Pam Rocker writes about ending the practice of conversion therapy, saying "The way we treat LGBTQIA+ and Two-Spirit people will not change dramatically until we dismantle the archaic notion that heterosexuality equates to holiness."
St. Paul’s Indigenous Circle is an active group in a United Church congregation in Bowmanville, Ontario encouraging all to travel the rocky and difficult road to healing and reconciliation.
Dr. Velda Love of the United Church of Christ writes that her history is African centred and it’s beautiful.
At the Minority Youth Forum in Japan, Jacob Burns and Jacqueline Warner-Smith were exposed to a struggle for justice that had similarities to the Canadian experience.
Rev. Dr. Bentley de Bardelaben-Phillips of the United Church of Christ, writes about the recent powerful tour he took with colleagues to the Alabama cities of Birmingham and Montgomery, where much civil rights history took place.
Aimee Gavin writes about her volunteer outreach and advocacy work around homelessness in Port Credit, Mississauga, ON - where, as in many suburbs, homelessness can be largely invisible.
Rev. Allan David Smith-Reeve shares insights from the Bridging Teams program, where a core belief is that those who live in poverty are the lead problem-solvers.
Ekua Asabea Blair writes about the work of the Massey Centre to raise the issues affecting pregnant and parenting teens and the organization's advocacy for supportive housing for young parents.
Privilege is not only about racism! While we usually associate the phrase “check your privilege” in discussions about racism, the phrase has much wider implications. Ever so often we may need to check our privilege, to do that type of self-examination to see what advantages we may have which… Read more
Without question, being in a room with 1,500 other caring individuals is an uplifting phenomenon. The level of energy and optimism is so high that it is easy to see the potential for change, for solutions, for achieving positive responses.
As the United States sends asylum seekers back to danger, the world is watching.
Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud writes that neighbourhoods should be places where everyone is given a chance at the best life.
Kim Uyede-Kai writes from the Asian Ecumenical Women’s Assembly, a “herstorical” assembly where women could hear one another’s stories be given voice, some for the first time.
Sandy Hwang, one of four United Church young adults who participated in a young adult Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace organized by the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) and the Ecumenical Youth Council in Korea (EYCK), shares her experience.
Rev. Dr. Kyongja (Kay) Cho shares the story of her two Korean brothers forced into the military on different sides during the Korean War.
John Egger, a Co-Worker in Mission in Korea, writes about joining 500,00 people to form a human peace chain across the DMZ separating North and South Korea.
John Durfey writes about a visit to a centre which offers emergency shelter for women in Japan escaping from violence and abuse.
Rev. Dr. Kyongja (Kay) Cho offers reflections at the Canadian launch of Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War.
They say a picture is worth more than 1,000 words, and I agree.
To try to understand the Rohingya crisis, I had read much about who the Rohingya Muslims are and why they are being persecuted. It has been pretty much an exercise of thinking—a head exercise. That changed when I saw the… Read more
When I acquired HIV in 1987, it was “a death sentence”. One of the first comments made by my GP in 1990 in Regina, when he gave me the HIV+ test result, was that I would need more tests to find out “when the clock started ticking.” Not very comforting words. My work in the community-based AIDS… Read more
At the ACT Alliance General Assembly, the church continues to twist itself in knots about sex and sexuality.
A reflection on the speaker selection for a gender justice panel at the ACT Alliance General Assembly in Uppsala, Sweden, which consisted of a majority of men.
“Today, 80 million hearts across the peninsula are broken.”
From April 25 to 27, I and other United Church and Mennonite Central Committee colleagues are going to Ottawa to meet with members of Parliament, senators, and government officials. We are privileged to have as part of this delegation Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human… Read more
Last summer, I spent three memorable hours in prison. I had not been arrested.
For centuries an olive branch has symbolized peace.
Greek and Roman cultures used the symbol as early as 2,500 years ago. The dual image of a dove with an olive branch has been a Christian symbol of peace since the end of the first century CE. This comes (in part) from Genesis 8:11,… Read more
Another world is necessary, urgent, and already in the making.
These are the core beliefs of those who attended the 12th World Social Forum (WSF) - a convergence of solutions, energies, and goodwill for the building of another world.
At the Heart of Justice blog continues the focus on health care in Canada with a series by Bill Blaikie, The United Church of Canada’s representative to the Canadian Health Coalition. We offer this personal reflection by Bill as an invitation… Read more
The United Church of Canada cares for refugees because we believe that sharing God’s love is our prime purpose. We believe that justice is the public face of God’s love, and work to share God’s love on a personal, local and global level.
I see the face of God in refugees’ faces:… Read more