Our Pride service was online this year, just like other Pride celebrations around the world. Be well, be proud, act up!
These are unprecedented times we are living in. Although there is some light at the end of the tunnel, the future remains uncertain.
We do have some hope to be able to begin the season on Monday August 3rd. Some measures may be necessary to ensure social distancing; we may even need to live-stream the concerts without a live audience. At this point, we just don’t know. Please watch this website for the most recent information.
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Through Canada’s Summer Jobs program, Holy Trinity is searching for two candidates to support our work in our downtown Toronto community. We are looking for two candidates between the ages of 18-30, who have exceptional gifts in Community Outreach and Communications and Storytelling.
Final homily by Sherman Hesselgrave, Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020
Readings: Deuteronomy 34:1-4 Psalm 8 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Matthew 28:16-20
At the other end of my ministry, when I was a curate at a parish in Portland, Oregon, I preached a sermon entitled, “Famous Last Words.” I don’t remember what the scriptural text was that day, but it might well have been Jesus telling his flock that he was leaving, but not to worry, because the Holy Spirit would be sent to accompany them on their journey ahead and lead them into all truth. What I do remember is a parishioner telling me afterwards that she would always remember her 18-year-old son’s last words to her as he headed out for a Friday evening with his friends: “See you later, Mom!” That night, he was killed in a motorcycle accident.
I am writing as a member of Holy Trinity. Though I am a member of the vestry executive, we have not yet met this month to discuss a formal response–these words are my own.
We are a small, urban community that cares deeply about justice and about the lives of those who are marginalized by the broader society. In recent years we have been most visible in the struggle for housing and an end to homelessness. But our members been active in LGBTQ+, indigenous rights, disability rights and many other places as well.
We are not always very good at communicating. We are often, collectively or as individuals, up to our necks in actions and and activity related to justice issues of many kinds to greater or lesser degrees. But that sometimes means we don’t speak collectively and clearly into spaces we should very much be speaking into. We are often right there, but organizationally we sometimes forget that we have a responsibility not just to show up, but to speak publicly in formal ways. We are here and we are listening and acting.
Nothing I can say will make the dreadfulness of these losses better. We are very upset by the recent deaths of Chantel Moore and Regis Korchinski-Paquet and so many before them here and around the world. We are painfully aware that there is systemic anti-black and anti-indigenous racism in this country and these incidents bring it to light. It is high time that we seriously tackle these problems.