Spirited Reflections

Spirited Reflection: One day every four years

October 17, 2019

(or. . . As a spiritually grounded millennial who grew up in the United Church – why vote?) It’s often said that people shouldn’t talk about religion or politics at family gatherings, at church meetings or on the campaign trail….

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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: Orange Shirt Day as solidarity and visibility

September 29, 2019

Orange Shirt Day began in 1973 when six year old Phyllis Webstad entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School in BC. Young Phyllis was wearing a brand new orange shirt for her first day of school – new clothes being…

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Spirited Reflection: It is the eve of the Climate Strike and all through the house…

September 26, 2019

The brilliance of this autumn has been exceptional while spending these gloriously long dusks on the land and water. To build connections in community, with the plants, the elements and people, to further those connections in community spaces, educational forums,…

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Spirited Reflection: Season of Creation

September 19, 2019

Not all Christians may be aware of it, but the period of September 1 to October 4 is recognized as the Season of Creation by most Christian Churches in the world. This yearly celebration of Creation seems to be such…

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Spirited Reflection: The climate apocalypse

September 16, 2019

Apocalypse: unveiling, revelation.              This is now the effect of the repeated and ever more ominous warnings from scientists over the past thirty years concerning effects of the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The reality outlined in their…

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Spirited Reflection: Travelling the Amazon rainforest

September 9, 2019

Last night as I drifted to sleep… my heart hurt — I had nightmares and tossed and turned wondering how we got here. Not just in Alberta, but in the US, in Brazil, and all over the world – fascism…

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Choose Life: Protecting our Oceans in these times

August 22, 2019

This reflection from the Christian tradition is drawn from a sermon at the Church of the Holy Trinity Toronto on August 18, 2019.  That sermon was based on four readings: “This day I call the heavens and the earth as…

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Spirited Reflection: Intergenerational social change

August 9, 2019

August 12 is designated International Youth Day by the UN, an annual celebration of young women’s and men’s roles as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth. If you’re reading…

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A special call for Spirited Reflections for Climate Action September 2019!

August 6, 2019

In Line with – the Global Climate Strike, Sept. 27the UNITED NATIONS UN Climate Change Summit 2019, Sept. 23we have named September as Climate Action Month- KAIROS is calling for Spirited Reflections focussed on climate justice. If you are willing…

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Reflexión: Loque significa caminar en tierra robada; una reflexión sobre el ejercicio de mantas de KAIROS

July 9, 2019

Como hija de inmigrantes nicaragüenses, no soy ajena a las historias de dictaduras respaldadas por los Estados Unidos y tampoco sus masacres. Las historias contadas durante el ejercicio de mantas de KAIROS en su versión guatemalteca me hicieron llorar de…

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Spirited Reflection: What it means to walk on stolen land

July 9, 2019

The Guatemalan KAIROS Blanket Exercise (adapted from the Canadian version) was recently held in Toronto. Two others have commented on the impact of the exercise— one as a settler, one as a First Nations woman, and now, a third as…

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September is Climate Action Month

July 8, 2019

KAIROS is promoting September as Climate Action Month to explore the climate crisis and highlight the work of our members and networks. On each day in September, an event, blog post, environmental challenge – or some combination of all three!…

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Spirited Reflection: Jesus outside the gate

July 3, 2019

On June 7, in what is likely to be his last meeting of the KAIROS steering committee as a representative of The United Church of Canada, Jim Hodgson, shared this reflection. In this reflection, I am inspired by Mary Pezzulo’s…

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Spirited Reflection: It’s about time…

June 25, 2019

We live in a culture where there are many different types of time: chronological or calendar time; justice time(“that should have happened years ago”); convenient time(“when I get around to it”); “when the time comes”, fantasy time; “there is no…

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Spirited Reflection: Ancestors, Imagined

June 21, 2019

Recently, I was fortunate to witness the Guatemalan expression of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise while in Toronto, Ontario. As a First Nations woman, I was struck by the similarities of this story of colonization to the one I had come…

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Spirited Reflection: Imagine

June 20, 2019

At a recent KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE), the facilitator commented that he often wonders what Canada would look like today if, instead of having forced Indigenous communities to adapt to colonial ways, the European colonists had assimilated the ways of…

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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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Spirited Reflection: Singing God’s song as exiles in your own country

May 30, 2019

How could we sing the God’s song in a foreign land? (Psalm 137:4) During the 6th century BCE, Jerusalem was plundered, and its leading citizens were dragged off to exile.   By the rivers of Babylon, the voices of these…

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Spirited Reflection: Take up your load

May 21, 2019

Ascension Sunday – 6th Sunday of Easter; Acts 1: 1-11; Luke 24: 44-53 In the days following Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples experienced a range of emotions. At times, they were amazed. At other times they were terrified and convinced they…

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Equality and Social Justice– no better and no worse

May 14, 2019

Fortunately, I did not have to attend Residential School. Since I grew up with my parents in Toronto, I absorbed their attitudes and worldviews. In spite of a great deal of denial in my family, I have been constantly identified…

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Spirited Reflection: That you should enter under my roof

April 26, 2019

A man approaches. He gives me a Happy Easter greeting. I give him the same, and two dollars. A woman comes, desperate to get to the hospital. I give her cab fare; she thanks me and touches my arm. A…

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NEW VIDEO- On Earth Day, Canadian faith leaders issue urgent plea for climate action

April 18, 2019

Unceded Algonquin Territory [OTTAWA]/ Territory of the Huron-Wendat, Seneca, Petun, and Mississaugas of the Credit Indigenous Peoples [TORONTO] (April 18, 2019) — On Earth Day 2019, Christians leaders from across Canada have come together to issue an urgent call to…

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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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Spirited Reflection on Palm Sunday: Shouting Stones–discerning when and how to speak out, facing the evidence

April 11, 2019

NRSV Luke – 19:37-40 As Jesus was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they…

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Spirited Reflection: And hatred is not a form of love

April 5, 2019

I marvel how some religious communities justify exclusion and hatred as an expression of the divine command to love. Love does not insist on its own way, but policies of exclusion and expressions of hatred are somehow based on insistence….

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Spirited Reflection: The outsider insider perspective- how a KBE changed me

March 29, 2019

I am a settler in Canada and having immigrated from India about a year ago, I felt a longing need not just to belong here, but also to be able to connect with the cultural and historical past of this…

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Spirited Reflection: Salmon lament

March 22, 2019

Lent is about taking time to look at what lies heavy on our hearts. To acknowledge these things and then reflect on the ways in which our lives could change to create space and opportunity for new perspective and renewed…

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