Category Archives: Reflections

“May we be courageous today. May we learn today. May we love today.”

 June 10, 2018 – Church of Holy Trinity, Trinity Square

Our sisters and brothers at the Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland’s longest-serving centre for peace and reconciliation, begin their day with these words:

“We resolve to live life in its fullness:

We will welcome the people who’ll be part of this day.

We will greet God in ordinary and hidden moments.”

What a remarkable story from the Book of Samuel. The elders of Israel complain to Samuel about the judges who were the government of the day. Israel was a group of scattered tribes under attack by the Philistines. The elders wanted a strong man for protection.

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Sermon: Mother’s Day 2018

Mother’s Day 2018
by Joanna Manning
Mother’s Day 2018 finds me in a militant state of mind. And if we go back to the origins of the celebration, that’s actually very appropriate frame of mind to be in.
As you may know, Mother’s Day began not as a celebration of a woman’s personal devotion to her family but as a holiday that commemorated and fostered women’s civic and international activism.

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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.

Donald Trump and Empire

by Len Deroches

During the U.S. war in Vietnam, a few of us in Canada formed The Committee to Free South Vietnamese Political Prisoners from Detention, Torture and Death. When the French military were chased out of Vietnam, they left behind the “Tiger Cages.” These were cages where the U.S.-backed regime of General Thieu kept some of the political prisoners.  At the time there were about 200,000 political prisoners. The “Tiger Cages” were intentionally built too low to allow the prisoners to stand. Some prisoners were caged for so many years that when they were released, they could no longer use their legs. We managed to get three ex-prisoners to tour Canada. At the end of the exhausting tour, one of the prisoners, who had been tortured, asked me a very unexpected question. He had met some amazing Americans on a previous U.S. tour and was genuinely confused when he asked me, “Why do the American people elect some of their worst people?” No sarcasm. Profound confusion. Continue reading Donald Trump and Empire