good-friday-bannerThe Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice began 35 years ago.  Each year, the ecumenical planning team creates a map of stations to lift up current struggles. Over the years, we have stopped at the courthouse steps to protest racial profiling, at bank towers to repent valuing profits over people, and in back alleys to hear the stories of the poor. We have stood with refugees, advocated for missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and worshiped with the Occupy movement.

The Toronto Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice Mission Statement

We are a Good Friday People

Centuries ago, a holy man invited a group of people on a journey.

That journey turned out to be both harrowing and life-changing.

It ended in death, a violent death on a Cross, 

but also in the exciting realization that in the end

death is not God’s final answer

to the human struggle 

for meaning, hope and liberation.

The power that Caiaphas and Pontius Pilate thought they had over Jesus

Turned out to be illusory. 

The Passion story unveils another kind of power at work in the world, and in the Word.

When Jesus said, “All power is given to me in heaven and on earth,” 

He was not talking about domination and control

but about solidarity and liberation. 

At enormous cost

Jesus confronted the life-denying forces of his day and entered death,

showing us that our lives too can confront and overcome the forces of death in our day. 

Jesus entrusted us with an amazing gift: the gift of knowledge

about what the real purpose of our lives is

a purpose dramatically at odds 

with a world marked by violence, oppression and alienation for far too many.

He offered up his life with this message, and challenges our souls through his example.

Conversion of our own lives and of the death-dealing power systems of our times

is within our reach.

And so today as we walk, we journey together with Jesus,

enacting a hope that can be for all people,

that had, and still has, the power to confront the myriad forces of death,

and overcome them, in all their forms

moving beyond the brokenness of our world

toward abundant life for all. 


All who share our vision are welcome.                                               ~ Adopted 2005 ~

Please fill out our contact form to send an e-mail message to the planning team.

See Also:
Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice, Insight Newsletter of Toronto Conference, United Church of Canada, March 2014

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