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…

January 17, 2020 — Spirited Reflections

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…

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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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Lost Harvest, Seeds of Hope

December 20, 2019

By Lana Robinson Today included a visit to the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv, a kibbutz, to meet with an Israeli peace activist, and a meeting with The Coalition of Women for Peace. Today marks the International Day for the…

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Sunday November 24th blog: A terrible beauty

December 20, 2019

By Paul Hansen After a week of profound experiences of occupation of a people, check points, human degradation, a formal liturgical moment was needed. I had come to name my experience of the first week in Palestine: A Terrible Beauty….

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Learning from historical trauma at Yad Vashem

December 19, 2019

By Lori Ransom For most of the past 15 years, my work has focused on healing and reconciliation from the historical trauma suffered by Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools. This has led to a deep interest in how communities…

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No way to treat a child

December 18, 2019

By Helen Smith Yesterday when we visited Yad Vashem, the most difficult part for me was the sights and sounds of the children – in the ghettos and camps. Today began with a trip to Mehwar, a women’s shelter. The…

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Recognizing contributions and transitions among Regional Representatives

December 18, 2019

Earlier this fall at the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Network Development meeting in Ottawa, Betty Anne Platt stepped down as Regional Representative, a role she has shared with Elaine Gareau for the past four years. The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence (GLSL) region,…

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Report from COP25

December 18, 2019

Delegates representing almost 200 nations returned to their countries of origin empty handed on key mandates despite participating in the longest ever UN climate change conference, which wrapped up in Madrid on December 15. The United Nations Framework Convention on…

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Court ruling of women defenders of nature and peoples against mining

December 18, 2019

Towards the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence, Natalia Atz Sunuc wrote about her experience at the X Assembly of the Latin American Network of Women Defenders of Social and Environmental Rights, which took place in…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Latin America

Peace and Goodwill to all Peoples: KAIROS Christmas video

December 18, 2019

In days leading up to Christmas, I walked through the streets of Bethlehem with Palestinians for whom it is home. In this place of present day occupation, where people struggle to live in dignity and peace, you can’t help but…

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Spirited Reflection: What happened to “O Little Town of Bethlehem”?

December 17, 2019

Micah 5:2 gives us the wording for our hymn – “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah, but from you will come for me one who will be ruler of Israel, whose origins are from of old,…

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One Day: Three stories of resilience and self-determination

December 17, 2019

By Susan Johnson Story #1 from Qalqilya Our day started on the bus, again, but we travelled with Ramzi Zananari from International Christian Community, a founder of the Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR). As we drove, Ramzi described…

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You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others…

December 13, 2019

(Matt. 5:14,16) By Andreas Thiel What sort of courageous people did we encounter today? Not an inappropriate question to pose, considering that each day in the West Bank brings us face to face with individuals and groups that yield fresh…

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International Human Rights Day observed under the shadow of death threats by KAIROS Partners in the Philippines

December 13, 2019

On December 10, 2019 our partners from the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and Karapatan, both co-conveners of the Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines, led and participated in protests that commemorated the…

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A conspiracy with the God of Hope

December 13, 2019

By Jennifer Henry I have rarely seen anything as beautiful as the group of women and children who gathered to meet the KAIROS delegation in Thabra in the West Bank. About thirty women and young children, all so incredibly welcoming…

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Not your Grandmothers Pilgrimage!!!

December 12, 2019

By Rosalyn Elm Packed into a tight airplane seat, excitement was building as we woke from our slumber, touching down in Tel Aviv. It was uneventful as we breezed through security and customs, and were greeted by our driver, Nassar….

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Spirited Reflection: Celebrating advent, peace and International Human Rights

December 11, 2019

“O Come, o come, Emmanuel – fill the world with heaven’s peace.” These words come from the well-known advent hymn based on the ancient liturgical “O Antiphons.” The scriptures Isaiah 11:1-9, Matthew 3:1-17 support this Advent Peace theme. The reading…

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“Come and See…and Act” KAIROS solidarity delegation visits Palestine and Israel

December 11, 2019

The KAIROS Church Leaders Delegation to Palestine and Israel took place between Nov 17-28, 2019, bringing together 8 delegates – Indigenous persons, settlers, and newcomers – representing 7 members of KAIROS and the Executive Director of KAIROS (link to bios)….

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Only four days left to make a 2019 donation!

December 10, 2019

A significant one – today and long into the future! You will help build peace and bring justice to regions of conflict, including the West Bank, by supporting the women who gather regularly with Lucy Talgieh, Women’s Project Coordinator for…

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KAIROS Times: December 2019

December 6, 2019

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

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KAIROS remembers the women killed in Montreal 30 years ago

December 6, 2019

Thirty years ago today, 14 students were killed because they were women. The women, all engineering students at École Polytechnique in Montreal, were separated from their male peers and shot by their killer who vented his rage against feminists in…

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Giving Tuesday – it’s not too late to give!

December 3, 2019

“I was born in war, grew up in war, married in war, became a mother in war, and now am a grandmother in war. When will we experience peace in South Sudan?” These were the words of Agnes Wasuk Petia…

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Inspiration, synergy and relationships: KAIROS Fall Gatherings

December 2, 2019

Walking Softly! was the title of the NW Ontario and Manitoba Fall Regional Gathering in Winnipeg. There were a host of Indigenous speakers discussing the impacts that colonial policies have had and still have on Indigenous land, food security, and…

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