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

Families Belong Together
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Families Belong Together
I helped organize the #FamiliesBelongTogether solidarity rally in Edmonton on June 30. Here is my speech and a video of my introductory words and chants. -- Thank you for coming this afternoon. We respectfully acknowledge that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place fo...
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Vegging Out: Margherita Pizza at Die Pie
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Margherita pizza - but vegan. The "cheese" is made from cashews. #yeg #diepie #yegfood #yegeats #foodporn #plantbased #vegan A post shared by Paula E. Kirman (@livingsanctuary) on Apr 19, 2018 at 3:34pm PDT It's no secret that cheese and I don't get along well. I don't like it's flavour...
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Just Desserts: Bubble Tea & Egg Puff at Teapsy Cafe
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Bubble milk tea and an egg puff. #yegfood #yegeats #whyteave #nomnom #bubbletea A post shared by Paula E. Kirman (@livingsanctuary) on Apr 28, 2018 at 12:39pm PDT I had to kill some time on Whyte Avenue and stopped in to Teapsy Cafe for a cold drink on the first hot afternoon of the season. I o...
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Speech: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
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I was invited as a guest speaker for the first annual student conference for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21 at Balwin School (Belvedere School also participated). The event was organized by Chris Nielsen, MLA Edmonton-Decore. Below is my speech, whi...
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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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