KAIROS Advent 2012: Third Sunday - Migrant Justice
Mary and Joseph relied on the welcome ofstrangers when they arrived in Bethlehem after along journey. In today’s world, who is seekingshelter?Who is seeking freedom from fear?Who is seeking freedom from want?Who is fleeing poverty, seeking fair wages andjust treatment here in Canada?And what is our response to the knock on ourdoors?
Harvest a lot of our food and are a part of farming communities across Canada for over half the year.They are:Often forced toleave homebecause ofextreme poverty...Often isolatedhere in Canada...Often lackingprotectionsagainst abuse andlow wages.
Luke 3: And the crowds asked him, "What then should we do?" In reply he said to them, "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise." Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, "Teacher, what should we do?" He said to them, "Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you." Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what should we do?" He said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages."
In February2012 insouthernOntario, a vancarryingmigrantworkers wasstruck at apoorlymarked stopsign. Tenpeople died.This is a vigilrememberingthem.
Care for our childrenThey are:-Often forced toleave homebecause ofextreme poverty...-Often isolatedhere in Canada...-Often lackingprotectionsagainst abuse andlow wages.
Migrantworkers::-Want the churches tosupport theirstruggles-Would like to talk toyour faith community-Want goodemployers to holdbad ones accountable-Want our federalgovernment tosupport the UNConvention on theRights of MigrantWorkers
Migrant workers are asking for the shelter of our support, our ideas, our action and our voices.Listen to migrantworkers.Learn why peoplemigrate.Resist stereotypes.Learn about the risksworkers face andhow they wantCanadians torespond. KAIROSworkshops can helpstart theconversation!
At a KAIROS migrant justice gathering.May Advent hope be found in our commitment to action.Join the conversation; join a joyful movement for justice!
KAIROS 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 partnerships
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
Check the KAIROS website, Facebook group andTwitter feed for resources and perspectives that addto your work for social justice.Bring your faith community’s perspective and energyto the KAIROS ecumenical justice journey.Join us locally and regionally for events, workshopsand worship related to migrant justice and more.Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org