– it may be a trigger for trauma given what they experienced before coming to Canada;
– it may create fear or a sense that Canada is not as safe as hoped;
– it may spark fears of being blamed for what happened
– indeed, it may lead to incidents where newcomers find themselves accused of being at blame.
I encourage you/us to reach out to those we have sponsored. Urge them to share any feelings of insecurity them may have and please reassure them that you care for them and they are welcome here.
We are all aware that we are in a process of discerning our future at Holy Trinity. The strategic planning committee has developed a process that will let us choose an operational and governance model that fits who we are going forward.
Strategic Planning next step
We’re having a community meeting on Saturday, April 28 from 10am to 1pm to present three possible staffing and governance models from the strategic review process. We hope that everyone who considers themselves a part of this community will take part if possible–whether part of Refugee Committee, Music Mondays, People Presence, Sunday worship, or any other part of our shared life.
We would also like to bring more hopes and dreams for what we do to light. This is an opportunity for you, on your own, or in collaboration with a few other people, to outline an idea for what we do or who we are. We are thinking of something bigger than one event, more like a project or direction for 3-5 years. If you wish to participate in this process of brainstorming, please share your “big idea” at this link (it’s a Google Form, so you’ll leave our site). You can submit more than one idea, don’t feel restricted. We will have a process to get a sense of which ideas have community traction. Prioritized ideas could be developed further. There is no commitment at this stage, just an opportunity to put forward what you are thinking. the deadline for submission in this process is April 20, 2018.
This past Good Friday, March 30, 2018, Holy Trinity hosted parts of the Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice.
About the walk: “The Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice began 35 years ago. Each year, the ecumenical planning team creates a map of stations to lift up current struggles. Over the years, we have stopped at the courthouse steps to protest racial profiling, at bank towers to repent valuing profits over people, and in back alleys to hear the stories of the poor. We have stood with refugees, advocated for missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and worshiped with the Occupy movement. ”
See photos from this year’s walk below:
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: