KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

May 14, 2009 09:00 ET

Media Advisory-KAIROS Tar Sands Delegation Heads to Northern Alberta: Church Leaders, Indigenous Peoples and Southern Partners Seek Climate Change Solutions

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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 14, 2009) -

Attention: Environment, Business, Religion, and Aboriginal Journalists

WHO: KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives delegation of
Canadian church leaders, Indigenous and Southern partners (see below
for list of participants)

WHAT: Delegation to Alberta tar sands and affected communities - Meetings
will be held with church and community members, Indigenous peoples,
civil society groups, government and industry representatives. There
will be public events, community gatherings, briefings, and church

WHERE: Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Indigenous communities between these two
communities, and Fort Chipewyan.

WHEN: May 21, 2009 to May 27, 2009

WHY: To explore the theological, social and ethical implications of
fossil fuel extraction in the Athabasca tar sands. To listen,
discuss and learn more about the Alberta tar sands projects and
their impacts on all involved communities - society at large,
workers, Indigenous peoples and communities, and the environment.

KAIROS Tar Sands delegation activities are part of Re-energize: Time
for a Carbon Sabbath, a three year KAIROS campaign for personal,
community and political change. Find out more at:


Church Leaders
The Rev. Bruce Adema, Director of Canadian Ministries, Christian Reformed
Church in North America, Burlington
Dana Bush, Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends,
Abe Janzen, Executive Director, Mennonite Central Committee Alberta, Calgary
The Rev. Susan Johnson, National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Canada, Winnipeg
Sr. Anne Lewans, osu, Ursulines of Prelate, Canadian Religious Conference,
The Right Rev. Thomas O. Morgan, Retired Archbishop of Saskatoon, Anglican
Church of Canada.
The Rev. Cheol Soon Park, Moderator of the 134th General Assembly, The
Presbyterian Church in Canada, Toronto
Donald Peters, Executive Director, Mennonite Central Committee Canada,
The Very Rev. Bill Phipps, Former Moderator of the United Church of Canada,
The Most Rev. V. James Weisgerber, Archbishop of Winnipeg, President,
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Indigenous and Southern Partners
Terri Brown, Special Advisor for the Dene Nation, former President of the
Native Women's Association of Canada, Yellowknife, NWT
Fabricio Guaman, Accion Ecologica/Oil Watch South America, Ecuador
Ray Jones, Hereditary Chief, Gitxsan First Nation, South Hazelton, British
Michael Keania Karikpo, Oil Watch International, Nigeria

Mary Corkery, Executive Director, Toronto,
Ed Bianchi, Indigenous Rights Program Coordinator, Ottawa
Sara Stratton, Education and Campaigns Coordinator, Toronto

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