REMEMBRANCE DAY PRAYER SERVICE AND PRAYER WALK FOR PEACE

On November 11, 2014, local churches will gather to proclaim “Love Your Enemies” as they remember, reflect and pray for peace in our world.

There will be an Interdenominational Prayer Service at McDougall United Church (10025 – 101 Street) at 6:00 p.m. Then at 7:00 p.m., participants will gather at City Hall in downtown Edmonton for the 6th Annual Prayer Walk for Peace. There will be four stops on the walk. The time of remembrance, reflection, and prayer will be led by members of four different faith communities.

The prayer service and prayer walk are sponsored by the Edmonton Ecumenical Peace Network and the Mennonite Central Committee – Alberta.

All are welcome to the Prayer Service and the Prayer Walk for Peace.

For more information, please see the attached poster, article and check out www.eepeacenetwork.org or contact Scott Key at (780) 435-9960 or scott.key@kingsu.ca.

Poster and article here: PWP poster PWP Article 2014A

Social Activist Training Workshop

As we work together to improve the housing security of all, local community activism is a powerful way to educate and advocate.

There is still room for women to have a great afternoon of training in activism– covering topics including social analysis, mobilizing people, planning appropriate events, and using social media effectively. The workshop is October 18 at Milner Library, and open only to women. They will receive a small honorarium for taking part too, as well as a meal and a useful book.

If you are interested, or know others who would benefit from this opportunity, please share the attached poster and registration. Registrations must be submitted by October 15.

See poster here:

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Environmentalism is a Moral Issue: Two Public Lectures by The Reverend Doctor, John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On Wednesday 29th of October, a world renowned environmentalist and Archdeacon of the Eastern Orthodox Church will present a public lecture about the spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church at 7 pm. On Friday 31st of October he will deliver a morning lecture, also open to the public, entitled “On Earth and in Heaven: Transforming Perspectives and Practices” at The King’s University at 9:30am. The Reverend Doctor, John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, is the author of over twenty books on theology, spirituality and the environment. He works closely with the man Al Gore once labeled The Green Patriarch, The Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew. Both lectures are free of charge.

Archdeacon Chryssavgis argues that saving the planet is a moral issue. He connects our current environmental crises to a split between science and religion, and argues that bad readings of the Judeo-Christian traditions have been used as justification for irresponsible environmental policy. His works seeks to reconnect Christians to the natural world and to their responsibilities for creation care.

The Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis was born in Australia, completed theology in Athens, and pursued doctoral studies in Oxford. After several months in silent retreat, he co-founded St. Andrew’s Theological College in Sydney (1986), where he also taught at the University of Sydney (1985-1995). From 1995 to 2002 he taught theology in Boston. Currently, as an ordained clergyman of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, where he works in the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs, he serves as theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issues.

The Rev. Dr. Chryssavgis’s lecture is co-sponsored by The Ronning Centre of the University of Alberta and by The King’s University.

Poster here: The Green Patriarch

 

HARVESTING HOPE! HARVESTING CHANGE! SUSTAINABLE FOOD FOR ALL!

October 14: 7:00 p.m- 9:00 p.m (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
October 15: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)
Location: Westend Christian Reform Church (10015 – 149 Street)
Registration costs: $15.00 (October 14 session), $25.00 (October 15 session) and $35.00 (both days).

There is plenty of food in the Capital Region. The challenge is getting the food to the tables of people who need and want it.  The Westend Food Hub Alliance, with sponsorship from the United Way, is excited to be hosting a workshop that will explore strategies, models and approaches to food insecurity in low income and/or fixed income households as well as schools. We are excited to have Angela ElzingaCheng and Ulla Knowles from FoodShare Toronto as facilitators for the sessions as we explore addressing food insecurity through a food justice lens.

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Below is an overview of the two days:

  • From Store, Farm or Garden to Our Tables – Tuesday October 14: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.We will learn about some of the principles, strategies and approaches that FoodShare is using to increase access to healthy food for low income individuals and families.
  • Strategies for Moving Forward and Approaches to Student Nutrition and Food Literacy - Wednesday, October 15: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.. Lunch is included.We will continue learning about principles and approaches to address food literacy and increasing access to healthy food for children and youth in schools. We will also be introduced to some strategies to engage the entire community (funders, parents, kids, youth, neighbours, community organizations, school boards) in developing and implementing the initiatives.

The agenda is such that individuals can come one or both days. 

To find out more information about the workshop, the facilitators or to register go to: https://harvestinghope-harvestingchange.eventbrite.ca

Bangladesh!

From August 12 – 27, Roy will be leading a group of students and Kings community members on a community development learning tour in Bangladesh. They will visit a variety of World Renew partner programs, both in the slums of Dhaka as well as in the rural communities in the north, mostly among the Garo people. Along the way they will see health programs, literacy classes, adolescent empowerment groups, various income-generating programs and hear stories that will challenge our assumptions about ‘the poor’. They will also learn from guest lectures on such topics as ‘Climate Change and Food Security”, “Cultures of Shame and Honor”, “Muslim – Christian Dialogue in Bangladesh”. They will visit the collapsed garment factory in Savar and speak with members of a local labor rights activist group there.

Members of the group are Duana Ogden, Graham Witten, Mark Muilwijk, Wes Verbeek, Abigail Douglass, Cindy Christenson, Richard Vriend.

Please pray for their safety and openness to the learning on this tour.

2014 Honduras Team Returned: Update from Roy

The Honduras water project team returned from Honduras in late May with suitcases full of stories (not to mention dirty laundry, real laundry, that is).  We spent a few days in Tegucigalpa at the beginning and ending of our project (visiting World Renew, AJS, orientation and debriefing) and 17 days in the community of Quebrada Honda in the steamy province of Choluteca, not far from the Nicaragua border.  The community was very gracious and welcoming, generous and extremely helpful, which made our time there a really great experience.  We far exceeded expectations in terms of work accomplished (mostly because the Honduran men are pretty handy with a pick ax), having completed about 60-65% of the trenching (it’s a 2-year project) – that means next year’s team may have a lighter load.  The community has been waiting for a good water system for a dozen years and they are thrilled that it is happening.  Having hoisted several barrels of water up from the 100 foot deep well, I can appreciate how eager they are for running water! We also had the privilege several field trips to schools, a health clinic, shrimp farm, cashew cooperative, plantation, and more, along with many interesting interviews with community members.

It was an excellent learning opportunity for the students and the community gets a water system – I believe that’s called a win-win. No accidents, no sickness, no complaints (in spite of mid 30s humid temperatures) – just a lot of answered prayers and a grateful team.

Thanks for your support over the past semester – and be sure to ask students about their experience

-Roy Berkenbosch

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Ready to Plant!

photoThe King’s community garden is a popular commodity this year! We’ve got a lot of students, staff and faculty using the raised bed garden plots.

This year, the garden is being managed by Erica Prins. Erica is a 3rd year Biology Major who is ready for a summer of growth—literally and figuratively!

Erica has been gardening in the King’s community garden for three years now and is very interested in food sustainability. This year she will be in charge of the planning, organization, administration, education and resource management for the garden. She is looking forward to expanding on the success the garden initiative has already been and learn more about the impact of our food choices with the other gardeners. We look forward to her leadership!

There are over 25 members of the Kings community involved this year. After the long winter, we are all eager to get their hands in the soil and start planting!

 

Truth and Reconciliation Conference Past

IMG_1457On March 27 and 28 the Kings University College community had our semi annual Interdisciplinary Studies conference here at the Kings University College as well as at the Shaw Conference Centre.  This semester’s conference was done a bit differently than in years past. First off, the Winter semester IS conference usually happens in January but the TRC National event was happening this month so it was ideal to combine our conference with this powerful, historical event.  On Day 1, our students were introduced to The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and heard many stories about residential schools, mostly from survivors here on campus. On day 2, students were provided transportation to and from the Shaw Conference Centre to take in the day at the Shaw Conference Centre. Students were also given the unique assignment through Project of Heart  of decorating a wooden tile and attaching it to a card that would be given to a residential school survivor.

For those curious about the Role of the Churches in residential schools, click here to see two of our presenters’ Cecile Fausak and Travis Enright’s powerpoint presentation: Role of the churches – March 27 2014.

I.S. Conference | Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada | Expression of Reconciliation

On Saturday, March 29, Kings President Melanie Humphreys gave an King’s Expression of Reconciliation 2014 on behalf of King’s stating how it is important to learn about the history and impact of residential schools. The Kings community listened to the experiences of survivors, were moved by their tears, inspired by their courage, and impelled to seek greater understanding of pathways to healing and hope. As an expression of our commitment of respect and cooperation with the Aboriginal peoples of this land, The Kings Community will plant a commemorative garden on our campus and decorate a wooden park bench with commemorative wooden tiles from Project of Heart. At the event, the Commissioners expressed their thanks for the Expression of Reconciliation and indicated that they look forward to sitting on the bench with us.