Newsletter – Justice for the Week of November 19 & Beyond

“We belong to a community rooted in social justice, coming out of the Old Testament prophets, like Amos and Isaiah, and then Jesus. Justice for everybody is a keynote of our identity as a people. So, we do it because of who we are, not because we think it is going to succeed or fail… It defines who we are as Christians.” 

( ― Lois Wilson, former United Church Moderator )

Friends in Justice,

In these times of extreme weather and its challenging impacts on communities, I echo the words of PMRC President Blair Odney in recognizing that all creation seems to be groaning, telling us that the call for environmental and economic justice is increasingly urgent.

With the floods of this past week, and the fires of the summer, we are called to take the climate crisis more seriously than ever. At the same time, those who are impacted economically are in even more vulnerable situations. How crucial it is to combine the issues of the climate crisis with the United Church’s continuing campaign for a Guaranteed Livable Income. Both issues unearth or unmask inequalities which are not going away on their own.

As climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe says, “I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that our future is in our hands, every choice matters, every year matters, every bit of warming matters and every action matters.” What is required of us to continue to find ways to come together to support each other in conversations that matter and actions that make a difference.

For further words of support and encouragement, please click this link for a message from Treena Duncan, PMRC Executive Minister.

Blessings,
Jane


NEWS


As a part of the Fisher River Cree Nation’s Reconciliation Project, the United Church Publishing House published a second, revised edition of Journey from Fisher River, a biography of Stan McKay, the first Indigenous Moderator of the United Church.Journey from Fisher River is now available as an e-book or in softcover from the United Church Bookstore (UCRDstore.ca). Use the code JOURNEY5 to receive a 10% discount for the softcover and the e-book of Journey from Fisher River.


EVENTS


Produced by Defense for Children International – Palestine, a partner of the United Church of Canada, Caging Childhood is a a short documentary that shares the stories of three Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and their experiences being detained, interrogated, prosecuted, and imprisoned in the Israeli military detention system.

Join them for a virtual screening and panel discussion on Zoom at 10 am Pacific / 11 am Mountain. RSVP and find out more at this link.


Stand Up for Palestinian Children’s Rights, an ecumenical cross-Canada group that includes UNJPPI and United Church of Canada members, has organized a series of public vigils across the country. These vigils will take place from November 27th to November 29th, supporting the call of United Church partner Defense for Children International – Palestine’s No Way to Treat a Child campaign, for a Special Envoy for Palestinian Children.For more information, or to get involved, contact the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI) at this link.


IPAC Floor Map

November 8th – 24th
From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, with the exception of the 12th & 19th, where it will be available from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
In the Hall at Shaughnessy Heights United Church

This 11 x 8 metre map – the cornerstone of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada – was created by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in collaboration with The Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, The Métis National Council, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. The map is intended to explore the past, present and future of Indigenous Peoples in Canada through the use of Indigenous languages, symbols and datasets. It can be walked on and is accompanied by educational resources and activities. A giant floor map designed to help foster understanding of Indigenous history and perspectives.  Please come and explore, spend time with the resources, walk on the map and gain an appreciation for seeing the land in a new way. All are welcome.

Call the office and let them know of your arrival at 604-261-6377. Covid safety protocols are strictly adhered to as part of the agreement with Geographic Canada. Masks and Vaccine Passports will be required.


‘SEEDS’ FROM COP26

Janet Gray and Tony Snow were among the delegates in virtual attendance at COP26, the UN Conference on Climate Change held from October 31 – November 12, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Throughout the conference, Janet sent out daily updates, with quotes and ‘seeds’ from the day’s meetings and presentations. These daily updates have been added to the Justice Ministries Climate Justice page, and can be seen at this link.

Tony Snow, a member of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation and The United Church of Canada Climate Advisory Circle, along with other delegates, did a workshop as part of the United Church’s recent Love and Justice conference, and the link to that workshop can be found here.


Each day from Tuesday, October 12 to Friday, November 26 (with the exception of Sundays) there will be a new reflection on anti-racism, as well as activities suitable for adults and children. These activities can be done alone, as a family, or in groups. It’s not too late to join in!

Click here to find out more.


OPPORTUNITIES IN JUSTICE


Social Justice Advisory Circle – The Justice Ministry is looking for a small group of people who can serve as an informal advising circle for the Minister for Justice position to help shape priorities and planning. The commitment is a two-hour online conversation every month except July and August (sharing the tasks of agenda-setting, facilitation, and note-taking among participants).


(Up)Rising Hope Social Justice Conference Planning Team – One of the landmark events in the social justice work of the Pacific Mountain Region (then BC Conference) was the Rising Hope Conference that took place in Chilliwack in 2015. Let’s begin planning a similar event for 2022. The planning team will work together to help develop an overarching theme for the event, identify possible speakers and venues within the scope of the available budget (the meeting schedule to be determined by members of the planning team).


If you’re interested in becoming a part of either group, contact Jane at her email.


CONTACT US


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.

EMAIL JANE


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