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Statement of Solidarity and Commitment to End White Supremacy and Anti-Black Racism

As they have done for over four centuries, Black people are demanding an end to murderous beliefs and actions that are rooted in White supremacy and anti-Black racism. Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church is a Christian community that understands White supremacy and anti-Black racism as ideologies that are sins against God, and antithetical to the teachings of Jesus. These ideologies are deeply entrenched in the personal and collective attitudes, actions, and systems of White people. As a predominantly White congregation, we confess that we, individually and collectively, continue to commit these sins. Now is the time for White people to do the work of naming, atoning for, and dismantling their White privilege. Our leadership is currently discerning the best way for our congregation to do this work, centring the voices, hopes, and needs of our Black members. Regardless of the work that lies ahead of us, we unequivocally declare the holy, God-given Truth that Black Lives Matter.
Colin Phillips Chair of the Church Board

Worship with us online! Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for virtual coffee afterwards at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom!

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COVID-19 Closure Information

After much reflection and discussion with all of our residents and partners at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, we have made the decision to close to the public until further notice. This decision was not made lightly but as a centre that sees 10,000 members of the public a month, we must be proactive in encouraging social distancing at this time. All public events including services, meetings, concerts, and gatherings will be cancelled. We encourage you to support all of our partners during this time, many of whom are independent small business people and rely on your patronage for their continued well-being.

Reverend Cheri DiNovo states that: 
“The primary call upon people of faith is to love one another and love our world. It is in that spirit that we at Trinity St Paul's United Church will be hosting our services online after Monday, March 16th. We need to model care for others. Please feel free to contact Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo, C.M. for any reason. Pastoral care will continue as always.”

In This Time of COVID-19, TSP’s Ministry Continues

Message from Colin Phillips, Chair of the TSP Church Board:

In the first verse of her hymn “Will Your Anchor Hold” Priscilla Owens asks ‘Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?’ TSP certainly is an anchor in the lives of many; a concrete expression of a faith in a loving and just God, a workplace with a decent wage, a place to make art and social change. Our ability to be that anchor depends largely on our ability to be a financially sustainable congregation that responds to the needs of our staff and partners.
The quietness of the building does not mean we stop being a community that worships God, seeks justice and cares for one another.

Reverend Dr. Cheri DiNovo

Minister

1971

  only woman to sign We Demand, first gay rights demo

2001

  performed first legalized same-sex marriage in Canada

2006

  elected MPP - passed most private bills in Ontario's history and most LGBTQ bills in Canadian history

Present

  minister at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts

Climate Justice Resources

Trinity St. Paul’s United Church’s journey of divestment of our congregational funds from fossil fuels, and subsequent reinvestment in Alternative Energy

Divestment

Divesting our congregational funds from fossil fuels, the actions we took and the lessons we learned

Alternative Investment

A summary of available resources for reinvestment in alternative energy sources

Resource Library

A repository of links to background resources and media articles

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Christian Left Conference: What Is the Christian Left?

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What is the Christian Left? This is a significant question that leads to more questions: Should there be a Christian left? Why? Has there been a resurgence of the Christian left in recent times? Do we want to explore why this—a resurgence—is or may be important? What is the relationship between the Christian left and the institutional church? What role do conversion narratives—peoples' movement along the theological spectrum—play in the Christian left’s story? What kind of qualifier is ‘left’? Is it a political description? Social? Theological? Or is there an intersectional relationship between political, social, and theological when a Christian is defined as “left?”

This fully-online conference will feature an international roster of presenters on 11 panels over two days.

Visit the conference website for more information.

Date And Time

Aug 14–15, 2020

9:00 AM–7:00 PM EDT

Location

Online Event

Registration

Free via Eventbrite

Full Conference Schedule

Available here

Youth bake for the TSP meal for the homeless.

photos show the youth making goodies for the Food ministry we are providing at the Church of the Holy Trinity with Toronto Urban Native Ministry. 

Work (by TSPers beyond TSP)

In a chat with one of our TSP Communications Group, I was asked to share a brief note about one of my recent activities supporting the FCJ Refugee Center. As some of you may know, I have been helping out over the past 4 years in different capacities at this nearby immigrant center that specializes in assisting the undocumented  not only with legal process advice but also by maintaining a supportive peer community for immigrant families and youth with popular events and providing some of them with Second Harvest food distribution. [On Thursday afternoons I am delivering food hampers to 14 families in the York University/Keele/Jane area

Three weeks ago Francisco Rico (one of the co-directors of FCJ) asked me if I could fabricate ten plexiglass frames to protect the FCJ staff from direct breathing contact with their clients once they resume their in-office interviews [now carried out by phone or Zoom]. “Why not?” I replied innocently.

And with that I began the search for both the 2″ x 2″ pine needed for the frames and the increasingly rare sheets of 2′ x 4′ plexiglass. Both Home Depot and Loews were already cleaned out; nearby New Canadians turned out to be my only supplier (their last sheets!). Then with the occasional help of my 16 year old Spanish immigrant “little brother” Carlos, we cleared out my garage and started to turn out the ten protectors, each custom-built for different configurations of the staff desks. [[Unfortunately too busy to take pictures of that process]

The photos below capture the final stage of delivery to FCJ:

Bob Fugere

Little peek into Marjie Calla’s life during Covid-19

Keeping busy is definitely an antidote to the roller coaster of feelings, not knowing what will happen in the future, worrying about our loved ones and deep sadness for the suffering of so many people.

My greatest joy has been homeschooling my two grandchildren, Meave(8) and Tate(6).  I was allowed into my daughter Naomi’s “bubble” as they are busy trying to do demanding jobs and look after the kids. Every weekday morning for the past 9 weeks I have shown up from 9 to 12 to be teacher Gramma. I love it!  It makes me keep a routine and keeps my mind busy. As a retired elementary teacher I’m used to planning and figuring out interesting ways to manage and teach children. Most exciting for me is that both children are really progressing with their reading, having instruction everyday. 

I  have a delightful Aunt who turned 90 last September and is still independent. I seem to keep missing church as every Sunday I prepare her a meal and deliver it, staying outside for a socially distant visit.

I keep my eye for other ways to help.  Thanks to the great generosity of TSP members we were able to deliver 30 self care packages to Na-Me-Res for the men in the residence as well as the folks that they serve on the street. 

I have amazing neighbours who are out there helping so many. Loli Rico and Francisco Rico-Martinez run the FCJ Refugee Centre and they live around the corner. They have been delivering food and visiting families. Maeve, Tate and I have prepared art kits for the children in these families.

My neighbour Barb works at The519 on Church Street and she mentioned that while serving meals to over a hundred each day they give out self care items and were in short supply for razors so I put that on my weekly grocery list.

The old sugar crystal experiment was a big hit!

Marjie Calla

Gratitude to our TSP gardeners

Carolyn and her tricoloured Beech tree.
Bob watered the new impatients.
Jeanne is moving a mat of thyme into the rose bed.  You can’t see them but much of the thyme has sweet pink flowers on it.

Creating in the Pandemic – Barbara

For a few short weeks in late March, life seemed stilled, quiet, formless. What would I do? Soon, most of my ongoing groups, boards and organizations found me through Zoom and my friends and relatives ramped up connections via email and phone calls. That was all well and good but, I felt something was missing.

Just when I needed it, I noticed an online art class available through the Neilson Park Art Centre. It was focused on Impressionism for acrylic painters. I jumped at the offer and proceeded with instruction and experimentation for the next 8 weeks every Tuesday morning. 

Although this online zoom version of an art class was not ideal, it did get me out of my chair, out of the news, and out of my rational self for about 8 hrs a week in total. There is nothing like colours on fresh paper or canvas to excite me, and nothing like acrylics to give me a second (or third!) chance to get that shape I’m trying for.

Here are two of the art projects I completed.

Barbara 

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