a resource to the church, AMBS is offering a webinar on Christian
nationalism to provide practical tools for tough conversations.
View our recent webinar
Political Idolatry: Countering Christian Nationalism
PhD, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at
AMBS, as he provides an overview of the destructive force of White
► Explore the political metaphor of idolatry in conversation with texts from the Old and New Testaments. ► Learn how Christian nationalism distorts our knowledge of God and neighbor. ► Use these practical tools to help with today’s tough conversations to bear witness to the gospel of peace.
With such a broad question, one place to start is by forming a working definition.
nationalism, in short, is a worldview where one’s theological
imagination is coopted by state power. It exchanges the church’s
loyalty to the Lord of Peace for a false god fashioned by the myth of
fact, Christian nationalism is a form of political idolatry that
distorts our knowledge of God and neighbor through a xenophobic,
racialized and militarized gospel that is at odds with the life and
teachings of Jesus.
Ready to read a bit more about Christian nationalism?
In June 2021, Drew wrote a blog post for Mennonite Church USA’s MennoCon21 #BringThePeace series on “The Bible and Christian Nationalism.” In this piece, he offered four proposed actions for consideration.
An online short course with Drew
One of the best ways to get a glimpse into what peace and justice means is through our online short courses.
Next year, AMBS is offeringResisting Christian Nationalism with the Gospel of Peace,
a short course that defines Christian nationalism and offers a biblical
response for pastors and congregations. In conversation with texts from
the Old and New Testaments, you will discuss how ancient faith
communities negotiated and resisted political idolatry.
attention will be given to how political power can co-opt the mind of
the worshiper, along with congregational strategies for disrupting
white Christian nationalism’s influence in our communities.
joins member churches, global ecumenical movements, partners, and
people from around the world, including in Russia, in calling for an
immediate end to all acts of war and military aggression in
Ensure women peacebuilders are well funded in federal budget
ask the Canadian government to fulfill an important promise to
effectively address COVID-19, the climate crisis and conflict. During
the federal budget consultation period, ask your MP to urge the
government to increase its overseas development assistance to reach the
international standard by 2030, meet its international climate
commitments, and ensure that funding reaches grassroots women’s rights
and peacebuilding organizations.
Op-ed: Decolonization is at the heart of effective climate action, by Radia Mbengue
Brown, and Indigenous peoples—particularly women—are indispensable in
confronting the climate emergency. They hold the traditional ecological
knowledge of agriculture and biodiversity, and are powerful peace
builders at the critical grassroots level.The Hill Times op-ed.
Op-ed: A human rights and feminist approach to corporate accountability is needed in Canada, by Gabriela Jiménez
key events pertaining to land and water defense in Canada and worldwide
point to the importance of a human rights and feminist approach to
corporate accountability. The timing is critical as Canada sets to
formalize a feminist foreign policy, and the climate crisis and
long-term economic impacts of the pandemic will most likely increase
interest in large-scale mining in support of renewable energy in the
years to come.Rabble op-ed.
For individuals and groups who want to make change happen. Participants will read Matthew Bolton’s bookHow to Resist: Turn Protest to Power,
take part in exercises to help think through the steps to making
change, and engage in conversation with other change-makers. Spring
dates to be announced soon. If interested, please email Shannon
(sneufeldt [at] kairoscanada [dot] org) to be put on the list. Look for
Matthew Bolton’s book at your local independent bookstore, Abe Books,
thriftbooks, or other online book sellers.
Strengthening the livelihoods of Palestinians through agriculture in the West Bank
has supported the agriculture program of its West Bank partner,
the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees, for more than
10 years. The program seeks to strengthen agricultural conditions for
farmers in the West Bank by improving vital water supplies such as
water pipelines and reservoirs to farmers, construction and
rehabilitation of agriculture roads, provision of greenhouses with
irrigation systems, and some processing machinery to
KAIROS and partners condemn recent assassinations of human rights defenders in Colombia
Acuña Ribón and Jorge Alberto Tafur, well respected human rights
defenders working for land rights in Colombia, were killed on February
22. Teófilo and Jorge Alberto are two of 33 human rights defenders
murdered in Colombia so far in 2022. Violence continues unabated in
Colombia as armed groups coalesce in the context of stalled and
ostensibly thwarted peace accords.
World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education (WIPCE)
joint proposal for presentation of a “World (KAIROS) Blanket Exercise”
at the World Indigenous Conference on Education (WIPCE) in September
2022 on Kaurna land in Adelaide, Australia has been accepted! Submitted
by KAIROS and KBE partners in Australia, and selected from more than
700 proposals, the World KBE will be a unique, collaborative, and
interactive workshop that amalgamates KBE adaptions developed by
partners in Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, the USA,
and the Philippines. Interestingly, the exercise was introduced to
KAIROS’ KBE partners in Australia at the 2017 WIPCE conference in
marks the 25th anniversary of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise. Developed in
response to the landmark 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on
Aboriginal Peoples, the KBE has evolved into an impactful and
empowering teaching tool used globally to help people understand the
impact of colonization and the importance of land to Indigenous
peoples. As pandemic restrictions are lifted and we get closer to once
again delivering in-person KBEs safely across the country, and as we
draw encouragement from the strong and growing interest in the virtual
KBE, which is already booking into June, we thank you for helping us
get this far and hope you will join us as we set our sights on the next
When the pandemic hit, Niagara Migrant Workers Community Partners was
there for migrant workers. A partner of KAIROS’ Empowering Temporary
Foreign Workers During COVID-19, this organization supplied emergency
food, clothing, spiritual care and welcome kits to
approximately 700 Caribbean men and women working in Niagara
on the Lake.
of the ETFW project, welcome kits offer vital resources about COVID
protocols and services for the workers, as well as water, snacks and
other essentials. “They are a fun, practical way for individuals,
families, schools and community groups to connect with temporary
agricultural workers who contribute so much to our community,” says the
This wonderful video highlights the spirit of this project.
Ajpop, a new Indigenous Rights organizations in Guatemala, undertook a
project supported by KAIROS in 2021 to increase Indigenous women’s
participation in locally and nationally oriented community
decision-making spaces. Kaji’ Ajpop held 12 local assemblies in and
around Solola, Guatemala. In total, over 1,200 Maya Kaqchikel women
participated in these meetings.
Call for Submissions: Aim to Inspire As
a key part of KAIROS’ commitment to faithful action for ecological
justice and human rights, we are seeking new Spirited Reflections to
help inspire our constituents and others.Read more.
In avideo messageposted
on the morning Russian troops attacked, Tetiana Stawnychy, president of
Caritas Ukraine, said "It's hard to believe in the 21st century that we
were waking up to the sounds of explosions and of air raid sirens...."
the coming days, large numbers of people will likely end up displaced,
needing help with meeting their basic needs. We have therefore made animmediate allocation of $75,000to
help with the provision of food, shelter, medical care and transport to
safe locations. In addition, we ask for your solidarity and support to
help us respond to the needs on the ground.
Last but not least, thank you for joining us in praying for peace.
Many of us are supporting our loved ones who are survivors of sexual
abuse. Often we do not know how to help them through the pain and we
don’t know how to help ourselves either. You are not alone. Families of
victims are survivors too. We need to learn coping tools and what our
triggers are. We need to learn how to heal ourselves and how to help
our loved ones and our family. We need to learn to let go of the guilt,
shame and overwhelm. We are here to help you. Come forward and listen,
share, and learn ways others are coping and healing.
Meetings every 2nd Wednesday of the Month
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm Pacific Time
All participants must be interviewed by the moderator prior to
participation in this group. Virtual log-in information is not publicly
The group is facilitated by SNAP Leader Barbi Jolliffe. Please contact Barbi for details on how to access this meeting.