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Into the Light

In the photo above, the Rev. Sara Boyles conducts Ken West’s Celebration of Life, Friday, June 29th. 2018 .

Ken was a long-time member of our community, serving in many roles,  most recently on the Finance Committee. He and long time partner Bob were married here. We will keep Bob and their family in our prayers.

Bob read some of Oscar Wilde’s fine lines about love and the universe at Ken’s funeral. The lines are part of Wilde’s long, early poem called “Panthea” that celebrates all of the ancient Greek gods and their role in the celebration of life and love immersed in the world of nature.

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Pentecost Frontal: A Labour of Love

Pentecost frontal embroidery update 2018

by Anna Dohler

In 2004, Rev. Sara Boyles provided “The Patchwork Quilt” from which I took the fifteen sided flames in alternating bright yellow and orange flames, outlined with gold metallic thread. Also the Alpha and Omega in dark red and blue outlines. The second one will be started in 2018. This side has travelled around the world, including Toronto Guild of Stitchery (TGS) meetings each month.
In eleven years, one side of the separate frontal pattern (see June 2017 GTA article in Toronto Star already notified) was completed by Pentecost Sunday 2018. Before the summer is out the second outline side will be started.

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Poem in Honour of Matthew Dolmage

Matt Dolmage at his keyboard in Orillia

This poem is to honour Matthew Dolmage, who was born April 2, 1974 and who died February 21, 2004.

His mother Marilyn wrote it, and would like to recognize all the ways Matthew’s memory remains among the people and within the sanctuary of The Church of the Holy Trinity.

Matthew heard the birds in Bach.
So the piano trills in the Prelude in E flat minor
Make me smile on a February morning,
Remembering how Matthew loved bird music.

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Donald Grayston

Donald Grayston, priest, teacher, contemplative-in-action, was a member of the Holy Trinity Community back in the 1970s. Don died in “retirement” in Vancouver in October after a long career as parish priest, professor, peace activist and promoter of the writings of Thomas Merton. He was a devoted friend to many, always exuding, and spreading, a wonderful joy. His blog is filled with spiritual and political wisdom. Continue reading Donald Grayston

Campaigner for housing reform is surprised to turn 60

Michael_Shapcott-7644-446x670Michael Shapcott started his working life as a journalist in a number of places including the North Bay Nugget and the Calgary Herald, but he is best known for his work and writing on housing issues.

His public involvement in housing issues began in the late 1980s when he graduated from law school. He was one of the founding members of the Bread Not Circuses coalition which worked to convince people and politicians that the money being spent on Toronto’s 1996 Olympic bid would be better spent on housing. The organizers felt it hurt the bid, so it was probably pretty successful.

He worked for a number of housing agencies and helped found the National Housing and Homelessness Network, the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee, the Multi-Faith Alliance to End Homelessness and the Toronto Environmental Alliance. His anger at the events which led to the Rupert Hotel fire in 1989 led to founding a coalition which pressed for and got better regulation and enforcement of safety standards in rooming houses.

Until recently he continued his work in housing as the Director of the Affordable Housing and Social Innovation at the Wellesley Institute. His public policy research focused on housing, homelessness, and the relationships between health, poverty and housing.  He is currently seconded to the Prince of Wales to support his work in Canada through The Prince’s Charities.

Like a number of our members, Michael has dabbled in electoral politics, coming in second in the riding of Toronto Centre in the 2004 and 2006 federal elections.

Michael has been very involved in the life of Holy Trinity for many years in many important capacities. He currently serves as a warden helping ensure the viability of the parish as a whole. He has just started studying theology in his limited spare time.

His secret lomshapcott_accordionve though, is the accordion. While recovering from meningitis that left him in a coma for a time, he was hiking through Frontenac Provincial Park with a friend. The lingering deafness of his illness meant he thought he was going a little mad when he heard an accordion playing in the distance. He heard just fine however and the two of them walked to a little cabin from which the sound was emerging.

As they entered, they could see that the small room was filled with accordions of all types and sizes. They stayed and listened for a time and chatted with the player. Michael confessed that he had always loved the accordion. The player gave Michael an accordion after extracting from him a promise that he would never keep it in a case because “an accordion needs to breathe.”

Among his many ongoing activities, Michael plays his third accordion about once a month with Holy Trinity’s house band, Fallen Angles. He also plays from time to time with other musical combinations and has been known to preach a sermon or two.

Michael mshapcott_caricaturecelebrated his 60th birthday last June with a surprise party thrown by his wife and daughter and with the help of many of us here at Holy Trinity. Jim Houston captured Michael in this caricature which shows his love of bow ties, shorts, colourful socks, housing and accordions all in a single image.

Thanks for all your work with and for Holy Trinity and and for the whole community Michael! Looking forward to a bright future together. There’s just a couple of things we have to do.