Trinity-St. Paul's United Church
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.
Chair of the Church Board
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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
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Following worship service, there will be a Naming Ceremony and Potluck Feast after coffee time.