Archive for April, 2015

A Spring Poem

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The Gift Box

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
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Ann Marshall, olm partner Susan Moran,olm

 

Sr. Mary Deighan,olm and Lynn  Taylor -olm partner

Sr. Mary Deighan,olm and Lynn Taylor -olm partner

 

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Kelly chatting with Sr.Mary Hughes,olm and Sr. Cecile Turner, olm

 

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The Gift Box

The Partners with Our Lady’s Missionaries gathered on April 12, 2015 to hear about “The Gift Box”: an interfaith response to raise awareness about Human Trafficking in Toronto during the up-coming Pan Am Games. Marie Clarkson, OLM opened our time of prayer by sharing with us her poem that spoke to us of the pain of Human Trafficking and the hope of being able to respond to this evil.

I was delighted to welcome Kelly Colwell, the Coordinator of the Gift Box Faith Alliance which works toward combating Human Trafficking. Kelly spent four months in the Philippines as part of her training for ordination  to ministry in the United Church. While there Kelly talked, listened to,and learned from  the local people.She also experienced the reality of human trafficking and became interested in and willing to be involved in the Gift Box project.

Kelly, a very vivacious woman shared with us the concept of The Gift Box.  It is an oversized, beautifully  decorated box and as one walks  into it, one sees  snap shots of the lives of real people who have been trafficked in the Toronto area thus giving a human face to some of the 30 million people worldwide who have experienced this abomination. Ontario has the highest level of Human Trafficking in Canada with 511 people reported to have experienced human trafficking in only three years. Given the invisible nature of human trafficking, this number is believed to be just the tip of the iceberg.  There will be volunteers at the Box daily during the games to talk with any visitors as well as to distribute informative handouts to them.

All forms of human trafficking are equally opposed by the Faith Alliance including: forced labour, sexual exploitation, forced street crime, forced domestic service and the sale of human organs

Faith Alliance is undertaking this project with the support of STOP THE TRAFFIK and the United Nations Global initiatives to fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT).These two organizations originated the concept of the Gift Box and encouraged other groups around the world to use this idea at major events, provided this initiative meets their criteria for the content and messaging.

The conversation continued as Kelly graciously answered questions with helpful answers as we  gathered around the table enjoying  light snacks. Everyone who attended felt it was an afternoon well spent.

For further information: www.faithalliance.com 

Sister Mary Gauthier, olm

Easter Blessings

Friday, April 3rd, 2015


AN EASTER GIFT

 

 

Often I am reminded that the SAME POWER that raised Jesus from the dead is at work now, in our daily lives.

 The Feast of the Resurrection reminds me that God is present in the ORDINARY EVENTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES  of one’s life.


 Fr. Russ Sampson, Scarboro Missions

Good Friday Walk For Justice

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Several OLM’s joined the annual Good Friday Walk for Justice which began at the Church of the Holy Trinity:

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This year, we walked from the church to Nathan Phillips Square and held the stations facing towards the four directions.  The Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre planned the event with an ecumenical group of churches.  Led by drummers and listening to stories of trauma and injury we reflected on healing through truth and reconciliation.  

To learn more about the Good Friday Walk for Justice, go to:

 https://goodfridaywalkforjustice.wordpress.com/

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Good Friday Walk for Justice