Justice and Peace

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March 12, 2020

Pam Rocker writes about ending the practice of conversion therapy, saying "The way we treat LGBTQIA+ and Two-Spirit people will not change dramatically until we dismantle the archaic notion that heterosexuality equates to holiness."

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March 6, 2020

St. Paul’s Indigenous Circle is an active group in a United Church congregation in Bowmanville, Ontario encouraging all to travel the rocky and difficult road to healing and reconciliation.

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February 17, 2020

Dr. Velda Love of the United Church of Christ writes that her history is African centred and it’s beautiful.

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February 19, 2020

At the Minority Youth Forum in Japan, Jacob Burns and Jacqueline Warner-Smith were exposed to a struggle for justice that had similarities to the Canadian experience.

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February 10, 2020

Rev. Dr. Bentley de Bardelaben-Phillips of the United Church of Christ, writes about the recent powerful tour he took with colleagues to the Alabama cities of Birmingham and Montgomery, where much civil rights history took place. 

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January 22, 2020

Aimee Gavin writes about her volunteer outreach and advocacy work around homelessness in Port Credit, Mississauga, ON - where, as in many suburbs, homelessness can be largely invisible.

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January 16, 2020

Rev. Allan David Smith-Reeve shares insights from the Bridging Teams program, where a core belief is that those who live in poverty are the lead problem-solvers. 

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January 15, 2020

Ekua Asabea Blair writes about the work of the Massey Centre to raise the issues affecting pregnant and parenting teens and the organization's advocacy for supportive housing for young parents.

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January 10, 2020

Privilege is not only about racism! While we usually associate the phrase “check your privilege” in discussions about racism, the phrase has much wider implications. Ever so often we may need to check our privilege, to do that type of self-examination to see what advantages we may have which other members of society may not have. For example, when I am able to walk through snow and ice and through a front door on my own, do I remember the difficulty that someone with a disability may have to maneuver the same route? How can I use my “privilege” to advocate for those who may not have the...

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January 6, 2020

Without question, being in a room with 1,500 other caring individuals is an uplifting phenomenon. The level of energy and optimism is so high that it is easy to see the potential for change, for solutions, for achieving positive responses. In early November, I had the privilege of attending the Canadian Alliance for Ending Homelessness National Conference on Ending Homelessness ("CAEH 19," November 4-6, 2019 in Edmonton) representing The United Church of Canada and Coverdale...