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August 6: Join us in peace…

 

Ground Zero to Global Zero: Hope after 70 Years.

Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (Free event! All welcome!)

4:30 to 6:30 Community Tables

6:30 Commemoration

8:30 Closing Ceremony

Speaker: Paul Dewar MP, Co-president of PNND (Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament)

Featuring:  Flautist, Ron Korb, The Raging Grannies, Yakudo Traditional Japanese Drummers.

Special  guests: The Pax Christi Chorale

More information at www.hiroshimadaycoalition.ca

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Toronto Homeless Memorial – Tuesday, July 14 noon

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Next week and every second Tuesday year round (August 11, September 8,  October 13, November 10, December 8, 2015) people gather at noon outside the south doors of The Church of the Holy Trinity beside the Eaton Centre to remember all who have died on the streets of Toronto. The memorial is followed by a light lunch for all.

The Toronto Disaster Relief Committee and The Church of the Holy Trinity put together a Homeless Memorial outside the church in 2000. The photo above is of Bonnie Briggs, founder of the current memorial.  Names have been collected since 1985 and on February 12th, 2013 the 700th name was added. Current list is here:

Homeless-Memorial-OFFICIAL-LIST.July 2015

The Mission Statement of the Toronto Homeless Memorial is: “We remember all those homeless people who have lived in the streets of Toronto, and died as a direct result of homelessness.”

Several stories have been written about the memorial and those who are remembered here:

  • Carol Goar remembers Stewart Poirier who was the 700th name added in 2013.
  • John Bonar of Rabble.ca has a collection of audio,  video,  and print stories of the memorial. This is a selection of links, but more exist, if you visit their website; January 2015, October 2014 – videos part 1 and part 2, September 2014 – six names added, September 2010 – five names added,

 

 

 

 

 

You can access the church through the mall, from Dundas or Bay streets.

Unsettling the Settler – Service & Parish Picnic June 21 11:00 AM – the picnic is on

the picnic is on!

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Service & Picnic on Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 11:00 AM in Area 26 in High Park (directions below)

NO SERVICE AT THE CHURCH (open for drop in breakfast 8 to 9 AM)

Join us at High Park and invite others! We will bring our hearing assist devices to connect to the portable PA.

Today the worship service is led by Holy Trinity’s band Fallen Angles in a pop vein. We strive for an integrated experience that affects everyone who comes. This month our theme is “Unsettling the Settler” which will continue to explore our relationship with the First Peoples of this land in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Anglican Church #22Days campaign. June 21 is National Aboriginal Day.

Picnic: The parishes of San Esteban and St. Paul’s will be joining us. Between the three communities the barbeques & propane, beverages, hamburgers & veggie burgers will be provided.

Please bring a picnic side dish to share with a serving utensil. Plates, napkins, & cutlery will be provided. You may want to bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on.

Picnic Games will be played if we have enough (8 to 12 people would be nice) to play: three legged race, sack race, sponge toss, etc. Please bring the young and young-at-heart ready to participate in games!
Come ready for a good time and please dress for the weather. There is a covered shelter and we hope to go on regardless of weather.

Ways of getting to the park:
Toronto Transit
1) Take the 506 Carlton streetcar to the end of the line (High Park Loop) walk back out to Parkside Drive and go south or right to High  Park Blvd where you turn right to enter the park. Walk past the washrooms to Area 26 picnic shelter on your left.

2) Take the Bloor Subway to the Keele Station (Keele becomes  Parkside at Bloor) –it’s a bit of a walk, (the 80 Queensway bus does not run on Sunday) Simply walk straight down Parkside Drive and turn right to enter the park. Walk past the washrooms to Area 26 picnic shelter on your left.

Drive – there is parking if you follow High Park Blvd into the park where it becomes Deer Pen Road. Drive past Area 26 picnic shelter and you will find parking on your left.

Wheel-Trans can drive right up to the shelter to drop off

If you are lost call Sherman 416-527-4860

June 9 – A Most Remarkable Outreach to Refugees

hanns-thomae-aThe Canadian Sanctuary Network, Jewish Refugee Action Network, and KAIROS Canada invite you to attend:

A Most Remarkable Outreach to Refugees: A report from the Churches in Germany at Holy Trinity Church, 19 Trinity Square on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 PM. A conversation with Hanns Thomae, former director of Refugee Outreach for the Evangelical Church in Berlin and Brendenburg and member of the ecumenical network and with Rita Kantemir-Thomae, one of the first members of parliament of the Green Party and activist for migrant and refugee rights. For more information visit

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb13xXUl6JP232yASDirk4w

https://www.facebook.com/events/1580210418910410/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/132620313@N03/

May 24, Worship: The Spirit’s Fire – Decolonizing Our Hearts

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 “The Spirit’s Fire – Decolonizing Our Hearts”. We’ll be engaging with the Spirit’s call to compassion and action. We’ll sing, reflect and plant a heart garden in remembrance of the children who attended the Indian Residential Schools.

We’ll be joined by local singer-songwriter, Lynn Harrison.

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#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

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 – 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