Search Committee Announces New Minister for Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church – Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo

Search Committee Announces New Minister for Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church – Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo

From the Search Committee

A formal meeting of our community of faith was held on Sunday Sept. 17, 2017. After the presentation of their report by members of the Search Committee, members agreed by vote to the following: to extend a call to Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo effective Jan. 1, 2018 as per the terms that were outlined in the report; to request that Toronto Conference approve this call; and that the Search Committee be disbanded  following the covenanting service with our sincere thanks. There will be an opportunity to meet Cheri during and after the service on Oct 1, 2017. Please pray for Cheri and for all of us as a community of faith as we open our hearts and minds to each other’s ministry in this new pastoral relationship.

Opportunities in the next few months to see and hear our new minister, Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo

  1. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram for: excerpts from an Anglican conference in Jamaica in early October on LGBTQ issues; streamed TED talk given at The Brickworks on Oct 27; CBC Ideas on “Gender Wars” airing in Nov.; TVO Political Blind Date airing in Nov.
  2. Tune in to her Youtube channel.
  3. Read her book, Querying Evangelism: Growing A Community From the Outside In, Pilgrim Press.



Cheri’s announcement on CBC Metro Morning

September 21, 2017



Press Conference announcing Cheri’s next steps

September 20, 2017

Update on Positive Returns From Divesting and Reinvesting

Update on Positive Returns From Divesting and Reinvesting

Walter Whiteley, member of the TSP Climate Justice Group and former TSP Trustee.


Over 3 years ago, TSP voted to divest from Fossil Fuels – based on our social commitments – with the anticipation that we could still obtain good financial returns and better social returns.  In the process of reinvesting, TSP Trustees chose Genus Capital Management Fossil Free Funds, including some impact funds, for most of the endowment.   We have seen good returns from these investments – and a recent report found that, overall reduced carbon intensive portfolios had lower returns than low carbon portfolios, over the seven years 2010-2017, low carbon intensity improved returns by 9.2% cumulatively.


Genus Capital released their inaugural Carbon Emissions Report this week, , which makes some key findings, relevant to our choices collectively, and individually.


From the Genus report:

“A company’s COemissions, or carbon emissions, is a particularly significant measure for those investors who are concerned about climate change and the environmental impact of their investments. Genus’ inaugural carbon report examines the relationship between carbon emissions, carbon intensity and investment returns. The research team at Genus applied factor analysis to isolate the impact of carbon intensity on a portfolio of global investments (35% S&P/TSX Composite/ 65% MSCI World) between 2010 and 2017.


The research indicated that carbon intensity had a 9.2 per cent cumulative drag on portfolio performance during the seven-year period ending March 31, 2017. Carbon intensity refers to the volume of a company’s carbon dioxide emissions for every million dollars in revenue (USD). ”


Moreover, the report concluded that Canadian companies tend to be among the worst offenders when evaluated based on carbon intensity when compared to other developed world equity markets, owing to the Energy sector’s significant weighting in the Canadian market. “


Put positively, fossil fuel divestment refocuses choices on better performing assets and companies. Also Global markets offer a better range of low intensity stocks and bonds than the Canadian markets.


This Genus research builds on last year’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Report, which compared their own three year returns with the Canadian market.  Together, these underscore that investors needn’t sacrifice investment returns to own a portfolio that’s aligned with their values and helps build a low carbon future.


These are exciting and active times for divestment, positive re-investment and new opportunities to learn and act.  Here are a few more links:

Upcoming events from the Indigenous Rights Solidarity Group May 17-18

Upcoming events from the Indigenous Rights Solidarity Group May 17-18

The Indigenous Rights Solidarity Group (IRSG) invites congregation members to the following events:



May 17th at 7:30pm
Discussion of “Indigenous Healing: Exploring Traditional Paths” by Rupert Ross. (There are many copies in the library.) Darlene Varaleau will be hosting the discussion in her home.  Contact for more details.



May 18th at 8pm (Sony Center)
Outside Looking In ( Indigenous youth provide a transformative dancing extravaganza that will inspire and move you to tears. Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased at Members from TSP and the Redeemer will be attending.

Highlights from Carols by Candlelight 2016

Highlights from Carols by Candlelight 2016


We had a very successful Carols by Candlelight service on Sunday, December 18 at 7pm.  This was an evening filled with song and worship.  The TSP choir, alongside VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto’s Everyone Can Sing choir and Six Week Singers did a fantastic job.


You can view a selection of highlights from the evening in the video below:

Na-Me-Res Christmas Collection

Na-Me-Res Christmas Collection

Back in March, John Olthuis suggested that one way that we could respond to ‘the original nations of this land that continue to cry out for justice‘ would be by ‘paying the rent’; an act of respect, a way of making contact through a concrete act of repentance.
The Indigenous Rights Solidarity Group has been putting this idea into practice by forging a relationship with Na-Me-Res. This First Nations Agency has a men’s residence as well as programmes for individuals suffering from mental health and addiction issues.
We donated our ‘rent money,’ are working together on the Heart Garden, volunteered at their powwow and now collecting items for the men at Christmas.
After a wonderful pageant performed by the children, the gifts for the men were brought up to the alter.
As you can see from the photo, the response was overwhelming, such a sign of hope and generosity in a weary world.
na me res offering
Season for Commitment Senior’s Lunch

Season for Commitment Senior’s Lunch

– As reported in the TSP Times Advent 2016 issue –

Almost 50 Seniors and friends gathered for lunch in the Studio on November 6th as part of the Season for Commitment events. A delicious meal of corn chowder, apple cider, cheese, crudité, hummus and nuts along with Cobs-donated buns was enjoyed by all. Conversations flourished as the sun poured in. Between the main course and dessert, people were asked to share some “stewardship lessons” from their lives.


Tithing was a common lesson from our childhoods, giving 10 percent of our earnings. Discussion of whether this should include other charities we support and whether it was based on our earnings or our net worth, pushed the envelope for some. Many remembered the importance of putting an equal amount in both sides of the envelope, for local and mission givings. One lovely story shared was of a grandmother who as a minister’s wife in the prairies in the 1930s would collect used clothing, launder and mend, then invite folks for tea and send them off to “shop” in her front parlour – sharing with dignity.


Some remembered giving produce instead of money, helping to feed the minister’s family. Others, who had little money to spare, shared their hospitality by inviting those who were sometimes seen as “misfits” or “socially unpopular people” to their home.


Some remembered the tradition of giving a toy each year, others remembered the “loose change bottle” which was taken to church when full. Inviting foreign students to join them for Christmas was one family’s tradition, others remembered the expectation that their allowance would include giving an offering each Sunday in Sunday School. For some, volunteering was part of family life and they noticed that many women in their families took care of their neighbours who were sick or shut-in.
Some remembered the priest setting up a contest from Sunday to Sunday regarding which Mass had given the most. Some shared they were looking for guidance in what their financial and other commitments should be.


As stories from each table were shared, we also dug into apple crisp and tea as we wound up our time together in time to clean up and make room for the Sunday afternoon Salsa!! Judith led us in prayer and blessing before we departed. Thanks to all who pitched in to make this Senior’s lunch possible and delicious!

Christmas Celebrations and Services 2016

Christmas Celebrations and Services 2016

Monday, December 5 ~ 7:00pm

Quiet Christmas


Sunday, December 18 ~ 10:30am

 Children’s Church present a Pageant


Sunday, December 18 ~ 7:00pm

 Carols and Readings

Featuring the Choir of Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, and The Every One Can Sing Choir (VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto)

Free will offering in support of Music Ministry at Trinity-St. Paul’s


Saturday, December 24 Christmas Eve

 7pm: Family Service

(joint service with Bloor St. United Church)

 10pm: Candlelight and Communion

(joint service with Bathurst St. United Church)


Sunday, December 25 ~ 10:30am

 “Mystery, Myth and Meaning – Celebrating Jesus’ Birth”.


Sunday, January 1 ~ 10:30am

New Year’s Service

(joint service  with Bathurst St. United Church in the Chapel)