Friday, June 16th,
6pm Sherbourne Waterfront
7pm BBQ St. James Park, King and Church St.
We would be honoured to have your presence amongst us in prayer and witness as we seek to come together as a diverse community to acknowledge our interdependence on one another, our faith traditions, the land, and the water we live on. This festival is interfaith and intends to express gratitude for Lake Ontario (Niigaani-gichigami in Anishnawbe, Ontario is the Huron-Wendat name). The June 16th Gratitude Walk and Festival will begin with Loreen Blu Waters opening us in a water ceremony, followed by prayers and songs offered by different faith leaders. Continue reading Niigaani-gichigami: Gratitude Walk and Festival, June 16th
Here are a few excerpts from our recent Sunday gathering: Many Waters.
Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue.
We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony
with each other and all living things.
So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people.
(Excerpt from Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address, Greetings to the Natural World)
Lace your boots,
pick up your paddle,
mount your bike and go out
blessing each other—
strong, brave, laughing
and making hope wherever you may.
Many Waters Bulletin – final
When: Saturday, April 29 at 10:45 AM
Meet: Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square
As part of our exploration of the land we are a part of and its history, we will be taking a walk along Taddle Creek with Helen Mills of Lost Rivers. We hope that anyone who considers themselves part of our neighbourhood will join us as we ground ourselves in this place.
This walk is part of a larger project of understanding ourselves as part of this land. You can read more about that here.
Taddle Creek has been out of sight a long time, but there have been a number of articles and efforts to bring it back to light. Here is a post on BlogTO from 2012
We plan to leave promptly at 11am and return for lunch at 1pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you intend to come.
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
As part of our ongoing work and hope for reconciliation with indigenous people, we realise that we need to change our understanding of who we are and to whom we belong. Through the season of Lent this year, we will be exploring our relationship with the land we share–the land our building is part of, the land we live on, the other people who share this land.
We invite any and all who share this place with us to join us in this process:
More information will be added to this page as details firm up. If you would like to be notified of specifics or to ask questions, feel free to contact Keith at email@example.com
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.
I stumbled across a great article online. I think it puts the struggle to be faithful today in a helpful light:
Our job is to offer the wisdom of scripture: “Seek justice, love kindness, walk humbly with God.” …
Admittedly, it is a very wide mandate. So much justice-seeking to be done – justice for the land, suffering from runaway oil and gas exploitation and factory farms that are anything but kind. Justice in the face of agri-business that seeks a quick profit, not the long, slow, humble walking with the seasons and the soil that sustains it for our grandchildren. Justice for workers, suffering from anti-union legislation and secret trade deals that disempower them. Justice-seeking as new security legislation threatens to turn CSIS into a secret force, policing those whose legitimate protests – against a pipeline, say – might be construed as “interference with critical infrastructure.”
Read the whole article at EssentialSpirituality.com.
Keepers of the Water: A Vigil of Lament and Celebration
Church of The Holy Trinity
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Presiding, Bishop Mark MacDonald
We won’t save a place we don’t love;
we can’t love a place we don’t know;
and we can’t know a place we haven’t learned.
– Ched Myers
KAIROS: Watershed Discipleship