The second Monday in October is marked as Thanksgiving in Canada, and Columbus Day in many states in the United States of America. In recognition of the brutal, on-going history of colonization across Turtle Island, parishioner Len Desroches offers this poem.
by Len Desroches
Columbus, if only you had not been so afraid of discovery
Christopher, “Christ bearer,” if only you had discovered soul
discovered soul before rushing off
in gunboat for Spanish empire
shedding rivers of blood
to mine shiny bits from Earth’s bleeding bowels
re-writing Gold with a capital “G”
made it easy to also leave out the “l”
Gold became God
Gold becomes God
Holy Trinity is a community which works together to accomplish meaningful acts. From the Refugee Committee, whose community care and involvement speaks for itself, to the Worship Committee and Co-ordinators, the Fallen Angles, and other musicians who create thoughtful services that are unique in our diocese, to the Alice Heap Hospitality Committee that provides wonderful and inclusive nibbles for all occasions, and the People Presence and Sunday Drop-In teams which keep the church doors open to all, and all the other individual and plural efforts that make this place vibrant, this community pulls together to make sure we are living our values.
This church building has stood as a downtown landmark for Torontonians since 1847. But more importantly, this community serves as a “heart-mark” for the people of this city. The people of Toronto know this church. They know it for its Pride banners, for the wonderful concerts they’ve attended here, for its presence on social justice issues. They know it for the Homeless Memorial and its heritage of hospitality. They know it for the community you have fostered and fought for.
This purposeful, heart-centred, community is in need of a boost. The teams that keep our doors open to all, People Presence and Sunday Drop-In, are actively recruiting. Will you mindfully examine whether you can apply to join one of these teams? We need your commitment. We also need you to be an ambassador. We need you to tell your friends and colleagues, your family members and your neighbours. We need them and we need you to join our teams, to keep our doors open. We need you so we can continue the community building and presence that has been nurtured here for more than 171 years.
To volunteer or learn more, contact Volunteer Co-Ordinator Kate Werneburg at email@example.com or 416 598 4521 x225.
On October 21st, our refugee committee will be participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge to raise funds for sponsoring refugees. Join us! It’s for a great cause, it’s a lot of fun AND it’s good for your health!
Participants can choose between a full marathon, a half or a 5-km walk, which is what most of our committee members will be doing.
For those unable to participate in person, we encourage you to sponsor Milka, a young Eritrean woman who arrived in Canada last November and now wants to give back and help raise funds for our future refugee sponsorships.
Please visit http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/stwm-charities/holy-trinity-refugee-committee/ to register as a participant or click here to sponsor Milka.