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Sunday, Nov 18: Worship at Bloor Street United w/ Guest speaker Peter Russell

Professor Peter Russell, OC, FRSC, author of Canada’s Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests, is our guest speaker for Craddock Sunday at Bloor Street United Church (300 Bloor St West), November 18th.

Can Canada’s Three Foundational Pillars Slay the Pernicious Claim of Sovereignty? Professor Peter Russell, OC, FRSC, author of Canada’s Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests, is our guest speaker for Craddock Sunday, November 18th.

Peter H. Russell is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He was the second Principal of Innis College and the foundling Principal of Senior College, the U of T’s youngest college for its oldest scholars. He has published widely in the fields of judicial, constitutional, Aboriginal and parliamentary politics. His most recent book, published by the University of Toronto Press in 2017, is Canada’s Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests.

He is now working on a book that will be entitled, Sovereignty: A Pernicious Claim Whose Day is Done. Peter Russell is a past President of the Canadian Political Science Association and past Chairman of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy. He chaired the Research Advisory Committee for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and co-chairs the Canadian Political Science Association’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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On the Ground in Palestine – October 25, 2018

Some news from the Holy Land, courtesy of the Middle East Working Group.

“The United States says it is placing its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians under the authority of its embassy to Israel… For years, the consulate has served as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians, reporting straight to the State Department in Washington. Placing it under the authority of the embassy could be seen as suggesting American recognition of Israeli control over east Jerusalem and the West Bank.”: The National, out of the UAE (also reported by many other outlets)

According to Sabeel, Jerusalem, Oct. 25: The ‘Great March of Return’ continues along the Gaza border. Among the thousands legitimately protesting, 130 persons were injured including journalist Fady Thabet. Israel has announced that it plans to start a ‘zero tolerance’ approach, using live fire on protesters further away from the fence.

Israel has suspended the demolition of the village of Khan al-Ahmar for “several weeks.” This comes amid increasing violence from Israeli occupying forces who used tear gas, pepper gas and stun grenades on locals and internationals last week.

The Kumi Now initiative launches this week. This initiative of over sixty organizations encourages everyone to rise up together for justice through short, simple, nonviolent actions.

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Season for Commitment Celebrations and Events

The Season for Commitment is the time each year our congregation sets aside to reflect individually and collectively on the gifts we have and how we might offer them to our faith community.  It's the time when we think about how we will commit our time, experience, insight and financial resources to TSP’s ministry and mission.

Here are key events and dates:

Season for Commitment Celebrations and Events

  • October 28 Sunday after service features a delectable lunch followed by a guest speaker on Planned Giving. PLEASE join us in the Studio. The menu is sure to please every palate!

  • November 4 Don't miss out on a wonderful lunch and engaging discussions on topics that matter to you! Table groups - scattered throughout TSP - will be organized around specific subjects/ministries of TSP, so please sign up under a subject of interest to you, posted in the Narthex. There will also be an opportunity to make a commitment of your Time, Talent and/or Treasure to TSP's ministry.

If you have questions Stewardship of Resources Circle members would be pleased to provide answers.  We are Del Doucette, Cheri Di Novo, Jim Lewis, Bob Savaria, Darlene Varaleau, Fred Wieler, Robin and David Craig.

Special services this Sunday – Guest preacher Dr. Colin Phillips, Naming Ceremony and Potluck Feast

On Sunday, September 23, we have a very special schedule of events.  You don’t want to miss it!

Starting worship at 10:30 with guest preacher, Dr. Colin Phillips, moderator nominee to the 43rd General Council of the United Church of Canada.

What’s Beyond Our Bubble? – with Dr. Colin Phillips

This Sunday, September 23, we are joined by guest preacher Dr. Colin Phillips, moderator nominee to the 43rd General Council of the United Church of Canada, with a worship service and reflection titled, “What’s Beyond Our Bubble?”

Worship services are every Sunday at 10:30 am. Join us!

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Following worship service, there will be a Naming Ceremony and Potluck Feast after coffee time.

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TSP welcomes our new Children’s Church Coordinator!

Lorna Craig is an actor, director, and community arts facilitator based in Toronto. She has worked with children and youth for 15 years, most recently collaboratively creating plays in Montreal from 2013 – 2017. She trained as a puppeteer with Bread and Puppet Theatre and Puppetmongers, most recently creating and performing mobile puppet shows on Toronto Island with Shadowland Puppetry.
In 2015 she coordinated a research project at Concordia University, The Encounters Project, that used performance to explore theatre’s ability to investigate conflict across cultural divides. In the fall of 2015 she directed on life and living, a documentary theatre piece based on personal stories from ‘AIDS Community Care Montreal’, an HIV/AIDS support network. While travelling in India in 2017, Lorna directed and narrated The Christmas Story pageant at the Hairakhan ashram in Haldwani.
This summer she coordinated and facilitated The White Rabbit Arts Residency at Red Clay Farm in Nova Scotia. Lorna spent much of her childhood at TSP so is thrilled to be returning to her old stomping grounds as the new Children’s Church Coordinator.
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Season of Creation – September 23 & 24

Join Trinity St Paul’s United Church on September 23rd for a Naming Ceremony in recognition of the United Church’s $100,000 donation to the new Anishnawbe Health Center (that will be built near the Distillery District) and an endowment fund established at the United Church Foundation in support of the Center. A medicine person will be conducting a pipe ceremony to identify a name for the Endowment Fund and for our growing partnership with Toronto’s indigenous community. Our schedule is as follows:

  • 10:30 am:  Church service with Dr. Colin Phillips
  • 11:30 am: Coffee and Introduction to James Carpenter
  • noon: Smudging participants as welcome to pipe ceremony in sanctuary
  • 12:20: Pipe Ceremony
  • 12:50: Round dance with AHT in the sanctuary
  • 1:00 pm: Feast in the gym

Also, there will be… bannock-making?!

On September 24, join us for We ARE the Earth! at Church of the Redeemer.  Our celebration of A Season of Creation continues with a panel discussion with The Rt Rev’d Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Bishop – Angican Church of Canada, The Rev’d Dr Cheri DiNovo, Minister at Trinity-St Paul’s United Church and former MPP Parkdale-High Park, and The Very Rev’d Dr. Bill Phipps, Co-founder and Board Member, Faith & the Common Good.

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