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





Inspire Conference 2018

Start Date: 
Feb 23 2018 (All day) - Feb 24 2018 (All day)

Coming February 23 - 24, 2018.

The third annual Ecumenical INSPIRE Conference is around the corner!

Deepen your skills, knowledge and ministry to children and youth and in contemolative justice. Be refreshed this winter as you join leaders from across the country and hear from engaging and visionary speakers.

Registration is open on the INSPIRE website!

Schedule and speaker details on the Inspire website too.

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. Aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities are being divided by what government and industry are doing and the rest of BC remains silent. We think this must change. This is not just a local issue. If Site C proceeds, the financial burden it will place on BC Hydro will be shared by everyone. The people of BC are like a sleeping giant. Once awakened- once more of us better appreciate what’s happening in the north and the consequences for the entire province- the giant will rise up and use its strength and clear vision to build a new kind of economy for BC. “

Full details about the trip are on the KAIROS website or on the event Facebook page.

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.



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



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.

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.

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 prorities 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.

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:

Coldest Night of the Year 2015 - First United

Start Date: 
Feb 21 2015 - 4:00pm - 10:00pm

The Coldest Night of the Year is a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 65 communities across Canada.

The 2, 5 and 10km WALK is held on Saturday, February 21st, 2015, and provides participants the opportunity to experience a hint of the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness while raising much needed revenue for their favourite local charity .

Since 2011, the Coldest Night of the Year has raised $4.9 million dollars through the tireless efforts of each of our well known and well respected location partners (charities). This is First United's first year to take part in this national event. Please join us to help reach our goal of 150 walkers!

What: 2, 5 and 10km Walk-a-thon
Where: First United Church,
320 Hastings Street East,
Vancouver, BC V6A 1P4

For more information and to register email cnoy [at] firstunited [dot] ca or visit http://firstunited.ca/coldest-night/

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