Spirited Reflections

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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Spirited Reflection: This World Water Day, leave no one behind

March 15, 2019

World Water Day March 22nd- helps inspire passion for sustainable management of this global resource, and promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goal #6: Ensure access to clean water and sanitation for all. Billions of people around the world (including in…

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Spirited Reflection: This land’s not my land, This land’s not your land

March 7, 2019

The First Sunday in Lent “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor” …. (Deuteronomy 26:1-11) So begins a recitation of the history of the people who wandered, were enslaved in Egypt, and then, through the Exodus, eventually came to the promised…

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Spirited Reflection: Transfiguration Sunday—From the Mountain to the Streets

March 1, 2019

From Luke 9:28-36 When Jesus took Peter, John and James up onto the mountain to pray, Jesus’ face and clothes became dazzling and bright. Then Moses and Elijah also appeared with Jesus, also in glorious splendor. When these Disciples witnessed…

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Spirited Reflection: Finding safety and justice for migrant workers

February 20, 2019

Epiphany continues February 24 with KAIROS reflections in Light of a Star (digital) (print), the Epiphany Resource. Heide and Richard’s Story Two workers at a McDonald’s in Fernie, B.C. ‒ Heide and her boyfriend, Richard ‒ alleged that the owner,…

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Spirited Reflection: From the Doctrine of Discovery to the killing of Colten Boushie

February 15, 2019

When an apparently all-white jury acquitted Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley a year ago of any wrongdoing in the August 2016 killing of 22-year-old Cree man, Colten Boushie, their action pierced the hearts of Indigenous people and their allies across Turtle…

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Spirited Reflection: When called to paths toward reconciliation

February 6, 2019

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany 5 – February 10, 2019 Luke 5:1-11 we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets. (Luke 5:5) For me, 2018 was a year…

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Spirited Reflection: Acting for our neighbours

January 31, 2019

Epiphany continues January 27 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the KAIROS Epiphany Resource. Scripture Commentary – Jeremiah 1:4-10 Prophets have a difficult job. They must speak the words that God gives them to speak, even though…

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Spirited Reflection: It comes down to Status

January 24, 2019

Epiphany continues January 27 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the KAIROS Epiphany Resource. TERESA’S STORY: Teresa (not her real name) is a single mom from Baja California, Mexico. Since 2012, she has been supporting her parents…

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Spirited Reflection: Employers as Allies with their Workers

January 18, 2019

Epiphany continues January 20 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the Epiphany Resource. RYAN’S STORY: Ryan was desperate when he lost his job as a restaurant cleaner amid Alberta’s economic recession and faced possible removal to…

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Spirited Reflection: Named & Claimed

January 16, 2019

Inspired by Luke 3:15-22, Psalm 29, Isaiah 43:1-7 & Acts 8:14-17 Periodically, over the years, I’ve asked myself this question, ‘What difference does being a Christian make for me?’ How am I living out my Christian Faith? I suppose that,…

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Spirited Reflection: Seeking justice and building a community

January 8, 2019

Epiphany continues January 13 with KAIROS reflections based on Light of a Star (digital) (print), the Epiphany Resource. ARLENE’S STORY: After Arlene came to Canada, she realized she was under a pilot program and couldn’t possibly meet the post-secondary education and…

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Aiming to inspire! Call for Spirited Reflections

January 4, 2019

As a key part of KAIROS’ commitment to faithful action for ecological justice and human rights, we are seeking new Spirited Reflections to help inspire our constituents and others. Spirited Reflections are ethical and theological reflections on the issues facing…

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Spirited Reflection: Why Migration?

January 2, 2019

January 6 is the beginning of Epiphany and KAIROS reflections are focusing on the issues surrounding migration and migrant workers, based on the Epiphany Resource  Light of a Star (digital) (print). Gabriel’s Story Gabriel lost his job because of a combination of…

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Spirited Reflection: Where there is darkness, be light

December 23, 2018

Advent is a time to pause and reflect on the action of God in our lives. It is both an opportunity and a challenge to set aside the busyness of this time of the year and pay attention to the…

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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: A story of women’s solidarity

December 18, 2018

From 1987 to 1989, I worked with wives of theology students at the United Church of Zambia Theological College in Kitwe, Zambia; their education ranged from Grades 5 to 12. While there, I led a weekly Bible Study session with…

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Spirited Reflection: The time to act for justice is now

December 10, 2018

Following on the Scripture readings: Jeremiah 23: 1-6; Luke 4: 16-21 Jeremiah was one of the Hebrew prophets who insisted that living in right relationship with God was not enough. They knew that because the root of spiritual life is…

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Spirited Reflection: Living Hope

November 30, 2018

Jeremiah: 33: 14-16 Luke 21: 25-36 As we begin this Season of Advent, the passage in Jeremiah is a message of hope and promise. The One who will come will bring justice and righteousness. God will not abandon the people….

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Spirited Reflection: Women of Courage – making visible the women who work for peace

November 21, 2018

I am not a theologian, but when I hear the passage from Luke 19 and Jesus’s words as he enters the city of Jerusalem: “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace….

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Spirited Reflection: Pondering the apocalypse

November 14, 2018

Mark 13:1 As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 2 Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will…

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Spirited Reflection: Finding Rev Saul in Muddy Waters

November 7, 2018

In my work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) over the past 10 years, I have become very aware of the influence that Christianity has had in colonization around the world. Through the voices of our partners from Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan,…

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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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