….part of the Oasis Series in the Heart of the City
As we approach the season of Advent, we remember Bethlehem as a ancient place of story and heart.But it is also a contemporary city where people live in struggle, under occupation. Join us to hear the stories of the peoples of Bethlehem and pray for peace for in this holy city of Christ’s birth.
6-7 pm on the last Friday of the Month
Simple meal to follow
June 8, 2011 at 7:00pm
Church of the Holy Trinity
The Church of the Holy Trinity invites you to a meeting to discuss both the recently released guidelines on same sex blessings and the process of identifying participating churches. We would like to have a discussion among those churches who have been invited to participate and churches who are interested in conducting same sex blessings but have not been explicitly invited.
We would like to know how people in various church communities view the guidelines:
- What theological perspective do they reflect?
- Do they represent a step forward?
- Will the process enhance the inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the Anglican Church of Canada in this diocese?
We would like to share our views and to hear yours. Please consider sending wardens, lay delegates, clergy or members of gay and lesbian groups in your parishes. We hope to have a lively and fruitful discussion which might help coordinate responses.
Please RSVP to Sherman Hesselgrave at Shesselgrave@holytrinitytoronto.org. All are welcome!
For Immediate Release
TORONTO-June 17, 2007 – On the eve of a national meeting of the Anglican Church of Canada (General Synod) in which the blessing of same-sex unions is to be debated, the Church of the Holy Trinity, an Anglican Church in downtown Toronto, pledges to bless same-sex unions regardless of the outcome.
In a special meeting of the congregation, members declared this issue to be a matter of love, justice and ultimately conscience. “Providing an equal pastoral response to same-sex couples who present themselves for blessing or marriage as to couples of the opposite sex is a matter of conscience and integrity for the clergy and people of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto”, the statement says.
In taking this step, the congregation affirmed their intention of remaining in the Anglican Church of Canada and the worldwide Anglican communion. “We are sincerely hoping that General Synod will recognize the sanctity and equality of same-sex relationships. But if they do not, we must do what we are called in conscience to do. It is not our intention to leave, but to stay in our Church and have our act of conscience respected”, says Jim Love, Warden at Holy Trinity.
The Church of the Holy Trinity has long been a leader on social justice issues, including solidarity with gay and lesbian people. In
addition to this public statement, the church has sent an open letter to the Canadian House of Bishops, and a message to all General Synod delegates asking them to move forward in justice. “We simply can’t wait any longer, and continue to call ourselves a people serving a God of justice and love”, says The Reverend Sara Boyles, Incumbent at the Church of the Holy Trinity.
General Synod 2007 of the Anglican Church of Canada begins June 19th in Winnipeg .