Social Justice and Advocacy

The Social Justice and Advocacy Consultant, together with the Social Justice and Advocacy Committee, coordinates and advances the public witness of our Diocese on issues of social and ecological justice. We seek to be faithful to God’s call to compassion and justice, live out our baptismal vows, and engage faithfully with the world.

What’s New:

Policy and Best Practices for Diocesan Outreach during COVID-19 (PDF)

Many parishes have contacted the Diocesan Office asking whether and how to continue outreach programs during COVID-19.  This brief document outlines Diocesan policy on the matter as well as offering some best practices to protect the health and safety of staff, volunteers and guests.

List of Outreach Services Ongoing in the Diocese of Toronto during COVID-19 (PDF)

As of March 23, 2020, these are the outreach services still available in our Diocese during the COVID-19 restrictions. Most community meals are operating on a take-away basis.  We urge all parish staff and volunteers to take precautions as advised by local and provincial public health authorities.  Please note this list is subject to change without notice, if lack of resources and/or volunteers prompt a limitation or suspension of service.  

Advocacy in the Time of COVID-19

The current pandemic has made the need for housing and income security all the more urgent.  People experiencing homelessness, already at higher risk due to underlying health conditions, cannot follow the physical distancing and hygiene guidelines while living on the streets or in shelters. Join our Bishops in calling on municipal leaders to open up unused hotel rooms and other vacant residential units for those experiencing homelessness.

Letter to Mayor Tory about homelessness during COVID-19

Submission to Ontario Government Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultations

The provincial government is in the process of developing the next 5-year phase of its poverty reduction strategy. Until April 30, 2020, you are invited to share your input by taking the online survey or making a written submission by e-mail or regular mail.

You can read the Social Justice & Advocacy Committee’s submission here.

Social Justice Vestry Motion: Taking Action on Climate Change

Our 2020 Social Justice Vestry Motion focuses on climate change, with a call to action for the federal government as well as inviting parishes to choose their own contribution to lowering greenhouse gases. Visit our Vestry Motion page for more information.

Don’t forget to report the results of the Social Justice Vestry Motion at your parish to Elin Goulden, Social Justice & Advocacy Consultant, at egoulden@toronto.anglican.ca

Provincial Pre-budget Submission 2020

As part of the provincial government’s public consultations into the 2020 Budget, Bishop Andrew Asbil and the Social Justice & Advocacy Committee submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on  Finance and Economic Affairs.  You can read it here.

What We Do:

We facilitate communications between the Diocesan and Area Bishops and various levels of government, as well as educating, equipping and supporting Diocesan parishes and individual Anglicans in advocacy on social and ecological justice.

Our work is focused on three priority areas:

Other areas of concern, where we support the work of other church ministries, include:

Some of our key activities include:

 

To learn more: 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.