the Catalyst, Summer 2015 – Vol. 38, No. 2

Summer 2015 – Vol. 38, No. 2

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In Review | Letters to the Editor

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Justice Tour Visits Eight Cities in Canada
by Joe Gunn

At events attended by over 700 individuals, church leaders heard from dozens of experts, local politicians, and church members passionate about public justice issues. It was clear that people in the Canadian churches really care about poverty and climate change.

Time for Churches to Speak as One
Adapted from Glen Pearson’s keynote address to CPJ’s 2015 Annual General Meeting in London, ON.

Governments at all levels have failed to inspire communities to stick together through these times of global change and to jointly invest to insure that all Canadians have a chance for a better life. Now, more than ever, our solidarity with communities is required.

Changing the Climate Debate
by Karri Munn-Venn

There was a time not too long ago that climate change was a bit of a fringe issue. No more. It has moved into the mainstream. The terrain has shifted. Climate justice is no longer simply the purview of environmentalism and social justice.

Churches Well-placed to Advocate for Refugees
by Elizabeth Keith

Canada is known for its welcoming policy for newcomers, but with over 50 million displaced people around the world, private sponsors are taking on more work as the federal government starts backing away. Churches or church-connected organizations represent 72 per cent of Sponsorship Agreement Holders. This puts them in a position to advocate to the government on behalf of refugees.

We Are More Than Taxpayers
by Janelle Vandergrift

These days Canadians are more likely to hear ourselves referred to as “taxpayers” than “citizens.” But what if we viewed ourselves as citizens first? We might stop asking “what’s in it for me?” and begin to ask “what’s in it for everyone?”

Groundings: Reflections from Justice Tour 2015
by Bishop Susan Johnson

I wish everyone could have had the opportunity to visit those eight cities, participate in the 15 events, and meet with the hundreds of Christians and people of goodwill that came out to these events. I wish you all could have heard the creative ministry and passionate advocacy that is being done all across the country.

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