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Formerly the Living Presence Podcast. Part social commentary, part spiritual reflection, part biblical study and part prayers for an aching world, *do justice. the podcast* examines the intersection of faith and the secular through a faith-based, social justice lens. Hosted by Bri-anne Swan, *do justice.* is brought to you by Shining Waters Regional Council, an administrative grouping within The United Church of Canada..

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Contagious Hope: Episode 5 (Sanctuary)

Contagious Hope: Episode 5 (Sanctuary)

On this fifth week of Lent, Rev. Alexa speaks with Greg Cook and Lorraine Lam, outreach workers at Sanctuary Ministries of Toronto; a place in the heart of Toronto where you can go to be seen and celebrated, walked with and cared for. Guided by the Gospel, the heart and centre of this community are the very people who are often excluded in the mainstream; those experiencing poverty, lack of housing, addiction and mental health crisis. At Sanctuary, they can get meals, health clinic support, art programs, street outreach, Sunday services, and so much more.

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Contagious Hope: Episode 6 (Pay it Forward)

Contagious Hope: Episode 6 (Pay it Forward)

On this sixth week of Lent, Rev. Alexa speaks with Sara Hildebrand of the Love My Neighbour Project – an interfaith partnership with UNICEF Canada to pay it forward. They are inviting every Canadian that gets a vaccine to buy one for someone in economically depressed countries. For approximately $10 each, every vaccinated person in Canada can help speed up the vaccine rollout for all global citizens (cost
to be confirmed by UNICEF)

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Contagious Hope: Episode 4 (Front Line Health Care)

Contagious Hope: Episode 4 (Front Line Health Care)

On this fourth week of Lent, Rev. Alexa speaks with Dr. Aathish Iyappa who works at the Nair Hospital in Mumbai (Bombay) India. He consulted on the first case of COVID19 to be diagnosed in Mumbai. His 1600 bed hospital was covered to an 1100 bed COVID hospital. Dr. Aathish speaks of the lack of drugs in the early days in the early days of the pandemic, the hospital filling up and having to turn patients away, as well as the losses and miracles of life he has witnessed throughout the pandemic.

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Calling from the Wilderness

2020 has been a year unlike any other, and this Advent and Christmas season promises to be no different.  Knowing that so many of our communities of faith are unable to gather in person, Shining Waters Regional Council has developed a selection of video resources for use in online worship.  Resources will be provided for Advent, Christmas Eve and Epiphany Sunday

News and Resources

Social & Ecological Justice Little Library

As the Social & Ecological Justice Commission sat (at their respective computers), socializing before a meeting, each member started sharing what books they had recently read that moved them, or that they recommended others read as well.  Out of this discussion,...

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Allyship in Action

“By putting this symbol on the ground in a permanent way, we were making our commitment as an Affirming congregation big and visible,” explains Jeffrey Dale, Grace United’s former youth minister coordinator who is now full-time staff with Shining Waters Regional Ministry.

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Staff Support

BRI-ANNE SWAN

BRI-ANNE SWAN

Social and Ecological Justice and Communications Minister

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6773
Email: bswan@united-church.ca

Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office

Role: Bri-anne encourages and connects communities of faith with matters of faith and justice, supports the engagement of volunteer-led networks and provides oversight to the regional communication strategy.

Contact Bri-anne about: Communication oversight: communication policy; social media. Social and Eco-Justice: Anti-racism; Creation care/environment; Justice And Faith; Poverty; Homelessness; Guaranteed income.

KIM UYEDE-KAI

KIM UYEDE-KAI

Communities of Faith Support, Anti-racism and Right Relations Minister

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6173
Email: KUyedeKai@united-church.ca

Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office

Role: Kim encourages and connects communities of faith in their work and supports indigenous ministries in their relationship with the region and promotes and supports racial justice.

Contact Kim about: Anti-Racism; Conflict Resolution; Covenants; Governance; Intercultural Ministry; Right Relations; Vision and Mission