TORONTO, Dec. 11 /CNW/ -
WHO: More than 250 of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice
Initiatives' member churches and local committees from coast to
coast to coast.
WHAT: Church bells will toll 350 times either at 3PM or immediately
following morning worship.
Where churches do not have bells, they will gather outside and
bang pots, clang cowbells, beat drums and whatever else will
make a holy noise to get the attention of world leaders.
Many churches are incorporating creative activities into the
action such as drumming lessons and creating sound art.
WHERE: From Richmond, British Columbia to Berwick, Nova Scotia and
points in between.
See the KAIROS website for a map of participating churches that
have registered. Zoom in on the bells to find churches in
Many churches have not yet registered though they plan to
participate. We estimate that at least 500 churches and
local committees are joining this action.
WHEN: Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 3:00PM local time or earlier.
(Please Note: Exact times may vary since some churches will be
doing this action immediately following their morning worship.
Please check local times with specific congregations).
WHY: The KAIROS bell ringing campaign is part of a global day of
action for churches around the world on Sunday, December 13th.
The global bell ringing action is timed to coincide with an
ecumenical service that the World Council of Churches is
coordinating at the height of the United Nations Climate Change
talks in Copenhagen. When the service ends at 3:00PM, churches
all over Denmark will ring their bells.
For thousands of years church bells have been used to invite
people to prayer, warn them of imminent danger and to call them
to action. Climate change is a present threat to millions of
people in the developing world and a future threat to the
entire earth. Now is the time for prayer, for preparedness and
Why 350 times? See the WCC website for the explanation:
KAIROS staff member Ian Thomson and eight of KAIROS partners
from the global South will be among those making a joyful noise
at the ecumenical service in Copenhagen. For more on the KAIROS
journey to Copenhagen, read Ian Thompson's blog about
For more information on the climate talks at Copenhagen and the
issues at stake visit our website at: http://www.kairoscanada.org/en/ecojustice/climate-change/copenhagen-2009/
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives unites seven of Canada's largest churches in joint action on social justice issues in Canada and overseas with primary focus on ecological justice and international human rights. KAIROS' bell ringing action and participation in the UN climate talks proceeds undaunted despite the recent decision by the Canadian International Development Agency to cut funding for its human rights program. For more information on the cuts see: http://kairoscanada.org/index.php?id=647
SOURCE KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
For further information: For further information: Media contact: Adiat Junaid, Communications Program Coordinator, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, (416) 463-5312, ext. 223, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kairoscanada.org