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Christians are Called to Advocate for “The Most Vulnerable”

The Church has long been a defender of those who we consider to be the most vulnerable members of society. We take from scripture that these are the oppressed and persecuted, the poor and the weak, the widows and the orphans, the prisoners and the foreigners. We are meant to provide for those who fit...

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Book Review: Climate Justice: Hope Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future

By Mary Robinson Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018   Review by Karri Munn Venn   I’m a sucker for a good story and Mary Robinson tells them in spades. Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future is a captivating collection of personal accounts compiled by the Former President of Ireland and UN Special...

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Book Review: Leaving Christianity – Changing Allegiances in Canada since 1945;

By Brian Clarke and Stuart MacDonald McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017   Review by Joe Gunn   “Canada is no longer a Christian society and its culture has become de-Christianized.” According to these two Protestant professors at the Toronto School of Theology, the collapse of the vitality of Christian religion in Canada is “very recent.” This...

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Book Review: All Our Relations – Finding the Path Forward

By Tanya Talaga House of Anansi Press, 2018   Review by Serisha Iyar   Acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, Tanya Talaga’s newest work, All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward is a product of the CBC’s Massey Lectures Series. Through this important piece, Talaga provides critical insight into the increased levels of youth suicide...

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Book Review: The Boy on the Beach

By Tima Kurdi Simon & Schuster, 2018   Review by Deborah Mebude   The Boy on the Beach is an intimate retelling of a family’s tragedy, one that woke up the world to the Syrian refugee crisis. Author and Syrian-Canadian Tima Kurdi brings to life the story of her nephew Alan Kurdi, the two-year-old boy...

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The Vulnerable Voices

The Vulnerable Voices

One of the astounding things about the Bible is the way that it repeatedly gives voice to those whose stories are normally ignored, the marginalized. These are the stories our culture would like to keep hidden. They are the stories of those suffering from economic oppression (the slaves), violence (the women), exclusion (the stranger) and...

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In Review – Winter 2018

From the Catalyst, Winter 2018 CPJ On the Hill In July, a CPJ delegation including Karri Munn-Venn, grade six student Taya Lavictoire, CPJ board member Martha Wiebe, and the Minister of Glebe-St. James United Church Rev. Teresa Burnett-Cole, delivered over 2,500 Give it up for the Earth! postcards to an enthusiastic Catherine McKenna, Minister of...

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A Decade of Justice

A Decade of Justice

From the Catalyst, Winter 2018 Citizens for Public Justice is grateful for the leadership of Executive Director Joe Gunn, who has served CPJ since 2008. Joe’s passion for public justice has propelled CPJ to where it is today, establishing the organization as a leader on faith and public policy in Canada. Joe will be finishing his...

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ChewOnThis! 2018: Bigger and more important than ever

From the Catalyst, Winter 2018 For the sixth year, CPJ and the Dignity for All campaign have marked October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, with our nation-wide Chew on This! outreach and advocacy activities. This year’s Chew on This! was our largest to date, with over 100 groups participating across the country...

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A Decade of Justice

A Decade of Justice

Citizens for Public Justice is grateful for the leadership of Executive Director Joe Gunn, who has served CPJ since 2008. Joe’s passion for public justice has propelled CPJ to where it is today, establishing the organization as a leader on faith and public policy in Canada. Joe will be finishing his tenure of service on...

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