20 years of spirited action for justice Gathering

Save the dates! October 26 – 28, 2021  

Join us in celebrating KAIROS’ 20th anniversary at KAIROS Gathering: 20 years of spirited action for justice, October 26 to 28.  

KAIROS is commemorating 20 years of spirited action for justice during this kairos time, when multiple crises have converged and opportunities arise for transformational change. We are inviting the KAIROS network, domestic and global partners and friends to reflect on KAIROS’ accomplishments and struggles, to embrace this kairos moment and to envision a 2041 that is more hopeful, just and sustainable than the present time.   

The virtual KAIROS Gathering, October 26-28 will feature a daily plenary session, anchored by a panel discussion with partners and participants who have played an important role in making KAIROS what it is today. Using the theme of time, plenary sessions will explore Where we have come from, Where we are at now, and Where we are headed to. 

While the plenary sessions will accentuate the cross-cutting nature of KAIROS work, drawing speakers from many different areas of concern, the workshops will each highlight one current area of KAIROS program. Hear first-hand from program coordinators and partners about KAIROS’ current work to advance social and ecological justice. 

Cost

To help cover costs of this event we are asking everyone for a $20.00 registration. If this creates a financial hardship, there is a $0 payment option.

For those who do not have or want to use a credit card, choose the $0 option and mail a clearly marked cheque to the KAIROS Toronto office. Charitable receipts will not be issued for event costs.

Language

All workshops will be in English unless otherwise noted.

Updates

Check back often as workshop details are still under development and are subject to change. Speakers and other information will be added when available. Please sign up to our e-Newsletter to be kept informed.


PROGRAM SCHEDULE

DAY 1 – TUESDAY OCTOBER 26

Opening Plenary SessionWhere we have come from (10:00-11:30 AM EDT)

The origins of KAIROS date long before 2001 to the ecumenical coalitions that began in the early 1970’s. Many churches, church organizations and justice coalitions worked together to form KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives. Join us in this first plenary session to look back at the beginnings of KAIROS and the early years. What were the hopes and dreams of twenty years ago and how have they manifested? Meet a few of those who have been a part of the KAIROS movement for twenty years and more, as we consider the importance of where we have come from.

Informal Networking Time (11:30 AM-12:00 PM EDT)

Equal in Rights, Equal in Dignity: a KAIROS migrant justice workshop (1:00-2:30 PM EDT)
Global migration is at an all-time high and the pandemic has exacerbated their circumstances. When migrant workers cross a border, they do not lose their inherent right to human dignity. Yet, migrant workers report consistent violations of human and labour rights in Canada. Join Connie Sorio, KAIROS Migrant Justice Manager and guests, in a workshop that will explore the issues migrant workers face with Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program in this current context and provide tools for taking action for migrant justice including emergency support and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indigenous Rights in a kairos moment (3:00-4:00 PM EDT)
KAIROS is committed to a new relationship with Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the globe, a relationship based on mutual respect, equity and the full realization of Indigenous peoples’ rights. We are all Treaty people who share responsibility for taking action on reconciliation. Without truth, justice and healing, there can be no reconciliation. Join the new Indigenous Rights Program Coordinator and members of the KAIROS Indigenous Rights Circle to look at where we come from, where we are at, and where we are going to in this particular kairos moment.

Virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise (6:00-9:00 PM EDT)
The virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise (vKBE) maintains the impact and participatory nature of the original KAIROS Blanket Exercise, while ensuring that participants are well supported as they experience the history and shared stories of Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island. Hosted on the Zoom platform, the vKBE incorporates new interactive and engaging elements that visually and emotionally demonstrate the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada through colonization to present times. The vKBE is a live, participatory experience, not a webinar or lecture. Our facilitation teams support participants via online features and special measures, and host virtual talking circles for the second half of the exercise.  Maximum 40 participants in each session; only register for one session.  Other dates: October 27, 3:00-6:00 PM EDT and October 28, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.

DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 27

The Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security program (9:00-10:00 AM EDT)
Gender justice is a critical overarching goal in all KAIROS’ work. Women are key catalysts for change when they exercise leadership in human rights and peace building, even while they experience many injustices. The Women of Courage program and the Women, Peace and Security emphasis are both rooted in and shaped by the wisdom and experience of KAIROS’ long-standing partnerships with Canadian and international women’s organizations working for peace-building, human rights, and ecological justice. Join staff and partners as we look at where we come from, where we are at, and where we are going to in partnership. This workshop will be offered in English and Spanish with translations. Maximum 50 participants in this participatory session.

Spirited action for ecological and climate justice (11:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT)
The world is at a crossroads as we continue to grapple with the pandemic and ongoing climate crisis. These emergencies are intertwined with every aspect of our lives: health, jobs, housing, education, social justice and security – with the burden falling on the most vulnerable. Join Beth Lorimer, Ecological Justice Program Coordinator, to learn how intersecting calls for Indigenous, racial, gender, and economic justice shape KAIROS’ climate and ecological justice work today. In this workshop, Beth will provide an overview of the KAIROS Ecological Justice Program including current advocacy priorities and our collaboration with the faith-based climate justice initiative, For the Love of Creation.

Plenary SessionWhere we are at now (1:00-2:30 PM EDT)

KAIROS has been purposefully growing and adapting to achieve significant development in recent years through initiatives such as the enhanced Women of Courage program, enabled by government support of the Women, Peace and Security agenda and the Migrant Justice through the Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers During COVID-19 project. KAIROS has also deepened partnerships with women land and water defenders on climate justice and corporate accountability and experienced the exponential expansion of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise program. Join us as we listen to the voices of those who are steeped in the work right now share the triumphs and challenges that face us today. A three-person panel will be complimented by responders who will deepen the reflection on where we are at now.

Informal Networking Time (2:30-3:00 PM EDT)

Virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise (3:00-6:00 PM EDT)

The virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise (vKBE) maintains the impact and participatory nature of the original KAIROS Blanket Exercise, while ensuring that participants are well supported as they experience the history and shared stories of Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island. Hosted on the Zoom platform, the vKBE incorporates new interactive and engaging elements that visually and emotionally demonstrate the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada through colonization to present times. The vKBE is a live, participatory experience, not a webinar or lecture. Our facilitation teams support participants via online features and special measures, and host virtual talking circles for the second half of the exercise. Maximum 40 participants in each session; only register for one session.  Other dates: October 26, 6:00-9:00 PM EDT and October 28, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT.

Christian Worship Service (7:30-8:30 PM EDT)
All are invited to attend this Christian worship service where we will give thanks to God for all the gifts of the past twenty years, bring our petitions for justice to the Almighty, and ground our dreams for the future in the hope Love gives us.

DAY 3 – THURSDAY OCTOBER 28

Women, Peace and Security includes land defense and mitigating climate change (8:45-10:00 AM EDT)
KAIROS stands with women human rights defenders and recognizes both their achievements and the challenges they face in the protection of land, water, and our climate. Meet partners and network members in a roundtable discussion about land, water and climate defense. The conversation will be hosted by Radia Mbengue, KAIROS Global Partnerships Coordinator: Africa and Climate Justice. This workshop will be conducted entirely in French with English translation provided. Maximum 50 participants in this participatory session.

Virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise (9:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT)

The virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise (vKBE) maintains the impact and participatory nature of the original KAIROS Blanket Exercise, while ensuring that participants are well supported as they experience the history and shared stories of Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island. Hosted on the Zoom platform, the vKBE incorporates new interactive and engaging elements that visually and emotionally demonstrate the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada through colonization to present times. The vKBE is a live, participatory experience, not a webinar or lecture. Our facilitation teams support participants via online features and special measures, and host virtual talking circles for the second half of the exercise. Maximum 40 participants in each session; only register for one session.  Other dates: October 26, 6:00-9:00 PM EDT and October 27, 3:00-6:00 PM EDT.

Closing Plenary Session: Where we are headed to (1:00-3:00 PM EDT)

As we mark KAIROS’ 20th anniversary, we envision what we want the next twenty years to look like. Meet activists who are in the thick of the work, in the areas of global and domestic Indigenous rights, gender justice, ecological justice, rights for migrant workers and more. They will share their visions of what we can accomplish together because KAIROS is nothing if not rooted in doing and accomplishing great things “together.” Join us not only to dream of a better 2041, but to envision how we can make it a reality, together. The kairos time for bold next steps is now leading us to where we are headed to.


20 years of spirited action for justice