Kairos Gathers to Strengthen Ecumenical Social Justice Movement: Priority Given to Diverse Voices

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Cydney Proctor, a second-year university student in Halifax, had her "first brush with Kairos," with about 350 other people at the first national gathering of the ecumenical social justice organization in Waterloo, Ont. One of the aims of the June conference was to bring long-term supporters and activists together with people who hadn't been involved with Kairos before. The result was "awesome," according to Ms. Proctor, who said she was inspired by meeting so many people passionate about social justice issues.

"It was both a gathering of Kairos present, the folks who are currently involved, but we also wanted to make it a Kairos gathering of the future that invited in people who would strengthen and expand the ecumenical social justice movement," said Jennifer Henry, Kairos dignity, rights and development manager. About 40 young people aged 18 to 30 attended.

"There was work done by denominations and regions and through the application process to put a priority on diverse voices and new voices," said Ms. Henry. The gathering also brought together board members, staff, regional delegations and program committees with representatives from all 11 churches and church-related organizations, including the Anglican Church of Canada, that jointly created Kairos.

Ms. Proctor, who helped organize the Anglican Church of Canada's Justice Camp, held in Halifax Aug. …