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 →
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.
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.