A homily written and delivered by Michael Shapcott
To see music and readings that surrounded this homily:
HT bulletin Sun May 8, 2016 Easter 7 C
God knows – Canada has more than enough jails.
In 2013, the Correctional Commissioner for Canada reported to Parliament that the number of prisoners in federal and provincial jails was at an all-time high, even though crime rates have been steadily dropping for more than two decades.
He noted that indigenous people make up 25% of the prison population, even though they form only 4% of the overall population of Canada.
He noted that there had been a 75% increase in the number of visible minority prisoners in the past decade.
The International Centre for Prison Studies reported that, in 2015, Canada had 106 prisoners per 100,000 population.
That’s a big number, but pales in comparison with the United States – where they have an astonishing 698 inmates per 100,000 population.
Here in Toronto, the relatively new Toronto South Detention Centre is a huge facility – with a capacity of almost 2,000 inmates although it is still only partly filled. Some of the inmates are men serving sentences of less than two years, but many are in remand – that is, they in jail awaiting trial or some other proceeding. They have not been convicted, but they are in jail – sometimes for days, sometimes for weeks, sometimes longer. Continue reading Prisons we choose to live in – Homily May 8, 2016
On behalf of survivors and allies in Remember Every Name, I want to invite you to the “Lost but not Forgotten” Memorial at the Huronia Regional Centre cemetery on Sunday May 8th.
This will take place from 1:30 to 4:00 PM at Huronia Regional Centre Cemetery 650 Memorial Avenue Orillia.
Lots of details on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/252014511814115/
or contact email@example.com or 705-645-0298
We would welcome Holy Trinity and any other faith group people to say a blessing – in whatever tradition is theirs. Survivors say that most people were buried in this cemetery without funerals. They remember that their friends just disappeared.
A reflection on Water For Ecumenical Good Friday,
Church of the Holy Trinity, March 25 2016
Who lives the pain of Good Friday in our time? Communities of Pimicikamak /Cross Lake, Syria, South Sudan, Kashechewan…
Where do we hear the cries? Taste the thirst for justice? Refugees fleeing, women sexually assaulted, black lives ignored, Indigenous girls missing…
Where do we see the wounds? Melting permafrost, fracked earth, tailings ponds, tanker spills… Continue reading “Water is the blood that flows through this wounded body”
2016 TORONTO GOOD FRIDAY WALK TO FOCUS ON WATER
Jesus’ cry from the cross, “I am thirsty,” is the impetus for this year’s Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice in downtown Toronto.
On the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, we will walk in the Lake Ontario Waterfront watershed, starting on the shore of Lake Ontario at Harbour Square Park, just west of the ferry docks at the foot of Bay Street. Participants will gather at 2 p.m., then proceed north on Bay Street, stopping at ‘stations’ along the way to decry the unjust use of the divine gift of water leading to environmental degradation and vast numbers of refugees.
The Walk will end at the Church of the Holy Trinity (just west of the Eaton Centre) for a brief worship service and message from Jennifer Henry, Executive Director of Kairos. “The health of water is about the health of our communities — not only the quality of our relations with the earth community within watersheds, but also the nature of relationships with Indigenous peoples as the original custodians of water,” Henry says.
A simple supper will take place there at approximately 4:00 p.m. A freewill offering will support the efforts of participating social justice organizations.
As Jesus cried out in thirst from the Cross, we too thirst for justice – for the environment and for all creatures adversely affected by systems that misuse or destroy Earth, our sacred home.
History of the walk and past walk pictures on their website.
You are invited to join us for the whole Easter Story or just what speaks to your soul.
- Sunday, March 20 10:30 AM Palm Sunday Service with the procession of Palms – separate program for youth and children
- Thursday, March 24 6:00 PM Maundy Thursday with service, supper that involves youth, children, and the San Esteban (Spanish speaking) community. A family sleepover follows
- Friday, March 25 10:30 AM Solemn Good Friday Liturgy with Choral Music. Program provided for young people.
- Friday, March 25 2:00 PM Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice theme this year is “I thirst…” This year the walk will begin at Lake Ontario and proceed up Bay Street to Holy Trinity. Details on the EGFW website
- Saturday, March 26 8:00 PM The Great Vigil of Easter This service includes Biblical readings, the lighting of the Paschal Fire and a service of light, remembering our baptismal vows, and the First Eucharist of Easter. Young people and families are active in the leadership of the service.
- Sunday, March 27 10:30 AM Easter Eucharist with an all ages present. We will flower the cross and share the Eucharist followed by a celebratory lunch and Easter Egg Hunt. We will use both English and Spanish in this service.
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
This service is on opportunity to delve into Mary’s song musically, emotionally, and physically. The worship leadership will be moving from place to place and we invite you to participate in as many ways as you feel comfortable. We recognize that this does not fit our familiar pattern, but hope the richness of words, images, and actions will offer much to your spiritual experience this morning.
The service will be in 4 movements:
- Relationship (Family/community/gathering). Who do you run to? Who do you talk to?
- Revolution/Re-creation (Justice). “The arc of the universe bends toward justice.”
- Redress/Reconciliation (Jubilee). What is a good thing?
- Response (Action). How do we respond? What are we to do?
Continue reading Mary’s Song
Church of the Holy Trinity is pleased to host The People’s Assembly from 12:30 to 3:30 on November 20th.
National Housing Day has been marked in Canada since 1998 when the Federation of Canadian Municipalities followed in the footsteps of our own Toronto Disaster Relief Committee in declaring homelessness at national disaster. A brief history with details and links is available here.
The are asking people to register ahead of time.
Homily on November 8, 2015 by Katherine Assad
Yesterday on the bus I got a text message from Rob Shropshire, a member of the Holy Trinity refugee committee whom many of you know, telling me to listen to an interview on CBC with John MaCallum, our new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Rob said that the interview was so amazing he was literally pinching himself, so I listened to it right then and there.
The minister confirmed that the government will indeed be moving ahead with the resettlement of 25,000 refugees and that the interim federal health program for refugees that was cut a few years ago would be fully reinstated. And these 25000 to be resettled will be government-assisted refugees. These numbers do not include the number of refugees that will be privately sponsored by constituent groups like ours of groups of five. For me this point is huge. Continue reading Pinch me, I must be dreaming…