Round the Table

Sharing stories of life, faith, and ministry in the United Church and beyond.

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June 18, 2018

World Refugee Day on June 20 is a call for communities around the world to work toward peace and security for all, remembering especially the millions of people who are displaced or forcibility uprooted from their homes.

Is your community of faith ready to help displaced people as they seek to rebuild their lives? Learn more about sponsoring a refugee.

I have worked with refugees, both as a volunteer and as the Refugee Resource Person...

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July 9, 2018

Indigenous Day of Prayer reminds us that if we are to heal broken relationships, we must talk with one another. Let us begin today and never stop.

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June 13, 2018

In 1971, the observance of June 21 as a National Indian Day of Prayer was formally recognized by The United Church of Canada, at the 24th General Council. In 1982 the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of a National Aboriginal Solidary Day. Around that time the Sacred Assembly, a national conference chaired by Elijah Harper, also had a similar call for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples. And the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1995) recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day....

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June 11, 2018

I had the amazing privilege (no pun intended) of attending the White Privilege Conference Global in May, held for the first time in Canada. (It has been held in the U.S. for the past 19 years). It was an amazing event, and I was delighted that other than school boards, The United Church of Canada seemed to have the largest delegation! We were all able to attend workshops in the morning, and two keynote speakers per day, as well as the entertainment that augmented the experience.

The idea of intersectionality was presented in a myriad of ways, including the intersections of race and...

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June 8, 2018

We are not alone.

I remember the day that these words took on new meaning for me.

I was on an almost empty subway, in the middle of the day, when an easily identifiable White supremacist got on the train. He was carpenter with a hammer hanging from his utility belt, a body inked with hateful symbols, and a toolbox full of threatening things. As soon as he got on the train, I started to plan my exit. I’ll get off at the next stop…but so will he (it was the terminal). I’ll stay on the train, but so might he. I’ll press the emergency strip, but then we...

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June 8, 2018

I was invited to the May 9–12 White Privilege Conference at Ryerson University, Toronto, by Springwater Hester-Meawassige, Youth Leadership Coordinator for the Aboriginal Ministry Circle of the United Church. She invited me because of my participation in other United Church youth events, including Wampum Camp, and my experience attending the Truth and Reconciliation Closing Ceremonies and March in Ottawa as a witness.

This conference was an eye-opening event. Throughout the four days, I met many new people and had the...

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June 4, 2018

“It is time to shout: The era of peace is coming."

We echoed the cry of KoEun KwangSoon of Peace Mothers of Korea last week, as we walked alongside 1,200 South Korean women mobilizing for a peaceful resolution to the Korean conflict. I was representing the United Church as part of an international women peacemakers delegation of 30 peace activists. Led by Nobel peace laureate...

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May 31, 2018

The Healing Fund directs funding to innovative projects to address the ongoing impacts of the Indian Residential School System for survivors and their descendants. Awakening Indigenous is a program funded by the Healing Fund of the United Church that inspires its participants by teaching self-care and healing through breath work and meditation techniques.

Jenny Morgan, Gitxsan First Nation, and Nathan Zafran, Polish/Jewish ancestry, formed Awakening...

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June 4, 2018

“Today, 80 million hearts across the peninsula are broken.”

That was the reaction of Korean partners, representing Women’s Peace Walk, a coalition of more than 30 South Korean women’s peace organizations to the shocking news of the American cancellation of the June 12 summit planned between U.S. President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea.

But together, we lost no time in declaring that the momentum toward peace is unstoppable, driven forward by the deep yearning of the Korean people...

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May 23, 2018

Maximum engagement for peace in Korea.

That was the commitment of the International Women Peacemakers Delegation made at the end of the January 2018 Vancouver Foreign Ministers Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula co-hosted by Canada and the U.S. Nothing like the U.S.-led focus on “maximum pressure” and increased sanctions against North Korea. Instead, we wanted to maximize efforts to reduce tension, promote people-to-people contact, and enable humanitarian and sustainable development efforts in North Korea. I was in Vancouver, representing...

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