Social Justice and Advocacy: What’s new

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

Municipal Election Guide 2018

Communities throughout Ontario will be going to the polls October 22 to elect their municipal government.  Municipal and regional governments make decisions and provide services which have a direct impact on people’s lives, particularly the lives of those living in poverty. A guide to the issues at stake has been prepared to help you evaluate the candidates in your community.

Note: Recent legislative and judicial developments have led to uncertainty about ward boundaries and candidates, and even the timing of the municipal election, within the City of Toronto.  It may thus be difficult for Toronto voters to have an opportunity to engage with candidates for councillor and school trustee before the election.  However, we hope this guide will be useful both for communities outside Toronto, as well as for helping Toronto voters evaluate candidates for mayor, and advocate for issues after the election.

Parish Outreach and Greening Survey: Preliminary Results

Between May 16 and August 22 our Parish Outreach and Greening Survey received 67 responses from 63 parishes across the Diocese.  We were encouraged to read of the ways in which so many parishes are reaching out to their neighbours in need, advocating for change, and helping to steward God’s creation. You can read our preliminary report here.

If you haven’t yet participated in the survey, we still want to hear from you! The survey takes only 10-15 minutes to complete, and may be completed by an incumbent, churchwarden, or other layperson active in outreach.   To reach the survey, click here.

Outreach & Advocacy Conference, October 27, 2018:  “Transformed Hearts, Transforming Structures”

To learn more and register for this year’s event, please see our Conference page.

 

Vestry Motion 2019: Reaching Ontarians in Deep Poverty

Our 2019 Social Justice Vestry Motion will address the needs of Ontarians living in deep poverty, particularly those on social assistance.  Over the summer we will be refining the wording of the motion and adding to our list of background resources. Look for the approved wording of the motion in October 2018.

Faith Buildings Energy Benchmarking Project

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.  This project will help parishes establish a baseline for their energy use and identify areas for improvement to lower energy costs. Several churches in our Diocese have already signed up – you can learn more and sign up here.

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. 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.

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:

 

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