Advent 2012: Second Sunday - Women of Courage

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KAIROS’ new Advent 2012 resource, 'Seeking Shelter: An ecumenical Advent justice journey', is now available! Inspired by Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter, the resource is based on Las Posadas, a Central American and Mexican tradition in which actors playing Mary and Joseph walk through town searching for shelter, accompanied by local church members singing and carrying bright lanterns. Turned away again and again, they finally find householders who welcome them in. Today, that search for shelter is a reality for many in our world, whether the shelter people seek is fair wages, land rights, or clean water. What is our response?

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Advent 2012: Second Sunday - Women of Courage

  1. 1. Advent 2: Women of Courage Our Advent journey through Hope, Peace, Joy and Love can also carry us along on a search for justice and right relations. KAIROS invites you to an Advent search for that shelter in the spirit of Mary and Joseph’s journey.
  2. 2. Advent 2: Joy- honouring all who defend human rightsMary and Joseph relied on the welcome of strangers when they arrived in Bethlehem after a long journey.In today’s world, who is seeking shelter?Who is seeking freedom from fear?Who is seeking freedom from want?Who is offering shelter to our battered Earth, God’s creation and our only home?What is our response to the knock on our doors?
  3. 3. “Without women, human rights are not human.” Colombia
  4. 4. All humans are God’s beloved children- yet too many live with violence. In memory of women murdered near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
  5. 5. KAIROS’ Women of Courage programme: IS FOCUSED ON THE IMPORTANT ROLE WOMENSHOULD HAVE IN ENDING ARMED CONFLICT ANDSYSTEMIC VIOLENCE ASKS WHY WOMEN ARE SO OFTEN THE FOCUS OFVIOLENCE, AND WHY THEY ARE OFTEN CUT OUT OFPOSSIBLE SOLUTIONS CONNECTS WITH SOUTHERN, INDIGENOUS ANDMIGRANT WOMEN TO SHARE ANALYSIS, STRATEGIES,AND STRENGTHS
  6. 6. KAIROS’ Women of Courage programme Focuses on peoples and partners facing violence in: CANADA, ESPECIALLY INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND MIGRANTWORKERS COLOMBIA DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES THE PHILIPPINES SOUTH SUDAN
  7. 7. “Because ideas are stronger than guns.” Women’s meeting, Colombia
  8. 8. THESE ROCKS REPRESENT MISSING AND MURDERED PEOPLE IN COLOMBIA. AN AVERAGE OF OVER 2000 PEOPLE ARE KILLED IN THE CONFLICT EACH YEAR IN COLOMBIA, ACCORDING TO THE UN.
  9. 9. Jill Harris, Penelakut First Nation and Anglican activist, in Colombiawith photos of victims of violence. R: Vigil with rocks bearing names of victims of violence.
  10. 10. The Democratic Republic of Congo has seen millions die and millions of women brutalised in decades of armed conflict. Near Bukavu, DR Congo Women walk by posters for the DRC’s first national election in decades.
  11. 11. Congolese women showing their inked fingers after voting for the firsttime in national elections. Women must be part of political processes if change is to happen at all.
  12. 12. Chantal Bilulu of Congolese partner Héritiers de la justiceaccepts an award from Vancouver-area MLA Mabel Elmore.
  13. 13. Chantal and Vernie Yocogan-Diano of the Philippines were two Women of Courage partners who visited Canadian churches, First Nations, community groups and government officials to talk about human rights.In Ottawa, with local activist and with Dr Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. R: Preparing to meet the Government!
  14. 14. Palestinian women with photos of dead or imprisoned familymembers meet with the KAIROS church leaders’ delegation, 2004.
  15. 15. Everyone is needed in the struggle to end violence against women. All of us need healing from violence.Claudia Castellanos of Colombia with Father and daughter at an eventMi’kmaq elder Billy Lewis at the against violence, Colombia.Halifax Native Friendship Centre.
  16. 16. Signs at the October 4 Sisters in Spirit vigil, Saskatoon SK, where churches marched alongside community groups.At minimum, 600 Indigenous Faith communities need to bringwomen have gone missing or been respectful voices and offers of actionmurdered in Canada in the past 3 to Indigenous communities livingdecades. with violence and racism.
  17. 17. Every Woman Drum leads a national church and Indigenous action on Parliament Hill.
  18. 18. Lutheran National Bishop Susan Johnson and Colin with friendMax, Montreal Lake First Nation, SK. May reconciliation lead to a better future.
  19. 19. St. Paul’s United Church, Moncton NB: Indigenousrights workshop. Reconciliation must start at home.
  20. 20. KAIROS Saskatoon offers an Expression of Reconciliation and commitment to action at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Saskatoon. www.trc.ca
  21. 21. Cadboro Bay United Church, Victoria BC: Expressing public commitment to thework of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The TRC’s work continuesthrough 2014 and is one crucial way of naming the truth about the violent legacyof the schools.
  22. 22. Montreal Lake First Nation, SK Yolanda Bird and Theresa Halkett,The first full generation to grow up two Women of Courage working for awithout residential schools. healthy, whole community.
  23. 23. Giniigaaniimenaaning/ Looking Ahead stained glass window THIS WINDOW BY CHRISTI BELCOURT REMEMBERS CANADA’S APOLOGY TO SURVIVORS OF THE “INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLSYSTEM”, TELLS SOME OF THE STORY, AND REMINDS US OF THEIR STRENGTH AND OUR COMMON HISTORY. IT’S LOCATED IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.
  24. 24. The Canadiandelegation at avigil againstviolence,Colombia.Through ourglobal partnersand the globalchurch, wereach far beyondborders andcommit to afuture free of People of courage need the shelterviolence. of our support, our ideas, our action and our voices.
  25. 25. KAIROS’ Women of Courage programmeBelieves women can make a huge difference in the struggle to end violence and conflict.Believes men can and must be an important part of this work, both individually and together.Believes the Canadian government can offer a great deal, but must step up.Believes that the Canadian public and church members can make a difference if we get involved locally and nationally. Please join the journey!
  26. 26. A faithful movement for justiceKAIROS is: YOU! KAIROS is: A network of over 20 global partners Supportive local churches (KAIROS Communities) Ecumenical and interfaith Communities Individual Companions Local and regional
  27. 27. KAIROS members: The Anglican Church of Canada The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops The Canadian Religious Conference The Christian Reformed Church in North America (Canada Corporation) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada The Mennonite Central Committee Canada The Presbyterian Church in Canada The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) The United Church of Canada
  28. 28. www.kairoscanada.orgCheck the KAIROS website, Facebook group and Twitter feed for resources and perspectives that add to your work for social justice.Bring your faith community’s perspective and energy to the KAIROS ecumenical justice journey.Join us locally and regionally for events, workshops and worship related to Women of Courage and more. Contact us at info@kairoscanada.org

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