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Journeys to Justice: Reflections on Canadian Christian Activism by Joe Gunn

How should churches deal with politics? Christian Reformed members are no strangers to this incandescent question. Many promote public justice as individuals but oppose any institutional church activism. Others believe the denomination should “advocate” but not “lobby” for social justice—but the distinction is not always clear.

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Canadian churches still an ally for social justice

Some say the time of the churches is over in Canada. Others may say that it did not come soon enough. But what many Canadians may not be aware of is there is a long history of churches working together for social justice and peace, efforts that contributed significantly to the progressive social programs and…

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Stories look at history of activism, point way forward

Next month, Citizens for Public Justice will release a new book that tells 10 stories of social justice struggles where Christians, most often working ecumenically, changed Canadian society for the better. But the most inspiring parts of the book are the final reflections of young female church activists who point ways forward for faith communities to…

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Journeys to Justice

Reflections on Canadian Christian Activism
By Joe Gunn

Canadian churches have made a huge impact on key justice issues over the past 50 years on education, economics, refugee sponsorship, the environment, domestic violence, public health care, women’s rights, and the cancellation of the debts of Global South countries.

But as the years go by, has this momentum been lost?

A new book from CPJ’s Joe Gunn features interviews with ten key people who have been active in social justice struggles across Canada for many years. How did Christians from varied ecumenical backgrounds work together to help end apartheid, admit refugees from Chile and Indochina, defend Indigenous Peoples’ rights, promote economic justice, and more?

These wonderful stories from tireless labourers for justice present relevant lessons for today. Their words and experience inspire a direction and model for faith-based action for social and ecological justice today – and in the years ahead.

Available now!

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Living Ecological Justice

Living Ecological Justice

Wondering what on earth we’re doing? Looking for an inspiring, relevant, and practical resource on ecological justice issues?

Living Ecological Justice: A Biblical Response to the Environmental Crisis, explores a wide range of issues with writers from seven Canadian Christian traditions.

The book is organized around three themes:

  • Protecting What We Love – creation advocacy includes protecting the creation that God loves and is making whole through the Spirit’s renewing work in the world as an icon of Christ’s redeeming presence.
  • The Biblical Case for Creation Advocacy – rooted in scripture, creation advocacy unites spirituality with scientific, ecological, and political insight in both an assessment of current challenges and the revelation of hope.
  • Towards Abundant Life for All Creation: Worship, Community, and Action – creation advocacy is a manifestation of God’s work in the world.

CPJ regularly facilitates workshops on faith and creation care, using “Living Ecological Justice.” Contact Karri Munn-Venn for more information.

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CPJ’s Advocacy Toolkit

Useful information on different methods of advocacy. Read more

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Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty

Looking for a resource to discuss, reflect, and take action on poverty in your community?

Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty is a book for Christian faith communities trying to live out the justice mandate to love the stranger, the widow, and the orphan, and to seek just relations within society. It is a resource for people interested in learning more about the situation of poverty in Canada, exploring the Christian call to respond, and searching for ways to engage and create change. It includes reflections, discussion questions, activities, and prayers that will provide insight into the situation of poverty in Canada, the challenges and opportunities we face as a society, and actions that we, as Christians, can take.

Living Justice takes a fresh look at poverty with theological perspectives representative of various Christian traditions – Anglican, Evangelical, Roman Catholic, Christian Reformed, Lutheran, Mennonite, Presbyterian, and United.

CPJ regularly facilitates workshops on faith, poverty in Canada and public justice using “Living Justice.” Contact Natalie Appleyard for more information.

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The Advent of Justice

The Advent of Justice: A Book of Meditations

By Brian J. Walsh, J. Richard Middleton, Mark Vander Vennen 

Edited by Sylvia Keesmaat

The Advent of Justice was first published in 1993 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the CJL Foundation and Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ). Responding to God’s call for love, justice, and stewardship, the CJL Foundation and CPJ have been at the forefront of research and advocacy in areas such as poverty and unemployment, economics, and social justice, aboriginal rights, refugees, energy policy and the environment.

The republication of The Advent of Justice by Wipf and Stock Publishers celebrates more than 50 years of faithful witness for justice by CJL and CPJ.

In this book of reflections, four friends come together to lead us more deeply into Advent as a time of profound hope for the coming of God’s good kingdom of shalom while also a time of lament and anguish in the face of injustice.

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