famine and conflict in South Sudan

May 3, 2017

South Sudan’s church leaders are calling for the world’s and Canada’s attention and action in the midst of a human-made famine in the conflict-riven, fragile state. While KAIROS members are contributing to humanitarian responses through the ACT Alliance (Action of…

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Spirited Reflection: Riding on the bus

May 3, 2017

Ihave always struggled with the traditional spiritual disciplines – contemplative prayer, disciplined scripture reading, meditation, fasting. I have tried them all many times, and fallen away every time.  I have often felt like a failure. But I’ve come to realize…

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Let Justice Roll: Campaign Update for April 2017

April 30, 2017

Last month, KAIROS along with Mennonite Church Canada (Indigenous Relations) and Canadian Baptist Congregations, launched the campaign Let Justice Roll: Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to ensure that the Government of Canada takes the…

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“These Blankets Hold History”

April 27, 2017

In March, I had the privilege of spending two and a half weeks in Alberta and Saskatchewan sharing the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) with various organizations and communities who were interested in using the exercise to further their understanding of…

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NEW Briefing Paper: Fossil fuel projects at odds with actions on climate and Indigenous rights

April 25, 2017

This Briefing Paper will first evaluate the progress being made in Canada to reduce green-house gas (GHG) emissions in light of the goals set by the Paris climate conference. It will then examine how recently approved fossil fuel infra-structure projects…

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Spirited Reflection: Bread for the Journey

April 25, 2017

After the crucifixion, and unaware of his resurrection, two of Jesus’ disciples are walking on the road to Emmaus, talking about the awful events that had occurred in Jerusalem. They meet a stranger who is unaware of what has happened…

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Aiming to inspire! Call for Spirited Reflections

April 24, 2017

As a key part of KAIROS’ commitment to faithful action for ecological justice and human rights, we are looking for new Spirited Reflections to help inspire our constituents and others.  Spirited Reflections are ethical and theological reflections on the issues…

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We owe it to Indigenous peoples everywhere – to support their call for “our land, our rights, our peace.”

April 20, 2017

Nenita Condez is small in stature and pregnant with her third child. She is also courageous and defiant. This tiny mother is leading her Subanen people in the struggle to defend their ancestral land in the southern Philippines, where a…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights

NAFTA renegotiations must be done through the lens of climate change

April 20, 2017

Canada, and not just Mexico, may be in for a rough ride when it renegotiates NAFTA with the United States. A draft letter from the U.S. Trade Representative to Congress outlining renegotiation objectives, which was leaked on March 30, reveals…

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Spirited Reflection: One blue world – art & healing

April 18, 2017

In this Earth Day reflection I explore environment, art and healing. The image of my painting One Blue World (2004), was a prayer for water. The 2003 Iraq war was in the news everyday as I started painting. I couldn’t…

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Easter hope: KAIROS brief Easter video for sharing

April 13, 2017

Dear Friends, Here is the KAIROS Easter video. I invite you to take a moment to watch it, share it with your family and friends, post it on Facebook and tweet it. Share it on your congregation or community e-lists….

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Q & A with Sr. Mary Ellen Francoeur, ‘living contemplatively in the universe’

April 13, 2017

Sr. Mary Ellen Francoeur lives with intent, focusing on “growing into being more fully human.” After decades doing peace work, seeking truth and reconciliation for Canada’s indigenous people, and in short-term healing work with communities in Rwanda and the Democratic…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Africa

Championing peace by making Canadian corporations accountable

April 13, 2017

Can Canada champion world peace while simultaneously supporting Canadian extractive companies that are accused of human and ecological rights violations? This question is of course rhetorical. Yet despite its stated interest in becoming more engaged in international peace and security,…

Post filed in: Op Eds & Rabble, Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights

Knowing our place: the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

April 12, 2017

Participants partake in the Blanket Exercise, a workshop that delves into the effects of colonization.   Photo by KAIROS Canada Thirty adults are gathered in a large sunny room. We stand on blankets that represent the land. Turtle Island. Home. We…

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Understanding reconciliation with the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

April 7, 2017

On an early spring day, dozens of students, faculty and other members of the University of Toronto law school community who have gathered in Rowell Room in Flavelle House listen quietly as they are warned that what they are about…

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KAIROS Times: April 2017

April 3, 2017

Read the most recent issue.

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Spirited Reflection: The Palm Sunday protest march

April 3, 2017

It wasn’t a Sunday walk in the park, you know, this Palm Sunday procession. Not a stroll, or a gentle donkey ride, with friends. It was not a military parade, full of pomp and circumstance signifying very little. Rather, it…

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