Trinity St. Paul’s Earth Sunday was a special event this year capped off by an excellent professional reading of congregant David S. Craig’s new play Lysistrata and the Temple of Gaia. The performance was attended by about 350 people and raised just over $2,000 for the work of toronto350.org – a local organization dedicated to helping to solve the climate crisis.
Set in a not so distant future, the play, based on the classic comedy by Aristophanes, it posits a future ravaged by climate change and in need of redemption by “Earth Defenders”. When Lysistrata and her friends awaken Gaia (the Earth spirit), she needs to find a way to convince their menfolk to join them in defending the Earth otherwise they will all meet their (watery) doom.
The professional reading was a project of Trinity St. Paul’s and part of our mission to be part of our community as a Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts. The reading delivered on all three of these themes was proudly sponsored by members of TSP’s Climate Justice Working Group which has been working on climate related projects and initiatives since 2013.
Lead organizer Anne Nikkel praised the generosity of Mr. Craig, in making the play available for our use as well as spearheading the logistics surrounding the reading. Special thanks also went out to Robin Craig, Denis Grey, Jenny Jasper, Lorna Niebergall, Emily Greenleaf, Ann Russell, Moira Hutchinson, Jim Kirkwood, Kendra Fry and Darlene Varaleau and members of toronto350.org. A special shout out also goes to members of the Youth on Bloor contingent who delivered announcements to local churches to encourage them to come to the event.