Social Justice and Advocacy: What’s new

Archbishop Colin Johnson responds to 2017 Ontario Budget

You can read Archbishop Colin’s response to the new provincial budget and the recently-announced changes to employment standards and the minimum wage, here.

Save the Date: Outreach Conference on November 4, 2017.

This year’s Outreach Conference will be held at St. John’s York Mills (19 Don Ridge Dr., Toronto, ON) on Saturday, November 4, 2017.  Mark your calendars now to ensure you don’t miss this annual opportunity for learning and networking! Watch this space for more details.

You asked – we answered! Notice of Vestry Motion 2018: Homelessness and Affordable Housing

Many parishes have indicated that they would prefer early notice of the annual Social Justice Vestry Motion, so as to incorporate opportunities to learn about the issue into their advance planning.  We are responding by announcing the theme of next year’s Social Justice Vestry Motion: to call on all levels of government to address homelessness and the need for affordable housing. Over the next few months we will be posting resources which can be used to stimulate learning and discussion about the issue – watch this space!

The wording of the motion will be posted after it is confirmed by the College of Bishops in Fall 2017.

Updated Outreach & Advocacy Prayer Cycle

The Outreach & Advocacy Prayer Cycle has been updated for use in your parish and ministries for the 2016-2017 liturgical year. You can download this resource below

Tribute to Archbishop Finlay

The Rev. Maggie Helwig, chair of the Social Justice and Advocacy Committee, wrote a tribute to Archbishop Terence Finlay after his death on March 20. Read her thoughts on behalf of the committee.

 

 Watch our Advocacy Video!

Our five-minute video “Out of Poverty – From Charity to Justice” gives basic facts on poverty and how you can respond. It is ideal for parish use. We invite you to share it on Facebook or Twitter!

A longer version (18 minutes) is also available, along with a users’ guide (pdf).