April 26- Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Sign in or register, beginning at 4:30pm.
All hospitality during the gathering including Saturday’s lunch is included in the registration fee.
Story-telling begins at 7pm
featuring these story-tellers:
KRIS ARCHIE, ED “The Circle” http://www.philanthropyandaboriginalpeoples.ca/staff/
ROBERT WORCESTER, Suzuki Elder
April 27- St. Anselm’s Anglican Church
Registration begins at 8:30am
Program and workshops from 9:15am- 5pm
6 workshops to choose from, led by the following people:
SHANNON NEUFELDT (KAIROS network coordinator)
LAUREL DYKSTRA (Priest of Salal and Cedar Watershed Discipleship Community)
JESSICA STEELE, (COP 24 youth participant, environmental educator and climate change activist)
JACKIE LARKIN, co-facilitated The Work That Reconnects (developed by Joanna Macy) retreats for eighteen years, bringing into her work a wide range of experiences as a educator,facilitator and activist in social justice and environmental movements.
RUTH WALMSLEY, member of BROKE (Burnaby Residents Opposing Kindermorgan Expansion), Quaker
DON WRIGHT, Outreach and Training Coordinator for Amnesty International Canada. Don works out of the Vancouver office, and in 2015 he participated in the Rolling Justice Bus tour to Fort St. John. Happy to have Don back with us, sharing his story and passion for justice!
with more presenters yet to be confirmed…
“Sustaining Our Connection With Spirit and Justice-Making”
(Ruth Walmsley & Jackie Larkin)
What sustains our hard work for social and environmental justice and in defense of the living systems of Earth?
Share stories and practices that link spirit and action for justice, build community and deepen our sense of interconnectedness with all life.
(Laurel Dykstra & Shannon Neufeldt)
What is Watershed Discipleship? In a time of climate crisis, how do we respond faithfully and spiritually? How do we respond with integrity? Laurel and Shannon, drawing from the work of Salal + Cedar and from KAIROS respectively, will guide the group through an introduction to Watershed Discipleship that includes a deepening of three spiritual disciplines – knowing our place, knowing our traditions and knowing our story – that lead us to action in the world.
“Defending the Defenders”
Now is the time for justice for Indigenous peoples and groups defending territory, land, and the environment across Canada and around the world. Come learn about Amnesty International campaigns and actions that seek justice for past and ongoing environmental contamination that directly impacts Indigenous communities at Grassy Narrows and near Mt. Polley. Hear about their solidarity work with First Nations opposed to the Site C dam and other mega-projects, and take action in defense of territory, land, and environmental rights defenders in Guatemala, Honduras, and elsewhere.
REGULAR REGISTRATION FEE: $40
STUDENT FEE: $20
(snacks and lunch included)
Some billets are available.
Optional Saturday Offerings at St. Anselm’s:
WORSHIP with Salal and Cedar Watershed Discipleship Community at 5pm
DINNER and JUSTICE SOCIAL at 6pm
an opportunity to unwind and reconnect after a busy day…
Stay for both or either!
Climate change is happening now and the need to take transformative action to mitigate it is critical and urgent. The survival of all that we know and love is at stake.
Many feel powerless and paralyzed by their own fear, grief, anger and even shame, because of the legacy we are leaving future generations.
Everything is connected; all justice, environmental, and human rights issues, locally and globally, reflect certain values that must be challenged or lifted up, if humanity is to have any kind of shared future on planet earth.
We are all in this together. There is no planet B.
A sense of place/home is essential to our ability to move forward and walk a different path. And that sense of place and home needs to be rooted in the web of life which sustains us. We are not separate from that web, just one strand in it.
Faith means different things to different people. Some of us have a faith that is rooted in a belief in God, the Creator, Unknowable Essence, or in spiritual teachers such as Jesus, Mohammed, or Buddha. For others, faith is grounded in a belief in the Universe, the web of life, or the human spirit. Whatever faith is to you, it is always a choice to believe in something…
HOW THEN SHALL WE LIVE, AT THIS TIME AND IN THIS PLACE? This is indeed a KAIROS moment (a moment in time when change is possible) for humanity.
We will frame our time together around the importance of telling stories.
Three questions form the basis of the weekend gathering.
1. What are the stories of resistance we want to tell our children?
2. What are the stories of courage we will share to keep us strong for the struggle?
3. What are the stories of faith we will use to inspire and move us forward?
The BC-Yukon KAIROS community is grateful to the Coast Salish People, upon whose unceded lands this regional gathering will take place. All our relations!
Stay updated with the latest information on schedule, workshops and speakers here.