Social Justice and Advocacy: What’s new

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

Social Justice Vestry Motion 2019: Standing In Solidarity

This year, our Social Justice Vestry Motion calls on parishes to take action to stand in solidarity with those living in poverty in our communities. Recalling that how we treat “the least of these” among us is how we treat Christ himself, parishes are invited to pledge one way to increase their direct outreach on behalf of those in need and one way to increase their advocacy efforts toward structural and policy changes to benefit people experiencing poverty.

Social Justice Vestry Motion 2019 and Backgrounder (PDF)

Supplementary resources will be added as they are available.

Take action on behalf of low-wage and precarious workers

The provincial government has tabled legislation (Bill 47) which would not only cancel the minimum wage increase scheduled for January 1, 2019, but would freeze the minimum wage at its current level until October 1, 2020, as well as roll back key protections for precarious workers. Our justice partner, the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC), has prepared this brief form letter that can be sent to your MPP. Please fill in with the name of your MPP and your provincial riding and send it to them, copying ISARC at coordinator@isarc.ca

To find your MPP’s name and e-mail address, click here.

For more information on how and why to speak out for low-wage workers, please visit https://www.15andfairness.org/

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.

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 2018-2019 liturgical year. You can download this resource below:

(For best results, select the “booklet” option when printing from the PDF)

The 2017-2018 Cycle is still available until December 2018:

 

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