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

An abridged French version of Listen to the Children (weeks 3 and 8) is a resource focused on ecological justice. Download Écoutez les enfants.

Slides containing thoughts and messages from the children featured: view online or download as a pdf.

QUESTIONS: contact Shannon at

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.   

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 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. 

On September 17, 2019 Connie Sorio traveled to Sitio Dapdap, Barangay Taliptip, Bulacan, Philippines. To learn more about her visit, read her blog post Forced displacement by climate change and greed… again.

Interview by Connie Sorio, KAIROS Migrant Justice Program Coordinator 
*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). Climate Strike Canada is the overarching umbrella that all the Friday’s for Future movements are under.  For other climate related action ideas visit The Leap

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.

Read the Gender Justice and International Development section in the following articles: Priorities for Canada’s 43rd Parliament  and Corporate Accountability .  

For engagement tips read: Engaging with elected officials.

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.

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: In particular page 84 for the eight Calls for Justice for All Canadians and page 85 for allyship resources. 

Jennifer Henry’s reflection: KAIROS attends closing ceremony of the National Enquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  

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 maintains a calendar of the events we are aware of. Help us by submiting relevant event information. KAIROS sponsored events will receive first priority; other events related to the issues KAIROS works on are also welcome. 

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, KAIROS Canada, 200 – 310 Dupont Street, Toronto ON  M5R 1V9.

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.   

Week Eight: Just Transitions for All 

Learn more: Check the KAIROS website regularly for the latest New Economy Trailblazer.  Of particular note is Trailblazer: Iron and Earth.   

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 and read Letter-to-the-Editor Tips.

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