May 5, 2019

Reported to the congregation May 5, by Lori-Ann Livingston,

Coordinator Social Justice

Where do I start? I feel like we’ve packed a lot in since my last report at the end of February!

Climate change film series during Lent

Several of you attended the film series about climate change that we hosted during Lent. Out of that series came an idea for a book study to learn more about our role in addressing climate change. On Tuesday nights – June 11, 18 and 25 – we’ll be discussing the book Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change by Jim Antal. The author has accepted an invitation from Divest Waterloo to come to the region in the fall, so the book study will set us up for that event.

Community iftar meal

Ramadan has just begun, and while that means a month of fasting for our Muslim friends, it also means food and community. Iftar is the meal that Muslims eat at sundown, after a day of fasting.

We were invited to host an iftar meal by Floradale Mennonite Church, in partnership with Intercultural Dialogue Institute KW (IDI). Floradale Mennonite offered extra funding to IDI to offer these meals throughout the community.

We are at full registration for the meal we are co-hosting with St. Matthews on May 28.

I’m looking for a few volunteers to join St. Matthews’ volunteers to help set up and clean up after the meal, so if you can help out, see me after the service.

Cooking day with Hamida

We had an awesome cooking day with Hamida Hanoura! She is a force to be reckoned with, and we all had great fun doing as we were told. We had a few enquiries from outside the congregation about joining this class, and if we were offering others like it. Stay tuned.

Our next cooking day is June 1, so if you’re interested in taking part, let me know. You bring a recipe that you like, and you leave with the food we’ve prepared during the day, usually for less than $50.

Over the past three months, I’ve put in close to 45 hours developing partnerships, organizing and executing events and meeting people. Several others have also put in many hours to make these events happen. I am thankful for the core of committed people who offer help, who show up to the events and who do what they say they will. The work of social justice cannot happen without them.