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Contemplative Justice in BC Conference

For more information about justice initiatives in BC Conference, please visit www.contemplativejustice.org.

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Paddle for Peace: Protesting the Site C Dam

A journey from Vancouver to Fort St. John and back, a bus filled with people of all ages looking for a new vision for BC, July 7 - 11, 2016.

Rolling Justice Bus spokesperson, Janet Gray, Regional Representative for BC-Yukon KAIROS, explains why this bus trip to the Paddle for the Peace event is important:

“We’re calling this journey to the Peace River the Awaken the Giant tour because we think that the people of BC haven’t been paying attention to what’s been happening in the northern part of our province over the past decade or so. The rapid industrialization of the north- fracking, LNG projects, pipelines, Site C dam construction - all of these initiatives represent a way of thinking about development and resources that disconnect us from the earth and from each other. “

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Growing resistance to Site C dam

The Justice Advisory Circle would like to draw your attention to an open letter from KAIROS to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Christy Clark urges them to suspend construction of the Site C dam until Indigenous peoples’ rights have been respected. Learn more in this briefing written by KAIROS.

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Introducing the Justice Circle Advising team!

BC Conference has contracted part time with Christina Kinch to coordinate some of the justice work within the Conference. This work will be guided by an advising team of five volunteers. To get to know them, please read their introductions.

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Basic Refugee Sponsorship Information

The United Church of Canada holds a Sponsorship Agreement with the government of Canada. Under the terms of this agreement congregations can sponsor Visa Office Referred families or work with Syrian Canadians to re-unite their family members. We work through the General Council Office to do this.

It is also possible for United Church congregations to work with what are called “ Groups of Five” Canadians who want to be sponsors. If this is the situation, the “Groups of Five” need to go through a vetting process. In BC this is under the supervision of Heather Macdonald and Maggie Hosgood.

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President’s Letter regarding the Syrian Refugee Crisis

In September 2015, BC Conference President Keith Simmonds wrote to the honourable Stephen Harper about the Syrian refugee crisis. This letter is meant to serve as an example for those people who may choose to write their own letters.

Read the letter.

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UCC Response to Climate Action Plan for BC Government

In July 2015, the BC Government released the Climate Leadership Plan Discussion Paper in an effort to seek the ideas, values and priorities of British Columbians to help shape the Climate Leadership Plan. Click here to read the Climate Leadership Plan Discussion Paper.

Below is the response from BC Conference President, Keith Simmonds, to the B.C. government’s discussion paper.

Click here to read the response from BC Conference.

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WellSpring 2015

April 30, 2015

Hello Friends, 

Thank you so much for coming out on April 11th and sharing your time with us. It was so inspiring to hear your stories and ideas. I hope that you have had many conversations in the wake of this event and the good news is spreading!

As promised, here are some resources for further conversation and action:

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UNJPPI

UNJPPIThe United Network for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel works toward the goal of a just peace in Palestine and Israel by calling for an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and equal rights for all who live in Palestine/Israel through education and advocacy.

For information and resources, visit www.unjppi.org

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Unsettling Goods Advent Peace Box

Advent Peace BoxJoin congregations across the country in making use of this resource. The Unsettling Goods Advent Peace Box is a practical tool for worship and study. Support peace in Palestine and Israel, and involve all generations in becoming a justice-seeking church.
 
For more information and to order your Advent Peace Box, visit The United Church of Canada website.
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Climate Resolution

November 2, 2014 – Chilliwack United Church, Chilliwack BC

A resolution by the participants of the “Rising Hope Gathering” of the Justice Advisory Circle of BC Conference of the United Church of Canada. Read it here.

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Rising Hope: Event Highlights

On October 31 to November 2, 73 social justice activists from across British Columbia gathered at Chilliwack United Church.

What happened? Community art, storytelling and relationship building. Discussion about homelessness and poverty. A petition to BC Conference Executive to focus on climate change and fossil development. Plans for a future workshop to tackle structural issues on homelessness.

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Syrian Refugee Crisis

How to help:

  • Sponsor a refugee(s)
  • Advocate to MPs for an expedited process for Syrian refugees
  • Offer humanitarian aid in the form of donations

As the Syrian civil war is well into its third year, the number of displaced Syrians continues to grow. Violence in Syria has caused many to flee their homes – in September 2013 the UN reported that 6.5 million Syrians have been displaced with an estimated 2 million fleeing to neighbouring countries. Foreign aid is crucial for maintaining the health and safety of these people.

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Conference Expression of Reconciliation

TRC meetingOn Thursday afternoon, September 19, 2013, Jenny Carter and Jim White made an "Expression of Reconciliation" at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission meeting in Vancouver. Below is the text of what they said.

"Commissioners, elders, survivors and families, friends: I am Jenny Carter, the President of BC Conference of The United Church of Canada, and with me is Jim White, a Co-Chair of our Native Ministries Council.

We recognize that we are meeting on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish nations and we are deeply grateful for their warm, open welcome and hospitality.

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