During the Advent/Christmas 2012 season “Global and Community Action” invited congregants to write a message of peace on the prepared cards and hang them on the Giving Tree: The “Tree of Peace”. Donations were divided between three recipients: The international program recipient was CARAN Centre for Orphan and At-Risk Girls in Maputo, Mozambique (page 7 in Gifts With Vision); the national project recipient was the Building Bridges program at Calling Lakes, Saskatchewan which is a program to help build bridges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people on the prairies (page 10 in Gifts With Vision); the local project recipient was the Kamloops YWCA Women’s Shelter.
KUC is a member of Kairos, whose Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives unites Canadian churches and religious organizations in a faithful ecumenical response to the call to “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). The Kairos Times is a monthly bulletin for ecumenical justice activists and friends of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives. Click on the link for the Kairos Times Newsletter November 2012.
The Global & Community Action Core Ministry endeavours to increase awareness of global and community issues on topics which may range from a sustainable environment to improved social justice. We advocate on community, provincial and national levels on the rights of marginalized populations and liaise with other churches and national and international ecumenical and non-religious organizations.
We usually meet the third Sunday of the month. If you are interested in joining our group, please contact the church office.
Projects in the past included
- dispersing $350 grant money (from the Chris Gaffney fund) to Food Share for truck repair
- building and selling Mason Bee houses, and educating about the plight of bees
- sale of Fair Trade Coffee
- financial support to Developing World Connections’ (DWC) water harvesting and maintenance project in Rajasthan, India
- financial support to Fair Trade Kamloops
- financial support to PIT Stop (weekly hot meal program)
- educating and raising awareness on such issues as
the lack of commitment of the Canadian government as a signatory for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (to see photos of meeting the Kairos train, visit our photo page);
the discontinuance of funding for KAIROS;
the gulf oil disaster;
food security ofr aboriginal peoples (World Food Day);
and Fair Trade Promotion at the 10,000 Villages sale.
- Also, a member of our group was a Board Member at Large for the Kamloops Food Bank & Food Action Centre; another member attended the KAIROS Regional Conference; and members attend Tri-United Church Social Justice Committee to discuss joint and indivudual national, provincial and global activities.