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

Disrupting Empire – Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as political theatre

Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015

texts: Paolo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed; Zechariah 9:9-10; Mark 11:1-11

As Canadians and Christians we feel a lot of social pressure to be nice. To not cause trouble. Especially for folks who seem nice. Nobody should be distressed. Let’s keep everything, on the surface anyway, agreeable and pleasant. Well that’s nice isn’t it? Sometimes it’s even a good thing. But sometimes what is required is real honesty. Whether that’s telling our true feelings to a friend who needs to know, or speaking a difficult truth to those in power. Or even challenging our own assumptions.

However, that desire to smooth things over can be overwhelming at times. We may choose silence or couched words over challenging conversation. Or we may avoid someone or something altogether rather than offering a challenge and engagement that might spark personal growth or a healed relationship. Continue reading Disrupting Empire – Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as political theatre

On the Edge of Wilderness

Isaiah 58:1-12, Mark 1: 1-13

You and I, we are standing on the edge of the wilderness with Jesus; you and I, on this first day of Lent, driven by the Spirit; you and I, on this Ash Wednesday, made of earth and water.  Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.  Today, whatever our justice ministry, we are invited, reminded, compelled, driven to enter into the wilderness to confirm our identity, to remember our names, and to reclaim our integrity, finding each other along the way.
Continue reading On the Edge of Wilderness

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.

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