Social Justice and Advocacy: What’s new

To learn more about Social Justice and Advocacy in the Diocese of Toronto, see “What We Do”.

Outreach Conference Registration Open

Our 2019 Outreach & Advocacy Conference, “Grounded and Growing in Christ: Church as a centre of resistance and hope” will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019.  Learn more and register here!

Federal Election Resources

The 43rd Canadian general election will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019.

Elections give us an opportunity not only to exercise our democratic rights, but to consider what makes for a society of justice and dignity in which all can flourish. Scripture calls us to seek the welfare of the communities in which God has placed us (Jeremiah 29:7) and to speak out and judge righteously on behalf of those in need (Proverbs 31:8-9).  Likewise, our baptismal covenant calls us to “seek and serve Christ in all persons,” to “respect the dignity of every human being,” and to “strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation.” These are values which should inform all our actions, including our electoral choices.

Please take the time to inform yourself about the issues and the positions of the candidates in your riding.  Use this election period as an opportunity to have conversations with friends and family about the common good. Perhaps your church can host an all-candidates’ meeting, or educate members on how to make sure they are on the voters’ list. Pray for wisdom and discernment for voters and for those who will be elected.  Finally, get out and vote!

The following resources may be helpful in providing background information and posing questions for candidates on justice issues in the upcoming election:

Citizens for Public Justice, 2019 Election Bulletin: “Shaping a Just Canada”

Canadian Council of Churches, 2019 Federal Election Guide: “Justice and Only Justice, Shall You Pursue

Updated Outreach & Advocacy Prayer Cycle

The Outreach & Advocacy Prayer Cycle has been updated for the 2018-2019 liturgical year. You can download this resource below:

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

Get Involved: 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.