MEDIA RELEASE: KAIROS to celebrate 20 years of spirited action for justice, October 26-28

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(Toronto – Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit) – KAIROS invites its network, member churches and partners to KAIROS Gathering: 20 years of spirited action for justice, a three-day online event held October 26 to 28 in celebration of KAIROS’ 20th anniversary.  


KAIROS Gathering: 20 years of spirited action for justice 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.  

Translation in English, French and Spanish will be available in all plenary sessions and some workshops. 


In celebration of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives’ 20th Anniversary, which began July 1. KAIROS, its network and partners will reflect on two decades of spirited action for justice, its accomplishments and struggles and this “kairos” moment, while envisioning the next 20 years and, ideally, a 2041 that is more hopeful, just and sustainable than the present time.  


Tuesday, October 26. All times EDT 

  • Opening Plenary Session: Where we have come from (10-11:30 a.m.) 
  • Equal in Rights, Equal in Dignity: a KAIROS migrant justice workshop (1-2:30 p.m.) 
  • Indigenous Rights in a kairos moment (3-4 p.m.) 
  • Virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise (6-9 p.m.) 

Wednesday, October 27. All times EDT 

  • The Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security program (9-10 a.m.) 
  • Spirited action for ecological and climate justice (11 a.m.-noon) 
  • Plenary Session: Where we are at now (1-2:30 p.m.) 
  • Virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise (3-6 p.m.) 
  • Christian Worship Service (7:30-8:30 p.m.) 

Thursday, October 28. All times EDT 

  • Women, Peace and Security includes land defense and mitigating climate change (8:45-10 a.m.)
  • Virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise (9 a.m.-noon) 
  • Closing Plenary Session: Where we are headed to (1-3 p.m.) 


Zoom. Register here: (Free for media). 


Opening Plenary Session: Where we have come from, Tuesday, October 26, 10 -11:30 a.m. EDT 

Panelists: Ivonne Yanez, Environmental activist and founding member of Acción Ecológica, Ecuador; Sister Priscilla Solomon, CSJ, Ojibway and Sister of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie; Lee Cormie, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Theology at St. Michael’s College and the Toronto School of Theology. 

Respondents: Georgine Kengne Djeutane, Economist and Programme Coordinator, African Gender and Extractive Alliance (WoMin) based in Johannesburg, South Africa; Joe Gunn, Director, Centre Oblat – A Voice for Justice. 

Moderator: Emily Duggan, Minister, Louisbourg Pastoral Charge (UCC). 

Plenary Session: Where we are at now, Wednesday, October 27, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT 

Panelists: Zoughbi Zoughbi, Director, Wi’am: The Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center; Alma Brooks, Maliseet Grandmother, St. Mary’s First Nation; Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop, Justice and Leadership (ELCIC). 

Respondents: Kaitlyn Duthie-Kannikkatt, PhD candidate and Atlantic Regional Coordinator at the Bauta Family Initiative for Canadian Seed Security; Jesson Reyes, Managing Director of the Migrants Resource Center Canada. 

Moderator: Sister Sue Wilson, Executive Director of the Office for Systemic Justice for the Federation of Sister of St. Joseph of Canada. 

Closing Plenary Session: Where we are headed to, Thursday, October 28, 1-3 p.m. EDT 

Panelists: Naty Atz Sunuc, Maya Kaqchikel, Kaji’ Ajpop Association, Guatemala; gkisedtanamoogk, Knowledge Keeper and long-standing member of the KAIROS Indigenous Rights Circle; Stacey Gomez, Migrant justice organizer with No One Is Illegal – Halifax/Kjipuktuk; Jessica Steele, Senior Referrals Analyst, Environmental Assessment Specialist at Tsleil Waututh Nation. 

Respondents: Emily Dwyer, Coordinator, Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability; Janet Gray, Social justice advocate, former KAIROS BC-Yukon regional representative. 

Moderator: Nicholas Jesson, Ecumenical Officer and Interfaith Relations, Archdiocese of Regina. 

Learn more:  

About KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives  

KAIROS is a social justice organization that includes ten Canadian churches and religious organizations. We are Indigenous, settlers and newcomers in Canada working with people of faith and  conscience all over the world for ecological justice and human rights. We deliberate on issues of common concern, advocate for social change and join with people of faith and goodwill in action for social transformation. Learn more: KAIROS Canada website.   

Media Contact:

Cheryl McNamara, Media Coordinator, KAIROS Canada  
416-875-0097 (mobile), 

Filed in: #KAIROS20 Anniversary, Media Releases


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