Throughout this week in October we are invited to take action for food justice. As the harvest is gathered and as Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike respectfully hunt and fish in preparation for winter, we give thanks for the beauty and the bounty of God’s Creation. Please set aside time in worship to give thanks, and to pray and take action for the millions around the world and in Canada who are hungry in the midst of plenty, or who are hungry because they are fleeing disasters and violence.
See the United Church’s national page for resources. The United Church and many of our own farmers are also partners with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which also offers a special 2017 worship resource. Continue reading
Out of Many, One: bringing home stories of global partners in Kenya, Cuba, and Palestine
Three SK Conference members have been recent guests with global partners in Cuba, Kenya, and Palestine/ Israel. These partners, our global family, share in our mission and in our givings to Mission and Service. Throughout the fall of 2017 and winter/ spring 2018, we encourage you to invite them to share their stories in worship, workshops, and at Presbytery. Some support for their travel is available through the Conference Generosity in Mission Fund.
Get in touch with Cindy, Brenda, and Sandra to find out how your ministry can host them for worship, workshops, and more. Or contact Laura Sundberg, Global Personnel Coordinator, or Julie Graham, Education staff. In order to protect email addresses, we ask you to use the Conference Directory or contact Julie if you need help finding contact information. Email her at jgraham(at)skconf(dot)ca
Rev. Cindy Bourgeois serves Wesley United Church in Regina. On behalf of the United Church and Affirm United, in 2017 she attended an historic church gathering in Cuba for the transgender community.
Rev. Brenda Curtis serves Humboldt pastoral charge. In the spring of 2017 she participated in a clergy “Come and See” visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel.
Sandra Fowler is a licensed lay worship leader at Spirit Hills pastoral charge. She represented SK Conference in March 2017 on the Mission and Service Pilgrimage to Kenya.
As part of developing a knowledgeable Community of Practice who knows the “ins and outs” of economic and social rights in Canada, I wanted to keep you in the loop about the recent report by the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter. On Monday March 4th, Mr. De Schutter presented his final report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on his mission to Canada last May. His 10-day trip allowed him to examine food insecurity and meet with a number of local and national organizations, members of various levels of government, Aboriginal groups, business representatives and food producers. De Schutter’s trip and final report have not been well received by the Canadian government, but were welcomed by human rights organizations and concerned individuals across the country who endorse and support his recommendations.
Course experts Leilani Farha and Bruce Porter were at the UN Human Rights Council this week to watch the presentation, hear the response from the Canadian government, and deliver a statement from NGOs on the importance of De Schutters visit and respecting the right to food in Canada.
Canada Without Poverty has a webpage with all of the information, links to presentations, reports and news articles: http://www.cwp-csp.ca/poverty/a-human-rights-violation/the-right-to-food/
Please feel free to explore the page and share with colleagues.
As we continue to prepare for the upcoming Universal Periodic Review of Canada’s human rights record this April, Canada Without Poverty will keep you informed of our activities and upcoming opportunities to take action and get involved. We will also be preparing for a third cohort to take the Economic and Social Rights online course this spring and will let you know when registration is open in case you have colleagues who may be interested.
Director, Education & Outreach / Directrice, Éducation et Mobilisation communautaire
CANADA WITHOUT POVERTY / CANADA SANS PAUVRETÉ
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Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada / Dignité pour tous: Campagne pour un Canada sans pauvreté
Welcome to the Local Global Advocacy Network information site. This site is the gathering spot for the many aspects of the justice work of the Saskatchewan Conference of the United Church of Canada.
You may be interested in visiting the United Network for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel