The second Monday in October is marked as Thanksgiving in Canada, and Columbus Day in many states in the United States of America. In recognition of the brutal, on-going history of colonization across Turtle Island, parishioner Len Desroches offers this poem.
by Len Desroches
Columbus, if only you had not been so afraid of discovery
Christopher, “Christ bearer,” if only you had discovered soul
discovered soul before rushing off
in gunboat for Spanish empire
shedding rivers of blood
to mine shiny bits from Earth’s bleeding bowels
re-writing Gold with a capital “G”
made it easy to also leave out the “l”
Gold became God
Gold becomes God
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Holy Trinity is a community which works together to accomplish meaningful acts. From the Refugee Committee, whose community care and involvement speaks for itself, to the Worship Committee and Co-ordinators, the Fallen Angles, and other musicians who create thoughtful services that are unique in our diocese, to the Alice Heap Hospitality Committee that provides wonderful and inclusive nibbles for all occasions, and the People Presence and Sunday Drop-In teams which keep the church doors open to all, and all the other individual and plural efforts that make this place vibrant, this community pulls together to make sure we are living our values.
This church building has stood as a downtown landmark for Torontonians since 1847. But more importantly, this community serves as a “heart-mark” for the people of this city. The people of Toronto know this church. They know it for its Pride banners, for the wonderful concerts they’ve attended here, for its presence on social justice issues. They know it for the Homeless Memorial and its heritage of hospitality. They know it for the community you have fostered and fought for.
This purposeful, heart-centred, community is in need of a boost. The teams that keep our doors open to all, People Presence and Sunday Drop-In, are actively recruiting. Will you mindfully examine whether you can apply to join one of these teams? We need your commitment. We also need you to be an ambassador. We need you to tell your friends and colleagues, your family members and your neighbours. We need them and we need you to join our teams, to keep our doors open. We need you so we can continue the community building and presence that has been nurtured here for more than 171 years.
To volunteer or learn more, contact Volunteer Co-Ordinator Kate Werneburg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416 598 4521 x225.
On October 21st, our refugee committee will be participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge to raise funds for sponsoring refugees. Join us! It’s for a great cause, it’s a lot of fun AND it’s good for your health!
Participants can choose between a full marathon, a half or a 5-km walk, which is what most of our committee members will be doing.
For those unable to participate in person, we encourage you to sponsor Milka, a young Eritrean woman who arrived in Canada last November and now wants to give back and help raise funds for our future refugee sponsorships.
Please visit http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/stwm-charities/holy-trinity-refugee-committee/ to register as a participant or click here to sponsor Milka.
On Wednesday, September 12 at 7 pm, Defend Toronto will have its first meeting at Holy Trinity. Organized by former Mayor John Sewell and friends, this citizen movement will counter the attacks on Toronto by Premier Doug Ford. From John Sewell: ” The Premier held a press conference…making some outrageous statements about using the `notwithstanding’ clause under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to get around the judge’s decision to get his way. That clause has never been used in Ontario. He is a frightening man.”
The meeting will begin with a discussion of the provincial plans to restructure Toronto City Council, which a judge has now ruled as unconstitutional, and that the election will proceed with 47 wards on October 22.
Don Eady, lawyer for several of those who took the matter to court, will take us through the judge’s decision and outline what it means for us. A speaker from Progress Toronto will talk about the election and what’s at stake for the city. There will then be a general discussion of what we can do to convince the provincial government not to appeal the decision.
This will be followed by talk about the provincial plan to take over the Toronto subway system. Shelagh Pizey-Allen of TTCriders will talk about what that organization thinks of the provincial plans. And long-time transit advocate Steve Munro will discuss how this will impact the whole transit network. This will be followed by general discussion of what actions we should and could take.
The last part of the meeting will be a general discussion about what kind of an organization Defend Toronto will be; creating a steering committee; how often we should meet; and the issues we should focus on.
Join us in the nave!