‘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 […]

A Public Letter on Guaranteed Basic Income

What follows is an open letter signed by 41 Anglican and ELCIC bishops to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance calling for a Guaranteed Basic Income. this letter in PDF format   A Public Letter On Guaranteed Basic Income   The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada […]

Human trafficking and a cup of tea

“Human trafficking and slavery are evil, violent crimes against God, creation and humanity. They take root and grow where the commodification of people and the Earth is encouraged and rewarded, where ‘getting something for free is admired’, and where systems of oppression — colonization, imperialism, racism, patriarchy — create and perpetuate false realities, truths, orders, and values.” With those […]

Bishop Advocates for Social Assistance Increase

In a recent letter to local Members of Provincial Parliament, Bishop Susan Bell urged legislators from all political parties to use their voices to speak out in favour of an increase to Ontario social assistance rates. “In doing so, you will help uphold the dignity of some of our most economically vulnerable neighbours in our […]