Sustainable Development Goal #13

Sustainable Development Goal #13 – CLIMATE ACTION

In 2015, the United Nations created 17 Sustainable Development Goal to be put on the world’s agenda.

The new paradigm upon which these goals are based is one of transforming the current model of donor-driven aid and developed world/third world approach into a universally applicable, sustainable and accountable agenda for all.

The new paradigm aims for eradication of poverty, reduction of inequalities within and between countries and advancement of economic, social, civil, political and cultural human rights.   For more information please see  https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/tranformingourworld

April workshop opportunities: Just peace in Israel and Palestine

The United Church’s national Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI) is sponsoring a free travelling 2-hour intro workshop in Saskatchewan April 8-16.  It’s designed to help your congregation understand the conflict in Israel and Palestine and learn how to take action towards a just peace for both peoples.  Please see confirmed dates, locations, and contact people below. All welcome.

This is a great opportunity to engage your congregation in an important issue that often sparks hesitation or fear. Join us in this safe and creative space to talk, listen, and learn. Resource people: Kathy Bergen, staff to UNJPPI and long time Mennonite and Quaker staff in the Occupied Territories; Jan McIntyre, a Manitoba farmer, educator, and former World Council of Churches ecumenical accompanier in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  For more information, please contact Kathy at bergenkathy@gmail.com or Julie Graham, Conference staff, at jgraham@skconf.ca

In September, UNJPPI will also hold its annual conference in Saskatoon—watch for more details and your invitation!

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

Friday, April 8 at 7:00pm
St Andrews United Church
29 Smith St. East, Yorkton
Rev Jen Dresser: jendresser@sasktel.net

Sunday, April 10
St James United Church
4506 Sherwood Drive, Regina
Rev Laura Sundberg: lsundberg@sasktel.net
10:00am: Kathy & Jan will speak at worship
Potluck lunch at St James followed by 12:30pm workshop

Sunday, April 10  7:00-9:00pm
First United Church
223 3 Ave NE, Swift Current
Rev Annette Taylor
annette.firstunited@sasktel.net

Monday, April 11  7:00-9:00pm
Knox-Metropolitan UC
2340 Victoria Ave, Regina
Rev Cam Fraser
camfraser@knoxmetregina.org

Tuesday, April 12  7:00-9:00pm
St Andrews United Church
60 Athabasca St East, Moose Jaw
Rev Jim Tenford
jtenford@sasktel.net

Wednesday, April 13  7:00-9:00pm
Meewasin Valley United Church
St Andrew’s College Lounge, 1121 College Drive, Saskatoon
Rev Lorraine Harkness
revmvuc@sasktel.net

Saturday, April 16  11:30am-12:30pm
Presentation at River Bend Presbytery in Delisle
Rev Brenda Curtis: c.b.curtis@sasktel.net

UNJPPI-sponsored Workshops in Manitoba and Saskatchewan led by Kathy Bergen and Jan McIntyre

During the first two weeks of April, workshops will be held in churches in Manitoba and Saskatchewan to educate and engage congregations on the situation in Palestine and Israel while encouraging actions towards a just peace.

Kathy Bergen and Jan McIntyre will lead a two-hour workshop sponsored by the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI).  The workshops will briefly explain the history of the conflict and explore the role of International Humanitarian Law and UN Resolutions in this conflict.  Kathy and Jan will share some personal stories of dedicated Israelis and Palestinians working for a just peace, and discuss some of the barriers that prevent people from speaking out and becoming involved in peacemaking.

The United Church staff has developed educational materials including Unsettling Goods and an eleven-part video series Let’s Keep Talking.  In partnership with the World Council of Churches the United Church of Canada has sent almost 30 ecumenical accompaniers to Palestine for 3 month assignments.  They witness the effects of the occupation and share stories with the wider church back home.

UNJPPI is a United Church of Canada related network working 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.

Kathy Bergen is currently the part-time UNJPPI staff person.  She has worked on Middle East issKathy Bergenues for 33 years, 17 of them in Palestine–first with MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) in Jerusalem, the AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) in Philadelphia, the ICCP (International Coordinating Committee NGOs on the Question of Palestine) in Geneva, and with the Friends Center in Ramallah.


Jan McIntyre
is a Manitoba farmer and chairperson of the Prairie Spirit School Division Board Jan McIntyreof Trustees. She has been sent twice by the United Church of Canada to work with the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), and currently works with the Hebron International Resources Network, a Hebron based NGO. She has spoken to over 40 groups about her experiences in Israel and Palestine.

 

For more information, contact: bergenkathy@gmail.com   226-647-0120

 

 

Calling Government to Label & Exclude Settlement Products

Please consider this request from Barbara Lloyd to Take Action re Labelling of settlement products.

Please take action today in support of a just peace in Palestine and Israel. Ask our government to exclude settlement products from trade deals and require retailers to label them.

See Take Action details at: http://www.united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/regulate-products-illegal-settlements-palestine-and-israel

“Considering that the situation in Palestine and Israel is rapidly deteriorating after nearly 50 years of occupation,” wrote Moderator Cantwell to Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion on March 1, 2016, “the need for Canada to act is urgent.”

The Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) is coming before Parliament for ratification during a period of heightened tension and outbreaks of violence in Israel and Palestine. For many years, the United Church has maintained relationships with people and organizations working towards a non-violent end to the conflict. Today, the church echoes partners who say, “Enough.”  Enough to violence and to occupation, enough to the despair and discouragement the lack of a viable peace process bring.

Moderator Cantwell asked the government to live out its policy on Palestine and Israel. This includes excluding products made in illegal settlements from beneficial treatment under CIFTA. The Moderator also called for regulations for Canadian retailers that would require them to label goods from illegal settlements differently from products made in Israel, enabling Canadians to make ethical choices about their purchases.

1.      Write to The Hon. Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in support the Moderator’s letter. Call on the government to:
o    Live out its stated policy on Israel and Palestine.
o    Exclude products made in illegal settlements from beneficial treatment under CIFTA.
o    Introduce regulations for Canadian retailers that would require them to label goods from the settlements differently from products made in Israel.
A sample letter is available under Downloads, below.
2.      Share this Take Action on your social media networks. Use the hashtags #UCCan, #UGchoosepeace, #Israel, #Palestine.
3.      Connect with elected officials on social media. Urge them to take action to ask the Canadian government to live out its stated policy on Palestine and Israel.
In solidarity,

Barbara
Barbara Lloyd
Program Coordinator
Church in Mission Unit

Courageous Witness

Courageous Wwitness: River Bend Presbytery article on visit with Korean partner congregation

 River Bend Presbytery is an Affirming ministry in central Saskatchewan. Last fall they sent a delegation to South Korea as part of their many years of mutual work on deepening their relationship with Incheon Presbytery of the United Church of Canada’s global partner, the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK).  They met with the SumDol Hyanglin Church, one of the very few congregations in the PROK to fully welcome gender and sexual minorities.  Rev. Laura Fouhse shares the story of this courageous congregation here; read a very sobering overview of LGBTQ+ rights in South Korea here.

Uncovering “Canada Park” National Tour with Heidar Abu Ghosh

Heidar Abu Ghosh was only 14 in 1967 when Israeli soldiers forced him and his Palestinian family to leave his village of Imwas in the middle of the night. Then they destroyed it. Then JNF Canada collected (tax free) donations to hide that destruction by turning the area into a park for Israelis.

In the 1967 war, Israel captured the village, and destroyed it along with two other neighbouring villages. The ruins are now buried under what’s called ‘Canada Park’, developed for use by Israelis with donations (tax free) from the Jewish National Fund of Canada.

The demolished village of Imwas is actually the biblical town of Emmaus, and the touring Palestinian, Heidar Abu Ghosh, is from that town, having been expelled in 1967.  Canada is complicit in the destruction of Imwas and two other villages, as the demolition was done to make way for Canada Park, which many Canadians still support financially.

For details of the events on the national tour in the cities listed in the flyer, click here to download a PDF file.

Sustainable Development Goal #12

Sustainable Development Goal #12 – RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION, PRODUCTION

In 2015, the United Nations created 17 Sustainable Development Goal to be put on the world’s agenda.

The new paradigm upon which these goals are based is one of transforming the current model of donor-driven aid and developed world/third world approach into a universally applicable, sustainable and accountable agenda for all.

The new paradigm aims for eradication of poverty, reduction of inequalities within and between countries and advancement of economic, social, civil, political and cultural human rights.   For more information please see  https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/tranformingourworld