Executive Director

Towards Right Relation: Statement of the KAIROS Executive

June 2, 2020

KAIROS strives to bring together Indigenous peoples, settlers and newcomers in shared commitments to human rights and ecological justice.  As a community grounded in diverse spiritualities, we commit to vision of right relations between all peoples and the earth.  As surely as we know such a future is…

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Vers des relations justes : déclaration du Comité Exécutif de KAIROS

June 2, 2020

KAIROS s’efforce de mobiliser les peuples autochtones, les descendants des colons européens et les nouveaux arrivants autour d’engagements communs envers le respect des droits humains et la justice environnementale. En tant que communauté enracinée dans des spiritualités diverses, nous soutenons une vision de relations justes entre tous les peuples et la terre. Aussi convaincus…

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A public letter on Guaranteed Basic Income

May 4, 2020

Forty one Anglican and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada bishops have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance calling for a Guaranteed Basic Income. Read the letter

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A joint statement: Gender, faith and COVID-19

May 4, 2020

KAIROS supports the World Council of Churches (WCC) and other Global faith-based organizations in their call for gender justice amid COVID-19 response.   “A Joint Statement: Gender, Faith and COVID-19” depicts why the impacts of COVID-19 are being hardest felt by women and girls. The statement reads:  “As…

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KAIROS signs joint statement on human rights oversight of governments’ COVID-19 responses (English & French)

April 16, 2020

A total of 157 organizations and 144 individuals – including Indigenous organizations, civil society groups, unions, academics and former politicians– are urging federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to adopt robust oversight measures to strengthen human rights protection and guard…

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Easter video message to share: Easter mystery in extraordinary times

April 6, 2020

Dear Friend, These are tough times we are living in right now. We are very concerned for the grave risks, particularly to vulnerable peoples and communities in Canada and around the globe. It can be hard to keep our spirits…

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A message to Canadians from religious leaders in Canada in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

April 2, 2020

Hope, gratitude and solidarity Canadians are experiencing the devastating impact of COVID-19 in what has become a rapidly evolving crisis. Understandably, this crisis has brought about feelings of anxiety, apprehension and fear. Critical elements of our daily lives are being thrown…

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KAIROS offices are closed until May 31

March 31, 2020

Dear Friends. I want to reach out to you, sending strength and courage in these difficult times.   Like many, we have made the decision to close our offices and suspend our in person programming (including KAIROS Blanket Exercises) until May…

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KAIROS is NOT going away

March 27, 2020

Dear Friends, I want to reach out to you with solidarity and hope in these perilous times.  We send each and every one of you our strength and commitment to weather this crisis together with our eyes and actions clearly focused on…

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Letter to the Editor: Trump’s peace plan for the Middle East should be rejected, says NGO

February 12, 2020

Re: “Trudeau should leave the fake diplomacy to Donald Trump,” (The Hill Times, Feb. 3, p. 4). KAIROS Canada urges the prime minister to publicly reject the U.S. president’s “Peace to Prosperity Plan” for Israel and Palestine, which contravenes international…

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Solidarity with members of the Chinese community who are experiencing a deepening of racism

January 29, 2020

As the news is filled with regular updates on the Coronavirus, we want to express our solidarity with those who are directly impacted by the illness and their families. We share our grief for those who have died, and our…

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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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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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Spirited reflection: Let’s name that for which we are so thankful

October 10, 2019

What am I grateful for? Gratitude can be hard to find in the stress, pain and panic of our broken, aching world. I have long admired those who make time for a gratitude journal. There, sometimes online so others can…

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Spirited Reflection: Mourn and organize

June 13, 2019

An excerpt from Jennifer Henry’s Opening Remarks, Streams of Justice at the KAIROS Atlantic Gathering in May I begin in gratitude…and from memory .  .  . In a crowded Scarborough church, with a table full of candles, and media pushing…

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Easter 2019 video: Where do you see new life?

April 16, 2019

Dear Friends, I invite you to watch KAIROS’ 2019 Easter video: Where do you see new life? Please share it with your family, friends, congregation and community. Post it on Facebook or tweet it. If you attend a church, consider…

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KAIROS Christmas video for sharing

December 21, 2018

“This Christmas, let’s settle only for great joy—not for the few, the powerful, the privileged—but for all. Peace and goodwill for all peoples.” Dear Friends, With Christmas approaching, I would like to share with you a short video message and…

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Spirited Reflection: Unbinding All Saints

November 1, 2018

Recently, news has come to us from a global partner, news of the increased threat of violence to them for their important work for human rights and peace.  The situation is so fraught that I feel unable to share the…

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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…

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Easter video: Come and witness first light

March 27, 2018

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

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Spirited Reflection: Coming down from the mountain

February 14, 2018

Have you ever been to a conference, retreat or gathering of like-minded souls, and wanted it to go on and on? A place where you felt understood, where you were with “your people”? A moment when you hear a speaker, a greater leader, that inspires and challenges…

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Human rights ombudsperson will bring long-awaited accountability to Canadian mining

February 14, 2018

The government has an opportunity to entrust the ombudsperson with the responsibility to ensure that the rights of women and girls are respected, that resource extraction does not result in increased gender-based violence, and that the unique perspective and concerns…

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KAIROS Christmas video for sharing

December 15, 2017

“Solidarity seeks partnership and mutuality…giving and receiving.” Dear Friends, Below is the KAIROS Christmas 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…

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Walking in a Good Way: How to be better allies in the struggle for Indigenous rights and watershed justice

November 4, 2017

Walking in a Good Way – How to be better allies in the Struggle for Indigenous Rights and Watershed Justice, a KAIROS gathering held in Victoria, B.C. October 25, brought many moments of tough reality and dedicated hope for the…

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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…

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KAIROS UN Declaration Video: Please Share

October 5, 2017

Dear Friends, This Thanksgiving I want to share with you a short video about persistent advocacy and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. I invite you to take a moment to watch it, share it with your…

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Spirited Reflection: Walking with our Sisters

October 3, 2017

On October 4 vigils across the country remember and honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and in Toronto, October 15-29,  the Walking With Our Sisters commemoration will be held at the Aboriginal Education Centre.  Here are two prayers…

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Remembering John Dillon

June 26, 2017

KAIROS is shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our dear friend and colleague John Dillon. John served the Canadian churches in ecumenical social justice for 44 years. He was a researcher, writer, analyst, but most importantly a…

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