A Community Exploring Faith, Seeking Justice, and Living with Respect in Creation

Office & delivery address: 165 Avenue Road, Unit 402, Toronto ON, M5R 3S4

Weekly Sunday Services on Zoom and in person at 10:30am at 729 St. Clair Ave. W

Read, Learn, and Explore Together

Monthly Book Club

The Book Club has selected its books for next fall/early winter. We welcome anyone who has read the book being discussed. All these books are available in the Toronto library system.

We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom, using a computer, tablet or iPad, or you can join by phone. You can join via Zoomchurch or phone in to 647-374-4685 or 647-558-0588, and give meeting ID 361 611 8730, ##. Password: zoomchurch

Selected books are:

September 13 August Into Winter by Guy Vanderhaeghe

Set in Vanderhaeghe’s unrelenting and breathtaking Canadian prairie landscape, this is the story of a lone rancher, his brother, a Winnipeg schoolteacher with a romantic past and a person out for revenge.

October 4  Permanent Astonishment by Tomson Highway

Born on a trapline, in the subarctic, Tomson Highway grew up on the land. He recounts a vivid story of his early life and his parent’s ingenuity to survive in the wilds of northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba. His father wanted his children to receive an education and as a result Tomson and his younger brother Rene completed the elementary level at a residential school. This memoir recounts their lives until Tomson is to leave for secondary school in Winnipeg.

November 8    Fight Night by Miriam Toews 

A close knit family of three generations live together in Toronto. Swiv, a teenager, has been expelled from school for fighting. Mom is a pregnant actress who is also caring for her aging mother. Grandma, a retired nurse, has many health problems. but a very positive attitude to life. This is a warm and very funny story. 

December 6   Still Hopeful: lessons from a lifetime of activism by Maude Barlow

Barlow counters the prevailing atmosphere of pessimism that surrounds us and offers lessons of hope that she has learned from a lifetime of activism.

January 3, 2023   We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies by Tsering Yangzom Lama.

Breathtaking in scope and powerfully intimate. This is a gorgeously written meditation on colonization, displacement, and the lengths we’ll go to remain connected to our families and ancestral lands. Told through the lives of four people over fifty years, this beautifully lyrical debut novel provides a nuanced portrait of the world of Tibetan exiles.

Craddock Lectures

2020 marked the 58th anniversary of our annual Craddock Lecture with a talk by Elizabeth May. Our lectures have addressed such topics as “Religion and Global Affairs”, “Culture, Spirituality and Law in Anishinabe and Christian Traditions”, National Security or Human Rights: Where is the Balance? and “Religion: Recovering Our Roots”. Prior speakers have included: Stephen Toope, John Borrows, Margaret Atwood, Ursula Franklin, Michael Ignatieff, Mark Kingwell, Margaret Laurence, Very Rev. Stan Mackay, Rabbi Gunther Plaut, Murray Schaeffer, Janice Stein, and Marion Woodman.

4th Sunday Seminars

The Social Justice committee is pleased to announce that the 4th Sunday Seminar Series is back.  All sessions will be held by Zoom at 11:45 am following our morning service.  Speaker information will be sent out ahead of all sessions.  A question and answer session will follow after the speaker presents.  

View a recording of our last 4th Sunday Seminar, and get all the details on the next one, here!

Health and Spiritual Wellness

The following usual events are on hold due to COVID-19. You can still receive support by getting in touch with Nancy, our faith community nurse (416 924 7439 Ext 29, or [email protected]) or Tina, our congregational care coordinator (416 924 7439  Ext 23, or [email protected]).

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Therapeutic Touch® is a complimentary therapy which can produce the effect of relaxation, a sense of well-being and a reduction in the perception of pain. Once a month, after the church service, a group of us who practices Therapeutic Touch® offers free treatments to anyone. Everyone is welcome to come and find out more about TT, and have a treatment if they’d like.

Blood pressure clinics are offered by our Faith Community Nurse after church on the 3rd Sunday each month. You can have your blood pressure checked, discuss any medical concerns with a nurse, or make an appointment for a longer discussion with her about any of your health and wellness concerns.

Health & Wellness Workshops – learn more about current health or wellness issues. Three to four times each year educational workshops or information sessions are sponsored by the Faith Community Nursing Committee. Recent topics include: Music for Wellness, Safety for Seniors, and Brain Fitness. The speakers may be from within the congregation, or external experts. Upcoming events are publicized on the church website.

Shining Waters Indigenous Reading List

Shining Waters prepared a wonderful summer reading list of Indigenous materials covering fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and videos. If you have already seen their list we hope you had the opportunity to look at several of the items over the summer months. However, if you are now planning your autumn and winter reading and viewing adventures click here to take a look at the Shining Waters list.

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