Archive for September, 2017

Great Lakes Water Walk

Monday, September 25th, 2017

A Great Lakes Water Walk streamer, an expression of our connections

Ontario’s Indigenous Peoples launched a Great Lakes Water Walk held on September 24th, at the Waterfront.  This event raised awareness that water, according to Elder Josephine Mandamin, an Ojibwe Grandmother and Water Walker, is a sacred gift.  “It is the same water we all depend on, bringing healing, and uniting cultures.”

Organizers explain their commitment:  Because of Water

Expressing awareness through sign language

The participation of diverse groups of people, with a strong interfaith element, gave the event a profound sense of reconciliation. By raising awareness of the Great Lakes water as a source of life, all are called to honour and protect water as sacred.

 

 

The Legacy boat was present, printed with colourful waves

 

A symbol of the deep connection between water and women

-Lorie Nunez, OLM

To learn more about the walk please see links below

:http://Great Lakes Water Walk

 

 

 

Honouring Water

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Pat Poitras lighted a floating tea candle.

On September 14th, a Thursday evening,  some OLMs and friends met for a faith sharing reflection at Cosburn house using “Water” as a theme for the prayer gathering.

Sr. Norma Samar, OLM lighted one of the floating tea candles.

Evelyn, a neighbour, joined the prayer gathering

 

 

Christine, who organized this small group sharing, invited each one to remember their experiences of water.  Some shared delightful experiences of water from childhood and some brought out their awareness about water today.   These included scarcity of water in most third world countries, contamination of water due to mining and chemicals from industrial factories, the unfair distribution of water that regularly appears in the news and social media featuring farmers and urban poor communities suffering due to difficult access to water,  and most of all is the alarming privatization of water in the world.

Prayer centrepiece.

The gathering concluded with sharing a variety of ideas on how to preserve, protect, and honour water as a sacred gift from God.  One idea is to get involved with the Great Lakes Water Walk on September 24.

-Lorie Nunez, OLM

 For more information, go to:

http://www.waterdocs.ca/waterwalk/

We Are One, United for Peace!

Monday, September 11th, 2017

 

 

On Thursday, August 31, some of OLMs attended a group rally hosted by SAFE: Solidarity Against Fascists Everywhere, which was held at the Queens Park.  The theme of the rally was:

“We are one community, united against hate. Join together – with your neighbours, friends, and family. Together we can fight the right!”

Rachelle Frieson, Christian Peacemaker Teams – Canadian coordinator.

 

The goal of the rally was to stand with Charlottesville and Against State Violence and White Supremacy.

Sr. Rosemary Williamson, holds Palestinian and Charlotteville placards.

Srs. Frances and Mary G. at Nathan Philip Square where the march ended.

One of the children join the rally with their placard.

 

Also joining the march was the Christian Peacemaker Teams in solidarity with “No Way to Treat a Child,” a campaign to stop Israeli military detention of children.

 

Other posters and placards.