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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What's new in the life of the church
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost September 16, 2018
Proverbs 1:20-33; Psalm 19; Mark 8:27-38
Creation Time 2
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.
This Welcome Back Sunday (Sept 9), join us for a sermon with Cheri DiNovo titled, “The Church As Our Body” where we explore images of early Christian gatherings and modern persecuted communities.