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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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)…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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“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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Christians working on global issues can be a thankless job

January 17, 2019

Finding pathways to truth and reconciliation has become the latest focus for Christian activists in Canada. The nation’s churches and church members have been active on social justice issues over many decades, a Lethbridge audience was reminded Thursday. But Joe…

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Feminist Foreign Aid: Women peace builders are worth the investment

January 16, 2019

Peace-building sounds lofty and is often seen as the responsibility of world leaders and armed actors, but quite often it is manifested in the tireless work of women and male allies in communities caught in a conflict’s cross-fire. Héritiers de…

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Spirited Reflection: Named & Claimed

January 16, 2019

Inspired by Luke 3:15-22, Psalm 29, Isaiah 43:1-7 & Acts 8:14-17 Periodically, over the years, I’ve asked myself this question, ‘What difference does being a Christian make for me?’ How am I living out my Christian Faith? I suppose that,…

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KAIROS Wish List for 2019

January 10, 2019

KAIROS celebrates exciting progress with its 2018 advocacy wish list, and you’ll find more information following the 2019 listing, but more needs to be done. Bill C-262, an Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the…

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise a sad journey into Indigenous history

January 8, 2019

It was like gazing at a map of the world, but one turned upside-down. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a two-hour journey through 400 years of tragedy, and it evokes a powerful sense of the wrongs Indigenous people have suffered…

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Spirited Reflection: Seeking justice and building a community

January 8, 2019

Epiphany continues January 13 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the Epiphany Resource. ARLENE’S STORY: After Arlene came to Canada, she realized she was under a pilot program and couldn’t possibly meet the post-secondary education and…

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Aiming to inspire! Call for Spirited Reflections

January 4, 2019

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

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Spirited Reflection: Why Migration?

January 2, 2019

January 6 is the beginning of Epiphany and KAIROS reflections are focusing on the issues surrounding migration and migrant workers, based on the Epiphany Resource  Light of a Star (digital) (print). Gabriel’s Story Gabriel lost his job because of a combination of…

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