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.
Hélène Beaumont and her husband, Jérôme, live in France, but visit Holy Trinity for Christmas, Holy Week/Easter, and in the fall each year. They were married at Holy Trinity during the Sunday morning liturgy on the Sunday after Easter, 2013. Hélène is ordained in the Huguenot tradition, and is also an iconographer. She created an icon for Holy Trinity, entitled Le Christ des Chrétiens d’Orient et des Réfugiés, pictured here, which was blessed at the Easter Vigil this year. Continue reading Icon gifted to Holy Trinity
Come join us for a night of music and drinks in support of a great cause!
We will open the doors of Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto at 7 pm
Drinks available for purchase throughout the evening
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For more information on the Church and its Refugee Committee, check us out online.
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By then end of 2015, The United Nations Refugee Agency reported 65.3 million people were displaced from their homes. This means every 60 seconds, 24 people were forced to flee due to conflict or persecution.
Continue reading An Evening with the Marion Singers January 28
10:30 AM Worship service including Eucharist/Communion prepared by The Holy Trinity Refugee Committee
and the Sidra Project
Including an immersive experience viewing the short film
Clouds over Sidra
using virtual reality technology.
After the service you will be invited to engage in a dialogue
About the Sidra experience, the global refugee crisis and hear about
the work of our refugee committee.
Saturday, November 5 from 5 to 9 PM Celebrate Sanctuary North’s fifteenth anniversary! There will be supper, a bar, music, entertainment and a slide show of Sanctuary North’s fifteen year history here in the church, 19 Trinity Square. This event is hosted by the Sanctuary North Board and related organizations.
Sanctuary North would not exist if it hadn’t been for a sixty thousand dollar grant that the congregation approved from a “windfall” we received just before the turn of the century. A lot of people from Holy Trinity and San Esteban communities have been involved from the outset though Sanctuary North has welcomed refugees from many different communities.
Please speak with Lee or Michael Creal or Ian Sowton to say you are coming so we can plan for realistic numbers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org It will be a great occasion. A Holy Trinity achievement worth celebrating!
Photo: Looking out from the porch of Sanctuary North over the York River. Sanctuary North is located north west of Bancroft, ON.