A community of faith, justice and the arts
in the heart of the Annex 

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Worship with us in-person! Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m in the Sanctuary.
Also, for those who would like to attend online, we will be live-streaming the service. Please use the link https://www.facebook.com/tsp427bloor/live/ to join us live online. The service will also be available on our YouTube channel to be watched later on for those who are not able to attend at 10:30 AM.

Join us for virtual coffee afterwards at 12:30 p.m. via Zoom!

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Welcome Back

Dear Community, 

 

It is our hope that you had a pleasant summer.

 

At this time, we are pleased to announce that our in-person Sunday services in the Sanctuary start on September 13th at 10:30 a.m.  We will be live-streaming our service and to join us live, please go to https://www.facebook.com/tsp427bloor/live/

 

To ensure the safety and well-being of everyone that attends the in-person Sunday service in the Sanctuary, seats will be assigned to individuals and families and those seats will be your assigned seats for Sept. 13 and also the following Sundays until further notice. Visitors are required to provide their name and contact information at the door.

 

We also ask that you follow a few simple-yet-effective guidelines while in the TSP building, including:

 

- Use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.  If you have your own please use it to reduce touchpoints. 

- Stay six feet apart from everyone (except the family members that you came with)

- Wear a mask all the time

- Stay home if youre sick or feeling unwell

- Sanitize/Wash your hands for 20 seconds if you use the restroom or touch anything.

- Adhere to the new bathroom capacities (one only in the main floor bathrooms, two if a child needs help)

-Do not switch your seats with anyone.

- No food or beverages are allowed in the Sanctuary. At this time NO FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING.

 

For the time being, the small kitchen is closed to all users other than Trinity-St. Pauls Staff.  The fountains remain operational.

Now more than ever, it's essential to do everything you can (as an individual and a team) to keep your community happy and healthy.

 

Thank you very much!

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

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

The Latest

What's new in the life of the church

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 

TSP Gardens, A walk with Lois

Please click the link for a walk(video) outside TSP building with Lois Kunkel.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y4PBpxgv8mkVIRGRR1rhzCitPQHGQaWx/view?usp=drivesdk

TSP Gardens

Christian Left Conference: What Is the Christian Left?

christian-left-

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

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