Category Archives: members in the news

compassion in dying

Thank you to long-standing member Kevin Bezanson for this insightful and and eloquent appeal to compassion.

We don’t have to let our loved ones die alone

We don’t have to let our loved ones die alone

I believe in most circumstances, for patients nearing the end of their lives due to COVID-19, we can and should seek to support a physical visit with …

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2020/04/23/we-dont-have-to-let-our-loved-ones-die-alone.html

Good Friday Soup

This would have been Jim Houston’s 20th Good Friday staying behind in a church kitchen while nearly four hundred people did the “Stations of the Cross”, walking for justice through Toronto’s downtown streets.

Jim took over doing “soup ’n bread” in the year 2000. For five years, when The Good Friday Walk started and ended at a different church each year, Jim would have to negotiate the use of a strange new kitchen with a women’s guild or a caretaker.

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A Field Manual for Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises

Edited by Elisha Waldman and Marcia Glass

Kevin Bezanson is a member of Holy Trinity and a Palliative Care physician. He drew our attention to this book and is one of the contributors to it. Thanks to Oxford University Press and the book’s editors and contributors the book is now on open access. In this moment, this book is likely to be a valuable resource for many on the front lines of the pandemic response.

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The White Ribbon Man

On Sunday, August 12th at 12:30 pm, former parishioner Mary Lou Dickinson will read from her new novel, The White Ribbon Man.  There will be a Q and A with the author after the reading.  This is a free event open to all. Please join us!

“The White Ribbon Man is a murder mystery set in Toronto. A woman’s body is found in the basement toilet of a downtown Toronto church. It is an Anglican church that welcomes homeless people for coffee and soup and has a congregation composed largely of social activists. The discovery challenges a community that sees itself as a compassionate one and causes people who once were comfortable with each other to become suspicious instead. During the investigation we get to know something about the minister whose sleepwalking makes him suspect, a librarian who answered the classified ad in the Globe and Mail placed by another suspect; one of the wardens who is an activist against violence against women, a member of the congregation who was the neighbour and friend of the murdered woman, and the detective in charge of the investigation. The gentle handling of all of these characters and their issues allows the reader to see humanity and vulnerability of each one and the way in which as a community they support one another.
https://www.inanna.ca/index.php/catalog/white-ribbon-man/
“After a woman is found dead in a downtown church basement, nearly everyone becomes a suspect. Dickinson deftly takes us into the world of a social-justice community and their struggles to cope in the aftermath of violence. When a writer and cop unintentionally team up, imagination and evidence blur. This is a page-turner with an unexpected plot-twist that will leave the reader guessing until the very end.”

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Alice and Dan Heap Honoured with Plaque

Alice and Dan Heap were long-time parishioners at Church of the Holy Trinity – Trinity Square. Their lives and memories live on in the social justice and radical hospitality work of this community. On Saturday June 10th, a community plaque will honour Alice and Dan at their former Kensington Market home.

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