Spirited Reflections

Spirited Reflection: A great number of people followed him . . . crowds who had gathered there

March 31, 2021

Large numbers of people, bodies crowded together in one place, along the side of a road, or on top of a hill . . . these images fill me with unease in the Easter season of 2021—a year after a…

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Spirited Reflection: Live your truth

February 25, 2021

We have dealt a lot over the last 12 months. It has turned out to be a year of rapid change, deep transformation, and a battle of the mind. Many issues and big headline stories from COVID to Trump. Friends and families isolated and…

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Called to a Sacrificial Love

January 6, 2021

2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 Reflection by Leona Lortie During the Season of Epiphany, we reflect on the appearance of Christ to the world. This time is intertwined with the incarnation, the profound event of…

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A Ceremony of Gratitude

January 5, 2021

Is. 40: 21-31; Psalm 147: 1-11, 20c; I Cor. 9: 16-23; Mark 1: 29-39 Reflection by Sister Mary-Ellen Francoeur After reading the Scripture of this Sunday, what popped up for me was the Ceremony of Tobacco Offering described by Richard…

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Gratitude for the Fish and the Birds

January 5, 2021

Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28 By Henriette Thompson “And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.’ …’And God saw…

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Steadfast Love in a Time of Flux

January 4, 2021

Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; I Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 Reflection by Matthew Diegel Each of our readings speaks of uncertain times, times on the edge of change. Jonah enters the great city of Nineveh and begins to proclaim the…

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Spirited Reflection: Being known under the tree

December 23, 2020

1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51 This cold and blustery January may seem far removed from lush and leafy summer gardens, but the fig tree mentioned in the gospel reading for this week has…

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Spirited Reflection: The baptismal drive

December 23, 2020

Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11 As a young adult, I became interested in alternatives to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Being someone interested in all kinds of things, it was…

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Spirited Reflection: Glorious display

December 22, 2020

Version en français Epiphany has many subtle meanings in the original Greek. The one I like best for this year and these lectionary readings is ‘glorious display’, and what a display of glory is offered to us! We need to…

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Réflexion Spirituelle: Manifestation de gloire

December 15, 2020

English version Dans son étymologie grecque, épiphanie a plusieurs significations quelque peu différentes. Celle que je retiens cette année pour cette lecture du lectionnaire est celle de « manifestation de gloire». Et, en effet, quelle glorieuse manifestation nous est présentée! Nous devons…

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Spirited Reflection: A Rigorous Spirituality

December 9, 2020

A Cry for Justice – Theological Reflection from the KAIROS Palestine-Israel Delegation In the late fall of 2019, I was part of the KAIROS Church Leaders’ Delegation to Israel/Palestine.  This was, as one of our delegates, Rosalyn Elm, put it “Not…

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Spirited Reflection: Mary of Palestine

November 30, 2020

A Cry for Justice – Theological Reflection from the KAIROS Palestine-Israel Delegation A year ago, I was travelling the roads and cobblestone paths of Palestine on the KAIROS Israel-Palestine delegation.  When you’re a Christian in Bethlehem, in the days leading up to Christmas, the gospel stories of Jesus’ birth resound in your heart.  In Manger…

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Spirited Reflection: Love is the Revolution

September 17, 2020

This reflection is dedicated to the late Rev. Jim Kirkwood who modeled and lived a life of Revolutionary Love. During our weekly Wednesday morning staff meetings, my boss Rob Dalgleish often throws a fist in the air and emphatically and syllabically…

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Spirited Reflection: Stirring new hope after the pandemic

June 15, 2020

Like so many others around the globe, my colleagues and I are working hard to imagine our way forward in a post-pandemic world.  As we advance, we consider amongst other valued voices, the guidance and direction of Pope Francis.   In…

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Prayer of a white settler on National Indigenous Peoples Day 2020

June 15, 2020

by Shannon Neufeldt Photo by KS KYUNG on Unsplash   Creator God,  I come to you with a humble heart,   So grateful for Your creation,   this place I am in.    The land is full of Your glory this solstice day.  Sunlight sparkles on fresh…

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Spirited Reflection: Embodying the Golden Rule

June 8, 2020

I have a crystal clear childhood memory of learning from my parents about the Golden Rule: “In everything you do, be careful to treat others in the same way you’d want them to treat you, for that is the essence of…

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Stories of residential school impacts experienced by Indigenous Women

June 3, 2020

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was formed 12 years ago, the Calls for Justice for  Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was released a year ago, and this Indigenous Women’s Month at KAIROS we join our voices…

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Spirited Reflection: Calling for an economy of life in a time of pandemic

May 26, 2020

The World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), and the Council for World Mission (CWM) through the joint New International Financial and Economic Architecture (NIFEA) have released a joint urgent…

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Spirited Reflection: National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

April 30, 2020

There are specific days that I remember, which forever changed my understanding and perspectives about being a First Nations woman in Canada. Like so many in this country, I grew up with the cliched ideas of Canadian society-polite people surrounded by clean cities and…

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Prayer for Earth Day

April 16, 2020

On April 22, 2020 people around the world will recognize Earth Day for the 50th time. This year’s international theme is climate action; a part of our action as spiritual people is bringing our hopes and fears to God in…

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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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Spirited Reflection: Join the Passion of the Lord

April 2, 2020

Scripture Matthew 26:14-27:54   Growing up I remember Palm Sunday with the sermons focused on those of us who would cheer for Jesus, and who were soon to betray him. We waived our palms in some services and more commonly, in Protestant…

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Spirited Reflection: Holding close to our hearts

March 31, 2020

In this time of isolation, staying behind doors and apart from one another, questions on the meaning and power of prayer may arise.  How can I offer support to those far away? Is there a way to close the gap? …

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Changing the world one KAIROS Blanket Exercise story at a time

March 30, 2020

Words cannot express the gratitude for every time we are called upon to offer the KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE). It is an honour to meet with participants who, for the most part, are on a journey of learning.   We have been asked to go where people have little or no…

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Spirited Reflection: Coping with lockdown, quarantine, staying-at-home

March 25, 2020

A long-time partner of KAIROS in the Philippines, Vernie Yocogan-Diano, shared the following with us to keep up our spirits, to learn from the Igorot and to remind us all worldwide of the choices we face. In northern  Philippines, the Igorot (a collective term for Indigenous peoples in the Cordillera mountain region) are composed of several…

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Spirited Reflection: Lent, Human Identity and our Environment

March 3, 2020

In pondering Eve’s conversation with the serpent (as in Genesis) and Jesus’ conversation with Satan when he fasted for forty days in the desert (as in Matthew 4:1-11), we see these conversations as saying something about our human identity.  In…

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Spirited Reflection: One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see

February 26, 2020

Two readings for this Lenten season coming to mind, about seeing and vision:  Psalm 121, I lift up my eyes to the hills; and the story of the man born blind that is in the ninth chapter of the Gospel…

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