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Symposium on Mining Extraction and Justice

OMI Lacombe Canada’s Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) is pleased to invite you to attend and participate in a two-day symposium on responsible mining. 

The Cry of the People: Extractive Industries and Global Justice will be held all day Friday, November 7th and on Saturday morning, November 8th, 2014 at St. Paul’s University, 223 Main Street, Ottawa, Ontario." The keynote speaker will be the world-renowned theologian Father Gustavo Gutierrez.  

"The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, including Canadian Oblates, work in many countries like Kenya, Guatemala, Bolivia and Peru, where issues of responsible mining come before our missionary members and the people they serve.  For this reason, we have asked the Office of JPIC OMI Lacombe to work with several partners in the church and civil society who have long experience in these issues to organize a symposium on mining and social justice."

For further information and to register, go to: http://www.omilacombe.ca

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Appeal for Nominations for the Public Peace Prize 2015

The Public Peace Prize Team is launching an appeal for nominations for the Public Peace Prize (PPP).

To begin, all you need to do is send in the name of the peacemaker of your choice accompanied by a text (about 10 lines) that explains why you would like this person to receive the 2015 Public Peace Prize. Send your nomination to: contact@publicpeaceprize.org

The Public Peace Prize is the only peace award based on the public’s choice, allowing everyone to make a difference by nominating or supporting the nomination of someone who is working for peace, whether they are already well-known or completely unknown.

All nominations are expected to be sent before October 31, 2014, at midnight.

There are 6 categories of prize. For further information go to the  Public Peace Prize website: publicpeaceprize.org/

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KAIROS Fall Regional Meeting

This year's KAIROS Fall Regional Gathering (Cambrian-Agassiz Region) will take place on Friday, October 24th (7-10 pm.) and Saturday, October 25th (9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) at Churchill Park United Church, 525 Beresford Avenue, Winnipeg, MB (bus route 16).

Friday evening will feature The Blanket exercise, a KAIROS learning tool.

Saturday morning will feature Alfredo Barahona from Kairos' Head Office speaking on our national theme this year, Watershed Discipleship, as well as a presentation on the the implications of EnergyEast pipeline for our water. 

Saturday afternoon will feature Katherine Sinclair, organizer of the Lake Winnipeg Water Walk and biologist Lisette Ross (Nature & Science working together).

For futher information and registration contact: Carin Crowe, oday20@mymts.net

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3rd Green Church Conference

Believing in Heaven and Protecting the Earth
Members of various churches from around Quebec will be gathering for the 3rd Green Church Conference. These popular conferences provide an opportunity for participants to reflect together on the environmental challenges facing the planet and to share information about the solutions various churches have developed to better care for it. The event will be held at St-Ignace-de-Loyola Church in Quebec City on April 14, 2015.

The keynote speaker and theme will be announced in January.

For further information, go to the Green Church website at:  www.Green Church.ca 

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Peoples Climate March

Government leaders from across the globe will be meeting in New York City on September 23 for a one-day United Nations climate summit. The People’s Climate March precedes it on September 21 and will send out a massive, united call for climate justice and a strong climate treaty.

KAIROS invites you to participate in this historic mobilization from wherever you are! Some suggestions:

  1. Check out ClimateFast, which KAIROS has endorsed, as it counts down to this year’s fast on Parliament Hill (September 28 to October 2) and extends an invitation to everyone to join in fasting on the first day of each month.
  2. Citizens for Public Justice, in collaboration with the Canadian Council of Churches, has created resources for faith communities in Canada specifically related to the UN summit and the People’s Climate March.
  3. Green Faith, an interfaith coalition based in New Jersey, is offering resources and an invitation to faith communities to become Climate March Faith Communities.
  4. KAIROS has a long history of advocacy for climate justice and has produced in-depth analysis on climate change that can help to put the September events into perspective.
  5. KAIROS also has a new Watershed Discipleship workshop hot off the press that includes biblical and personal reflection, consideration of the issues facing your watershed, and the opportunity to connect those issues with others across Canada and around the world.

If you would like to go to New York for the march and are in the Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal area, buses are being organized.

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This Week

October 19, 2014: Mission Sunday.

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