All posts by Michael Shapcott

“May we be courageous today. May we learn today. May we love today.”

 June 10, 2018 – Church of Holy Trinity, Trinity Square

Our sisters and brothers at the Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland’s longest-serving centre for peace and reconciliation, begin their day with these words:

“We resolve to live life in its fullness:

We will welcome the people who’ll be part of this day.

We will greet God in ordinary and hidden moments.”

What a remarkable story from the Book of Samuel. The elders of Israel complain to Samuel about the judges who were the government of the day. Israel was a group of scattered tribes under attack by the Philistines. The elders wanted a strong man for protection.

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Reclaiming Jesus and The Poor People’s Campaign

Rise up, rise up!

Christian leaders in the United States have launched two parallel campaigns for a moral re-engagement in public policies.

The Poor People’s Campaign is a “National Call for Moral Revival [that is] is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.” The campaign is inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and has launched 40 days of action The Poor People’s Campaign.

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A Disturbance of Deacons

By Michael Shapcott

More than 90 vocational (permanent) deacons from the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Eastern Christian churches gathered for an international forum on the diaconate in Regina in mid-May. The deacons came from Scotland, England, United States and Canada – including Michael Shapcott, deacon at Church of the Holy Trinity – Trinity Square.

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A Christian response to climate crisis

Everyone is welcome to join in week three of our exploration of former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’s book Faith in the Public Square. He begins his chapter on a Christian response to the climate crisis with these words:

“The nature of [the climate] crisis could be summed up rather dramatically by saying that it’s a loss of a sense for what life is. I don’t mean the ‘meaning of life’ in the normal way we use that phrase. I mean a sense of life as the web of interactions, mutual givings and receiving, that makes up the world we inhabit. Seeing this more clearly helps us dismantle the strange fictions we create about ourselves as human beings. We are disconnected and we need to be reintroduced to life.”
We’ll read selected excerpts from the former ABC’s book, view a short video or two, look at some Biblical and other wisdom, and share our ideas with each other.
No preparation is required, and you don’t need to have attended previous Sunday morning forums to be a most welcome addition to this Sunday.