Tag Archives: Social Justice

Alice and Dan Heap Honoured with Plaque

Alice and Dan Heap were long-time parishioners at Church of the Holy Trinity – Trinity Square. Their lives and memories live on in the social justice and radical hospitality work of this community. On Saturday June 10th, a community plaque will honour Alice and Dan at their former Kensington Market home.

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Icon gifted to Holy Trinity

Hélène Beaumont and her husband, Jérôme, live in France, but visit Holy Trinity for Christmas, Holy Week/Easter, and in the fall each year. They were married at Holy Trinity during the Sunday morning liturgy on the Sunday after Easter, 2013. Hélène is ordained in the Huguenot tradition, and is also an iconographer. She created an icon for Holy Trinity, entitled Le Christ des Chrétiens d’Orient et des Réfugiés, pictured here, which was blessed at the Easter Vigil this year. Continue reading Icon gifted to Holy Trinity

A sip of ancient water

March 19, 2017; Holy Trinity.
Exodus 17: 1-7; John 4: 5-42

I’m sharing this image today by Issac Murcdoch on the pulpit in gratitude and respect to all the water keepers who are currently on the front lines of the struggle to protect sacred water. I made a small
handout on the 2017 Water Walk with Josephine Mandarin if you would like to know more.

Water is primal.

If you think about it, this planet should really be called water, not earth, since more than 70% of the surface is water, not land. Water — there there can be no life without it. Our bodies are 60% water – we are made of it. It’s the building block of our cells, the body’s transport system, a shock-absorber, it helps to regulate our temperature. Just give your hands a squeeze together and remind yourself that we are full of water – hopefully this doesn’t cause a mass exodus to the bathroom. Here’s the cool part, or the scary part, depending on which way it goes, not only are we full of water, but we are full of the water that’s around us. So if you’ve lived your life in Toronto, your body is 60% full of Lake Ontario.

Every time I hear it, I also find it quite marvellous to remember that the overall amount of water on the planet has remained the same for the last billion years. So we are made of the water that dinosaurs sipped. We are connected to this lake that in its ancient form was home to giant beavers, that was known as Skanadario, or sparkling water to Haudenosaunee people.

Read the full homily in this PDF document

This Saturday, Oct 15 is Panter’s Pub 16 – Fight the Power (w Jon Brooks)

Featured artist this month is Jon Brooks.
“I write songs to calm those who’ve looked into, and seen, what is in their hearts.  I also write songs to terrify those who have not.” — Jon Brooks 
Nearing the end of a year of travel in 1997 throughout Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and particularly, throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jon Brooks discovered what kind of song he wanted to write. In 2005, he began writing and performing that song – the song that looks for the soul of things. In 2010 Jon became the fourth Canadian since 1975 to win the prestigious Kerrville (TX) New Folk Award. Founder of The Kerrville Folk Festival, the late Rod Kennedy, said of Jon: “(Brooks) speaks and sings words that need to be spoken and sung and he does it beautifully, perfectly, and with absolute finesse.” He has now been nominated four times for ‘English Songwriter of the Year’ by the Canadian Folk Music Awards (2007, 2009, 2012, and 2015). Jon’s fifth album, The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside, was released November 1, 2014 by Borealis Records and was nominated for two 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards: ‘Contemporary Album of the Year’ and ‘English Songwriter of the Year.’
Pay What You Can

Doors open at 7:30pm

Open Mic at 8pm
Featured artist at 9pm
Dancing at 10pm

Pot luck munchies and BYOB.

Panter’s Pub kicks off 3rd season Sep 17

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The third season of of our pub party in the old chapel here at Holy Trinity starts Saturday, September 17.
Doors open at 7:30. The show starts at 8pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/102347313546978/

My old band Merbecke is getting together to play through our old recording, a few other favourites and one new tune. We sounded pretty good when we got together privately last winter, so I have high hopes for a fun and rocking show. I know we’re up against TURF, but sometimes that’s the way it goes with hard to schedule events like a Merbecke reunion. The name was originally Merbecke Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, but since nobody knew who the heck Merbecke was anyway, we decided to shorten it.

There will still be an open mic portion at 8pm, so if you have a poem, song, or something else you want to try out with an audience, let me know so I can schedule you in.

I’m turning 50 on September 15. While there likely won’t be much in the way of official birthday activities here (and please don’t bring presents), this will likely be the closest thing to a party that I arrange.

Panter’s Pub is a semi-private party upstairs in the old chapel at Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto where local singer-songwriters, poets and radicals gather to have a good time and maybe plot the revolution. It’s for members and friends. If you’re seeing this, you’re almost certainly a member or friend. 🙂 Feel free to bring your own friends too.

Open Mic at 8pm,
Merbecke (Judy Steers, Caroline Owen, Keith Nunn, Neil MacNaughton) at 9,
Dancing at 10.
Entrance by donation,
BYOB (We also have wine, beer and seasonal cocktails if you just want to show up).

RSVP appreciated, but not necessary.

There are many stairs, I’m sorry. I will have some more ground floor events soon.

Tomorrow! – Stone and Glass: We are all transient

March 09 (6:30 PM – 9:30 PM)
Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto

By: Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto Homeless Memorial Network & Rebecca Houston

At the humble site of the Toronto Homeless Memorial, an installation of light and sound will animate the charged intersections of wealth and poverty, the sacred and the worldly, the present and the past at of the historic Church of the Holy Trinity; a home for social justice in the commercial centre of downtown Toronto.

EXHIBITION LAUNCH:
MARCH 9, 2016
6:30PM – 9:30PM

https://www.facebook.com/events/824579797653759/

Read more at Myseum Toronto

EXHIBITION:
MARCH 9 – 31, 2016

CHURCH HOURS:
MONDAY – FRIDAY: 11:00AM – 3:00PM
SUNDAY: 8:00AM – 3:00PM

City of Toronto moving toward Poverty Reduction Strategy

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Commitment 2 Community is a loosely woven together coalition focused on improving life for all who live in Toronto. In July City Council approved the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy and now it is being prepared for final approval in November. Now is the time for individuals to make their voices heard:

  • Contact your Councillor by telephone, e-mail or in person. Contact Sean Meagher at sean@publicinterest.caif you are interested in attending a councillor meeting. Tell your councillor: “Please make the PRS a priority and vote to support the Final PRS in November” and add an issue that is of concern to you and your community (e.g. Affordable housing, food security, transit, city services, jobs) If you don’t know who your councilor is, look here 
  • Deputation Training: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015. Location and registration details to be announced soon. This training prepares you to speak in person at upcoming meetings of council and its various standing committees.

The best way to stay up-to-date and active on this issue is to sign up for updates

Here is a short background document for sharing About_the_Poverty_Reduction_Strategy

June 13 – Panter’s Pub 5 – Music in the Street

What: A musical pub night for members (of Holy Trinity) and guests in the old chapel. We’ll gather and listen to live music and sing some great songs together, talk, dance and share libations and maybe hatch some plans. (Live performances from about 8-10pm)

Our nominal theme this month is politics and protest.

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Photo Exhibit May 25 to 30 – Snapping Back

Open May 25 to 30 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Opening Reception Tuesday, May 26 5:00 to 9:00 PM

The images in Snapping Back were created by marginalized youth who participated in Planned Parenthood Toronto’s Supporting Youth in Building Resiliency and Healthy Relationships project. In this exhibition, viewers see how youth imagine themselves, and how they navigate their worlds as they explore identity, consent, boundaries, desire, and sexuality. Giving youth cameras to document their process offers a sense of agency and control over their feelings, and a way to transform experiences into art. This exhibit is part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival