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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Jesus is executed, just like so many men and women around the world. What does it mean to endorse the punishment used to kill Christ? What are the ways people with profound truths are scapegoated?
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.
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)
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.
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
In the wake of the shootings in Georgina resulting in the death of 6 Asian women, Tina Conlon reflects on her experience living in Canada.
“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.
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.
On Tuesday, September 22, at 12.30 p.m. on the eve of the Throne Speech, The United Church of Canada is asking Canadians across the country to light a candle in support of a guaranteed livable annual income, often referred to as the guaranteed basic income. Find out about UCC involvement.
A Message from the Social and Ecological Justice Commission Recently, the Social and Ecological Justice Commission endorsed a private members motion which urges the Canadian Government to create a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income for all Canadians over the age of 18...
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...
We love because God first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from God is this: those...
To: Partners in Ministry in the Shining Waters Region From: Members of the Social and Ecological Justice Commission In a commission meeting on May 27th, 2020, the Social & Ecological Justice Commission was asked to consider endorsing two calls to action in...
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.
Social and Ecological Justice and Communications Minister, Shining Waters Regional Council
Communities of Faith Support, Anti-racism and Right Relations Minister, Shining Waters Regional Council
Encourages and connects communities of faith in their work and supports indigenous ministries in their relationship with the region. Promotes and supports racial justice.