Intergenerational Blanket Exercise 2 PM Sunday, February 21

blanket exercise feetThe Treaty People group at Holy Trinity is hosting an Intergenerational Blanket Exercise on February 21 at 2pm using the KAIROS process.

The Blanket Exercise is a visceral way to hear and enter into the history of indigenous peoples and settlers in North America. It provides a starting point for doing the work the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has asked of all Canadians.

This event is aimed at people of all ages in faith communities in downtown Toronto. We invite you to join us for the Blanket Exercise at 2pm, to be followed by an age appropriate circle and discussion.
We will screen a topical film at 1pm for those who find it easier to arrive earlier.

See www.kairosblanketexercise.org to get a better understanding of this experiential workshop.

Let us know you are coming by visiting our Facebook Event.

Please feel free to print and hang our
Blanket Exercise Poster

a long walk to freedom

On February 21 at 10:30am we will reprise a powerful theme from last year: “Freedom”. We’ve been digging the roots of african-american spirituals. We were particularly moved by an interview and song sharing with Joe Carter you can listen to here. I would encourage you to listen, whether you are going to attend this service or not. It is very powerful.

a long walk to freedom

The spirituals were not just songs about god, they carried hopes for literal freedom, secret resistance and, unimpressed with the religion of the masters, a claiming of the person of Jesus for themselves and as a way to reconnect with the high god they had been separated from by the ocean. While some of the language, particularly the word Lord, can be hard for some of us who consider ourselves modern and progressive, entering into the world of the composers and singers of this music was powerful for us and we hope to capture some of that power in our service this month and share it with the whole community.

The music will be mostly traditional spirituals, but we will be using a few more recent songs as well

Reflections on 1 Corinthians chapter 13 – a homily by Michael Creal

Homily Jan 31,2016 — Michael Creal

Michael Creal

Today’s readings provide rich fare for reflection and commentary but following the principle that sometimes less is more, I’m not going to deal with either the Isaiah passage or the gospel passage, important as they are. Instead, I’m going to focus on Paul, and that chapter from first Corinthians. [Ch. 13]

Just to contrast some features of the contemporary world with what Paul sets out in that famous chapter, let me draw to your attention the movie, The Big Short. If you have seen it, you will probably agree that it is pretty chilling stuff. It’s about four stock traders (and, of
course, there were many like them)in the period of the 2008 crash who saw they could make a killing by selling to unsuspecting buyers bundles of mortgages that they knew would eventually be worthless). Continue reading Reflections on 1 Corinthians chapter 13 – a homily by Michael Creal

Feast – reflecting on community and intimacy

Our liturgy this morning was on the theme of feast. I am including the reflection I shared, in both text and video forms as well as the bulletin which has most of the service text. There are a few bits missing from the bulletin, but the most exciting bit was that the Fallen Angles played “Changes” by David Bowie as a Postlude and tribute. Thanks to everyone who sang and danced along. Continue reading Feast – reflecting on community and intimacy

Ecumenical Working Group on Residential Schools

Reflections to Spark Conversation on Christian Theology

April 2015 It has been 45 years since the formal participation of mainline Christian churches in the Indian residential school system was dramatically reduced, and more than 25 years since survivors began confronting those in the church with the disastrous consequences of that system on themselves, their families, their communities, languages and cultures. For a long time, the churches avoided coming to terms with this history and its legacy. The subject of residential schools has been shrouded in silence and justified by a veneer of “good intentions.” It only has been relatively recently that churches have begun to reflect in deep humility on the theological assumptions and interpretations that gave rise to the churches’ complicity in this evil. This paper proposes that theological colleges, learning centres, and scholars have vital roles to play in supporting deeper theological engagement with this topic. Continue reading Ecumenical Working Group on Residential Schools

From Ideas to Action: Advancing a robust housing agenda – Wednesday January 27

Multifaith Alliance to End Homelessness (longtime partner of Holy Trinity) hosts

From Ideas to Action:
Advancing a robust housing agenda

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Members Lounge, Toronto City Hall (Queen & Bay Streets)

There is renewed optimism among advocates that policies to facilitate the elimination of homelessness are closer than ever with a federal government committed to a national housing plan, a provincial government looking to find ways to provide for more affordable housing and renewed City of Toronto commitment to eliminating poverty.

Now is the time to harness this enthusiasm to help bring about change.

From Ideas to Action – Advancing a robust housing agenda is being organized by MultiFaith Alliance to End Homelessness  which represents people from many faith communities and is a clear, creative and challenging public voice on housing and homelessness issues. The conference will bring together people from many faith communities, housing advocates and policy experts for an interactive discussion on ending homelessness.

In addition to presentations from prominent experts in housing and homelessness, media, and government, the conference will include breakout sessions for participants to discuss advocacy and communication strategies and sharing best practices. There will also be opportunities for socializing and networking. A light lunch will be served.

Conference seats are limited. Please RSVP your attendance

Homily for The Baptism of Jesus

Readings: Isaiah 43:1-7     Psalm 29      Acts 8:14-17     Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Called By Name 

by Sherman Hesselgrave

What’s in a name? My mother’s father, Grandpa Larsen, was descended from a Dane names Lars. My grandfather Hesselgrave’s family hailed from a town in Northern England named Hazel Grove, so it is thought that our family name is a variant spelling of a place. Some people bear the names of ancestors’ occupations: the Bakers, Carpenters, Farmers, and Schneiders, for example.  My father told the story of an occasion when he was conducting a baptism in the African bush, and asked the parents the name of the child. They said, “Matata.” Now, thanks to The Lion King, many people know the Swahili phrase ‘hakuna matata,’ means ‘no problem or no trouble.’ So, my father asked the parents why they wanted to name their son Trouble, and they explained that they had had great difficulty in bearing children, and this baby had finally survived. He managed to persuade them to choose another name, and not saddle the child with the memory of their suffering. Continue reading Homily for The Baptism of Jesus

Sunday Mornings at Holy Trinity

We worship together every Sunday at 10:30 AM

The service includes:

  • Readings, not always exclusively Biblical
  • Music on organ, piano, and sometimes with a live band
  • Prayers, spoken and sung
  • A time of sharing community news and holding that news up in prayer
  • Eucharist, sometimes known as communion or Lord’s Supper

During the service separate programming is offered for younger people. It explores themes of Social Justice, Faith Formation, Biblical Stories and the participants questions.

Sometimes the service is followed by a Forum. This is an opportunity for conversation and education on a specific topic. The 2016 schedule is still under development.

Upcoming Sundays look like this:

Breakfast at 8:00 AM, Bible Study 9:00 AM, Worship 10:30 AM

  • February 7 – Transfiguration Sunday, followed by Pancake lunch. Faith Formation for young people with Merylie Houston
  • February 14 – Lent I
  • February 21 – Lent II Worship with Fallen Angles band and Faith Formation for young people with Merylie Houston
  • February 28 – Lent III
  • March 6 – Lent IV
  • March 13 – Lent V
  • March 20 – Palm Sunday

Keepers of the Water – Wed, Jan 13 6:30 PM

KeepersOfTheWater2016“Keepers of the Water: A Vigil of Lament and Celebration” (Toronto), January 14 6:30 PM
The Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Square, beside the Eaton Centre, Toronto) will be hosting the annual Keepers of the Water vigil on Wednesday January 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Bishop Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop for the Anglican Church of Canada, will preside over this evening of reflection, song, and prayer in celebration of the blessings of water.
All are welcome at this free event.

Want to know more read about last year’s service here.

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