Simcoe County Kairos will hold its annual Good Friday Walk for Justice in downtown Barrie on March 30. Similar walks are held in Toronto and other urban centres.
Gathering at Barrie City Hall on Collier Street at 1 p.m., the walk is intended to demonstrate support for the marginalized people of the community by walking to several “stations” in the downtown core where a brief reflection and prayer is offered. The “stations” include the Spirit Catcher, the Barrie Police Station at the bus terminal, the Elizabeth Fry Society, the Barrie Public library, the Busby Centre and St. Andrew’s Church Out of the Cold program. It’s based on the ancient tradition of walking the “stations of the cross” or the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem. Participants describe the experience as “powerful” and “meaningful.”
The walk will end where it began, at Barrie City Hall, where soup will be available.. The entire walk takes about 1½ hours.
Sponsored by Simcoe County Kairos, Kairos Canada is a joint venture program administered by the United Church of Canada. Ten participating member denominations and religious organizations are involved in the development and delivery of the shared work.