Spirited Reflections

Spirited Reflection: Choosing Life

February 20, 2020

This week the KAIROS Epiphany resource, Listen to the Children: A Worship Resource for Justice Seekers (digital) (print) and Écoutez les enfants, highlights the responsibility of parents and other caring adults to nurture and guide children in the ways of God.     The Message   The Israelites have been wandering in the…

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Spirited Reflection: Children of courage

February 14, 2020

This week the KAIROS Epiphany resource, Listen to the Children: A Worship Resource for Justice Seekers (digital) (print) and Écoutez les enfants, highlights the situation of extremely vulnerable children who find and demonstrate strength and resilience.   Child enslaved and saving her master  The heroine of the story in 2 Kings 5:119 is a young and unnamed Israelite…

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Spirited Reflection: Become like children

February 5, 2020

Continuing with the KAIROS Epiphany resource, Listen to the Children: A Worship Resource for Justice Seekers (digital) (print) and Écoutez les enfants, this week we note the importance of the community in overseeing and advocating for children’s development and well-being….

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Spirited Reflection: Jesus heals and blesses children

January 28, 2020

Continuing with the Epiphany resource, Listen to the Children: A Worship Resource for Justice Seekers (digital) (print) and Écoutez les enfants , this week we see how Jesus included children in his teachings. Throughout his ministry, Jesus speaks about a…

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Spirited Reflection: Children as prophets, servants and leaders

January 24, 2020

Today, as with Scripture, we find news and stories of children and youth as prophet, servant or leader. From Isaiah 49:1-7: the servant’s role is to turn God’s people back to God, to make them a “light to the nations,”…

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Spiritual Reflection: Grief and a season to find connection

January 24, 2020

When I reflect on community, it is often with a sense of grieving for the connections once found at this time of year. Certainly, traditional communities were communal and intergenerational in their caregiving, with many navigating the harshest stretch of…

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Aspiring to inspire! Calling for Spirited Reflections writers

January 17, 2020

With KAIROS’ commitment to faithful action for ecological justice and human rights, we are calling for new Spirited Reflections to help inspire our constituents and others.  Spirited Reflections are ethical and theological reflections on the issues facing our world. We…

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Spirited Reflection: God hears children—from the beginning

January 15, 2020

This year, KAIROS Epiphany and spirited reflections are focusing on children, based on the new Epiphany Resource Listen to the Children: A Worship Resource for Justice Seekers (digital) (print) et Écoutez les enfants. “I was born here. This is the…

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Spirited Reflection: The vulnerability of children and communities

January 3, 2020

“We, youth, come together to create, construct, resist, and dream.” —Paola Andrea Muñoz January 6 is the beginning of Epiphany and KAIROS spirited reflections are focusing on children, based on the new Epiphany Resource Listen to the Children: A Worship…

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Sunday November 24th blog: A terrible beauty

December 20, 2019

By Paul Hansen After a week of profound experiences of occupation of a people, check points, human degradation, a formal liturgical moment was needed. I had come to name my experience of the first week in Palestine: A Terrible Beauty….

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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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Spirited Reflection: What happened to “O Little Town of Bethlehem”?

December 17, 2019

Micah 5:2 gives us the wording for our hymn – “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah, but from you will come for me one who will be ruler of Israel, whose origins are from of old,…

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You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others…

December 13, 2019

(Matt. 5:14,16) By Andreas Thiel What sort of courageous people did we encounter today? Not an inappropriate question to pose, considering that each day in the West Bank brings us face to face with individuals and groups that yield fresh…

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Spirited Reflection: Celebrating advent, peace and International Human Rights

December 11, 2019

“O Come, o come, Emmanuel – fill the world with heaven’s peace.” These words come from the well-known advent hymn based on the ancient liturgical “O Antiphons.” The scriptures Isaiah 11:1-9, Matthew 3:1-17 support this Advent Peace theme. The reading…

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Spirited Reflection: Reflections on La Tienda de la Casa Comûn and the Special Synod on Amazonia

November 28, 2019

Words have power. We daily witness this power, both for good and for harm – for life and for death. Words can also communicate a shift in approach and a new vision such as those presented in Laudato Si’ as…

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Spirited Reflection: The Blanket Speech- Leading forward in Reconciliation

November 19, 2019

Janet Gray, hearty dedicated KAIROS collaborator in Victoria, BC, shared the following with us:“I just supported Amber Santarelli,a young Grade 12 First Nation student from Port Alberni, BC, in leading a KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) for her peers and classmates…

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Reflexión: El Amazonas y yo

October 29, 2019

“Regresa ahora al lugar donde Dios te ha dado la responsabilidad. Recuerda la paz y el amor que hemos celebrado. Y no dejen de mostrar a todas las personas la nueva vida que ya está entre nosotros ”. -Bendición, Michael…

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Spirited Reflection: Message on the Amazon from Rome

October 28, 2019

“Return now to the place where God has given you responsibility. Remember the peace and love we have celebrated. And do not fail to show, to all people, the new life that is already among us.” Blessing, Michael Ingham, Bishop…

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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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