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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

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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The time is up

The Rev. Maya Douglas felt compelled to act after nooses showed up at a local construction site near her home in Toronto’s East End this summer.

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The Truth is More Important than Feeling Good

Slavery existed within Canada, and it’s important to acknowledge its legacy. This is the Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church in Oro-Medonte. It is only a few kilometres north of the Shining Waters Regional Council's main office. Opened in 1849, this place of...

COVID 19 and the Racism Pandemic We Need to Talk About

When news of the coronavirus first began to spread in Canada, Chinese Canadian restaurants and businesses quickly took a devastating hit. Once crowded restaurants were nearly empty. Other Asian restaurants and businesses that were neither Chinese owned nor operated were also shunned and targeted with racist graffiti and vandalism. “Chinese”- identified and “Chinese looking” people were publicly blamed for the growing pandemic and the downturn of the global economy.

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Staff Support

BRI-ANNE SWAN

BRI-ANNE SWAN

Social and Ecological Justice and Communications Minister, Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6773
Email: bswan@united-church.ca
Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office

Encourages and connects communities of faith in ecological and justice work and supports regional networks. Promotes and supports racial justice.

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KIM UYEDE-KAI

KIM UYEDE-KAI

Communities of Faith Support, Anti-racism and Right Relations Minister, Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6173
Email: KUyedeKai@united-church.ca
Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office

Encourages and connects communities of faith in their work and supports indigenous ministries in their relationship with the region. Promotes and supports racial justice.

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