There’s Something in the Water

There’s Something in the Water documents the injustices and injuries caused by environmental racism on Indigenous and African Nova Scotian women fighting to protect their communities, their land, and their futures. Canadian filmmaker, actor, and activist Elliot Page reveals a portrait of ecological and social disaster in his home province, where rural areas are plagued by toxic fallout from industrial development and your postal code determines your health. 

January 27, 2022 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM The Reel Justice Film Festival presents this film as a virtual screening, to be followed by a special discussion with Ingrid Waldron, author of the book that inspired the film! You must register to attend, visit www.reeljusticefilmfestival.wordpress.com/register/ to register for any of the films being shown in this year’s festival. Watch the trailer below!

The Reel Justice Film Festival is a partnership between Development & Peace and the Bishop Farrell Library & Archives.

Bible Sunday

The inspiration for #TheBibleSpeaks comes from Pope Francis’ letter for the conclusion of the Year of Mercy, Misericordia et misera, #7, in which he states, “It would be beneficial if every Christian community, on one Sunday of the liturgical year, could renew its efforts to make the Sacred Scriptures better known and more widely diffused. It would be a Sunday given over entirely to the word of God, so as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people.”

Bishop Crosby and the Diocese of Hamilton has chosen the third Sunday of Ordinary Time each year as our day to emphasize how #TheBibleSpeaks and how #WeListen.

Given the restrictions of pandemic life, the Diocese has prepared a variety of digital resources (both for adults and children) for this year’s celebration with specific focus on the Gospel of Luke. Please visit the Diocesan webpage for Bible Sunday to discover a wealth of resources including:

  • Suggestions for reading Scripture and praying with the Bible
  • A video presentation for adults on the Gospel of Luke by Father David Perrin, priest of the Diocese of Hamilton and Professor Emeritus at St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo
  • An Adventure Passport for Children (grades 3-5) that explores the Gospel of Luke with compliment of the illuminations from the Saint John’s Bible
  • Bible Sunday prayer cards available in nine different languages.

Week of Prayer For Christian Unity

Today we begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In the Gospel of John, Christ prays that his followers “may all be one,” as he and the Father are one, “so that the world may believe” and have life in his name (John 17). The long and often painful history of Christianity has sundered our churches for theological, liturgical, and political reasons. Many Christians now strive to heal these divisions, yet honour our diversity, through ecumenical dialogue, common action, and relationship-building. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is both the seed and the fruit of this striving for ‘unity in diversity’. 

The 2022 theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, “We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him” (Mt 2:2), was prepared by the Middle East Council of Churches, based in Beirut, Lebanon. This theme speaks to our world’s urgent need for solidarity and transformation in the face of political, economic, and social turmoil, including the challenges and injustices highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we join the Christians of the Middle East in the journey to Christ’s manger, may we become a sign of the unity that God desires for all creation, and may we return to our home, our churches, and our world by new ways.

Offered for this year’s celebrations by Inshallah community choir (Martin Luther University College)

Events at St. Francis:

We invite you to join us for an online Prayer and Music Service created by the Ecumenical Churches of Forest Hill.  The service will be available on our parish website beginning on Sunday January 23rd. The service will include scripture, prayer and music contributions from St. Stephen’s Lutheran, Highland Baptist, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic, Forest Hill United, Calvin Presbyterian, St. George’s of Forest Hill Anglican, and promises to be a faith-filled experience for all.

The Place That Sustains Us

Wisahkotewinowak is an urban Indigenous garden collective in the Waterloo-Wellington region, including the The Sisters Garden at the Steckle Heritage Farm here in Kitchener. Today we invite you to learn more about Wisahkotewinowak and their gardens and initiatives by visiting their website: www.wisahk.ca and by listening to the podcast below with Dave Skene, Co-Executive Director of White Owl Ancestry and one of the founding members of Wisahkotewinowak.