Human trafficking,devastation from the oil industry (specifically, Line 9 here in Ontario) and the plight of homeless persons will be held up in this year’s Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice on April 18, 2014. Jesus’ betrayal by one of his own disciples sets the theme, “Sold Out for Silver,” as Christians demonstrate the relevance of Jesus’ crucifixion to the sufferings faced by millions of people today. The Walk will focus on the modern-day betrayal by institutions and systems that put profits before people.
“The three focus stations this year offer us the opportunity to recognize, lament and be empowered to transform how marginalized people and God’s good creation are currently devastated by the corporate, consumer and personal greed that ‘sells out’ thousands and even millions of lives and our collective future in the name of short-term profit for only a few,” says the Rev. Brian McIntosh, a long-time member of the Walk planning team.
The Walk begins at 2 p.m. at Church of the Holy Trinity beside the Eaton Centre. Participants will visit three “stations” representing each of the issues before returning to the church at approximately 4:30 p.m. for a closing ritual and simple meal of soup and bread. The Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice began 35 years ago. The planning team for this year’s walk includes people from the Anglican, Mennonite, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and United Churches and Christian Peacemaker Teams.