Social Justice and Advocacy: What we do

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The Social Justice and Advocacy Consultant provides support to and takes direction from the Diocesan and Area Bishops on matters of social and ecological justice.  The Consultant also works with the Social Justice Advocacy Committee (SJAC) to equip, engage and support Anglicans throughout the Diocese in living out our baptismal vows to seek and serve Christ in all persons, to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being, to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation and to respect, sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Advocacy 101: Seeking Justice with Elin Goulden and Rev. Kyn Barker at the 2016 Outreach and Advocacy Conference at Holy Trinity School, Richmond Hill on Saturday October 15, 2016.  Photo: Michael Hudson

The social justice work of the Diocese focuses on, but is not limited to, three priority areas, each of which has its own subcommittee:

Other areas of concern include the welcoming of refugees, justice and corrections, and issues of Indigenous justice and reconciliation.

 

We seek to strengthen the public witness of the Church through the following means:

EDUCATE: We use tools like this website, The Anglican newspaper, our monthly e-newsletter and our Facebook page to inform Anglicans about social and environmental issues and how our Diocese is responding to these concerns.

EQUIP: We give Anglicans the tools and resources they need to be effective agents of positive change in their communities.

REFLECT: We provide theological reflections and insights on contemporary social justice issues.

ORGANIZE: We coordinate the efforts of the Diocese to ensure that there is a consistent message from our church.

MOBILIZE: We have a network of dedicated people we notify about workshops, presentations, rallies, and campaigns which ensures that Anglicans have a presence at important events in the area covered by the diocese.

PARTNER: We collaborate with other justice organizations and dioceses doing similar work, adding our voice to theirs.

SUPPORT: We provide support to parishes in their justice and advocacy work. We answer questions, connect groups doing similar work with one another, and attend justice and advocacy events in parishes when possible.

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.