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Creativity of Love

As stewards of all creation, we have not succeeded in our responsibility to safeguard life and respect Mother Earth.

The disruption in our relationships with nature and with each other is obvious in the deep social and economic inequalities and racial injustices exposed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Now we have an opportunity to build back better.

The ecumenical group For the Love of Creation has launched a parliamentary petition to demand a better future for all creation. Click here to support it.

 


 

August 3, 2020

Let's learn to be a better ally.

 
 
Lord, make me a better ally in the fight against injustice and oppression.
 
May my mouth speak out against injustice.
 
May my nose sniff out implicit bias, including my own.
 
May my eyes see the ways privilege and oppression create injustice in the world.
 
May my ears be open and listen to the experience of those who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour.
 
May my heart be full of empathy for those who are oppressed.
 
May my hands take action and make systemic changes.
 
May I be a channel for your never-ending love and your tool in creating a world transformed by Gospel values of peace, social justice, and Creation care.
 
Amen.
 

 

July 27, 2020

The Ontario education system is in a crisis of anti-Black racism, and it’s time for our school boards, MPs, MPPs, school trustees, attorney general and premier to take meaningful action.

 
 
An advocacy group, Parents of Black Children, is working to create a system where Black children can thrive and feel safe. Support them by emailing all responsible authorities with a list of demands available at the Parents of Black Children website.
 


 

July 23, 2020

 
Extensive evidence suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women employed in low-wage, precarious sectors. This “she-cession” exposed deep gender inequalities in our society.
 
 
A racially-just feminist recovery is a must to build back a resilient and thriving community after the COVID-19 crisis. The Hawaiian government is already discussing a gender equal recovery. It’s time to do so in Canada.
 
Please click here and subscribe to the upcoming livestream of A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada.
 

 

June 20, 2020

 
Intersectionality acknowledges how different aspects of a person’s identity can combine to create unique challenges.
 
 
For example: white and Black women both face discrimination based on their gender, but Black women also face discrimination based on their race. If we want to fight injustice, we need to acknowledge and address these areas of intersection.
 
Click here to watch this TED talk to learn more, and tell us on Facebook or Twitter if it changed your approach to building a world transformed by Gospel values of peace and justice.
 

 

July 16, 2020

The way we tell stories about our situation matters. Two narratives have emerged: toxic positivity and critical hope. 

Toxic positivity promises us that everything is going to be fine. We are reassured that life will be back to normal in no time.

Critical hope acknowledges that the world as we know it is changing rapidly. We ask ourselves how we might remake the post-COVID-19 world to be more just, equitable and inclusive.

Please click here to read an article on toxic positivity and critical hope in University Affairs.


July 13, 2020

 
 
Pumas on the streets of Chile, fish in the canals of Venice, deer grazing on gardens in English villages, and wild turkeys walking streets in North America.
 
These are just some of the ways animals are using COVID lockdowns to take back land from which humans displaced them. Have lockdowns changed your relationship with wild animals? How?
 
Click here to see CBC's Wildlife reclaim the outdoors as humans stay inside during pandemic segment on YouTube.
 

July 9, 2020

 
 
Cities around the world are planning for life after COVID-19 with a series of environmental initiatives being rolled out from Bogotá to Barcelona to ensure public safety and bolster the fight against climate breakdown. Click here to read more about it in The Guardian.
 
What would you like to change in your city to make it sustainable? Share your ideas with your city council.
 

 

July 6, 2020

Recently, Canada lost its bid for a two-year term on the United Nations Security Council. Such a defeat calls for rethinking Canada’s foreign policy with internationally-minded grassroots groups actively taking part in this process. 

 
 
From Canadian mining in the Global South to Canadian sanctions policy, such a review is a long overdue. Click here to read 10 Questions to Guide a Reset of Canada’s Foreign Policy on The Tyee website.
 
Nino Pagliccia, a Vancouver activist, wrote: “The international community has not given a vote of confidence to Canada’s foreign policy by denying it a seat to the UNSC. That’s all that the international community can do. It is now up to Canadians to demand changes to the Canadian government.” 
 
Prominent Canadians such as Naomi Klein, David Suzuki Foundation and sitting MPs, amongst others, have signed an open letter released by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute calling for a foreign policy review. 
 
Please click here to sign the open letter and call on our government to prioritize true international peace and development: 

 


 

July 2, 2020

Portugal has granted citizenship rights to all migrants, refugee-claimants and refugees during the pandemic to encourage testing and access to healthcare without fear of deportation. What if this move is permanent? 

 
In Newsweek:
 
Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, the associate director of the Migration Policy Institute's International Program said she believed both countries' immigration responses to the pandemic are reflective of "goals and values" before the pandemic.
 
"I think all countries are facing some practical questions and some value-related questions in terms of how they approach immigration right now," Banulescu-Bogdan said.
 
Clich here to read the article.
 
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In Canada, refugee claimants, migrant workers and other workers with precarious immigration status, including non-status workers, have sustained our economy and continue keeping us safe and fed during those uncertain times. They deserve to be part of our communities, if they wish to. 
 
Why can’t migrants with precarious status be granted a permanent residency?  
 
Click here to see a Facebook video on Solidarity Across the Border.

 


 

June 25, 2020

 
What is the purpose of our prison system? Retribution? Or rehabilitation? 
 
 
 
Norway’s system focuses on rehabilitation and has one of the lowest recidivism (re-offence) rates in the world. What can we learn from them? 
 
Click here to read about how Norway turns criminals into good neighbours. 
 

 

June 22

 
What would you do if you had a 30 hour, four-day work week?
 
 
 
From The Conversation: "A shorter work week could allow parents to cobble together child care, allow workplaces to stagger attendance and, theoretically, allow the available work to be divided among more people who need employment."
 
Click here to read the article.
 

 

June 18, 2020

 
What if 2020 isn’t cancelled?
 
 
What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?
 
A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw that it finally forces us to grow.
 
A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber.
 
A year we finally accept the need for change.
 
Declare change. Work for change. Become the change.
 
A year we finally band together, instead of pushing each other further apart.
 
2020 isn’t cancelled, but rather
 
The most important year of them all.
 
By Leslie Dwight. Click here to visit her Instagram.
 

 

June 15, 2020

 
Let’s rethink public safety and invest in alternatives to policing. 
 
 
 
Click here for an article in Bloomberg on how the city of Camden reformed its police force.
 

 

June 11, 2020

 
COVID-19 puts women and children at increased risk of gender-based violence. 
 
 
Measures to address gender-based violence should be integrated into post-pandemic preparations and long-term strategies for future outbreaks. 
 
Services responding to gender-based violence such as shelters and sexual assault centres must be included at all levels of pandemic preparedness projects. 
 
Please click here for the full version of the information poster from the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children.
 

 

June 8, 2020

 
The Hawaii Department of Human Services’ State Commission on the Status of Women has called this a “moment to build a system that is capable of delivering gender equality.” 
 
 
 
It’s recommending an intersectional feminist recovery plan that includes free, publicly provided childcare for essential workers, the creation of public emergency funds for high-risk groups such as undocumented women, an investment in midwifery services to provide maternal health care as hospitals are strained with the pandemic response, and more! 
 
Click here to read about it.
 

 

June 4, 2020

COVID-19 has exacerbated the institutional and systemic racism that exists in Canada. Asian, Black, Indigenous, and other communities of colour are being disproportionately affected by this disease.

Click here for five ways white people can push for an anti-racist future.

 


 

June 1, 2020

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ just turned five!

This important encyclical emphasizes the interconnectivity of all Creation and the need for us to rethink our future. It can provide us a blueprint for our post COVID recovery plan. Please click here to read it.

 


 

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