Tag Archives: Reconciliation

Sour Grapes

By James Harbeck

Sermon, Holy Trinity, October 1, 2017

Readings: Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32; Psalm 25:1–10; Philippians 2:1–13; Matthew 21: 23–32

I’m going to tell a little story today. I don’t know whether I’d call it a parable. It’s not quite a literal history. But it’s close enough.

There was, once, a place that was very nice. Lush. Great for growing grapes and things like that. There was a family living there, and they were pretty happy with it. We’ll call them the Ones. Nothing’s perfect, but, you know, the Ones had food, family, all the things that people do with their time when nothing and no one is forcing them to do something else. Life was good enough.

And then another family showed up from another place. We’ll call them the Twos. They liked where the Ones were living. They wanted to live there. They didn’t say, “Hey, do you mind if we fit in here somehow?” or “What can we give you in exchange for some of what you have so we can live here?” They said, “Hi. We’re the Twos. These are guns. Look what they can do: [BANG BANG BANG]. Get the idea? We want this land. Oh, you? You can get out and live somewhere else, or you can stay and work for us.” Some of the Ones left. Some were killed. Some decided to stay and work for the Twos, because at least they’d still be in this nice place getting the benefit of the land. Continue reading Sour Grapes

becoming part of the land

As part of our ongoing work and hope for reconciliation with indigenous people, we realise that we need to change our understanding of who we are and to whom we belong. Through the season of Lent this year, we will be exploring our relationship with the land we share–the land our building is part of, the land we live on, the other people who share this land.

We invite any and all who share this place with us to join us in this process:

More information will be added to this page as details firm up. If you would like to  be notified of specifics or to ask questions, feel free to contact Keith at knunn@holytrinitytoronto.org

Homily for June 12, 2016

Preached by Alison Kemper on June 12, 2016

The biggest concern for any organization should be when their most passionate people become quiet.

All three stories today look at the problem of who’s good enough to be in the circle of God’s love and approval. First, God gets Nathan to show David he’s being an outrageously arrogant, entitled jerk, a murderer and adulterer. Continue reading Homily for June 12, 2016

Unsettling the Settler – Service & Parish Picnic June 21 11:00 AM – the picnic is on

the picnic is on!

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Service & Picnic on Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 11:00 AM in Area 26 in High Park (directions below)

NO SERVICE AT THE CHURCH (open for drop in breakfast 8 to 9 AM)

Join us at High Park and invite others! We will bring our hearing assist devices to connect to the portable PA.

Today the worship service is led by Holy Trinity’s band Fallen Angles in a pop vein. We strive for an integrated experience that affects everyone who comes. This month our theme is “Unsettling the Settler” which will continue to explore our relationship with the First Peoples of this land in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Anglican Church #22Days campaign. June 21 is National Aboriginal Day.

Picnic: The parishes of San Esteban and St. Paul’s will be joining us. Between the three communities the barbeques & propane, beverages, hamburgers & veggie burgers will be provided.

Please bring a picnic side dish to share with a serving utensil. Plates, napkins, & cutlery will be provided. You may want to bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on.

Picnic Games will be played if we have enough (8 to 12 people would be nice) to play: three legged race, sack race, sponge toss, etc. Please bring the young and young-at-heart ready to participate in games!
Come ready for a good time and please dress for the weather. There is a covered shelter and we hope to go on regardless of weather.

Ways of getting to the park:
Toronto Transit
1) Take the 506 Carlton streetcar to the end of the line (High Park Loop) walk back out to Parkside Drive and go south or right to High  Park Blvd where you turn right to enter the park. Walk past the washrooms to Area 26 picnic shelter on your left.

2) Take the Bloor Subway to the Keele Station (Keele becomes  Parkside at Bloor) –it’s a bit of a walk, (the 80 Queensway bus does not run on Sunday) Simply walk straight down Parkside Drive and turn right to enter the park. Walk past the washrooms to Area 26 picnic shelter on your left.

Drive – there is parking if you follow High Park Blvd into the park where it becomes Deer Pen Road. Drive past Area 26 picnic shelter and you will find parking on your left.

Wheel-Trans can drive right up to the shelter to drop off

If you are lost call Sherman 416-527-4860

#22days

The Anglican church had a century-long history of working with the government to run close to 30 residential schools for Indigenous children. Though individual participants may have had nobler intentions, the underlying colonial aim was to break Indigenous cultures, and to assimilate the children into the bottom rungs of a hierarchical society. Doing that, we destroyed families and communities, and drove students and their parents, siblings and children into dysfunction and addiction. Many were also sexually abused.

We recognized our wrongdoing and withdrew from running the schools in 1969. It took us another quarter century to apologize to former students and their families. We’ve been trying to live into that apology ever since, pushing for justice, healing and reconciliation. This is also a process of decolonizing ourselves. Continue reading #22days

Time for Reconciliation

Mark these dates: May 29-June 3 2015.

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Coinciding with the closing ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the release of its final report, KAIROS’ Time for Reconciliation represents an ongoing commitment to reconciliation and relationship building.

In Ottawa, the action begins Friday afternoon, May 29 with KAIROS’ Intergenerational Gathering, which continues on Saturday, May 30. The Walk for Reconciliation, expected to draw thousands, is scheduled to begin Sunday morning, May 31. This day may also include an ecumenical worship service organized by local churches. Monday, June 1 features educational events hosted by KAIROS and the TRC. The TRC Final Report will be presented on Tuesday, June 2. A by-invitation ceremonial closing of the TRC will take place on Wednesday, June 3 and will include a community feast.   Stay tuned for a complete schedule of KAIROS events in Ottawa that support and complement TRC events.

There will be some Holy Trinitarians there for sure. Join us if you can.

More details at the KAIROS page.