KAIROS’ partners celebrate International Women’s Day in Colombia

March 20, 2019

In Colombia Women Continue Braiding for Life, Territory, and Peace “Our political commitment as a women’s social movement…has as purpose our liberation as oppressed subjects as well as the continued demand for the protection of nature as a historical legacy…

Post filed in: Latin America, Women of Courage

Political Blind Date: the Promise of Multiculturalism

March 18, 2019

Connie Sorio, Migrant Justice Coordinator at KAIROS, served as an expert on migrant justice in a recent appearance on TVO’s Political Blind Date with MPs Jenny Kwan and Gary Anandasangaree. KAIROS has worked closely with migrant workers on issues such as family reunification, permanent…

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Spirited Reflection: This World Water Day, leave no one behind

March 15, 2019

World Water Day March 22nd- helps inspire passion for sustainable management of this global resource, and promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goal #6: Ensure access to clean water and sanitation for all. Billions of people around the world (including in…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Spirited Reflections

Highlights from International Women’s Day celebrations

March 15, 2019

8 Messages from 8 Women for March 8th On International Women’s Day, March 8, KAIROS kick-started the campaign 8 Women, 8 Messages, highlighting the voices of a few of the many courageous, creative and tenacious women we work with in…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

Reporting from UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW63)

March 14, 2019

The Holistic Care for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Conflict: A Session hosted by Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege Jane Thirikwa, KAIROS partnership coordinator and Agnes Petia from National Women’s Program of the South Sudan Council of Churches continue…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

Bathurst United United on helping foreign migrant workers

March 13, 2019

For Reg McQuaid and his fellow congregants at Bathurst United Church, Toronto, support for foreign migrant workers is personal. Migrant workers at fastfood outlets serve him coffee, and he buys produce grown by migrant workers at the food co-op where…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

KAIROS attends Canadian reception at the UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW63)

March 13, 2019

Agnes Petia, the Coordinator of the South Sudan Council of Churches National Women’s Programme (SSCC-NWP) and Jane Thirikwa, Global Partnerships Coordinator, attended a reception hosted by Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, for Canadian…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

KAIROS Times: March 2019

March 7, 2019

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

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Spirited Reflection: This land’s not my land, This land’s not your land

March 7, 2019

The First Sunday in Lent “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor” …. (Deuteronomy 26:1-11) So begins a recitation of the history of the people who wandered, were enslaved in Egypt, and then, through the Exodus, eventually came to the promised…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections

Balance for Better = Equilibrium for all

March 6, 2019

This International Women’s Day we will march under the banner, Balance for Better. At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of this slogan, given the current environment. What does balance mean in a context of growing extremism, patriarchy and…

Post filed in: Gender Justice, Women of Courage

Spirited Reflection: Transfiguration Sunday—From the Mountain to the Streets

March 1, 2019

From Luke 9:28-36 When Jesus took Peter, John and James up onto the mountain to pray, Jesus’ face and clothes became dazzling and bright. Then Moses and Elijah also appeared with Jesus, also in glorious splendor. When these Disciples witnessed…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice, Spirited Reflections

Why a blanket exercise made me disappointed, uncomfortable and angry

March 1, 2019

SHINING A HARSH LIGHT ON THE IMPACTS OF COLONIZATION On a cloudy, fall afternoon at NAIT Main Campus, a circle of chairs are arranged around five patterned blankets laid flat on the floor. It’s a homey scene – one of…

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Canada’s announced pathway to permanent residency is good news for migrant caregivers

February 28, 2019

KAIROS is greatly encouraged by the recent announcement that in November the Government of Canada will replace its problematic Caregiver Pilot Program with two 5-year pilot programs that will provide migrant caregivers with a pathway to permanent residence and the…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice

MP Laverdière presents the “Women of Courage” petition in the House of Commons

February 25, 2019

KAIROS had started an online letter campaign to ask Canadians to send a letter to their Member of Parliament asking for an increase in international assistance and an increase in funding to women peace builders. Our goal was to ensure that…

Post filed in: Women of Courage

Spirited Reflection: Finding safety and justice for migrant workers

February 20, 2019

Epiphany continues February 24 with KAIROS reflections in Light of a Star (digital) (print), the Epiphany Resource. Heide and Richard’s Story Two workers at a McDonald’s in Fernie, B.C. ‒ Heide and her boyfriend, Richard ‒ alleged that the owner,…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice, Spirited Reflections

Communities coming together for Reconciliation

February 19, 2019

Reflections on the Blanket Exercise On June 9th, 2018, Vancouver Monthly Meeting gathered with the Vancouver Unitarian community on unceded Musqueam and Coast Salish territory in a beautiful intergenerational Blanket Exercise. The Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool developed by…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Spirited Reflection: From the Doctrine of Discovery to the killing of Colten Boushie

February 15, 2019

When an apparently all-white jury acquitted Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley a year ago of any wrongdoing in the August 2016 killing of 22-year-old Cree man, Colten Boushie, their action pierced the hearts of Indigenous people and their allies across Turtle…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections

Federal, provincial and territorial interpretation and implementation of FPIC must be aligned with Canada’s human rights obligations

February 14, 2019

In December, in two separate letters issued under their Early-Warning Measures and Urgent Action Procedures, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) called on Canada to seek independent, expert advice on implementation of the right of…

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Ecumenical letter to Senators on Bill C-262

February 8, 2019

Ten faith based organizations urge Canada’s Senators to support Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. In a joint letter released on February 7, the Senators were reminded that the time for action is now. KAIROS…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, UNDRIP Blog Updates

KAIROS Times: February 2019

February 7, 2019

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

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Spirited Reflection: When called to paths toward reconciliation

February 6, 2019

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany 5 – February 10, 2019 Luke 5:1-11 we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets. (Luke 5:5) For me, 2018 was a year…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Spirited Reflections

Transparently opaque rigged DR Congo Presidential Election

February 1, 2019

The long-awaited presidential election that took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) on December 30, 2018 was mired in inconsistencies, contentiousness and deception. Congolese civil society, including KAIROS partner, Héritiers of Justice (HJ, Heirs of Justice)…

Post filed in: Africa

A Cry for Peace- Statement of Solidarity of the Jolo Bombing

February 1, 2019

On January 27, 2019, in one of the deadliest attacks in the Philippines in recent years, a bombing of a church in Jolo, Sulu, Mindanao, during a Sunday Mass, claimed the lives of more than 20 worshipers, including civilians and…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific

Spirited Reflection: Acting for our neighbours

January 31, 2019

Epiphany continues January 27 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the KAIROS Epiphany Resource. Scripture Commentary – Jeremiah 1:4-10 Prophets have a difficult job. They must speak the words that God gives them to speak, even though…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice, Spirited Reflections

Spirited Reflection: It comes down to Status

January 24, 2019

Epiphany continues January 27 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the KAIROS Epiphany Resource. TERESA’S STORY: Teresa (not her real name) is a single mom from Baja California, Mexico. Since 2012, she has been supporting her parents…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice, Spirited Reflections

Spirited Reflection: Employers as Allies with their Workers

January 18, 2019

Epiphany continues January 20 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the Epiphany Resource. RYAN’S STORY: Ryan was desperate when he lost his job as a restaurant cleaner amid Alberta’s economic recession and faced possible removal to…

Post filed in: Migrant Justice, Spirited Reflections

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