At 5pm today all are invited to gather at the SW corner of Yonge and Dundas to mourn the death of the man who died there last night of hypothermia and cardiac arrest. City warming shelters were not open and the regular shelters are full.
Keepers of the Water: A Vigil of Lament and Celebration
Church of The Holy Trinity
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Presiding, Bishop Mark MacDonald
We won’t save a place we don’t love;
we can’t love a place we don’t know;
and we can’t know a place we haven’t learned.
- Ched Myers
The pilgrimage began early in the morning at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, where churchwarden Michael Shapcott, who has been involved in housing advocacy in Toronto for many years, provided some historical context for the drastic decrease in social housing since the mid-1980s.
Bonnie Briggs, founder of the Toronto Homeless Memorial, then shared some of her own experiences as a homeless person on the streets of Toronto. “I first became homeless in 1987,” she said. “The landlord of the place we were living at sold the house. We were told that the new owner wanted the whole house for himself. Three months later we were on the street.”
Surviving Huronia: An art show about the Huronia Regional Centre by survivors and their allies on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 6:30-9:00PM
Marie Slark and Patricia Seth will deliver words of welcome and opening remarks at 7 PM. The will speak to their experience of surviving the Huronia Regional Centre, reflect on the class action settlement, and speak to the question, ‘how can art help to bring justice for survivors of Huronia?’
Surviving Huronia is an event that tells the story of the experience of Huronia through first-hand accounts by some of the people who survived it. Continue reading Surviving Huronia Art Show December 2, 2014
On November 22, we will be visiting together 5 local places that are responding to homelessness/housing needs in their neighbourhoods. This could be good for parishes looking for inspiration/direction regarding outreach initiatives, for individuals wanting to get involved in local outreach, or for people just interested in learning more about housing and homelessness in Toronto. We will have mutliple leaders from each congregation present (people with lived experience, priests, coordinators, etc.) and will journey by bus through the city, from 8am-3:30pm that day.
The costs are all covered by the Anglican National Church office, lunch and transit are included. But registration is needed!
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 Solidarity. We’ll be singing songs and hearing words of hope and protest. Join us and be moved to action.
Our annual book sale will take place on Thursday, June 19
and Friday, June 20, 9 am to 5 pm. The sale will take place outside the church, at the south entrance.
We are now actively seeking donations of books. Please, no text books–they simply do not move.
Please bring your books to the church, or, if you need a pick-up, please, call the church office, 416-598-4521 ext 222, to arrange that.
All the proceeds from the sale will benefit the work of the Refugee Committee which is getting ready to welcome a new family to a new life in Canada.
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 Long standing member and activist Don Heap remembered
“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.
More photos available on the event Facebook page.