When is Enough Enough?

Readings for August 9, 2015: 1 Kings 19:1-5;  Psalm 34:1-8;  Ephesians 4:25-5:2;  John 6:35, 41-51;

WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?  Homily: Ian Sowton   

ELIJAH: THE SAGA OF ELIJAH PITS ELIJAH, PROPHET OF YAHWEH AGAINST QUEEN JEZEBEL, SPONSOR OF THE GOD BAAL AND HIS PROPHET-PRIESTS.   THERE IS A SAVAGE WAR GOING ON.  KAREN ARMSTRONG ARGUES IN HER RECENT BOOK FIELDS OF BLOOD THAT RELIGION HAS A BAD RAP AS A PERENNIAL CAUSE OF WARS.   WARS ARE MOSTLY FOUGHT, SHE SAYS, OVER POLITICAL POWER, OVER ESTABLISHING THE AUTHORITY OF A SECULAR REGIME WHICH, BECAUSE RELIGION IS SO IMPORTANT TO SO MANY PEOPLE, IS ALL TOO OFTEN VERY WILLING TO INVOKE AND CO-OPT RELIGIOUS PRESTIGE AND PRACTICES IF AND WHEN CONVENIENT.    WHATEVER YOU THINK OF AMSTRONG’S THESIS—WHICH OF COURSE I’M DRASTICALLY ABRIDGING—IN THIS PART OF THE ELIJAH SAGA IT’S CLEARLY APPARENT THAT THERE IS A MERCILESS POWER STRUGGLE GOING ON BETWEEN THE ELIJAH/YAHWEH AND JEZEBEL/BAAL FACTIONS.   WHOSE GOD IS MORE POWERFUL?  BOTH GODS ARE LOCAL, TERRITORIAL DEITIES.   BOTH JEZEBEL AND ELIJAH HAVE BEEN TRYING RUTHLESSLY TO EXTIRPATE THE OTHER’S FACTION OF PROPHETS.   JUST BEFORE THE EPISODE IN THE ELIJAH SAGA THAT WE’RE CONCERNED WITH TODAY YAHWEH HAS WON THE LATEST ROUND OF THE CONTEST WITH BAAL IN A DAZZLING DISPLAY OF POWER IN ANSWER TO ELIJAH’S PRAYER.  AND ELIJAH HAS JUST TOLD THE ASSEMBLED MOB OF ISRAELITE WITNESSES TO TAKE THE UNFORTUNATE LOSERS—THOSE “400 PROPHETS OF BAAL WHO EAT AT JEZEBEL’S TABLE”— DOWN FROM MT CARMEL TO THE BROOK KISHON WHERE HE, ELIJAH, BUTCHERS THEM HIMSELF…..

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City of Toronto moving toward Poverty Reduction Strategy

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Commitment 2 Community is a loosely woven together coalition focused on improving life for all who live in Toronto. In July City Council approved the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy and now it is being prepared for final approval in November. Now is the time for individuals to make their voices heard:

  • Contact your Councillor by telephone, e-mail or in person. Contact Sean Meagher at sean@publicinterest.caif you are interested in attending a councillor meeting. Tell your councillor: “Please make the PRS a priority and vote to support the Final PRS in November” and add an issue that is of concern to you and your community (e.g. Affordable housing, food security, transit, city services, jobs) If you don’t know who your councilor is, look here 
  • Deputation Training: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015. Location and registration details to be announced soon. This training prepares you to speak in person at upcoming meetings of council and its various standing committees.

The best way to stay up-to-date and active on this issue is to sign up for updates

Here is a short background document for sharing About_the_Poverty_Reduction_Strategy

Anglican Nuns

SSJD-community-photo-Nov2014cYes, we have two Anglican orders of religious women in Canada; the Community of the Sisters of the Church and the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine. This latter order(pictured above) recently sent us their newsletter and a calendar of upcoming events.

Food for the SOUL 2015 to 2016 offers one day reflective events and longer weekend events like Listen to Your life a weekend event led by our own Sherman Hesselgrave. Some of the events are more action oriented like a writers workshop with Kathleen Norris.

You can also choose to simply retreat for the day or days on your own or seek the guidance of a sister. They are happy to host you in the guesthouse and you can discover more here. They also welcome people to join them in their regular worship.

The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine is a contemporary expression of the religious life for women within the Anglican Church of Canada. Nurtured by our founding vision of prayer, community and ministry, we are open and responsive to the needs of the church and the contemporary world, continually seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our life and ministry.

This community is one of several spiritual resources that we have close to home and will be looking at ways to share and highlight these communities in the coming months.

Lammas Day – Aug 1

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Lammas Day is a traditional festival giving thanks for the beginning of harvest. Historically there was a custom of bringing a freshly baked loaf of bread to church and in some traditions the loaf was broken and left in the four corners of the barn to protect the grain.

St. Stephen in the Fields will celebrate Lammas Day this Saturday at 7 PM behind the Scadding Court Community Centre at Dundas and Bathurst.

Together,we bless the produce of the community garden, and bread freshly baked in the park’s wood-fired oven. We remember that even in the city we depend on the goodness of the natural world, and we celebrate the nurture, growth and richness of urban agriculture and food production. The service will be followed by a potluck; please bring food to share if you can.

Read more in this article about a previous St Stephen’s in the Fields celebration.

 

August 6: Join us in peace…

 

Ground Zero to Global Zero: Hope after 70 Years.

Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (Free event! All welcome!)

4:30 to 6:30 Community Tables

6:30 Commemoration

8:30 Closing Ceremony

Speaker: Paul Dewar MP, Co-president of PNND (Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament)

Featuring:  Flautist, Ron Korb, The Raging Grannies, Yakudo Traditional Japanese Drummers.

Special  guests: The Pax Christi Chorale

More information at www.hiroshimadaycoalition.ca

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Toronto Homeless Memorial – Tuesday, August 11 noon

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Next week and every second Tuesday year round (September 8,  October 13, November 10, December 8, 2015) people gather at noon outside the south doors of The Church of the Holy Trinity beside the Eaton Centre to remember all who have died on the streets of Toronto. The memorial is followed by a light lunch for all.

The Toronto Disaster Relief Committee and The Church of the Holy Trinity put together a Homeless Memorial outside the church in 2000. The photo above is of Bonnie Briggs, founder of the current memorial.  Names have been collected since 1985 and on February 12th, 2013 the 700th name was added. Current list is here:

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The Mission Statement of the Toronto Homeless Memorial is: “We remember all those homeless people who have lived in the streets of Toronto, and died as a direct result of homelessness.”

Several stories have been written about the memorial and those who are remembered here:

  • Carol Goar remembers Stewart Poirier who was the 700th name added in 2013.
  • John Bonar of Rabble.ca has a collection of audio,  video,  and print stories of the memorial. This is a selection of links, but more exist, if you visit their website; January 2015, October 2014 – videos part 1 and part 2, September 2014 – six names added, September 2010 – five names added,

 

 

 

 

 

You can access the church through the mall, from Dundas or Bay streets.

Holy Trinity Member Bill Aide featured August 17 at Music Mondays

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Music Mondays hosts lovely concerts every Monday at 12:15 in our
lovely, historic, acoustic space. The series features young, up & coming performers with some longtime favourites who offer up new or experimental repertoire. Upcoming concerts continuing until August 31  are listed in our calendar to your right and the full schedule can be found here.

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August 17th’s artist  Bill Aide is  performing The Romantic Character Piece – A long time Music Mondays favourite explores this  expressive genre. Works include the Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 by Chopin and  Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) Op. 15 by Schumann.

 

Every concert is recorded and you can listen to past concerts by visiting the Music Mondays website.

 

 

Labyrinth Walk – June 21, Summer Solstice

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Sunday, June 21, 2015 – Noon – 1pm

Join the Labyrinth Community Network in a group labyrinth walk to mark the Summer Solstice 2015.

Toronto Public Labyrinth in Trinity Square Park (South of the church of the Holy Trinity and west of the Eaton Centre).

The path to the centre and out again is ½ mile in length, and within a circle 73’ in diameter.

Everyone welcome.  Live Music.  Wheelchair accessible. Braille labyrinth on site.  Free.  More information

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

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