Social Justice and Advocacy: What’s new

To learn more about Social Justice and Advocacy in the Diocese of Toronto, click here.

Vestry Motion 2018: Homelessness and Affordable Housing

NEW: Area Vestry Motion/Advocacy Workshops scheduled for January 2018.  See here for a list of free half-day workshops for each episcopal area, and links to register.

Parishes are asked to present and consider the following motion at their annual Vestry Meetings in 2018:

Social Justice & Advocacy Vestry Motion 2018: Affordable Housing and Homelessness

All levels of government need to work together to build and sustain affordable housing. We, the vestry of [name of parish] in the Diocese of Toronto, urge the provincial government to:

  1. Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to increase and maintain the available stock of affordable housing in Ontario.
  2. Develop specific strategies to address the needs of communities and populations experiencing disproportionately high levels of inadequate housing, including members of Indigenous and racialized communities, newcomers to Canada, seniors, youth, survivors of domestic violence, and people living with mental illness or addictions.
  3. Work with the federal government to maximize the impact of the National Housing Strategy on housing in Ontario.
  4. Work with municipalities to ensure that emergency shelters are adequately funded to meet the needs of their communities.

We have prepared a brief backgrounder for you to use in your parish. For further reading, about housing need in our communities, visit the additional resources available here.

Updated Outreach & Advocacy Prayer Cycle

The Outreach & Advocacy Prayer Cycle has been updated for use in your parish and ministries for the 2017-2018 liturgical year. You can download this resource below:

Faith Buildings Energy Benchmarking Project: FREE WEBINAR

Our friends at Faith & the Common Good/Greening Sacred Spaces have received funding to do a Faith Building Energy Benchmarking Project with 100 faith communities in Toronto, York Region, and Halton Region.  Greening Sacred Spaces has worked successfully with several parishes and communities in our Diocese including St. Matthew’s, Islington, Holy Trinity, Thornhill, and the Sisters of St. John the Divine.

If your parish is in Toronto or York Region and you want to learn more, a free Energy Savings Webinar will be offered on Monday, January 22, 2018, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. To register, follow this link.

In this webinar, Dianne Saxe, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner, tells us why it is essential that faith communities step up to respond to the climate crisis, and what you can do to make a difference. Donna Lang, Faith & the Common Good Toronto Animator, presents the new energy benchmarking program, while Toronto Hydro and Enbridge give you information about incentives for saving energy at your building.

Click here to read how Faith & the Common Good/Greening Sacred Spaces is helping Holy Trinity, Thornhill achieve their environmental stewardship and energy saving goals.

 

 

To learn more, or to get involved, please contact Elin Goulden, Social Justice & Advocacy Consultant, at egoulden@toronto.anglican.ca or by phone at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932), extension 240.