Social Justice and Advocacy: What’s new

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

New Diocesan Policy Papers

We’ve just updated our Diocesan Policy Papers on our three priority areas:  Affordable Housing and Homelessness; Poverty Reduction; and Environmental Issues.  You can find and download them here.

Social Justice Vestry Motion 2019: Standing In Solidarity

Thanks to all parishes who have already reported on their response to this year’s Social Justice Vestry motion. If you haven’t done so yet, please send the motion, as passed by your parish, to Elin Goulden, Social Justice & Advocacy consultant, at egoulden@toronto.anglican.ca

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)

You can find supplementary resources on our Poverty Reduction page, and a sample letter here.

2019 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission

Read our 2019 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission 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)

 

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