#KAIROS20 Anniversary

What is the glue that has kept this ecumenical initiative together? #KAIROS20

January 4, 2022

A twentieth anniversary is an occasion to celebrate, to reflect and to give thanks. KAIROS has not only survived but thrived. What is the glue that has kept this ecumenical initiative together? I believe there are several ingredients. For the…

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20 years of kairos moments for migrant justice #KAIROS20

December 21, 2021

I started working for KAIROS in November 1997 when it wasn’t yet called KAIROS. I was employed by the Inter-Church Action for Development, Relief and Justice (ICA), which served as the ecumenical funding arm of the churches and was one of the ten ecumenical organizations that became KAIROS in 2001.  I served as…

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#KAIROS20 gathering galvanizes network and partners

November 5, 2021

In her keynote address during We are Unstoppable, the KAIROS youth event, author and activist Helen Knott mused on the word “kairos.”  “I think of it like Double Dutch with the two skipping ropes and you’re waiting for that moment to jump in – preparing for that moment…

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Congratulations to all the winners of the youth poster contest

November 1, 2021

To mark its 20th anniversary, KAIROS wants to lift up the artistic work of young activists. We asked for original artwork that shares a message of justice, peace and hope – artwork that will help us as a movement and…

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MEDIA RELEASE: KAIROS to celebrate 20 years of spirited action for justice, October 26-28

October 22, 2021

(Toronto – Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit) – KAIROS invites its network, member churches and partners to KAIROS Gathering: 20 years of spirited action for justice, a three-day online event held October 26 to 28 in celebration of KAIROS’ 20th anniversary.   WHAT  KAIROS Gathering: 20 years of spirited action for justice will feature a daily plenary session, anchored by a panel…

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Remembering forward #KAIROS20

September 16, 2021

KAIROS is turning twenty! To many of us of a certain vintage, the endless meetings, the multiple restructuring initiatives and options, the then-so-consequential ‘deal-breaker” issues that stirred such passion and angst, the phone calls and frenetic conversations to reach compromises and, yes, the ultimate…

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Convocatoria de Carteles para jovenes #KAIROS20

August 31, 2021

English | Français Sobre el concurso  Para conmemorar su vigésimo aniversario, KAIROS quiere elevar el trabajo artístico de los jóvenes activistas. Estamos buscando obras de arte originales que compartan un mensaje de justicia, paz y esperanza, obras de arte que nos ayuden…

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Concours d’affiches destiné aux jeunes #KAIROS20

August 31, 2021

English | Español À propos du concours  Pour marquer son 20e anniversaire, KAIROS souhaite mettre en valeur le travail artistique des jeunes militants. Nous recherchons des œuvres d’art originales porteuses d’un message de justice, de paix et d’espoir — des œuvres qui nous inspireront, en tant que mouvement et en tant…

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Together with global partners on the brink of radical change #KAIROS20

August 30, 2021

20 years of KAIROS. For me, that is 20 +7 years (with Canadian Council of Churches and then former ecumenical coalition InterChurch Action) of work with partners, mostly in Latin America but more recently in other parts of the world. Some of these partners are the same…

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Global Ecumenical Conference on Mining – 160 participants from 25 countries #KAIROS20

August 20, 2021

I grew up on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people in the province that was given the most colonial of all possible names: British Columbia. I am formed in settler notions of modernity that are “predicated on…

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Tour of the coltan mines, DR Congo in 2013 #KAIROS20

August 18, 2021

In our time, can we still do without a laptop? Who isn’t tempted by the latest MP5 player or a new digital camera? These electronic devices are and will always be an integral part of our daily lives. But do…

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Témoignage en RD Congo : Tour dans les mines de coltan en 2013 #KAIROS20

August 18, 2021

À notre époque, peut-on encore se passer d’ordinateur portable? Qui n’est pas tenté par le dernier lecteur MP5 ou une nouvelle caméra digitale? Ces appareils électroniques font et feront toujours partie intégrante de notre quotidien. Mais savons-nous ce qui se…

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One ecumenical movement #KAIROS20

August 16, 2021

I am forever grateful for KAIROS, its Steering Committee, the members of its many Program Committees, its Executive Directors, and its staff. The Canadian Council of Churches, KAIROS, its predecessor coalitions and other ecumenical sister agencies in Canada share a common history…

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Note of appreciation from the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability #KAIROS20

August 13, 2021

The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) was formed in 2005 in response to the widespread harms linked to Canadian mining overseas experienced by communities, workers, individuals, and organizations around the world with whom Canadian civil society has strong connections. Organizations participating in the National Roundtables…

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Circus, symbol and flash of grace #KAIROS20

August 11, 2021

When I refer to KAIROS as a circus, I am not trying to be funny; I’m only trying to acknowledge the power of KAIROS to engage diverse people in a variety of ways.  A circus is literally a circle – and KAIROS, at its most effective, is an…

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To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic #KAIROS20

August 9, 2021

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic: KAIROS, you are a light in the world.  Let your light so shine before men (and women), that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven: Matthew 5: 16.  “To be…

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#KAIROS20 memories from Organización Femenina Popular

August 6, 2021

Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), in Colombia, is one of KAIROS’ partners in the Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security program. KAIROS has a shared history with this group of fabulous women, since the beginning. They offer us this lovely…

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Whole-making grace #KAIROS20

August 5, 2021

When I think of the role KAIROS plays in the Christian church, Canada, and the world, the image that comes to mind is ‘whole-making grace’. I mean ‘whole-making’ in the sense of an active movement toward a sacred unity emerging…

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Empowerment of women and girls in the DR Congo #KAIROS20

August 3, 2021

My sincere thanks to KAIROS who supported my trip to Canada to participate in the 2019 International Human Rights Training Program held in Montreal and the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, in June 2019.  Left to right: Rachel Warden and Néné Lubala.Left to right: Dayna the translator and Néné Lubala. With the support of KAIROS Canada, 8 women members of SALVIS…

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L’autonomisation des femmes et jeunes filles en République du Congo #KAIROS20

August 3, 2021

Mes sincères remerciements à KAIROS qui a supporté mon voyage au Canada pour participer au Programme International de Formation aux Droits humains 2019 tenue à Montréal et à cette occasion passer un bon moment avec Rachel Warden en vue de participer à Women Deliver Conference tenue à Vancouver en juin 2019.  De gauche à…

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A new way of moving forward in this work for justice and peace #KAIROS20

July 30, 2021

Returning from a World Council of Churches meeting in Tanzania in 1974. I was transferred from Montreal to Toronto. At this time here in Toronto the churches were, for varied reasons, becoming committed in a more formal way to justice,…

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World Student Christian Federation – Africa partnership #KAIROS20

July 28, 2021

I had the opportunity to work with KAIROS and more directly with 3 Staff – John Mihvec (late), John Dillon (late) and Jim Davis. All very instrumental in supporting voices from the “South” on critical issues concerning our lives and perspectives. Which…

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Reflections on the birth of KAIROS #KAIROS20

July 26, 2021

An anniversary is a good time to remember our roots.  It is also a good time to look for a continuum from what the founders hoped and prayed KAIROS would become to what it is now, twenty years on.    I was there…

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Twenty years of partnership: Héritiers de la Justice #KAIROS20

July 22, 2021

| Français | Photo: A survivor of sexual violence testifies of her ordeal to Ian and Kirsten in the presence of Néné Lubala in Bideka in 2016. Twenty years of partnership dedicated to restoring the dignity and rights of vulnerable…

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Vingt ans de partenariat : Héritiers de la Justice #KAIROS20

July 22, 2021

| English | Photo: Une survivante de violence sexuelle témoigne de son calvaire à Ian et Kirsten en présence de Néné Lubala à Bideka, en 2016.   Vingt ans de partenariat dévoué à la restauration de la dignité et les droits des populations vulnérables…

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Twenty is an important number in Mayan culture/Veinte es un número importante en la cultura Maya #KAIROS20

July 20, 2021

(English follows) KAIROS ES VIDA, LUCHA, HERMANDAD, AMISTAD, ES TELARAÑA QUE VA UNIENDO ESFUERZOS PARA LA DEFENSA DE LA MADRE TIERRA.  Número importante en la cultura maya, cuando se cumple 20 años se llegó a ser una persona completa (jun winäq), 20 nawales del calendario maya, pero a…

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Taking our courage in hand and overcoming fear #KAIROS20

July 15, 2021

What do you do when your life is in constant danger? When you are never sure that when you leave your home in the morning that you will return safely in the evening? This is a daily reality for the…

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