Listen to the Children, a worship resource

Listen to the Children: A Worship Resource for Justice Seekers

Use in your own church or gather your neighbours for an ecumenical community worship service. This resource is loosely linked to the Epiphany Year A scriptures.

God listens to the children. Do we? Spread throughout our scriptures are stories of the Creator’s care and attention to the needs of children. In some cases, God calls children and young people to be prophets or take a risky stance against human power. God empowers the youth and they persevere. The season of Epiphany centres on Jesus as a child to young adult. We are inspired to consider how a child, and many children, lead us to transformation. These stories embolden our faith and inform how we listen to today’s children. God hears their cry. How are we called to respond to these voices – in care and in solidarity?

Listen to the Children is structured around the 8 weeks of the Epiphany season using some of the Year A lectionary scriptures and some additional scriptures.

This worship resource includes theological reflections, prayers and a children’s reflection for each week. The voices of children, background information on justice issues and action suggestions will be organized into bulletin inserts. New this year, the thoughts and faces of children linked to each week’s theme will also be available as slides.

English resource available now. Order the online pdf or the print resource now. 

French resource: an abridged version of Listen to the Children (weeks 3 and 8) is being prepared as a resource focused on ecological justice. Coming soon. 

QUESTIONS: contact Shannon at

View the slides containing thoughts and messages from the children featured in this resource in KAIROS Galleries or as a pdf-

Download (PDF, 13.81MB)

Week One: Gendered Impacts of Resource Extraction 

Learn more: Browse through the unique KAIROS-hosted info-hub launched at the end of 2019, Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water. It has grown out of the needs of and in collaboration with Indigenous women around the world. 

Act: Stay tuned for the next actions in the Open for Justice campaign. 

Young Voices: from the Organización Femenina Popular (coming soon)

Week Two: Climate catastrophe creates more migrants 

Learn more:  Watch Migration: A Story of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers, an 11 minute KAIROS documentary  

Act: Participate in migrant justice activities in your area or to connect with a migrant justice hub near you.  Contact Connie Sorio, KAIROS’ Migrant Justice Coordinator: 416.463.5312 (Toll Free 1-877-403-8933) Ext. 240. 

Young Voices: Isabel* (coming soon)

Interview by Connie Sorio, KAIROS Migrant Justice Program Coordinator 

September 17, 2019; Sitio Dapdap, Barangay Taliptip, Bulacan, Philippines . For more background info about the Sitio, please visit Connie’s September 22 blog 

*Note: names have been changed for privacy 

Week Three : Climate action must centre Indigenous peoples and workers 

Learn more: Read the background articles referenced [in the handout] and more. As Greta Thunberg says, “Listen to the science.” 

Act: Support student-led and other local climate actions by showing up and offering your resources. 

Look up your local Friday’s for Future branch on social media (most chapters don’t have a unique webpage) or visit Climate Strike Canada is the overarching umbrella that all the Friday’s for Future movements are under. 

For other climate related action ideas, also see: 

Young Voices: Sophia Mathur (coming soon)

Week Four: KAIROS Women of Courage: Women, Peace, and Security 

Learn more: Read and understands the commitments Canada has made in the Feminist International Assistance Policy 

Act: Write letters of support to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and of International Development to fully implement FIAP.

See the “Gender Justice and International Development” section in the following article: and for content.  

Also see for engagement tips. 

Donate to the KAIROS Women, Peace and Security program today to ensure the full 3:1 matching funds available from Global Affairs Canada are also received.  

Young Voices: George Talgieh (coming soon)

Week Five: Indigenous women reclaiming their power and place 

Reclaiming Power and Place: Executive Summary of the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Learn more: Read the full report, the Executive Summary or at least the Calls for Justice for All Canadians, which are just one page.  

Read the Executive Summary of the Report: See page 84 to read the eight Calls for Justice for All Canadians and page 85 for more learning and allyship resources. 

Full Report: 

Jennifer Henry’s reflection: 

Act: Plan or join a memorial march or vigil for missing and murdered Indigenous peoples often on October 4th or February 14th and participate in activities for International Women’s Day on March 8, sending a message of gender solidarity.  

Search the internet or local papers for events near you. KAIROS will list those we are aware of at and you can submit a relevant event at KAIROS sponsored events will receive first priority; other events related to the issues KAIROS works on are also welcome. 

Young Voices: Lennox Cote and Marie-Katherine McLaughlin (coming soon)

Week Six: Raising the voice of grassroots women’s organizations in peace building 

Learn more: Read “Voices at Risk: Canada’s Guidelines on Supporting Human Rights Defenders”

Act: Donate to our partners in the Philippines. 

See more artwork from Lumad students in Mindanao, the Philippines on this page. Invite Canadian students to write letters in return. KAIROS staff will hand-deliver them on their next visit to the Philippines, likely in April 2020 or a subsequent visit. Send letters care of: 

Rachel Warden 
200 – 310 Dupont St.  
Toronto ON  M5R 1V9 

Young Voices: Lumad Students (coming soon)

Week Seven: Evolution of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Learn more: use the resources on the KBE website to learn about all the Indigenous rights topics the exercise covers. 

Act: focus on building relationships across cultural differences. Consider initiating a talking circle with equal numbers of Indigenous and non-indigenous people or hosting a “Feast of Gifts” that includes newcomers to Canada as well. 

The Indigenous-Settler Relations list at CommonWord is just one place with many helpful print resources. KAIROS staff have found the works edited by Steve Heinrichs to lend themselves well to group study or discussion:

Young Voices: Obed Mitau (coming soon)

Week Eight: Just Transitions for All 

Learn more: Check the KAIROS website regularly for the latest New Economy Trailblazer 

Take particular note of Trailblazer: Iron and Earth (June 2018). 

Act: Sign up for the KAIROS Letters to the Editor Group to receive timely letter writing notices to Canadian newspapers to advocate for climate initiatives AND justice for all.  

Write to Cheryl McNamara at to add your email to the list. 

Letter-to-the-Editor Tips: 

Young Voices: Rebecca Hamilton (coming soon)

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