Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sign the Petition to Reinstate CIDA's funding to KAIROS

This Advent, our congregation is taking an action step each week in December as we wait for Christ's birth. You can make a difference too by signing the on-line petition to reinstate KAIROS' funding from the Canadian International Development Agency.

To learn more about KAIROS' unique work, see http://www.kairoscanada.org/

Follow Copenhagen on the United Church's Observer link

Stay up to date on Copenhagen happenings through this link.

Ringing Church Bells for Climate Justice

Downsview United did its part in the nation-wide effort by churches to make a holy noise on December 13th in support of climate justice. Our sermon time was an interactive discussion asking 'what are the major issues of our day?' The congregation rang its bells out loudly following the service. Our sign heralded "Ringing Bells for Climate Justice". Two days later, we have had no complaints from neighbours about our noisy justice-making efforts.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Petition to reinstate the funding to KAIROS justice organization

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) stated on November 30 that it is no longer funding KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives. KAIROS is strongly supported by the United Church. (Source: The United Church of Canada website)

From the KAIROS site:
This decision terminates a 35-year history of cooperation between CIDA and KAIROS and its predecessor organizations, and compromises the work of human rights and ecological integrity in the developing world. This decision also negatively affects the ability of Canadians to develop skills and knowledge in the exercise of their global citizenship.

The Petition: We, the undersigned, petition The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper to act immediately to direct CIDA to reinstate the multi-year funding of KAIROS. If you wish to sign the on-line petition, go to http://www.gopetition.com/online/32673.html

KAIROS is calling on churches to ring their bells or make some kind of holy noise at 3 pm EST on December 13th in solidarity with the ecumenical worship service in Copenhagen. It's time to do a little holy disturbing ... the Lutheran Cathedral will ring its bells 350 times.

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