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News from or about the community of Holy Trinity.

Toronto Homeless Memorial

TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2012 — Approximately 25 people gathered for the monthly memorial in recognition of those who’ve died as a result of homelessness. We remembered Helena Boutilier, who died in December 2011. Helena had lived on the street earlier, but was housed at the time of her death to cancer. Over 600 names have been recorded.

City Councillor Joe Mihevc of St. Paul’s West riding spoke about the boom in condo development in Toronto in contrast to the
decrease in the affordable housing stock. Efforts are underway to block Mayor Rob Ford’s plan to sell off over 700 units of affordable housing.

Councillor Mihevc spoke of the importance of delegations by concerned citizens such as those present at public hearings. Michael Shapcott of the Wellesley Institute talked about a panel to review affordable housing options for the city, as well as the need for a national housing policy.

‘You Belong’ ― Gay priest Jim Ferry reinstated after 20 years as outcast

On Sunday, June 26th, 2011 the Rev. Jim Ferry’s license as priest was reinstated by Archbishop Colin Johnson of the Diocese of Toronto, and he was appointed Honorary Assistant of Holy Trinity, Trinity Square. It is 20 years since he was made an outcast by the previous Bishop of Toronto, Terence Finlay, for being in a same sex relationship. His outing and subsequent public trial in a Bishop’s Court garnered worldwide media attention.

Jim’s sermon “Pride and Prejudice” marked the opening of Toronto’s Pride Week celebrations at Holy Trinity, and highlighted the Pride 2011 theme: You Belong. It is available here (mp3).

Blankets and Banners: Indigenous Rights and our Common Future

An interactive solidarity workshop
May 14, 1:30-4:30 pm
At The Church of the Holy Trinity,
10 Trinity Square, Toronto
After participating in the experiential Blanket Exercise, we will make banners to send to Ottawa for the KAIROS Solidarity Day for Indigenous Rights (June 20th).

The workshop will be followed at 5:00 pm by a simple worship service and light dinner to which all are welcome.

For more information or to register, email:
Let us know whether you plan to stay for dinner.

Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
310 Dupont Street, Suite 200
Toronto ON M5R 1V9
416-463-5312 | 1-877-403-8933 x 246


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.