Anti-racism Study Group
As part of Bloor Street’s effort to increase our understanding and activism on anti-racism, our minister Martha ter Kuile will be leading a year-long study group. This is a shared initiative of the Worship and Christian Development Committee and the Social Justice Committee. The group will meet monthly by ZOOM, on the third Tuesday, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., at the church ZOOM link.
We will focus on novels rather than non-fiction or documentaries, because fiction is a more direct invitation to the imagination, and a way to grasp the experience of others. We’ll use these books as a starting point for a discussion of our own experience and understanding of the dynamics of racism.
All are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Martha: [email protected] / 416-924-7439, ext. 44.
Monthly Book Club
The Book Club has settled on books they will discuss during the fall and up to January 2022. We alternate between fiction and non-fiction and concentrate on Canadian books. Discussion usually focuses on spiritual, moral or ethical issues raised in the book, and their relevance to contemporary political or social issues. We welcome anyone who has read the book being discussed.
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 7: A Town Called Solace—Mary Lawson
This novel explores the relationships amongst three very different people who are unexpectedly brought together by fate and the mistakes of the past. Lawson skillfully uncovers the layers of grief and remorse and love that connect us, while revealing that sometimes, unexpectedly, a new life is possible. Learn more here.
October 5: The Answer Is –Alex Trebek
The autobiography of long-time (three decades) Canadian host of the highly enjoyable and stimulating American TV quiz show, Jeopardy. Learn more here.
November 2: Five Little Indians—Michelle Good
This novel tells the story of five Indigenous children who meet at a remote, church-run residential school and follows their lives after they are released seven years later and make their way to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. (There is a long list at the library for this although it is readily available as an e book.) Learn more here.
December 7: Value (s) – Mark Carney
A learned book that discusses the foundational changes needed in the economy to develop society based on human values, rather than monetary value. Learn more here.
January 4, 2022: The Innocents – Michael Crummey
A tale of survival – two small children suddenly orphaned and isolated in a remote cove in Newfoundland. Learn more here.
2018 marked the 56th anniversary of our annual Craddock Lecture. Richard Craddock was a member of Bloor Street and a high school math teacher with a deep interest in students and learning. In 1961, he left a bequest in his will indicating the interest was to be used to bring an outstanding speaker to the church at least once a year during the regular university term. We hope we have not shied away from his wishes. 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: 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. Please mark your calendars for the 4th Sunday of November, January, February, March and April.
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]).
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.