All posts by Keith Nunn

Musician, bartender, lover, activist, theologian, athiest, feminist, queerish, generally earnest and troublesome individual.

help make emergency shelter space

faith leaders hold placards representing homeless deaths.
The Interfaith Coalition to Fight Homelessness is demanding that the city declare an emergency and open 400 more shelter beds. ‘It’s up to you, Mayor Tory. Stop. These. Homeless. Deaths. Now,’ said Rafi Aaron, as he stood at the podium. (John Rieti/CBC)
CBC: Toronto faith leaders urge city to call shelter emergency, open 400 beds

Toronto’s homeless shelter situation is dire. The shelters are full, many people, especially women and families cannot even get a shelter bed. So far any actions taken by the City have failed to meet the basic need of shelter.

After many deputations at the November Community Development and Recreation Committee by community members, front line agencies, advocates, union locals and faith organizations – the Committee voted to support several motions calling on the mayor to declare the situation in the shelter system an emergency and to open 1,000 shelter beds to alleviate the Continue reading help make emergency shelter space

What do we do with the King of Kings?

Keith Nunn, Nov 26, 2017.
In case the lectionary readings today didn’t tip you off, this Sunday is called the Reign of Christ. This is the last stop before we start the cycle over with Mary’s story and the infant Jesus.

Co-incidentally, the first sermon I delivered after entering theological education was on the reign of Christ. At that time, I felt a need and pressure to justify my position through scripture. Not so much anymore. However, I do feel a need to maintain the conversation with scripture in general and with the person of Jesus Christ in particular.

Today, in spite of my infamous reputation for jettisoning the lectionary, I have kept all the appointed readings, albeit in abridged form. The straightforward interpretation of these texts probably makes most of us somewhat uncomfortable—I know it does me. I’ll return to them shortly, however. Continue reading What do we do with the King of Kings?

Lifting Spirits: Solstice Edition

Since ancient times, the sun has been an object of fascination. Without it, there is no life on Earth, and it is good to use this moment of the solstice or “sun stand still”,  as it is literally translated, to mark changes internal and external in our world.

On December 21 from 8:30 pm-10:30 pm, we will celebrate the longest night of the year with a candle lit labyrinth walk, followed by  refreshments and singing inside.  Join this family-friendly version of Lifting Spirits as we observe the turning of the year!

Keith leading Pub Choir at Lifting Spirits 2

Lifting Spirits

soup, cocktails, singing
& meaningful conversation

Refreshment for thinking (and singing) people.

The 2018 series starts Thursday, January 25th and will include some intentional discussion of important issues in our city. Here are some dates to put in your calendar and share around:

  1. Thurs, Jan 25 – Reclaiming our City – cocktails, dinner, Pub Choir,
    and group discussion with special guests TBA
  2. Thurs, Feb 15 – Cocktails, dinner, Pub Choir
  3. Thurs, Mar 8 – International Women’s Day – mimosas, flowers, dinner, Pub Choir
  4. Thurs, Mar 15 – Reclaiming our City (housing focus) – cocktails,
    dinner, Pub Choir, and group discussion with special guests TBA
  5. Thurs, Apr 5 – Cocktails, dinner, Pub Choir
  6. Thurs, Apr 26 – Reclaiming our City – cocktails, dinner, Pub Choir,
    and group discussion with special guests TBA
Doors open at 4:30pm
19 Trinity Square (that big church/castle behind the Eaton Centre)
4:30-6pm — food, drink & conversation with your friendly bartender and others
6-7pm — Pub Choir *
7-9pm — ongoing bar service and conversation

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