Rev. Dana’s drop-In office visits are resuming! With the gradual easing of restrictions and warmer weather, Rev. Dana will resume her outdoor office time on Thursdays, from 10:30 to noon, starting Thursday June 17. By this time we should be in Stage One of the Ontario Re-opening plan, which will allow for gatherings of up to a maximum of 10 people. Physical distancing and masks are still required. She will outside the James Street doors for BRIEF visits, to receive offering and for pickup of newsletters and other church related information. Please remember that this is not a private forum and so if you wish to discuss something more personal, please contact her to arrange an alternative visit. In case of inclement weather she will be inside the doors, but as inside gatherings are not allowed at this, it will simply be for drop-off or pickup. Dates: June 17, 24, July 1, 8 and 15.
Parking at Trinity Anglican Church – After noticing that more cars have been parking at Trinity, especially as the pandemic continues, the wardens have approached the town regarding by-law enforcement. We do not wish to have people ticketed, but want to discourage our parking lot from being seen and used as a public lot, and any possible liability for injury or damage that might occur. We will be issuing warning letters first, before we call the by-law department to ticket the car. Please continue to use the parking lot when you are on the property for any reason. If you need to park here at other times, as some have done in the past, please contact a warden or Rev. Dana to ask permission and to obtain a note of authorization, so as to avoid a warning letter or ticket. Thank-you.
June – National Giving Challenge on Canada Helps – During the month of June, Canada Helps, the online givings portal that we use, has a contest running. Every $1 donated to any charity through Canada Helps is an automatic chance for that charity to win $20,000. We see this particularly as an alternative way for those who are not already giving to Trinity on a regular basis to find out about us and to give, as there are fees attached for this service. You can help by ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ the posts from Canada Helps that will shared on our Facebook page, encouraging others so find out about Trinity and donate.
New Webmaster Needed
Trinity is looking for someone to oversee and manage our Trinity website, as I am stepping down after over 6 years managing it.
We have an established website. At this point, it should be about a one-hour per week commitment, updating to things like the sidebar and calendar. Rev. Dana does the weekly update of the virtual worship. One of the biggest challenges for me recently has been my internet speed because I am not in town. So, it is recommended that you have an internet speed over 10 Mpbs, which would be your basic high-speed internet. The website is on the WordPress platform, which is easy to use and manage. They provide excellent support through training, online chat and email. A familiarity with social media posting would be an asset.
I will be available for training and support as part of the transition. Please prayerfully consider if you have the interest, time and internet speed to be the new webmaster. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please contact Cynthia Riley firstname.lastname@example.org
Indigenous Peoples History Month and Day of Prayer
For many years June 21 has been the National Indigenous Day of Prayer. In the resources shared with us, it was noted that June is in fact Indigenous Peoples History Month, which seems very appropriate right now especially.
Like many my heart is heavy following the announced discovery of the 215 unmarked graves of children at the site of the former residential school in Kamloops, BC, and like many I suspect, I continue to sit with this, not really sure what to do or how to respond. I began our service Sunday following the Territorial Acknowledgement with an explanation of why I was wearing orange, which has come to represent solidarity with residential school victims, survivors and their families, and to observe a time of silence. This for me was the acknowledgment of the weight many are feeling right now, a small gesture but for me deeply meaningful. I continue to reflect on how I and we as community can respond. Those who joined me for Wednesday morning prayer will note I have an orange ribbon I am wearing as a continuing acknowledgement. Despite the heaviness and sorrow that many are wrestling with, I am glad that the conversation has continued, that we as Canadians have continued to talk about it and as settlers to ask how we can be allies to Indigenous Peoples. I hope that like other tragic events this year, this will be a spark that ignites conversations and action,to a commitment to learning, understanding and reflecting on the continuing legacy of the residential school and the underlying system racism toward Indigenous peoples that continues to exist.
Since the news broke there have been memorials created like children’s shoes, ribbons on trees, flags lowered to half-mast. These are tangible ways we are expressing our grief and sorrow, as we often do in the face of tragedy. After some thought and prayer, I want to let you know that this coming Sunday, June 6 at 2:15 pm I will ring our bell 215 times. This is a tangible way of saying we will remember and we commit to the continuing work of reconciliation as we say each week in the Territorial Acknowledgement. We do this at this time, just as we rang the bell a year ago following the deadly violence in Nova Scotia and as we rang the bell in March to mark the one-year anniversary of the pandemic. While I cannot invite you to gather to hear, I encourage you on Sunday at 2:15 to pause with me and remember.
In addition, on Sunday June 20, as part of our Sunday morning service, will mark the National Indigenous Day of Prayer. The Toronto Urban Native Ministries and The Rev. Leigh Kern, our Diocesan Right Relations Coordinator, have created a number of recorded resources for our use, including a sermon, that we can use in our service.
If you would like to explore more about Indigenous History during June here are a few resources you might find helpful:
Sacred Teachings Podcasthttps://www.anglican.ca/im/podcasts/
There are six incredible seasons to choose from the National Indigenous Ministries Sacred Teachings Podcast. From interviews with Indigenous psychologists to Traditional Teachings, this podcast series highlights the wisdom of Indigenous Elders from across the continent of Turtle Island.
Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts,https://www.anglican.ca/primate/tfc/drj/doctrineofdiscovery/
From the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. This award-winning documentary provides education and insight into the racist foundations of many of our property and other laws still in existence to this day.
Residential Schools Timelinehttps://nctr.ca/exhibits/residential-school-timeline/
As part of the resources from the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation, this is a timeline highlighted with photos and information from the first school in 1831 to close of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 2015. It provides a quick overview and introduction.
Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy: Why, What and How
submitted by Rev. Dana
Last week a number of our parish leaders joined me for Sexual Misconduct Policy Training, which is required every three years for those in medium and high-risk ministry. As has been noted at training events over the years, it is only those in high and medium risk ministries that are required to attend. This leaves others in the parish that may unknowingly, unintentionally do something that could be considered sexual misconduct or those who witness something and do not know how to address it. So as has been suggested at times over the year, I am writing an article about what Sexual Misconduct is and what to do if you experience or witness it.
First, let me clear up a common misconception. To paraphrase the training notes, we do this training because it is the right thing to do. Litigation and subsequent insurance issues have made us aware of what has occurred in the church, and caused us to look at our current practices and to seek as a Christian community to work toward education and change in order to create safe environments for all.
What is Sexual Misconduct?
Sexual Misconduct falls into three categories, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Exploitation, and Sexual Assault. The most common form, which many of us have experienced at times is Sexual Harassment. It is important to note that the majority of reported incidents are between adults.
*Sexual harassmentis any unwanted sexual comment, advance or demand either verbal or physical, that is reasonably perceived by the recipient as demeaning, intimidating or coercive. This can include an unwanted hug or touch, or an inappropriate comment or joke. This is the common form and the one that often happens unintentionally.
*Sexual exploitationis taking advantage of the vulnerability of an adult where there is a position of power and authority, including a pastoral relationship. The imbalance of power is the key here, and the reason the clergy or others with positional power cannot have a relationship with someone over whom they have power.
*Sexual assaultis a criminal offense. It is any intentional use of force or threat of use of force to perform a sex act against another person against their consent, whether they are adults or children.
What to do?
In the Procedures section of the Policy there are flow charts of informal and formal processes for each of the types of Sexual Misconduct. As the most common type, let me highlight Sexual Harassment. This model is very much based in Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:15-20, an escalating level of involvement. The initial step is to ask the other person to stop the offending behaviour, as the person usually isn’t aware that what they are doing is offending you. I think most people if they knew what they were doing was offensive would stop and apologize, because we do not mean to cause hurt to others. This can be the person who was offended or a witness to the offense. If this does not resolve the situation or if you would prefer help in starting the conversation, you can speak with the clergy, wardens or deputy wardens. They will address the issue with the other person, if possible, by facilitating a meeting between those involved. Finally, if it can’t be resolved, the Canon Pastor and Diocesan Response Team can be called in. The current Canon Pastor is The Rev. Canon John Anderson, who works with the Diocesan Response Team in implementing the Policy and investigating and resolving complaints. When it comes to Sexual Exploitation or Assault, the Canon Pastor and Response Team are usually called in because of the seriousness of the matter. Whenever they are called in there are support teams to assist the accuser, the respondent and the parish, as appropriate.
Part of creating a safe environment for all, is being proactive, making changes to reduce the risk before it happens. Many of these changes are already evident in our physical structure and the way we do ministry, including having windows in doors, having more than one person supervising or conducting a ministry and providing training to those in high and medium risk ministries. This article is another step, in informing the church community of what Sexual Misconduct is and how they can begin to deal with it when it occurs. Copies of the Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy are available from the church office, or at this link on the diocesan website. If you have any questions feel free to ask me.
The Second Hand Shop remains closed for now and we are unable to accept any donations for the Shop. Please DO NOT leave items at the church. No one is working in the shop. We look forward to the time when it is safe to open up again and we certainly will let you know when!
Yoga continues on Zoom, Saturdays at 10 am. $10 per class. Anyone interested may contact Art Holden, for Yogi George.
Church yard/boot sale – We hope to be able to host a sale in the parking lot later this summer. Please put aside items you might be willing to sell at the sale. More details to come.