Context is Canada’s premiere Christian voice in news and current affairs. In its eighth TV season, Context’s team report on complex stories around the world.
A nation and a world exhale together in a deep healing breath in the name of George Floyd. The poison of racism diluted a bit more in the guilty verdict of former police officer Derek Chauvin as a 9-year-old child stood witness to a murder in broad daylight in the streets of her hometown. A modern-day lynching caught on 17-year-old Darnella Frazier’s cell phone changed the course of history.
In light of the guilty verdict, we take another look at our “realities of anti-indigenous and anti-black racism” program but, get an update from Minneapolis Bishop Harding Smith. And a conversation with social justice and law enforcement advocate – former RCMP staff/sergeant Alain Babineau for a reaction on what this means for Canadian policing.
Stop Asian Hate
Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Three simple words ignited evil, hateful acts of violence against innocent Asian people around the world.
Pandemics can happen anywhere, anytime, and in any country. COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China, and Asian people are now being demonized, causing long-standing and deep psychological impacts in Asian communities.
This week on Context: Asian hate must stop.
Realities of Racism
How will history record the years 2020 and 2021? We thought we had seen it all, but has anything really changed? The hate-filled killings of unarmed Black people in the U.S. sparked international outrage from every race under the sun. Here in Canada, Indigenous people faced inexplicable pain when police answered wellness checks by families who called for their loved ones in distress but were met with death. Still, if anything is under-reported in all this outrage, pain, and anxiety, it’s not the lack of goodness in people, it’s the institutional and systemic change that must happen. This week on Context, the realities of anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism.
Is Church Essential
Gathering at churches, synagogue and temples is a sacred right, but these days, worshipping and gathering is inside,outside, zooming, face timing, skyping, even drive-in movie theatres.
During the last year, Christians along with people of other faiths enduring lockdowns, unable to father, leave some people feeling that it’s an infringement on their religious freedom.
While others say we’ve got to listen to health authorities.
We look at all sides of the debate.
And Maggie visits an inner-city ministry where God never sleeps, as they’ve been caring for the less fortunate since the beginning of the global pandemic.
Christine Yoo visits a street pastor helping people who are unable to get to the only lifelines they have to the outside world.
Is church essential?
Lisa Bildy, Lawyer, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms
Pastor Jonathon Shierman, Moosomin Baptist Church
Pastor David Lynn, Christ Forgiveness Ministries
Bill Dyck, Pastor, Toronto Alliance Church
Abuse of power
When power causes leaders and others in positions of influence to lose their moral compasses, the trail of pain and destruction is devastating – How do we heal?
This week on Context – abuse in the halls of power and influence.
From preachers to politicians, even inside the church.
The immoral behaviors by some of the leaders in positions of power continues to erode the trust of the institutions that many people once embraced.
In fact, Time Magazine reports that the year 2020 ushered in “an epidemic of misinformation and widespread mistrust of societal institutions and leaders around the world.”
This week on the program – when abuse of power goes so far as to cause people to want to end their lives.
How do we heal?
Dr. Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary
Daniel Gilman, former employee at RZIM
Richard Landau, Educator and critical thinker
Autumn Miles, Author, Speaker, Domestic Abuse Survivor
Mary DeMuth, Speaker, Author, Advocate, and Abuse survivor
Caring for God's Creation
Although there’s been a pause amid COVID-19, caring for God’s earth is essential.
A snowstorm in Texas, floods in Fort Mac, forest fires in L.A. and Australia, increased hurricanes around the world: it’s clear climate change is changing mother earth.
Internationally renowned Christian scientist Katharine Hayhoe joins context to explain what is happening to the planet.
Plus: Context correspondent Cheridan Sanders talks with us from Rome, where the lockdowns and fewer tourists have given the canals of Venice back their beauty.
Marney Bloom talks about Israel’s technologies in helping global climate change.
Back in Canada where many environmentalists – even famous Hollywood actors like Jane Fonda are up in arms about Alberta oil. Indigenous leader Karen Ogen-Taves talks about some of Canada’s first nations being pro-pipelines.
And a sit down with A Rocha CEO, Luke Wilson on what you can do.
Katharine Hayhoe, Climate scientist
Karen Ogen-Toews, CEO The First Nations LNG Alliance
Cheridan Sanders, Context Rome correspondant
Marney Bloom, Freelance journalist
Julie Stahl, CBN News Middle East corresponden
Luke Wilson, CEO of A Rocha