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June 9 – A Most Remarkable Outreach to Refugees

German Refugee meetingThe 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.

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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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

Time for Reconciliation

Mark these dates: May 29-June 3 2015.

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Coinciding with the closing ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the release of its final report, KAIROS’ Time for Reconciliation represents an ongoing commitment to reconciliation and relationship building.

In Ottawa, the action begins Friday afternoon, May 29 with KAIROS’ Intergenerational Gathering, which continues on Saturday, May 30. The Walk for Reconciliation, expected to draw thousands, is scheduled to begin Sunday morning, May 31. This day may also include an ecumenical worship service organized by local churches. Monday, June 1 features educational events hosted by KAIROS and the TRC. The TRC Final Report will be presented on Tuesday, June 2. A by-invitation ceremonial closing of the TRC will take place on Wednesday, June 3 and will include a community feast.   Stay tuned for a complete schedule of KAIROS events in Ottawa that support and complement TRC events.

There will be some Holy Trinitarians there for sure. Join us if you can.

More details at the KAIROS page.

Palm Sunday – Disrupting Empire

fist-palm3The story of Palm Sunday is a story of theatrical resistance: a usurping of entrenched authority. The procession into Jerusalem parodied the imperial triumphus of the roman occupiers and even that of earlier Jewish kings. Christ’s entry into Jerusalem claimed the imagery of power and turned it on its head–a donkey, not a war horse; children, beggars, parents and labourers, not an army and priests.  His entry proclaimed not imperial power, but a new realm of peace: a place where what matters are not the powers, but the people and the land itself.

Join Fallen Angles and the whole community of Holy Trinity as we consider Christ’s disruptive power in the face of empire, both then and now, in story, movement and song.

March 29 at 10:30am