Reflecting on Niagara-In-Action: What Does Social Advocacy Truly Mean?

By Shreya Yugendranag On September 25, 2021, the Diocese held another successful session of Niagara-In-Action! An annual favourite, this year’s event showcased two workshops: “Mapping the Ground We Stand On” and “Creating 2SLGBTQ+ Positive Space.” Mapping the Ground explored Indigenous presence and settler arrival on the map of Turtle Island (Canada). Led by PWRDF-trained facilitators, […]

The Church – Called to be a Living Wage Employer

By Deirdre Pike How much does it cost to participate fully in community life? That question is at the heart of determining a living wage for workers in our midst – perhaps even you, your kids or your grandchildren – who are struggling to make ends meet on two or three minimum wage jobs. Since 2012, the Hamilton Living Wage Coalition has been asking and answering that question in an effort to improve income […]

The Missionality of Summer Prayer Walks

By, The Reverend Fran Wallace “I have not done a prayer walk before, but this experience has given me the opportunity to interact more deeply with our group. We shared our love for walking, and admired the beauty of God’s creation. Isn’t it amazing? We prayed, and gave thanks for being there. Blessed be God […]

Kitchen Bees Mark Delivery of 8000th Meal

By Alexis Mimacho Since starting the program back in April 2020, the Kitchen Bees have made over 8000 meals and worked with 75 volunteers from the community. The Kitchen Bees program is an outreach project of the Church of the Apostles in Guelph. The program works hard to help keep the community fed with high quality ingredients, […]

‘Faith demands action’: A conversation with Cheri DiNovo

By, Matt Gardner “We have power; we should use it.” The Rev. Cheri DiNovo, United Church minister, former Ontario MPP and longtime LGBTQ rights activist. Photo: Contributed The message of Jesus is a profoundly radical one for the Rev. Cheri DiNovo. A United Church minister and former NDP MPP in Ontario, DiNovo has long lived […]

Delving into the Meaning of National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We asked several people in our diocese for their reflections on what the day means for them, and for our ongoing work of reconciliation. The […]

Canadian Anglican archbishops sign anti-conversion therapy declaration

An international interfaith commission has called for an end to violence against and criminalization of LGBTQ+ people and a global ban on conversion therapy. The declaration by the Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ Lives, which launched Dec. 16, 2020, was signed by around 400 religious leaders from more than 35 countries. Among the launch signatories of the […]

Using Our ‘Holy Imagination’ in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

The dignity of the human person was a grounding principle for the recent diocesan forum, “Human Trafficking? Not in My Community!” From Bishop Susan Bell’s opening prayer to Archbishop Anne Germond’s concluding remarks, the 70 people in attendance were surely filled to overflowing with information on the issue, and compassion for the victims, when the […]

General Synod-funded research project addresses human trafficking

Since it was publicly identified in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than two million people worldwide. The global pandemic has had far-reaching effects in almost every area of our lives, and as many have said, has exacerbated previously existing issues of inequality around the globe. In the Asia […]

‘God’s total identification with the incarcerated’

Christ at the Column, Caravaggio. Art: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen/Wikipedia Prison chaplain Leigh Kern on the large-scale human suffering unfolding for those confined during COVID-19—and what you can do about it From March 24 to April 2, detainees at the Laval Migrant Detention Centre took part in a hunger strike demanding their release, citing the […]