The Herald: September - October 2013


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The Herald: September - October 2013

  1. 1. CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK, TORONTO, CANADA VOLUME 39, NUMBER 3 Displayed in the Atrium, this painting represents the history of Christ Church Deer Park. The painting, by Lorraine B. Hovey, was commissioned for the 100th Anniversary of Christ Church Deer Park and presented to the church in memory of Mr. and Mrs. A.F.D. Lace, 1970 HERALD
  2. 2. HERALD is published six times a year (Sept, Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan, Feb/Mar, Apr/May, June/July) by Christ Church Deer Park 1570 Yonge Street Toronto ON M4T 1Z8 Tel: 416.920.5211 Fax: 416.920.8400 We welcome your submissions. E-mail: or the editor (e-mail below). PARISH CLERGY Rector The Rev. Kevin Robertson Associate Priest The Rev. Canon Douglas Graydon Assistant Curate The Rev. Julie Meakin Honorary Assistants The Rev. Dr. Peter Slater The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, Ecumenical Partner, United Church of Canada Organist & Director of Music Eric Robertson Director of Children’s Education Natalie Kemp CORPORATION Rector’s Warden Genevieve Chornenki People’s Warden Carolyn Kearns Finance Warden/Treasurer Robert Morrow Deputy Warden Henry Zaluski EDITORIAL COMMITTEE Editor Joyce Hamilton ( Members Henry Zaluski, Photos: Deirdre Malone, Henry Zaluski, Peter Curzon, Kate Rieger Webmaster Brian Dench PARISH STAFF Dirctor of Parish Operations Paul Marritt Bookkeeper Elisabeth Lunder Sexton Denis Delisle Dear friends, I want to begin by thanking you for the gift of Sabbath time this summer. As many of you know, I have been away from the parish since late May, and have spent the past few months caring for our young family at home. Those of you who are parents will know it ís a full-time job! But in my ‘spare time’, I also worked towards professional development goals, which included some reading on leadership in a rapidly changing church and world. One of my other goals was to visit other churches, to see how they are striving to do the work of the Gospel in the midst of change, and trying to meet the needs of the people of God in their own contexts. This was fascinating stuff! Some churches had modern music, while others had medieval chant; some churches were huge and some were small; some were prosperous, while others were just trying to keep their heads above water; some were hopeful, and others seemed to despair. Some Sunday mornings, I walked away from church buoyed, while other times I felt discouraged. It was very good to get a glimpse into other communities of faith, and I hope that after all of this ‘research’, I am returning to CCDP with a sense of what we’re doing well and what we might do better. I certainly return with an appreciation for all of you, and your tremendous commitment to each other and to the mission of God in this place. This fall season is shaping up to be a wonderfully active time in the life of our community. In the pages of this newsletter and on the website, you will read about some of the things that are planned: the Blessing of Animals, the Rummage Sale and Christmas Fair, various education programs, baptisms, confirmations, social events, special services and much more. A rather bittersweet event for us this month will be our farewell to Jean King. We are delighted that she is retiring to pursue her many interests including travel, but we will miss her terribly. For over 24 years, Jean has been an outstanding parish administrator. She has helped to hold the corporate memory of this parish through times of clergy transition and change in lay leadership. She has been invaluable in the day-to-day operations of this parish, and has overseen volunteers and various staff members with sensitivity and humour. I hope you will plan to join us as we celebrate and give thanks for her ministry among us. Jean’s farewell reception will take place on Friday, September 20th from 3:00-5:30 pm in Elliott Hall. A few words will be shared at 4:30 p.m. We look forward to welcoming Paul Marritt, our new Director of Parish Operations, and I hope you will extend to Paul a warm CCDP welcome as he gets settled in. As we look ahead to a new year and new opportunities, let us never forget to seize each moment that God has given us. This community exists first and foremost for the world outside our walls, and each day is a new chance to engage others, to transform and be transformed by the living Spirit of God that dwells within each of 2 / HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK SEPT/OCT 2013 Kevin’s CornerHERALD
  3. 3. 3 / HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK SEPT/OCT 2013 us. If you haven’t done so already, please consider using your unique talents within this place. May God’s power, continuously working through us, do infinitely more than we could ask for or imagine. Yours faithfully, The Reverend Kevin Robertson, Rector Welcome Paul Marritt BORN AND RAISED IN CAMBRIDGE ONTARIO, Paul attended Lakehead University for Business Administration and George Brown College for Chef Training. He worked for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship/Pioneer Camps for over 25 years in Food Service, Administration and Accounting, and for the past four years at Walmer Road Baptist Church in the Office /Rental administration, Accounting, and Property Management departments. A member and Treasurer of Grace Presbyterian Church, Westhill, Paul enjoys cooking, travel and... making maple syrup! (Some for the Christmas Fair perhaps?) He is looking forward to new experiences and serving our God at Christ Church Deer Park. ...and I know that we will give Paul both a warm CCDP welcome and patient and generous assistance as he learns about us in his new position as Director of Parish Operations. Whither Jean...? TRAVEL IS FIRST ON THE LIST. One daughter has been studying in England. The plan is to meet her in Rome and spend about a month there... Jean’s husband, Patrick, is interested in language and hopes to pick up some Italian courses. Jean will also look into language but, more particularly, Italian cooking. From there, they will tour through the East, (Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia are on the agenda), as they make their way to Darwin, Australia, where Patrick has a work contract. In all, they will probably be away for about six months. After that, whatever Jean decides to do (yet to be determined), we can be assured that it will be enjoined with her natural enthusiasm and dedication. And so, sadly, we bid her farewell...but wish her well (with perhaps the hope that she will come back to visit us one day and tell us of her adventures). Please plan to drop by... as we bid farewell to Jean King (on her last day with us), at a reception to celebrate and thank her for her invaluable contribution to this parish over the past 24 years. She will be missed. Friday, September 20 3:00 - 5:30 pm Elliott Hall
  4. 4. 4 / HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK SEPT/OCT 2013 If you are able, join us for the Wednesday morning Eucharist at 7:30 am in the Chapel and either stay for breakfast or head off to work. Spending 5 minutes at the beginning and ending of each day in prayer, whether speaking to God or listening to God in silent prayer, will also ground you as you go about your daily tasks. Practicing silent prayer twice a day has definitely been a grounding force in my own life. I’ve found that the time ‘given up’ is regained because I am more focused and so use time more wisely and efficiently. When we spend time with God we are moving our whole being - body, mind, and spirit - into a greater harmony and clarity. We are more able to be attentive to people and to situations. We are more able to live in the present moment. When we spend time with God we come to know the gift of our own being, that we are loved and know that love is the centre of our being. This is a great stabilizing force, to be sure! Knowing this is not as easy or as simple as it sounds, because we often feel unworthy of love, that we’re not good enough, that we just don’t measure up. That is why knowing we are loved is such a freeing experience, “the glorious liberty of the children of God”, as St.Paul puts it. When we spend time with God we may find that our desires may shift, that we become less reactive, more measured and patient. Our relationships may also improve. A still, calm centre helps to navigate through the many demands we face each day. Of course, all of this takes time, but if we get into the habit, especially if we can do this with our families, we will see subtle changes happening. I encourage you to take up one of these daily practices (if you haven’t already!) and find “the peace that passes all understanding” in the midst of our hectic, crazy, but amazing lives. Cheers! The Reverend Julie Meakin, Assistant Curate Greetings! I hope that everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable summer, and that you were able to get some downtime that is much needed in our increasingly hectic world. As we swing into the fall, no doubt many of us will be thinking about how “crazy busy” life will become. Children and young people will not only be engaged at school but also involved in various activities, The question we may ask is, “How can I stay grounded and centered in the midst of this busyness? How can I not feel pulled in a thousand different directions, with too much to do and not enough time or energy to do them? How will I know what requests to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to, or “maybe”?” Try this. Spend a few minutes at the beginning and end of each day being attentive to God. This could take the form of saying the Lord’s Prayer, or a favourite Psalm, like Psalm 28: The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. Or Psalm 23, which most people know by heart. Even repeating a line every so often during the day may be helpful: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Morning and Evening Prayer are a staple of our Anglican tradition, easily found online and of course in the BAS. Check out ship/worship/texts/daily2/morneve/morning-and-evening- prayer-in-ordinary-time.aspx for an online version. If you are sitting in the subway on the way to work you can also listen to morning prayer podcasts. The Episcopal Church in Garrett County, Maryland, has a nice one: Reading Scripture is made helpful by two little booklets: Forward Day by Day and Our Daily Bread. Both are avail- able here at the church. They contain a Bible verse and a very short commentary for each day. Meakin’s Musings
  5. 5. 5 / HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK SEPT/OCT 2013 to pray. And some are gifted with the patience to attend to those in need. If you are interested, or simply curious, please plan to attend the September 15th information session. It will begin at 11:30 am, after worship, in the Arthur Smith Room. Questions can be directed towards either David Moore or Reverend Canon Douglas Graydon, Associate Clergy. Reverend Canon Douglas Graydon. Associate Priest Doug’s Discourse THE CNE AIR SHOW HAS COME AND GONE and summer is officially over. Children have returned to school and work- places are gearing back up to full speed. While Toronto’s summer humidity lingers, the slower pace of July and August are fading fast away. This fall will see a new initiative in parish ministry begin. The Lay Ministry Committee, chaired by David Moore, will launch its Congregational Care program with an information session scheduled for Sunday September 15th. Over the past year, the Lay Ministry Committee has researched various models of healing ministry and has canvassed parishioners on the pastoral care needs of the congregation. Research shows there is an interest in developing a care program involving lay pastoral visiting, lay anointing and friendly visiting. Each has a unique ministry profile and each requires different levels of training and commitment. Friendly visiting is exactly what it says it is. Parishioners will volunteer to keep in touch with shut-in’s or those who are only able to worship at CCDP on occasion. Lay pastoral visitors would be those who pledge to visit parishioners in need for a limited, usually weekly, period of time. Lay anointers would be those who are interested in building up a ministry of healing at CCDP through the recognized practice of anointing with oil those who seek God’s healing grace. Training workshops are scheduled for each. Friendly visitors and lay pastoral visitors will be invited to attend two work- shops, scheduled for Saturday, October 26th and Saturday, November 2nd. Parishioners interested in Lay Anointing will be required to attend a weekend workshop planned for November 22-24th. It is the hope of the Congregational Care Program that those interested in exploring a healing ministry here at CCDP will find the resources, community and prayerful support of others who are also engaged in building such a healing presence throughout the parish. As Christ reminds us, God equips us with the variety of skills required to build up our community of faith. As some are teachers and others are preachers, some are leaders and some are called Coming Up! New Life in Baptism! Sunday, September 15 The sacrament of baptism is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together as we celebrate new life among us. Baptism is not only a rite for infants, but for people of all ages. At the 10 am service we will welcome five children into the Church. Confirmation! Sunday, September 29 Bishop Yu will confirm eight of our young people at the 10 am service. That day is also “Back to Church” Sunday, so be sure to invite a friend to church. Please keep the baptism and confirmation candidates in your prayers. Blessing of the Animals! Sunday, October 6th - 12:30 pm One of our most popular services. It’s taking place in the church, with human and pet refreshments afterwards out on the lawn (weather permitting) or in the bell tower. Ask your friends and neighbours to join us. In Heaven it is always autumn. John Donne Saturday, November 9th Join us for a Quiet Day at St. John’s Convent. 9:30 am - 3:30 pm Please see the Rev. Julie Meakin for details.
  6. 6. 6 / HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK SEPT/OCT 2013 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 10:00 am - 1:00 pm THE FALL RUMMAGE SALE WILL BE UPON US before we know mark your calendars now... And, whether you are downsizing or just reorganizing, please remember the Rummage Sale! Please look through your closets...make room for the new and let us have what you don’t need anymore...(you can tell your friends too.) Drop off your items in the box in the Atrium...any time. And as the date draws nearer you will be hearing from me...count on it! Thank you, Maxine Henry, Rummage Sale Co-ordinator 416-590-1008 Fall Rummage SALE Feel like being more involved? Don’t have much time, but want to help out? Feeling new, but want to join in? Been here a while, but haven’t been involved? Have ideas to share? Join us! THERE’S LIFE HERE in what we do, how we get together and what gets done. New members are always welcome to join any group at CCDP...choose one that interests you. Volunteers Welcome! TAKE A TURN at the Holy Grounds Café...with a friend, as a’s fun and your efforts are always appreciated. Please sign up on the sheet just inside the kitchen or speak to Jayne Miles Simpson. Christmas Fair Food! Fashion! Fun! Designer labels for less! Women’s, Men’s clothing and accessories Get an exclusive look at the CCDP Rummage Room Boutique Collection Friday, September 27 6:30 pm With super models from CCDP Includes a Potluck Supper For further details, watch the Bulletins or contact Maxine Henry 416-590-1008 Saturday, November 30 10:30 am - 1:30 pm THERE IS STILL ENOUGH TIME and so many ways that you can help us get ready for the Christmas Fair. Love to knit? Enjoy sewing and crafts? Here are a few ideas for small projects to keep you busy on a rainy day: Advent Calendar; knitted or felt Christmas decorations; Christmas tree skirts; Christmas baby bibs; stuffed animals; finger puppets; pin cushions; cat & dog toys... Doing some end-of-summer cleaning? We can always use 4-ply yarn, Christmas fabric, ribbon, flowerpots and vases to be used for Christmas flower arrangements. Don’t forget special jewellery and gift items. And, of course, preserves and baking... watch the Bulletins for future details.
  7. 7. 7 / HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK SEPT/OCT 2013 Pat Anderson AN ACTIVE AND DEVOTED MEMBER of CCDP, Pat participated in many activities. A valued member of the ACW (where she booked lunch speakers) she also took her turn at the front desk, assisted at receptions and lunches, was a sides-person and read lessons in the services. She was also a member of the Book Club. Most of all, Pat ran the jewellery section for the twice yearly Rummage Sales and the Christmas Fair. She took this positon seriously and guarded the jewellery as if it was her own (with an unerring eye for the good pieces), Along with her helpers, she was there, faithfully, every Tuesday to Rita Becker RITA!...WHAT CAN WE SAY? She was hard working, fun and a great friend. Her main dedication was to the CCDP Rummage Sale in which she had been involved since 2005 and in the latter years as the Chairperson. She could be found in the basement at least 4 days a week sorting, ironing, steaming and pricing all the clothes, as well sorting the better clothing for the Boutique. Rita organized all the volunteers for the “Day” so we all knew where and what we were to do and all the sales were a great success. She made beautiful items for the Christmas Fair as well as making delicious sandwiches for the Tea Room. Rita was the co-ordinator for all the receptions held at CCDP and was in charge of arranging for photographs of the Confirmation classes with the Archbishop. She reluctantly gave up all these activities as she became more ill and bravely accepted, with grace and humour, the numerous treatments that preceded her death. Rita will be sorely missed by all of us. Maggie Symons and Judith Maxwell IT IS NOT CUSTOMARY to highlight individual parishioners in the Herald. However, over the past few months, we have lost a few very special people, all of whom have made extraordinary contributions to this parish over many years... It seemed appropriate to make these exceptions. sort, clean and price the donated jewellery. Pat was very loyal to friends, kind, fair-minded, honest, responsible and never critical, She quietly and lovingly worked for Christ Church and will be very much missed. Jill Buckworth A memorial service will be held for Pat on December 14, 2013, at the Humphrey Funeral Home, A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Batyview Ave., Toronto. Call 416-487-4523 for time. Marjorie Putt A stalwart member of Christ Church, Marjorie spent her latter years in a senior’s home and may not be remembered by many of our newer parishioners. Through those years she maintained her interest in, and contacts with, the parish. She achieved the remarkable age of 107. Moving on... A HIGHLY VALUED and loved member of this parish for more than 40 years, Edwina ‘Ted’ Hobson has moved out of town to be close to her daughter and family. Ted came to us with her husband, the beloved Ven. Ernie, who, for the many years before his death, endeared himself to us all with his dedication, historical interest in the parish and his great warmth and humour. They met in England during the war, sharing both a birthday and a love of God. Both Salvation Army originally, they found their home here, at Christ Church Deer Park... definitely our gain. Ted immersed herself in the life of this parish. A member of the choir for many years, she also trained and led the lay readers, served regularly on the reception desk and never missed an opportunity to volunteer at a Rummage Sale or Christmas Fair...nor anywhere else where she could be of assistance. (In addition, she even organized ad hoc services at Balmoral Place, her last residence here in Toronto). She always had a smile, a kind word and a positive attitude. She is happily settled in to her new apartment in Pickering (in an independent-living, senior’s residence) and has been warmly welcomed into St. Martin’s Church. While missing her friends at Christ Church, she is well on her way to making new surprise to all of us who know her.
  8. 8. Welcome back! This past Sunday I was pleased to see many young eager children attend PromiseLand. We were able to talk about our summer experiences and brain- storm what new exciting things we should do in PromiseLand. Music and making various types of food were among the most popular requests. I have written these ideas down and will try to do my best to incorporate them into our Sundays together. PromiseLand and Y.A.L. will be supporting the Churches on-the-Hill Food Drive at the end of September. We will talk about the importance of giving back to our community, and how we can set a SMART Goal for the food drive; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, with a Timeline to keep us on track. A bulletin board will be set up outside the St. Nicholas Chapel to keep track of our donations. Y.A.L. will begin ‘Lunch and Learns’ in October when Confirmation classes are finished. The first social outing with Y.A.L. will be to attend the Anglican Diocese Outreach conference on October 5th. This will give our youth the opportunity to attend workshops about spirituality and the chance to meet other youth from across Toronto. I would like to thank all those in Y.A.L. who dedicate part of their Sundays with helping me out in PromiseLand. I love the support and leadership! I continue to welcome any youth interested in assisting me in PromiseLand. I cannot wait to share stories and pictures from our time in PromiseLand and Y.A.L. over the next four months! Natalie Kemp Director of Children and Youth Ministry 8 / HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK SEPT/OCT 2013 A Word from the Wardens IT WAS A BUSY AND PRODUCTIVE SUMMER. Management Team met several times between June and the end of August. As the fall unfolds we will be in a position to report more fully on a number of initiatives that occupied our attention. But first, we offer our deepest appreciation to Douglas Graydon and Julie Meakin for leading our worship throughout the summer, for their pastoral care and for generally “minding the shop”, including participation in Management Team meetings, while Kevin Robertson was on Sabbath leave. Thank you Douglas and Julie for your ongoing commitment to the parish. The closing date for applications for Director of Parish Operations was June 28, 2013 and the selection process proceeded throughout the summer with many interviews and conversations. On behalf of Management Team and the parish I extend thanks to Carolyn Kearns for leading the selection process, which is now coming to an end. We look forward to announcing the outcome shortly. Please mark your calendars for September 20th, when we will recognize Jean King’s remarkable contribution to the parish. The Allocations Committee completed its process and issued its recommendations to Management Team by mid- June in relation to the Re-Imagining Church applications process. On the basis of its thorough work, Management Team was able to come to a decision on all pending applications and is in the process of communicating with all applicants. Details to follow. The initiative and creativity shown by applicants was impressive, and we thank all those who participated in the process. We also appreciate the dedication shown by the committee that consisted of Tony VanStraubenzee, Walter Blackwell, Edna Quammie and Ward Lindsey. In mid-June the co-chairs of the Stewardship Committee sent personalized letters thanking individuals and families for their financial contribution to date. Management Team would like to thank Innes Van Nostrand, Robert Hutchison and our bookkeeper, Elisabeth Lunder, for this correspondence and for the gentle reminder that we are all responsible for “keeping the lights on.” Throughout the summer months Henry Zaluski carried out the preliminary steps necessary to revitalize the parish website in order to make it more functional, pleasing and user-friendly. Details to follow, as this evolves. Henry’s creativity and aesthetic skills are highly valued by Management Team. Shortly we will welcome Kevin Robertson back from his Sabbath Leave. Management Team hopes that Kevin had a restful and restorative summer. The fall promises to be busy and invigorating with a great many parish activities. Genevieve Chornenki, Rector’s Warden On behalf of Management Team Genevieve Chornenki Carolyn Kearns Henry Zaluski Rector’s Warden People’s Warden Deputy Warden Robert Morrow Finance Warden/Treasurer
  9. 9. 9 / HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK SEPT/OCT 2013 A Proposal for Re-Imagining Church FIRST, LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF. I am Canon Peter Gratton, former rector of St. Timothy’s Church and a recent newcomer to this parish, now living at 101 Lawton Blvd, a retirement residence, and a close neighbour. Over the past several months I have been toying with an idea for Re-Imagining Church. based on the congregational response to the lessons read in church: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. This refrain is a quotation from the end of each letter addressed to the Seven Churches in chapters 1-3 of the Book of Revelation. I am suggesting that seven of our current readers volunteer to act the part of these seven messengers in a dramatized presentation, to be held during the week following Advent Sunday, and that it be held, not at the church, but at the Lawton Park residence where I live. The atrium of this building is on two levels connected by a staircase, against a background of rocks and foliage with running water; ideal scenery for staging the Isle of Patmos and the vision of John the Divine. Members of the congregation would be asked to represent the seven churches on the floor of the atrium. A large screen at the front would be used to project scenes and works of art depicting the action and texts being used. Appropriate music, lighting, sound effects, and costumes for the lead actors will require batches of volunteers for each of these. The production is intended primarily as a learning experience for members of CCDP, rather than an event for a wider public. This is necessary on account of the limited amount of seating capacity. Following the presentation, the audience would be invited to join with each of the seven churches in order to quiz them, and also to ask ourselves: “What is the Spirit saying to us resulting from this experience”? Such an ambitious project cannot be accomplished without the wholehearted support and enthusiasm of the parish as a whole. The three months of preparation in order to organize everything also imposes its own constraints, calling for serious commitments of time and energy in order to pull it off. For that reason we need to be assured that it meets with your approval. If you are interested in being part of this production, please contact me, Canon Peter Gratton, at 416-481-1570 ext. 304. I hope to have an information meeting early in September after the 10 am service. Please watch the announcements for details. Re-Imagining Church For five Tuesdays, from Oct. 15th until Nov. 12th from 7-9 pm, Bishop Yu and the Rev. Susan Bell will be offering a course, here at Christ Church, on “Re-Imagining Church”. Do plan to come and continue the lively discussion we have been having at CCDP. Watch the announcements for more details or contact the one of the clergy. ARE YOU THE ONE WE WANT? CHURCHES ON-THE-HILL FOOD BANK is looking for a volunteer Executive Director to take the reins of one of the largest and most effective food banks in Toronto. Opened in 1997, our Food Bank has, to-date, provided clients with groceries sufficient for over 1.8 million meals! Today, some 500 households depend on us. With an experienced and supportive management team the Executive Director leads the effort of over 100 committed volunteers. A high degree of autonomy and freedom to act are features of the position. All aspects of the food bank are in great shape and operating smoothly. The position of Executive Director is a rewarding one, contributing substantially to the well being of this major outreach effort of the Churches on-the-Hill. This is a call to service. If you are interested and/or would like further information please leave a message for Paul McGrath on the Food Bank telephone, 416-967-3842.
  10. 10. 10 / HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK SEPT/OCT 2013 Social Matters CREATION, HUMANITY, AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS AUGUST, FOR ME, IS THE SOBERING MONTH of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the hell-fire of atomic bombing and mass hideous deaths 68 years ago. In his 6 August 2013 Peace Declaration, Hiroshima’s Mayor told some stories of the horrors experienced, the atomic bombing “stalking the minds and bodies of the surviving victims to the end of their days.” I feel, with World Council of Churches’ Secretary General Rev. Dr Olav Tveit, that “The God of life calls us all to take up [the survivors’] tireless cry and make certain that a Hiroshima or Nagasaki bombing can never happen again.” In fact, the 17,000 nuclear weapons in the arsenals of nine nations still pose apocalyptic risks and the doomsday clock stands at five minutes to midnight. Each weapon is 50 to 100 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, and 1800 of them are on high alert, ready to be launched. The nuclear weapon states are also modernizing their arsenals at vast expense. Canada clings to deterrence and, with other NATO countries, to NATO’s nuclear umbrella. But people and governments are now insisting on the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and they are demanding human, not military, security. In March two-thirds of the world’s nations participated in a conference in Oslo focused on this theme, with a big citizen gathering preceding it. Next year there’ll be a Mexico conference on it. At the April Preparatory Committee meeting for the 2015 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, 80 nations presented a statement insisting this issue of humanitarian consequences must no longer be ignored in disarmament discussions, but must be put at the core of considerations. I find it deeply troubling that Canada did not support this statement because it did not view it as compatible with our NATO obligations. I shiver in terror at the White House strategy (June 2013): the US will consider the use of nuclear weapons in extreme circumstances, to defend the vital interests of the US or its allies and partners, and the President retains the option to threaten nuclear retaliation for virtually any type of attack. Nothing human can be defended or protected by nuclear weapons. If we give thanks to God for the gift of life on Earth, if Creation matters to us, can we let this nuclear madness persist? Can we raise public awareness of the risks in the very existence of nuclear arsenals of the catastrophic consequences of any use of them? Never forget, the only way to prevent the use of nuclear weapons, whether by design, mistake, computer glitch, or cyber attack, is through their total elimination. Grassroots movements, in waves since 1945, have been the reason we have not had nuclear war; according to American historian Lawrence Wittner, it is they that achieved progress in disarmament by treaties. The record of citizen activism is encouraging, he says, and now is the time to bring public determination to bear to get the treaty ban on nuclear weapons leading to their elimination. We could email, write, or call our MPs, tell them we demand a nuclear weapon-free world, and ask them to work for a treaty ban. There is an appeal from ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) for parliamentarians to support: A hundred Canadian MPs already do! MPPs can sign too, so approach them with it. Ask your city councillor and the Mayor, who is part of Mayors for Peace, what they are doing to get this treaty ban. Hiroshima’s mayor asks: “Policymakers of the world, how long will you remain imprisoned by distrust and animosity? Do you honestly believe you can continue to maintain national security by rattling your sabers?” I pray with heart and soul, “God of life, lead us to justice and peace.” Phyllis Creighton Chancel Guild Meeting Tuesday, September 24th - 10 am Please join us if you are interested in participating in the work of the Chancel Guild or in more information about what we do. Holy Eucharist in the Chapel at 10 am Meeting in the Arthur Smith room at 10.30 am Brown bag lunch at 12 noon Wine and desserts will be provided We look forward to seeing you.
  11. 11. 11 / HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK SEPT/OCT 2013 JOIN US every second Sunday at 4:30 pm for this popular service of music, a reflective reading, prayers for our city and the world and great music...featuring some of Toronto’s finest jazz musicians! Sept. 8 David Restivo, piano Pat Collins, bass Brian Barlow, drums Sept. 22 Robi Botos, piano Scott Alexander, bass Brian Barlow, drums Oct. 20 Mark Eisenman Quintet Nov. 3 Joe Sealy, piano Paul Novotny, bass Nov. 17 Amanda Tosoff Quartet Dec. 15 Christmas Vespers Barlow Brass & Drums From the Organ Bench THE CCDP CHOIR will be taking part in two special events this fall. The first of these events will take place on Friday, November 8th at 7:30pm when Christ Church and the Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation will be presenting “A Concert of Remembrance”. Among our special guests for this concert of readings and music will be members of the Young Voices Toronto Children’s Choir (Zimfira Poloz, artistic director) and the award-winning violinist, Jamie Kruspe (Arkadas String Quartet). For further information about “A Concert of Remembrance” please visit the Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation website at: In addition, the CCDP choir will be participating in the annual, nationally televised, City Carol Sing held at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. This year’s free concert will be taking place on December 7th beginning at 2pm with proceeds being donated to the Churches-on-the-Hill food bank. In addition to these two very special events, the musical year ahead will also include our free weekly recital series, Lunchtime Chamber Music. The first recital of the series will be performed by Trio Estonia (Arvo Leibur, violin; Aare Tammesalu, cello; Norman Reintamm, piano) and will take place on Thursday, September 26 beginning at 12:10pm. If you’re interested in joining our choir, or finding out more about the Christ Church music programme, please contact me through the CCDP website. Eric Robertson, Organist & Director of Music Welcome to the Book Club We invite all those who enjoy reading to come to our gathering on Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30 in the Arthur Smith Room. We’ll discuss books we have read over the summer and choose books for future meetings. Future dates are October 30 and November 26 Watch the the Bulletin for details. Please join us for lively conversation, refreshments and wine or your own choice of beverage. . For information, call Anne Kear: 416-924-3940
  12. 12. 12 / HERALD CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK SEPT/OCT 2013 Hark! Consider advertising in the HERALD. HERALD is published 5 times per year; Sept/Oct; Nov/Dec: Jan/Feb: April/May: June/July. Ad rates are very reasonable...we can even design your ad if required. And... since the HERALD is posted in full to our website your advertisements will also get exposure on the internet. For details and rates contact Elisabeth Lunder in the Parish Office. HERALD Deadline for the next HERALD is October 23 DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA for an article? Perhaps a feature on an unsung hero in the parish? A special memory? An historical fact? Please speak to one of the clergy or to the Editor. Articles and announcements may be submitted at any time up to the deadline. Just leave in the box in the Atrium or e-mail the editor at Living Well Family Chiropractic Optimizing your health and well-being naturally Dr. Andrea Perricone Chiropractor & Acupuncture provider 1366 Yonge St. Suite 208 (416) 985-1911 (south of St. Clair at Balmoral) The GalleryIn the Arthur Smith Room Joy in a Paintbox Paintings by Sally Martin Sunday, September 8 - Sunday, October 20 Remember to check our website for updates on these and other events. PARISH REGISTER Marriages Erin Beth Pretty & John-Paul Farag In Memorium John Peter Worthington Mary Burwell Godfrey Rita Ellen Becker Marjorie Georgina Putt Patricia Marilyn Anderson Colours of Winter Sally Martin
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