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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.

Dethroning Mammon – Sunday Morning Forums

Sunday, February 25 is not only our annual Vestry meeting at Church of the Holy Trinity – Trinity Square; it’s also the final Sunday in our current pre-worship forum series on Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s Lenten book “Dethroning Mammon, Making Money Serve Grace”. Make sure to mark your calendar for 9 am in the Trinity Cafe, followed by morning worship and then Vestry.
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Revelations: Advent Sunday Morning Forums

The Book of Revelation… stuffed full of monsters and other nightmares and visions of heaven floating down from the sky: What could that possibly have to do with Advent? Why, there is not a single reference to Santa Claus or elves or reindeer or mangers or shepherds in any of the 22 chapters of the book. Although, rather intriguingly, the “super-hero” of Revelation is a lamb (not a lion or a bear).

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National Housing Strategy Update

by Michael Shapcott
On the second Tuesday of every month, two dozen or more people gather at the south doors of Holy Trinity for a memorial to remember, by name, those who have died on Toronto’s streets. The homeless memorial, which has close to 1,000 names, offers a small measure of dignity to people who have died without housing. Each month, the small gathering renews its call for a National Housing Strategy to end homelessness in Toronto and across Canada. Over the years, our quiet remembrance has reverberated in Parliament and in other halls of power.

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Homily: November 18 2017

Isaiah 58: 1 to 12
Psalm: 72: 1 to 15a
Revelation 21: 1 to 4
Luke 10: 25-37

Good morning.

None of our lessons, not even the Psalm, were appointed for reading today. So, I’ll start by revealing the hidden agenda behind today’s worship: Driving our hearts and minds towards the third of our strategic planning sessions for Holy Trinity. That session begins just after today’s worship service ends. Continue reading Homily: November 18 2017