MissionTransforming ourselves and our world through contemplative social justice
VisionPractitioners are equipped to:
- listen to the immediate as well as long-term needs of the community and the land
- collaborate with other groups ⎯ religious, secular, community organizations etc.
- articulate how their work contributes to the Spirit’s transformation of our world
- work towards a world of equity, harmony, community and peace
- seek long-term, systemic change
- approach this work with humility, grace, and openness to surrender to the sacred unfolding
Faith and ChristianityThe CJN is an initiative of the BC Conference of The United Church of Canada. The CJN values, honours and welcomes people of all faith backgrounds or those without a connection to a faith tradition to participate, partner and share wisdom in our programs and initiatives. The CJN approach draws on the contemplative Christian tradition and focuses on spiritual practice and community praxis (putting our knowledge, skills and values into action) as tools for transform of ourselves and our world.
ObjectivesThe Contemplative Justice Network seeks to:
- empower individuals to explore the intersection of contemplative practice and social justice
- educate practitioners to address systemic injustices in thoughtful, strategic and informed ways
- reduce burn out of social justice practitioners and increase engagement of justice issues among contemplatives
- encourage contemplative practices that foster new ways of seeing and being in the world (seeing through the eyes of Christ)
- support the continuation of good work within the conference
- support the longevity of justice work in the conference by actively involving people in the first half of life.
- honour the wisdom and knowledge in the conference by creating opportunities for elders to mentor, support and partner.
- connect people throughout the conference to share knowledge and create networks of support and inspiration
This network is for people who are:
- yearning for a world of peace, joy and sacred connection
- passionate about healing our communities and our planet
- excited about contributing to an active, engaged and relevant community of social justice practitioners
- curious about exploring contemplative ways to engage in social action
- seeking strategies to respond to systemic injustice
- aware of social justice as an integral part of being church
AccountabilityThe CJN recognizes and accepts that it is part of the Christian Church which has a 2,000 year history that includes much violence and hate. Our own branch of the church, the United Church of Canada (UCC), is part of this lineage. The UCC has collaborated with colonial powers and perpetuated injustice. Through both ignorance and willful misuse of power, the UCC has harmed many vulnerable people in our communities. We acknowledge that this harm is in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Jesus and it is our commitment to work towards justice for the future.
through residential schools and colonialism. We are committed to the process of reconciliation. For United Church apologies to First Nations and more information about the United Churches involvement in reconciliation please go to http://www.united-church.ca/social-action/justice-initiatives/apologies
through exclusion, violence and hatred by members of the Christian Church. For this, we are deeply sorry. The United Church is committed to striving for allyship and creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Members of the LGBTQ community are welcome and celebrated as members of the United Church in all levels of leadership. We acknowledge that much work still must be done to eliminate the exclusion of and violence towards LGBTQ people in our world. For a statement released by the Moderator of the national United Church in response to the Orlando hate crime of 2016 please see: http://affirmunited.ause.ca/we-affirm-a-statement-on-the-orlando-hate-crime-from-affirm-united-saffirmer-ensemble/
voices and wisdom in the Bible and in the leadership of the Church. We are sorry that throughout history these essential perspectives have been excluded. We acknowledge the Bible was curated by an elite group of men and thus must be read critically, with an understanding of the historical, political and social context in which it was written. We acknowledge the social, emotional and spiritual harm caused to women by the perpetuation of patriarchal attitudes that hide under the guise of religious wisdom. We are committed to equality for women. Women are embraced at all levels of leadership in the United Church. We seek to recover and lift up the sacred stories and voices of women and encourage inclusive language when speaking to God.
by aligning ourselves with a consumer and capitalist system that takes more than it gives back to the earth. We are sorry that through alienation and disconnection from the earth we have contributed to the degradation of our planet. We are committed to reconnecting with the earth and partnering with our communities to take action to slow climate change.
to a world of harmony, peace and connection. For all the moments we have stood in fear, ignorance and apathy, allowing harm to go on, for the moments we have chosen not to act in response to injustice, we are sorry.
We continue to learn how to be in right relationship with our communities and the land. We welcome your comments, suggestions and ideas about this statement and how we can more fully live into it together.