These resources cover a variety of topics that we hope you will find useful.
Hamilton Food Bank Locations
For a list of current locations in the city that offer food banks or community food programs, please visit the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Healthline website.
In the Meantime – Where Faith Meets Everyday Life A blog by David Lose
“A lot of life that is about waiting. Waiting until you’re old enough to drive, or go off to college, or marry the love of your life, or…. You get the picture. The life of faith is something like that, too. Theologians are fond of saying we live in the “in-between” time of Christ’s first coming and Christ’s return. Much, we pray, will be made right when Christ comes again. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to do “in the meantime.” Whatever end awaits us, in the meantime we can care for those around us, have courage, share hope, love those around us, strive for what is best, and a whole host of other things. But that can be hard. As W.H. Auden once wrote, the time being can be “the hardest time of all.” So I wanted to create a place where we can encourage each other in faith and life…in the meantime.“
It’s not just a chapter, it’s an origin story: A blog post by Sarah Bessey
“The world is reeling from the discovery of the bodies of 215 children, buried in an unmarked grave, at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. just a few hours away from where we live here in Abbotsford. The discovery of this mass grave confirms the oral histories of the elders and survivors. This may be the story that has captured headlines for a moment. It won’t be the last. Most of these kids are likely undocumented, there has been no justice for them.” Read more…
From the Anglican Diocese of Niagara:
Flags Lowered To Honour Residential School Children Who Never Returned Home.
The flags at Cathedral Place have been lowered to half-mast out of respect for the 215 children whose remains were recently discovered at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. In doing so, the diocese acknowledges the suffering and pain caused by the residential schools system and the Anglican Church of Canada’s complicity in it, as well as the heartbreaking reality that so many children never returned to their families. Read more…
In 1993, the Anglican Church of Canada offered this apology for its role in the residential school system. There was an additional apology for spiritual harm offered by Archbishop Fred Hiltz in 2019. Anglicans in Niagara are invited to recommit themselves to the work of truth and reconciliation, drawing on resources available through the diocesan truth and reconciliation webpage, including this reconciliation toolkit.
From the Canadian Council of Churches:
A Statement from the President and General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches Regarding the Documentation of the Mass Grave at the Kamloops Residential School.
Canadian Council of Churches Kamloops statement
St. Paul’s Homilies of 2012 to 2014
During 2012 through to 2014, many of our homilies were filmed and can be re-enjoyed on YouTube. You can find the full list and links here.