Book Launch Today

On Wednesday, May 20 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM, you’re invited to join us for the launch of The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood (eds. John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg and Tatum Taylor) at the Church of the Holy Trinity (19 Trinity Square), one of the few remaining pieces of Toronto’s first immigrant enclave. This highly anticipated city-centric book tells the story of the growth and destruction of Toronto’s first ‘priority neighbourhood.’
In addition to brief remarks from the editors and a slideshow display of historical images from the book, the event will also feature snacks and (affordable) libations, and of course, books available for purchase.
Come meet The Ward’s diverse contributors and share your stories and connections to The Ward. We believe this is a galvanizing collection that will help change the chemistry of our city, and this event is just the kickoff for the discussions that we hope will emerge! More details about book http://www.chbooks.com/catalogue/ward

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May 24, Worship: The Spirit’s Fire – Decolonizing Our Hearts

Once a month our worship service is led by our local band, Fallen Angles, in a pop vein. The service is always thematic and uses contemporary music, both popular and liturgical. We strive for an integrated experience that affects everyone who comes.

This month our theme is “The Spirit’s Fire – Decolonizing Our Hearts”. We’ll be engaging with the Spirit’s call to compassion and action. We’ll sing, reflect and plant a heart garden in remembrance of the children who attended the Indian Residential Schools.

We’ll be joined by local singer-songwriter, Lynn Harrison.

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Music Mondays Season Opens May 4

Music Mondays presents another fabulous season of lunchtime music ichurch-of-the-holy-trinity-modernn the heart of downtown at Church of the Holy Trinity. Every Monday bring your lunch and listen to different artists and musical pieces.

Concerts start promptly at 12:15 beginning May 4 and running until August 31. Admission is Pay What You Can with $5 as a suggested minimum donation. You can read the introduction to this season and see the full seasons concerts on their website

May 4 features Emily Kruspe on violin and Jeanie Chung on piano.

They also have lots of recordings from previous years to whet your appetite for a fabulous season!

#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

May 10 3 PM – ECHO Women’s Choir Spring concert

Echo Women’s Choir, Spring Concert, ‘My Mother is the Ocean Sea’ 

Sunday, May 10, 3pm at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square, (beside the Eaton Centre, wheelchair accessible)

with Special Guests Marichka Kudriavtseva and Mark Marczyk.

Tickets: $15. Advanced, $20. at Door, $10. Seniors, Children & Under waged

For more information email: info.echo@gmail.com 

visit our website: www.echowomenschoir.ca

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Human Rights Tour raising awareness about the 43 Dissappeared in Mexico

Event at Church of the Holy Trinity on Friday, April 24 at 7PM

Human Rights Tour raising awareness about the 43 Disappeared in Mexico “They took them alive, we want them back alive” is the cry of the families, friends, and supporters of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa, who were attacked and disappeared by police in the state of Guerrero, Mexico on September 26, 2014. The Ayotzinapa to Ottawa Caravan, April 12-May 2, is bringing to Canada

o   Hilda Legideño Vargas, a single mother and crafts seller whose son was disappeared in the September 26th attack

o   Jorge Luis Clemente Balbuena, a member of the student committee of the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college

o   Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, a lawyer from the human-rights center Tlachinollan who is the legal representative of the families of the 43 disappeared students.

The nation-wide tour includes meeting law-makers and civil society groups in British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario to press Canadian parliamentarians and policy makers to acknowledge the human rights crisis in Mexico. Event at Church of the Holy Trinity.  More information http://makemexicosafe.ca/ayotzinapa2ottawa/

Disrupting Empire – service text

PDF: HT bulletin Mar 29 Palm Sunday 4

While empire in Jesus’ time consisted of distinct forms of oppression including military occupation, violence, unjust taxation, and slavery, … we have to look deeper and wider to put a recognizable face on empire. … As stated in To Seek Justice and Resist Evil, contemporary “empire is not dominated by any single state but by a network of powerful economic interests held together by the ideology of neoliberalism,” and furthermore, is a system in which most of us play some role, wittingly or unwittingly.
Living Faithfully in the Midst of Empire, United Church of Canada, 2006

Territorial Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we gather upon the traditional territories of the Mississauga Anishaabeg, Haudenosaunee and Wendat Indigenous Peoples, the original nations of this land, who continue to cry out for justice.

prelude – Entry of the Kings

Opening – Prepare ye the way of the lord

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was not a simple act of obedience to God, following some preordained path to destruction and ancient prophesy. It was a radical challenge to an Empire that could not be physically resisted. It was a powerful act of political theatre and call to revolutionary change that still reverberates today. Unfortunately, empire continues to dominate our lives.
Let us prepare ourselves to join Christ’s parade into Jerusalem by first asking each other for forgiveness. Continue reading Disrupting Empire – service text

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