Category Archives: Justice Issues

St George’s Day Tragedy in Toronto

Rob Shropshire, who is a member of the Holy Trinity Refugee Committee, emailed this to members of the  Committee and posted it on his Facebook page, has given permission to share his mindfulness here as well:
Many of us feel shaken by the events in Toronto today. For those we have sponsored, the incident may raise anxiety for a number of reasons:
– 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.

This is a time for us to stand in solidarity against those who would hurt or divide us, to love our neighbours as ourselves.

Big ideas and strategic directions

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.

Big Ideas

A scribbly heart in a lightbulbWe 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.

 

Photos: Good Friday Walk for Justice

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:

2018 Photos from the Walk

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.