We seek to be a community of faith that:
- witnesses publicly as a Christian community
- takes a stand on issues of social justice, locally and globally
- deepens our relationship with the arts community, with other faith communities and with our neighbours.
To learn more about the work of the Public Witness circle, visit our Justice page.
The three priorities set for the Public Witness Circle focus our witness in the areas of indigenous justice, peace making, and climate justice.
Indigenous JusticeSuccessive federal governments and religious organizations in Canada have tried to interfere with, and even destroy, the cultures of Indigenous peoples and to supplant them with European cultures and values. The Indigenous Rights Solidarity Group (IRSG) of the Bloor/Spadina United Churches (Bathurst Street, Bloor Street and TSP) aims to engage the three congregations in education, advocacy and solidarity in relation to Indigenous justice and right relations; respond to requests for solidarity from Indigenous communities; and find opportunities to build relationships between congregational members and Indigenous peoples.
Peace MakingPeacemaking seeks long term sustainable solutions rather than polite agreements or uneasy and fragile truces to difficult conflicts. Peacemaking seeks to disenfranchise, or confront in a process of controlled escalation, those who seek unfair advantage, who exploit racial or class or gender differences, and who prefer to maintain disparities that favour themselves. The focus on peace making includes initiatives devoted to the Middle East (MEWG), refugees, and restorative justice.
Climate JusticeOur Climate Justice Group comes from the TSP community and we are deeply concerned about the present and future impacts of climate chaos. We worry that keeping more energy within the Earth’s atmosphere will lead to more intense flooding, droughts, and natural disasters. We are mostly concerned because the people facing the greatest threat from climate chaos are least responsible for the historic emissions and least able to adapt due to the unequal distribution of wealth. Avoiding catastrophic climate chaos is our objective.
- Upcoming events from the Indigenous Rights Solidarity Group May 17-18 (3/28/2017)
- Na-Me-Res Christmas Collection (12/18/2016)
- On the Ground in Palestine: Aug. 14, 2017 (8/14/2017)
- The United Church, Interfaith Relations, and Islamophobia – March 19 Global Gossip (4/5/2017)
- Seeking Sanctuary (2/24/2017)