Newsletter – Justice for the Week of June 24 & Beyond

“Along the Sacred Fire we walked and talked with our Great Creator, By the Sacred Fire we heard living legends of long ago, beside the Sacred Fire we shared our stories and our dreams. Around the Sacred Fire we stood tall and proud as one people, From the Sacred Fire we felt the warmth and healing energy, in the Sacred Fire we saw new hope for the ages to come.” 

( ― Chief John Snow, These Mountains are our Sacred Places )

Friends in Justice,

It’s official! At the AGM in Prince George on Saturday, June 11, 2022, PMR officially become an Affirming Regional Council. In prayer, song, and acknowledgement of the work done to reach this step, we gathered to celebrate this important milestone. This is not an end but a beginning as, together, we commit ourselves to living out our commitment to diversity, inclusion and welcome for all. For every Pride flag and event poster stolen or vandalized, and for every person excluded from their community of faith for being who they are – be affirmed that what we do is hugely important.Some videos:

 

Also at the AGM, two important proposals (03, 05) were passed encouraging Communities of Faith in PMR to engage in dedicated works of advocacy and action to address the climate emergency and the toxic drug crisis. With strong votes in favour, these proposals will now go to the Regional Executive for further action. Watch for further details in the coming months, as these plans move forward.

In our continuing celebration of Indigenous History Month this June, let us mourn and remember Alberta Billy who passed away on June 13, 2022.

Alberta’s faith and commitment to the Indigenous ways that shaped her life, and to the church which she believed could always do better, shines a light for all of us. There’s still a lot of reconciliation work we need to do. This short video, prepared for Indigenous People’s Day, lays out some of the ways we can continue this work.

Blessings,

Jane

Alberta Billy


NEWS


WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Indigenous Minister for the Chinook Winds Region, Tony Snow, hosted a special dialogue on Indigenous Eco-Justice, Environmental Sustainability and the Calls to Action. It can be found at this link.

To make meaningful change, climate action needs collaboration, communication and open dialogue. As a pre-discussion to the A Climate of Hope: Faith Communities Confront the Climate Emergency conference happening this fall, Faithful Footprints Atlantic Regional Support Centre, Ecology Action Centre set the stage with an online webinar Faith Communities Confront to Climate Emergency: A Conversation. This workshop explored the many ways that faith communities are addressing the climate crisis as well as lessons, tools, and resources that can help to transition to a post-carbon society. To watch the live recording click here.

Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) is an Indigenous-led organization guided by a diverse group of Indigenous knowledge keepers, water protectors and land defenders from communities and regions across the country. We believe that Indigenous Peoples’ rights and knowledge systems are critical to developing solutions to the climate crisis and achieving climate justice.


A global sign-on initiative to call for no more exploration, development, or subsidies for new fossil fuel infrastructure, and a quick phase out of existing fossil fuel dependence. Learn more hereJoin the interfaith call for the Treaty’s implimentation here.


A project of the United Church of Canada’s Anti-racism and Equity Office and the Office of Vocation.

By engaging in this project you can help the United Church of Canada do better in supporting Equity-seeking Ministry Personnel [Indigenous, racialized, Deaf, those who speak English as an additional language, disabled, Two-Spirit, LGBTQIA+, and female] and their Communities of Faith. ​The UCC seeks to learn what helps or hinders your Pastoral Relationship in thriving.

Learn more & participate here.


From the Guaranteed Livable Income Network:

Back in December 2021, two bills for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income in Canada were introduced in Parliament: Bill S-233 by Senator Kim Pate and C-223 by MP Leah Gazan. This week, S-233 is in Second Reading and is being actively debated in the Senate. Soon, our senators will vote on whether to take the bill to the next step – sending it to Committee – where experts would be brought in to testify and evidence showing that Basic Income works would be presented to Parliament.

This is a pivotal moment for Basic Income in Canada. We need your help to contact our senators and let them know of the importance of this bill, and its meaning to you.

Find out more at this link.


EVENTS


In its inaugural season the Rainbow Chorus of New Westminster invites its cheerleaders and supporters to hear the music that has inspired our beginning.Details and tickets at this link.


Peninsula United Church, which serves South Surrey and White Rock, will be celebrating achieving its Affirming Ministry designation during and after 10 a.m. worship on Sunday, August 7. All visitors are welcome!
PUC worships at 2756 127th St., Surrey. Members will be actively involved in White Rock Pride Week from July 15-23 this year as well.


Enjoy 3 summer nights in the glorious Okanagan Valley, in queer Christian community with friends and families of all ages and life stages!

This engaging, welcoming retreat is for those who consider themselves as part of the Queer Family! Gathering at Naramata Centre, we will connect with one another, with Creator, with the Land and with ourselves. We will celebrate this time as community with values of belonging, justice and love. We will rest, sing, run wild, play, create and share – just as we are, beautifully and wonderfully made by God.

Anyone you consider family is invited to join us – birth, chosen, found, immediate, extended, church, or otherwise. All expressions of faith are welcome, even as we draw on the Christian practices of prayer, story, and times of worship. From birth to elder years, this retreat is for all ages and stages and is led by experienced facilitators from the queer and ally community.

$195 for People 18+, Kiddos and Youth are FREE. August 25 – 28, 2022.

The $195 retreat fee includes the retreat’s food truck community dinner on Thursday, and all retreat offerings over the 4 days we are gathered. Accommodation is not included. Meals, other than our food truck community dinners, are self-catered.

Click on the Facebook link here The Queer Family Retreat or go straight to Naramata Centre’s site The Queer Family Retreat for more information and to register.


OPPORTUNITIES IN JUSTICE


Opportunities with the National ChurchEcumenical Accompanier – Palestine and Israel, 2022 & 2023The United Church is looking for three people to serve as Ecumenical Accompaniers between November 2022 and December 2023, each for a period of three months. In this position, they accompany Palestinians and Israelis who work in nonviolent ways for peace, and people in Palestine and Israel navigating daily routines, often under duress.More details about the position of Ecumenical Accompanier, as well as the application process, can be found at this link.


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If you’re interested in the work of the Justice Ministries, we would love to hear from you.Have you come across articles and events in our community that you’d love to share? Please get your suggestions in by Thursday at noon to ensure they make it in the newsletter.

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