Don, known to the general public as Dan, and Alice were a major force in this city, country, and Holy Trinity for a very long time. We lost Alice two years ago, and yesterday, we honoured Don.
Their son David announced his passing on Facebook thus:
Daniel James Macdonnell Heap (aka “Don” or “Dan”, depending on when & how you knew him; also “dad”). September 24, 1925 – April 26, 2014. Pacifist, socialist, worker-priest, Marxist Anglican, trade-unionist, city councillor, member of parliament, civilly disobedient marcher for human rights. Wearer of red shirts, cyclist, paddler of canoes, singer of songs. Advocate for the homeless, for refugees and for peace (among many other causes). Loving comrade in faith and solidarity of Alice Mildred née Boomhour. ((Great) grand) father of a whole bunch. ¡Presente!”
He was a part of the worker-priest tradition and lived his faith wherever he found himself. Another son, Danny, told the Star on Saturday, “We knew him as an industrial worker who was absolutely committed to figuring out how the working class could find their rightful place in history. You couldn’t untangle the Christianity piece from the socialist piece.” Continue reading →
“Sold out for Silver” was the theme of this year’s Ecumenical
Good Friday Walk for Justice, which started and ended with worship at Holy Trinity. Walkers visited
four stations in the downtown core to note modern-day crucifixions including environmental degradation,
human trafficking, unjust trials of refugee claimants and homelessness.
Sunday, April 13 PALM SUNDAY 10:30 AM (English only); Domingo de Ramos 2:00 PM (en español) Thursday, April 17 MAUNDY THURSDAY 6:00 PM Supper and Maundy Thursday liturgy (with San Esteban Community) Friday, April 18 GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY 10:30 AM; 2:00 PM Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice. Saturday, April 19, GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER 8:00 PM (English only) Sunday, April 20, EASTER DAY SERVICE 10:30 AM (with San Esteban Community)
Do you seek the company of justice-minded people? Would you like to sing, reflect and chat with these people? “Stories for Such a Time as This” is part of the Oasis Series in the Heart of the City – services of music and prayer to nourish the justice seeking soul. This month our worship will be led by Christian Peacemaker Teams www.cpt.org with music provided by a guest guitarist and our Holy Trinity Music Director, John Terauds. Worship is followed by a simple meal for which a donation of $5 will be gladly accepted. We hope you can join us this month or on November 29 when we will gather again with worship and food to reflect on Advent: the season of waiting in the midst of a culture of doing and buying.
information about an article on HRC which will appear in their latest edition (on newstands today or tomorrow, I expect). Heartbreak in Huroniawas written by Heather Robertson
a fabulous photo of HRC class action lead plaintiffs Marie Slark and Pat Seth, which can be downloaded
a link to very thorough CBC National TV News about the HRC settlement. There are several very strong survivor voices to be heard here. (I think this is the best TV news coverage I have seen yet)
a link to the settlement agreement
a link to a video tour of the institution as it looked at some time since it was closed just 4 years ago. You can see how neglected the building is (and how lax the security)
a link to Opening Ontario’s “Saddest Chapter:” A Social History of Huronia Regional Centre – a current article in the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, by Dr. Kate Rossiter, Assistant Professor of Health Studies and Annalise Clarkson, Masters Student, Social Justice and Community Engagement at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, Ontario
This was the front page story in the Toronto Star yesterday – and well worth finding in hard copy. Reporters took particular interest in the institution cemetery – and continue to track down the story about unmarked graves.
Urgent: Star Reporter Tim Alamenciak would like to speak to anyone who has family buried in that cemetery, in any of the 1440 unmarked graves (whose death would have occured prior to 1958).
This shows details of the institution cemetery and how it looks now.
We have just learned that the Motion for Settlement Approval in court will be heard on Tuesday December 3, 2013 for one day. Koskie Minsky says: “At that hearing the court will determine if the settlement reached between the parties is fair, reasonable and in the best interests of the class. The claims process will not begin until after the court approves the settlement.”
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“History despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” (Maya Angelou)
Sings My Soul! Join Jan Plecash and Allison Piercey as they provide musical leadership for an hour of community singing and reflection. Oasis services of music and reflection take place on the last Friday of the month and provide a space to noursish the justice-seeking soul. The service will be followed by a light supper and opportunity to visit. Mark your calendars for the next service on February 22!
You can find these services in the Church of the Holy Trinity next to the Eaton Centre just south of Dundas between Yonge and Bay streets. Come find a quiet centre in the heart of the city!
For Immediate Release TORONTO-June 17, 2007 - On the eve of a national meeting of the Anglican Church of Canada (General Synod) in which the blessing of same-sex unions is to be debated, the Church of the Holy Trinity, an Anglican Church in downtown Toronto, pledges to bless same-sex unions regardless of the outcome.
In a special meeting of the congregation, members declared this issue to be a matter of love, justice and ultimately conscience. “Providing an equal pastoral response to same-sex couples who present themselves for blessing or marriage as to couples of the opposite sex is a matter of conscience and integrity for the clergy and people of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto”, the statement says.
In taking this step, the congregation affirmed their intention of remaining in the Anglican Church of Canada and the worldwide Anglican communion. “We are sincerely hoping that General Synod will recognize the sanctity and equality of same-sex relationships. But if they do not, we must do what we are called in conscience to do. It is not our intention to leave, but to stay in our Church and have our act of conscience respected”, says Jim Love, Warden at Holy Trinity.
The Church of the Holy Trinity has long been a leader on social justice issues, including solidarity with gay and lesbian people. In
addition to this public statement, the church has sent an open letter to the Canadian House of Bishops, and a message to all General Synod delegates asking them to move forward in justice. “We simply can’t wait any longer, and continue to call ourselves a people serving a God of justice and love”, says The Reverend Sara Boyles, Incumbent at the Church of the Holy Trinity.
General Synod 2007 of the Anglican Church of Canada begins June 19th in Winnipeg .