Sacred Social Justice

Thoughts and musings from a writer, editor, photographer, activist, and musician in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I believe that faith and social action are intertwined in efforts to positively motivate change in the society around us. We need to be actively involved in our communities to try to effect this change locally and globally. I also love the local Arts scene. Warning: alternative perspectives and strong opinions ahead. Intimidated yet? Good - read on.

Recent Blog Posts

Presenting at the NDP Federal Convention 2018
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March On Canada was invited to give a workshop on grassroots, cross-country organizing at the 2018 NDP Federal Convention in Ottawa. I recorded a video that was included in the presentation, about organizing the women's march in Edmonton in 2017 and 2018, as well as Completing the Story, a partne...
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Documenting Activism at International Week
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I was invited to present Documenting Activism during the University of Alberta’s International Week 2018. I have posted my notes and a video of the presentation at my main website, Words, Pictures, Music.
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Speech at Hands Off Jerusalem Rally
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Speech at Hands Off Jerusalem Rally
I was asked to speak on December 5, 2017 by the organizers of an emergency rally to protest the announcement of the intention to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, and declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Here is the text of my speech as well as the video from the event. I am a human ...
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Explaining Chanukah to Atheists
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Explaining Chanukah to Atheists
Is Chanukah really the "Jewish Christmas"? Why do we light candles and eat oily food? If a man converts to Judaism, it's going to hurt in the end, right? These, and other questions, were addressed during my presentation about Chanukah to the Society of Edmonton Atheists on December 5. (Spoiler: t...
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Reconciliation at Garneau United Church
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On September 17, 2017, I was invited to speak to Church in the World monthly session at Garneau United Church. This is a session over lunch following a Sunday morning service, dealing with some aspect of social justice. My topic was Reconciliation and what Edmonton United Churches are doing to ad...
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Journeys of Faith - Paths of Resistance: Reflection at Mill Woods United Church
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I am the Marketing/Social Media Coordinator for Mill Woods United Church. On September 3, I presented a reflection on my faith journey and the work I do for the church.Subtitle: Activism and Spirituality, or, “What’s a Nice Jewish Girl Doing In the United Church?” I was asked to make a presentati...
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Documenting Activism: A Practical Guide for Organizers
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Documenting Activism: A Practical Guide for Organizers
On August 22, 2017, I presented this workshop on Documenting Activism for the conference Ignite Change: Global Gathering for Human Rights, organized by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. The session was attended by people from Edmonton, Vancouver, and Toronto. Below is a video r...
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Talking About Reconciliation at Robertson-Wesley United Church
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On June 18, 2017, I was invited to speak to the Mission and Outreach Pod at Robertson Wesley United Church, a group that meets periodically after the service on Sundays. My topic was Reconciliation and what Edmonton United Churches are doing to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Ca...
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A Short Easter Reflection on Reconciliation
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Below is a meditation I wrote for an email list I manage concerning Reconciliation.I wanted to share something relating to Reconciliation and Easter that came to my attention this morning.A friend of mine admitted that she said some hurtful things to a friend of hers, and she was reflecting upon ...
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The Language of Resistance
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As one of the organizers of the Women's March on Washington - Edmonton Solidarity Event, I was invited to speak on "The Language of Resistance" at the Sociology Undergraduate Students' Association Speakers Series on March 5, 2017. Here is a video of my talk, as well as my notes. I've been an acti...
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