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News from or about the community of Holy Trinity.

Marilyn’s Wisdom

In the fall of 2010, Marilyn Ferrel, a woman who all her life has battled the physical challenges of cerebral palsy and the emotional challenges of a society that did not understand her condition, was found to have an inoperable brain tumour. A member of The Church of the Holy Trinity, an Anglican parish in downtown Toronto, Marilyn was supported by a group of friends from that community as well as other friends and her ex-husband, Michael, as she moved into palliative care.

A few years earlier, Marilyn had embarked on an ambitious program of reading a number of contemporary Christian theologians and responding to their ideas out of her personal experience. It must have been an arduous process, physically, for Marilyn to type out many passages from these works, adding her comments of agreement or questioning particular interpretations of Scripture or broader theories of science and human nature. Some of these reflections took shape in dialogue with others through Holy Trinity’s online discussion list, or in face-to-face conversations. The reflections offer insights into Marilyn’s theological perspective as well as her convictions about disability and inclusion. For her, the two were inextricably interwoven.

Marilyn’s hope was to publish her reflections some day. When the progression of the brain tumour made that dream impossible for Marilyn to carry out, a group of her friends decided to gather a number of those reflections to share with others. The title we chose – The Great Flaring Forth– is borrowed from Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry’s book which had a significant impact on Marilyn’s thinking.

We wanted our friend Marilyn to understand that we honour her as a woman with a deep

curiosity, determination and faith who wrestled with age-old questions of suffering and what it means to be a person and a people of faith in our age. We wanted to honour her unique perspective and to acknowledge the woundedness she has experienced in her lifetime and the courage she has shown in challenging attitudes and practices that devalue and marginalize those who do not fit neat definitions of ‘normal.’ We value her insights. We are challenged by them, and we hope that the wider community will learn from them.

Editorial team – Jim Houston, Vivian Harrower, Marilyn Dolmage, Victoria Wilcox.

Contact Vivian if you would like to receive an order form for a copy of Marilyn’s reflections. The cost will be $15. We’d like to know in advance how many copies to print.

The Christmas Story

Christmas Story Photo
Please join us again this year for The Christmas Story at Church of the Holy Trinity! This charming Christmas pageant has been presented annually since 1938 in the historic Church of the Holy Trinity (beside the Toronto Eaton Centre).

Our volunteer cast, professional choir and magnificent organ will remind you what the Christmas season is really about! For schedule, seat bookings, and location please paste our website into your browser:

Opening night is Friday Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm, and the show continues December 4 & 5, 10-12 and 17- 19. Friday performances are at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 4:30 and 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees at 4:30 pm.

ACT Alliance Support Reaching Haiti

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) sent an initial grant of $15,000 for ACT’s Rapid Response Program. As of Monday, PWRDF has responded with an additional grant of $35,000.

News Update from ACT International

Geneva: In the chaos of aid distribution, ACT Alliance members are managing to get food, temporary shelter, water cleaning materials and expertise to the Haitian capital.

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Housing activists remember three more homeless deaths in Toronto

A sombre memorial vigil marked by both song and silence commemorated three more homeless deaths in Toronto during the monthly vigil held Tuesday outside the Church of the Holy Trinity.

More than 30 people cupping candles that flickered in the cold morning air gathered in the courtyard of the Eaton Centre at noon, as they do on the second Tuesday of every month.

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Multi-faith Dialogue on Homelessness

Interfaith Panel Discussion at the University of Toronto’s Multi-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto–northeast of the circle) on Sunday, November 29th, 2:00 to 4:00 PM.  Moderated by Sherman Hesselgrave.  Panelists:Imam Abdul Hai Patel, The Right Revd Terry Finlay, Rabbi Tina Grimberg, Nancy Dinnigan-Prashad, Pundit Eshwar Maharaj-Doobay.