Global and Community Action –  2016

Purpose: to offer activities to increase congregational and community awareness, and encourage action, on global and local social justice issues. Refer to our Global Brochure.
Contact: George Johnson
Meetings: 
Global usually meets once a month, except in summer, with occasional additional meetings as required when preparing for special events.
Members:  
George Johnson (chair), Kathy Johnson (secretary), Diane Stuart, Lynda Fisher, Rose Soneff, Sabrina Trigg, Jan Vint.

Vision: Offering activities to increase congregational and community awareness and action with global and local social justice issues.
“Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

The Highlights:
– At the 10,000 Villages sale we operated a Fair Trade Cafe, which netted $467.
– Donated $200 to Sewing New Futures in India through Alix Dolson who worked with them in India.
– Donated $75 to the Out of the Cold Program at St. Paul’s Anglican.
– Donated $1000.00 to the UCC refugee appeal from approximately $3,000 from the Giving Tree.
– Offered a service at KUC on International Year of the Pulse – UN has declared 2016 the year of the pulse. Canada is the largest exporter of pulses in the world. (April 24th)
– On May 7th we held the annual Global Garage Sale in Westsyde, with donations from the congregation.

 

2015 Activities

Coldest Night of Year. A group from KUC joined the Coldest Night of the Year, Feb. 21. Funds raised went towards the work of the New Life Mission.
Chris Gaffney Fund. Funds received through the Chris Gaffney Endowment went to purchase 137 tokes that enables a recipient to receive $2.25 worth of menu items from Erwins deli and bakery across the street. The tokens were distributed through the church office and the other outreach programs in the city when they identify a need for nourishment.

Renew and Recycle Sale, was held at George Johnson’s home during the Westsyde neighbourhood garage sale April 25th. Proceeds went towards Global Activities.

Fair Trade Rice Sales. The support Global provided to Fair Trade Rice Farmers enabled them to connect with Level Ground distributors to sell the rice in Canada. Global brought in the three rice varieties to support the venture and funds raised went towards Global Activities.

Mardi Gras, Global coordinated the Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner alone with Youthful Energy.

Trans Himalayan Aide Society, provided a short talk and Global served soup to participants. The society was one of the recipients of the Tree of Joy during Advent in 2014.

Craving Change Alexis Blueschke , Registered Dietitian offered a Craving Change workshop for a handful of KUC participants. While the technique is used for weight loss, the same techniques can be applied to change in general.

PIT Stop Coordinator Hired. Rick Windjack was hired in April to take on the Coordination of PIT Stop.

Support for Nepal Earthquake. Global provided $200 for earthquake relief, which was leveraged with matching funding from the federal government.

Fair Trade Cafe, Nov 20 and 21. In conjunction with 10,000 villages, Global hosted a Fair trade cafe made with fair trade ingredients if available, or organic and local ingredients when possible. Funds raised went towards Global activities.

Advent – Tree of Hope, Global designates a local, national and international charity to receive donations during Advent for this year’s theme, “Tree of Hope”.

2014 Activities


We sold over 30 Mason Bee Houses and raised over $600.00 We still have a few available. Contact George Johnson, gjohnson@tru.ca.

Sept. 28, 2014 Soup and TED TALKS after Worship service:

https://www.ted.com/talks/david_steindl_rast_want_to_be_happy_be_grateful
B
rother David Steindl-Bast

https://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude
L
ouie Swartzberg

https://www.ted.com/talks/tania_luna_how_a_penny_made_me_feel_like_a_millionaire
T
ania Luna

The Oct. 26th Sunday morning worship was led by the Global and Community Action group.