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The Good Friday Walk for Justice for 2015 will take place on April 3 beginning at 2:00 at the Church of the Holy Trinity, in Toronto.
The annual Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice in downtown Toronto will focus on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which will issue its final report June 2. The TRC has gathered first-hand accounts and archival material on the legacy of residential schools for generations of First Nations. The final report will offer ways of moving forward.
National Indigenous Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, will speak at the start of the Walk at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity (Trinity Square). Participants will proceed to Nathan Phillips Square where TRC Executive Director, Kim Murray, will address the gathering.
We will look to the Four Directions in Native teachings and hear from Aboriginal people to deepen our understanding, mindful of Jesus’ solidarity with the suffering of the world, before returning to the church for a common meal. This year’s planning team includes representatives of Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, Toronto Aboriginal Social Services Council, and members of Roman Catholic, United, Anglican, Mennonite and Presbyterian churches and Christian Peacemakers. All are welcome on the Walk and supper.
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.