We’ve been on the web for a long time now. When we first came online, social media was email and we picked holytrinitytoronto.org because it was available and was relatively clear. We collectively refer to ourselves as H.T. and have done so since before anyone can remember.
Times change and–while we stand firm in our commitment to justice and to maintaining a spiritual oasis for all in the heart of this beautiful, but frantic, city–we change too.
As we have expanded our presence on social media, we have, through a mix of forethought and happenstance, become pretty solidly HolyTrinityTO. It’s a closer match to the more informal folk we are and so we are moving our web presence a bit to be more in sync. Over the next few months we’ll be migrating our web and email to a new domain. The old addresses will work (and probably always will), but we’ll be more deliberately hanging out at HolyTrinity.TO (or on social media at HolyTrinityTO).
Have a look at upcoming worship services and some news of the community.
In Touch Fall 2016
In late 1845, John Strachan, the first Anglican bishop of Toronto, learned his financially struggling diocese had received an anonymous £5,000 bequest from England. The funds were to be used to build and sustain a new Gothic-style church to serve the poor. The donor’s will specified the pews must be “free and unappropriated forever.” Continue reading A bit of our history
For Immediate Release
TORONTO-June 17, 2007 – On the eve of a national meeting of the Anglican Church of Canada (General Synod) in which the blessing of same-sex unions is to be debated, the Church of the Holy Trinity, an Anglican Church in downtown Toronto, pledges to bless same-sex unions regardless of the outcome.
In a special meeting of the congregation, members declared this issue to be a matter of love, justice and ultimately conscience. “Providing an equal pastoral response to same-sex couples who present themselves for blessing or marriage as to couples of the opposite sex is a matter of conscience and integrity for the clergy and people of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto”, the statement says.
In taking this step, the congregation affirmed their intention of remaining in the Anglican Church of Canada and the worldwide Anglican communion. “We are sincerely hoping that General Synod will recognize the sanctity and equality of same-sex relationships. But if they do not, we must do what we are called in conscience to do. It is not our intention to leave, but to stay in our Church and have our act of conscience respected”, says Jim Love, Warden at Holy Trinity.
The Church of the Holy Trinity has long been a leader on social justice issues, including solidarity with gay and lesbian people. In
addition to this public statement, the church has sent an open letter to the Canadian House of Bishops, and a message to all General Synod delegates asking them to move forward in justice. “We simply can’t wait any longer, and continue to call ourselves a people serving a God of justice and love”, says The Reverend Sara Boyles, Incumbent at the Church of the Holy Trinity.
General Synod 2007 of the Anglican Church of Canada begins June 19th in Winnipeg .
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