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  • Facility Rental - YPBC
    Rental Make a Donation We thank you for your generous offering to God s Ministry at Yorkminster Park Share Facility Rental Thank you for your interest in holding your event at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church We have a number of rooms and facilities suitable for events for groups of different sizes Included in this page are the general features and guidelines on the use of our facilities For rates and availability please contact the church office at 416 922 1167 ext 221 or by email Rooms and Facilities Sanctuary suitable for weddings musical concerts choral performances excellent acoustics capacity 1 400 Cameron Hall large multi function hall with stage grand piano suitable for conferences lectures stage performances dinners wheelchair accessible kitchen facilities capacity 200 Heritage Room suitable for formal meetings dinners receptions electronic piano and adjoining kitchen wheelchair accessible capacity 300 Friendship Room elegant reception room with antique furniture electronic piano and adjoining kitchen suitable for receptions teas get togethers and meetings capacity 50 Gym official size basketball court suitable for sports activities fitness programs indoor games after school programs lectures meetings capacity 60 Red Board Room formal board table meeting capacity 20 Third Floor Board Room suitable for meetings

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  • Prayer at Yorkminster Park - YPBC
    of the church and have them pray over them anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord The prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise them up and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective James 5 13 16 NRSV Please use this form to submit a prayer request You should be the author of the request We welcome this request and reserve the right to post an edited version of the text and will maintain a veil between the request and the requestor Name Email Address Church organization Prayer Request Prayer is an attempt to count the stars of our souls Under its sacred canopy an oratory of hope echoes the vast but immediate distance between who we are and who we want to be This peculiar trek sentences its devotees to an arduous discipline Prayer demands focus and obedience as well as intimacy and faithful nurture A certain civility is inherent in this transaction Its requirements are both communal and individual James Melvin Washington Ph D Conversations with God Opportunities to Pray Together Open Door Ministry The church is open for prayer and meditation from 9 00 a m to 4 00 p m every Tuesday through Thursday Prayers in the Chapel The YPBC Prayer List Our list is regularly updated and the clergy gather each Tuesday morning in the Chapel with a number of lay people to pray through the list Pastoral Prayer During Worship Prayers during worship often also include some of the names first names only from our prayer list Back to top Monthly Prayer Let Us Pray For our

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  • LIVE Worship Service Webcast
    PRAY PETER S BLOG NEWS EVENTS ONLINE DONATIONS Gather Worship Worship Service Webcast Live Webcast Webcast Archives Special Events Worship Schedule Ministers Bios Sundays at YPBC Special Services Fellowship News and Events Make a Donation We thank you for your generous offering to God s Ministry at Yorkminster Park Share LIVE Worship Service Webcast Date Sunday May 1 2016 Speaker Rev Dr J Peter Holmes Join us every Sunday at

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  • Latest Worship Service Webcast - YPBC
    Rental PHOTOS YP GALLERY LET US PRAY PETER S BLOG NEWS EVENTS ONLINE DONATIONS Gather Worship Worship Service Webcast Live Webcast Webcast Archives Special Events Worship Schedule Ministers Bios Sundays at YPBC Special Services Fellowship News and Events Make a Donation We thank you for your generous offering to God s Ministry at Yorkminster Park Share Latest Worship Service Webcast The Power of Love Date Sunday April 24 2016 Speaker

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  • Special Event Webcast - YPBC
    Webcast Webcast Archives Special Events Worship Schedule Ministers Bios Sundays at YPBC Special Services Fellowship News and Events Make a Donation We thank you for your generous offering to God s Ministry at Yorkminster Park Share Special Event Webcast Organ Recital William Maddox plays the great Casavant organ Date Friday April 15 2016 This concert is a benefit performance for the Choir Tour Fund From August 8th to the 12th

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  • 2016 Kids’ Summer Events
    Quest Half Day Morning Camp 9 a m to noon Cave Quest is for kids who are entering JK in September to those in Grade 5 New Friends Amazing Experiments Spelunker Sports Lip smacking Snacks Surprising Adventures Incredible Music Cost 25 for the first child and 15 each for additional children in the family Subsidies are available Register Now Click here to download registration form To register your child ren for this summer adventure please fill in the form on page 2 and return it to the church in person by fax 416 922 1807 or scan into an email mlittle yorkminsterpark com Payment may be sent in with registration or brought on the first day For more information contact Miriam Little at 416 922 1361 Sketch and Draw Camp Half Day Afternoon Camp 1 p m to 4 p m Sketch and Draw camp is for kids who are going into Grade Two in September up to those going into Grade Six A professional artist Wendy Teasdale will lead the children in sketching skills and fun art projects Wendy is an Early Childhood Educator at Deer Park School She has a BA in the History of Art and Design and draws paints children s illustrations The first part of the program will be to sketch and draw Drawing is the fundamental skill of the visual arts that can and should be learned by all children Sketch and draw is designed to teach basic to advanced drawing skills sketching techniques and vocabulary The class builds confidence and individual creativity in a guided and fun artistic environment Students have the opportunity to learn at their own speed The second half of the program will be hands on art We will try out all kinds of materials and art techniques while making

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  • News and Events - YPBC
    PRAY PETER S BLOG NEWS EVENTS ONLINE DONATIONS Gather Worship Worship Service Webcast Worship Schedule Ministers Bios Sundays at YPBC Special Services Fellowship News and Events Newsletter Archive Make a Donation We thank you for your generous offering to God s Ministry at Yorkminster Park Share YPBC News and Events Scroll down the page to see all News and Events for this month May 2016 Church Retreat May 13 2016

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  • Stewardship 2015 Congregational Devotional – YP Reflects
    aware of the real harm But woe to you Pharisees For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds and neglect justice and the love of God it is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others Luke 11 42 NRSV This verse construes loving God in terms of proper use of wealth Love of God which the Pharisees are said to neglect refers most likely not to emotive affection but specifically to concrete actions that demonstrate piety Jesus denounces their vigorous cultic piety which is not accompanied by justice to the others the poor widow and orphan We learn that sharing our wealth is an expression of justice and Love Therefore it becomes important for us to ask God to help us with wisdom and strength as we partake in the great ministry by sharing our resources of wealth labor and time Your Questions or Comments For a PDF of today s Devotional click here For a Stewardship Pledge Form click here To offer your service or time click here Friday October 9 2015 A Reflection by Ananda Sinnadurai Stewardship is responsibility and management of a resource Stewardship is the way values time energy aptitude skills and resources are utilized God created everything and made us stewards of our world Genesis 1 27 29 27 God created man in His own image in the image of God He created him male and female He created them 28God blessed them and God said to them Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth 29Then God said Behold I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth and every tree which has fruit yielding seed it shall be food for you Psalm 90 12 says So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom Our days are numbered so our time is limited thus we must show good stewardship of our time here on earth Stewardship of time shows responsibility and management of time as a resource Anything we want to do we can do through Christ no matter how difficult the task is Philippians 4 13 For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength Christ works through us we must align our purpose in life with Christ Stewardship of time is more than managing our time It is about clarifying our values and prioritizing our activities to support our values To know what activities to do we must always ask these questions What are our values What is our purpose in life What is our responsibility to ourselves our families our local communities and the global community All we have is ourselves our potential and the time allotted to us when we come into the world Parents Spiritual Leaders Teachers and other caring adults have to help us learn values find a purpose in life carve a path in life find ourselves find our place in society At the end of our lives the question will be Did we live a meaningful significant productive and inspirational life God gave us responsibility take care of the earth and all life on earth So any task no matter how small that helps the earth and life on it is good stewardship of time All acts of services that change another person s life for the better is good stewardship of time Utilizing our values time energy aptitude skills and resources to make the world we live in a much better place is good stewardship of time I am personally reminded of how important is the stewardship of time when I reflect on the life of my dear son Immanuel His life was tragically cut short in an accident when he was only 18 years old We are not guaranteed a certain number of days or years on this earth Therefore the use we make of the uncertain time God has granted us is very important Thankfully Immanuel used the gift of time for God s glory and honour Up until half an hour before he was struck on his bicycle he had been working as a full time Christian summer camp counsellor What a comfort it is to know that he was wisely using his time in God s service How even more tragic his loss would be had he wasted the few short years of his life simply pleasing himself or remaining idle You and I don t know how many days we will be granted in this life Therefore in conclusion it is not a matter of how long you lived but how well you lived Did we live a meaningful significant productive and inspirational life Did we use our time wisely Every day we wake up and realize we are alive is a very good day so what we must ask ourselves is this What can I do today to make myself others and the world better True stewardship of time is about using that time in service for God As Paul wrote in Romans 14 8 For whether we live we live unto the Lord and whether we die we die unto the Lord whether we live therefore or die we are the Lord s Your Questions or Comments For a PDF of today s Devotional click here For a Stewardship Pledge Form click here To offer your service or time click here Friday October 2 2015 A Reflection by Rosemary Aubert To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven Ecclesiastes 3 1 KJV Time is a great gift of the Lord It is life It is the space in which we know and love God in which we try to learn His will for us in which we accept with humility the wondrous world that He has allowed us to call home For this reason stewardship of time is of consummate importance In thinking about stewardship wise and fruitful use we can think of four organizing principles that allow us to make the best use of our time The first principle is to set priorities Our greatest priority of course is to follow and serve the Lord Then come our responsibilities to ourselves to protect and maintain our physical health and our mental well being Next comes our family and our friends our jobs our citizenship in our own country and in the world We must use our hours and our days to meet these priorities The second principle is to achieve balance in our use of time It is easy to become obsessed with our work our home sports hobbies friends the outdoors The list of course is endless But stewardship means that we use our time in a way that each aspect of our life receives the allocation of time appropriate to it to the whole and to our commitment to serve God The third principle of the meaningful stewardship of time is to establish routines An orderly life one in which each task has its allotted place means that no time is wasted trying to figure out what to do when or next Finally the fourth principle of stewardship of time is to allow spontaneity No life should be so constrained that there is no room for the unplanned the surprising the unexpected the gift of God that we call joy There is a time to every purpose under heaven The time is always now when the purpose is gratitude for every moment we have been granted Your Questions or Comments For a PDF of today s Devotional click here For a Stewardship Pledge Form click here To offer your service or time click here Friday September 25 2015 A Reflection by Michael J Wills Nick Kyrgios the current enfant terrible of the tennis world has a tattoo on the length of one arm which reads time is running out Commentators growing weary of his behaviour on court interpret it to mean that he is running out of time to become a great player suggesting that he might never make it Kyrgios probably means it as a reminder to himself to live life to the fullest since life is short Become the best you can be in your chosen profession or calling or have the most fun Or can we do both I can relate to this issue as I have enjoyed a leisurely summer playing tennis cycling and enjoying the company of friends and family Not exactly riotous living by Kyrgios standards but definitely more towards the fun end of the spectrum Then in mid August I started a one year full time contract that involves a long commute All of a sudden my life was turned up side down Two hours commuting an 8 hour day 5 days per week organizing for shopping and meals welcome to the real world And I don t even have kids to bring up How do working couples manage to do it all Obviously I have to become much more efficient but I ll also have to give up some things James chapter 4 verses 13 17 has a few things to say on the subject Now listen you who say Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city spend a year there carry on business and make money Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow What is your life You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes Instead you ought to say If it is the Lord s will we will live and do this or that As it is you boast and brag All such boasting is evil Anyone then who knows the good he ought to do and doesn t do it sins I understand this to say that much of what pre occupies us is trivial and lasts no longer than an early morning mist that vanishes with the rising sun I need downtime but do I really have to watch so much tennis And follow each day of the Tour de France Probably not Instead I should try to discern the Lord s will for my life and follow it Where do I find meaning What nurtures my soul What doors have opened for me recently and what happened when I ignored them What happened when I went through them For me the real zinger in James 4 is the last sentence Anyone then who knows the good he ought to do and doesn t do it sins In a similar vein the ethicist Peter Singer writes in Writings on an Ethical Life We are responsible not only for what we do but also for what we could have prevented We would never kill a stranger but we may know that our intervention will save the lives of many strangers in a distant country and yet do nothing We do not then think ourselves in any way responsible for the deaths of these strangers This is a mistake We should consider the consequences both of what we do and of what we decide not to do I ll let Paul have the last word Finally brothers whatever is true whatever is noble whatever is right whatever is pure whatever is lovely whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things Whatever you have learned or received from me or seen in me put it into practice And the God of peace will be with you Philippians 3 v8 Your Questions or Comments For a PDF of today s Devotional click here For a Stewardship Pledge Form click here To offer your service or time click here Friday July 10 A Reflection by Ken Little When thinking about our privilege and call to be stewards of the world in which God has placed us I like to bring the conversation back to Jesus and to the poor Jesus and the world It is too easy for us to position our care of creation to be virtually the same as the environmentalist who is concerned about the way in which some human activity can negatively impact the natural world However as Christ followers we have a much richer and deeper foundation from which to think about the world in which we live The Biblical case for care for the environment places humankind in the center of the action In Genesis 1 28 we read God blessed them and said to them Be fruitful and increase in number fill the earth and subdue it Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground Humans have the God given right and responsibility to rule over nature But this ruling is not to be one of exploitation but of care giving Genesis 2 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it And the way in which we interact with nature can be a joyful expression of our relationship with our loving Father for the earth is the LORD s and everything in it the world and all who live in it Psalm 24 1 I love the way in which Colossians 1 15 17 teaches us about the central role of Jesus in the created order Not only is Jesus our Saviour and Lord in terms of our salvation and walk of faith but 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God the firstborn over all creation 16 For in him all things were created things in heaven and on earth visible and invisible whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities all things have been created through him and for him 17 He is before all things and in him all things hold together The implications of this are profound Jesus is the beginning and the end the source and the sustainer of the created world Without Jesus Christ the universe would disintegrate into chaos and nothingness So is it stretching the point to frame our interaction with the created world in a way that sees our efforts to rule over and care for the world as working together with Jesus our Saviour in His sustaining work in the universe I don t think so Caring for the world is one way in which we can express our faith in and our faithfulness to Jesus our Lord Jesus and the poor In my travels around the world as a Senior Project Manager with World Renew the disaster response community development and justice department of the Christian Reformed Church in North America I am able to see firsthand the tremendous inequality of our modern world And I am privileged to be part of a Christian response to hunger and disaster Just as we can see our engagement with the physical world as a partnership with Christ in His sustaining work we can see our involvement in compassionate response to the poor as partnership with Christ as He guides us to love our neighbours as ourselves Pope Francis just issued an encyclical letter in which he reflects powerfully on the Christian responsibility to care for the earth It is a document that all Christians should be familiar with and is well worth the read On June 22 Harvard Divinity School Professor Ahmed Ragab wrote about the encyclical letter Adding to a traditional framework that locates religious views as necessary to provide a moral compass for the evolving science the encyclical posits the Church as the voice of the poor and questions the inequality inherent in contemporary scientific production This orientation toward the poor and toward issues of justice and equality constitute the document s most important contribution and frames the questions that it poses to all of us The pope declared that ecological problems must be seen through the lens of inequality poverty and historical relations in a post colonial world Creation stewardship is more than just care of the physical world It is care for the environment in a way that understands the impacts of resource development and climate change on the poor who often live on marginal lands where changing weather patterns may cause a famine or in contexts where the next flood may destroy their homes May God help us all to be fully engaged as Jesus followers with our world in the way Jesus is engaged both in caring for creation and for the poor so that God s Kingdom may come and His will be done on this earth Your Questions or Comments For a PDF of today s Devotional click here For a Stewardship Pledge Form click here To offer your service or time click here Friday July 3 A Reflection by Inga Fjuk At the age of eighteen he experienced a profound conversion that is a radical change of mind and heart when he saw a bare tree in the middle of winter standing gaunt and leafless in the snow Anticipating the miracle of that same tree burgeoning with new life the following spring he was overwhelmed by a high view of the providence and power of God which never left him and which kindled in him an intense love for God Introduction to The Practice of the Presence of God Brother Lawrence 1611 1691 A few weeks ago in Peter s sermon on creation he talked about how often Jesus chose to be in nature when he communed with His Father I have read the stories many times Jesus on the lake in a boat with his disciples Jesus getting up early and going outside to pray using nature references in His teachings rocks and soil sparrows and lilies But suddenly I realized as never before how much nature creation was part of Jesus life So how much more do I need to pay attention and care about God s creation I read an article by David Rhoades Professor at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago who helpfully explains that a steward is not an owner but one who has responsibility to an owner to treat property with care and respect And this applies to creation as much as any other gifts I have been given talents money possessions time But this can seem like such an impossible task What can I possibly do to make any kind of difference I am often in such despair when I read about and see the terrible ways we have destroyed God s wonderful gift to us Global warming pollution soil depletion forests destroyed the list goes on And I see what terrible consequences there are to so many millions of people all over the world What can one person possibly do There are some people who have been given a great gift and a calling to speak out about these things and they are able to make significant changes I think we should as much as possible support them encourage them and pray for them But what about me What about you In the same article David Rhoades reminds us that each of has a small piece of creation So I ask what is my small piece of creation for which I am responsible My little part has often involved food feeding people as some of you know Jesus shared food with others as well blessing the little boy s home made picnic eating with friends symbolically sharing a meal with his disciples Food is a gift part of God s creation to be treated with reverence respecting and caring for the earth that provides it honouring those who grow harvest and provide Sharing freely with others Always with thanksgiving and always keeping in mind those who have none I believe it is good to eat seasonally and locally as much as possible To eat simply Michael Pollan says and I really like this eat food not too much mostly vegetables and with a thankful heart Peter talked about nature deficient disorder May I and all of us spend time often in quiet communion and contemplation of nature God s creation If Jesus needed to do this how much more do we And as a bare tree spoke so eloquently to Brother Lawrence may we let His Spirit touch us through His wonderful gifts and may we treat them with care and respect One more thought It is good to appreciate and thank God for his wonderful gifts in creation But sometimes I just feel a bit uneasy about how I am so much affected by the weather by what s going on in nature the sun is shining it is mild no icy sidewalks no freezing rain or strong winds I am full of joy Then I find myself thinking about Paul and Silas after they had been severely flogged they were thrown into prison about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and the other prisoners were listening to them Acts 16 I want my true joy to come from the Lord no matter what the weather or my circumstances May creation always bring me back to the Creator Once more Brother Lawrence The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer and in the noise and clutter of my kitchen while several persons are at the same time calling for different things I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament Your Questions or Comments For a PDF of today s Devotional click here For a Stewardship Pledge Form click here To offer your service or time click here Friday June 28 A Reflection by Noel Davidson Stewardship should make us Our Brother s Keeper I have always taken the literal definition of Stewardship personally and by Stewardship I mean the caring responsibility for your fellow man In North America today the diminishing positive presence of men of African and First Nations ancestry in Canada is masked by a few things the election of an African American President the prosperity of a few rich black entertainers and sportsmen the profitability of First Nations casinos and finally the First Nations Land Management Regime According to the survival and prosperity index the forecast for Native and Black male children in the USA and Canada betrays ominous signs of a lost generation of men There is also mounting evidence that the African male in the Americas should sooner qualify as the more endangered of the two One promising sign has been the long legacy of Baptist advocacy against injustice and for social relevance So I was pleased to hear from Rev Dr Peter Holmes about his support for our Native Canadian families and the victims of the residential school system To watch in a trance like manner the guns of justice extinguish the life of unarmed citizens and to witness the stony silence of the seemingly indifferent and unaffected is not only heart wrenching it is enough to shake the foundation of hope As someone with close family members in the Canadian law enforcement ranks I understand some of the many challenges that come with protecting our at risk communities However it is traumatic to witness young men being gunned down at the hands of those sworn to serve and protect them The frightening conclusion it seems is that if you match a certain narrow profile you are not considered worthy of living I am reminded of the eulogy for the four girls who were murdered in the Baptist church in Birmingham Alabama in 1963 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr cautioned us to be mindful of the comforts of indifference and apathy He said the victims had something to say to every one of the ministers of the gospel I want to believe they have something to say to us in their death They have something to say to every minister of the gospel who has remained silent behind the safe security of stained glass windows Regarding all the murdered missing and mistreated children Dr King has left several messages to all of us today It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people Mis Education From Dropout to Missing Man According to a 2006 2008 PR News Wire report nearly 23 percent of all young Black men aged 16 to 24 who have dropped out of high school are in jail prison or a juvenile justice institution in America this from a disturbing new national report released very recently on the dire economic and social consequences of not graduating from high school Students who drop out of school are more likely to end up as criminals Black students were three times more likely to be suspended than White students in the 2006 7 school year according to data released to the Star newspaper by the Toronto District School Board Black students make up only about 12 per cent about 32 000 of high school students in the Toronto public school district yet account for more than 31 per cent of all suspensions In recent years the Toronto board recognized that Black students were not doing as well as others and were dropping out at a higher rate It is somewhat encouraging that once pegged at about 40 per cent their dropout rate is now down to about 23 per cent Quan Toronto Star Many men of African ancestry find it extremely difficult to secure the tools to participate in a productive and meaningful way in their homes with their families and in their communities While there are many studies that assign causes and effects blame and responsibilities to this tragedy I want to reference this complex issue through the bite size lens of personal and collective investments in education Education for all children is essential but to rescue the endangered ones the ones at risk of giving up on finding productive means of earning their living the ones most desperately trapped by a lack of options requires a Christian mission similar to the one that saved me Be hospitable to one another without complaint As each one has received a special gift employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God 1 Peter 4 10 I am a Baptist today because of the body of work executed by missionaries in the field who were truly fishers of men efforts that through Christian stewardship engaged a community and a country in exerting themselves to save all children at risk particularly children in poverty Missing In New York City almost 120 000 African American men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life In Chicago 45 000 are missing and more than 30 000 are missing in Philadelphia Across the US South hundreds of thousands more are missing They are missing largely because of early deaths or because they are in prison The scale of this combined toll is jarring It is a measure of the deep disparities that continue to afflict African North Americans In addition due to the high incidence of African Americans killing one another and being killed by the police many homes are being parented by only a mother and entire communities now find themselves with insufficient men to be husbands fathers and mentors The United States has 5 of the world s population but 25 of the world s incarcerated population with over 7 3 million on parole probation in jails in prisons or under some form of correctional supervision Discarded The Census estimates that approximately 18 5 million people in the US population are Black males of all ages The Bureau of Justice Statistics National Prisoner Statistics Program reports that in that same year 526 000 were in state or federal prisons and as of mid year 2013 219 660 were in local jails making a total of about 745 000 behind bars To give a lens for viewing this data India is a country of 1 2 billion people with a total prison population of only around 380 000 prisoners In fact there are more African American men incarcerated in the US than the prison populations in India Argentina Canada Lebanon Japan Germany Finland Israel and England combined Stewardship Activism and Action for 2015 Maybe you don t know how to or want to engage in any of these issues at the moment but if you should feel an urgency to help please consider at least one of the following ways in which you could be part of the solution 1 Volunteer at Youth Unlimited Jane Finch to be a mentor for a child in need of a role model yunorthyork com our team staff 2 Visit a young person in prison looking for someone to care 3 Support or join our mission team to Oneida First Nations Reserve be a part of the healing 4 Volunteer as a support teacher at my high school alma mater Calabar High School founded by the Baptist Union of Great Britain 1912 in Jamaica where the efforts of Baptist missionaries afforded me an opportunity to succeed calabar org 5 Speak up and speak out against the Toronto Police Services practice of Carding young men of colour in Toronto Carding Carding is a practice in which police officers stop people primarily young men and take their personal information even when they are not suspected of a crime Black and Brown young men resident inside economically depressed communities or visiting affluent areas of Toronto say they are frequently and disproportionately targets of carding While we must support the difficult effort of the police to keep all of us safe and to serve and protect all citizens in very challenging circumstances There must be an alternative mechanism to gather vital information about criminal activity without removing the dignity of the law abiding The police have implemented a carding system where members of the police forces stop question and document people during non criminal encounters on the streets The information is stored in a database This in the eyes of many young people this is the creation of a criminal record Statistics about carding in Toronto tell us that people who are black or brown are more likely to be carded than whites Essentially this means that a brown or black person is more likely to be seen as suspicious by the police than someone who is white During our meeting on visual minority youth and the criminal justice system Emma Rhodes of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defense Lawyers told us that rates of carding are highest in racialized communities and these youth report that they are often searched during these stops and that they feel criminalized by this process Research conducted by Robin Fitzgerald and Peter Carrington suggests that there has been a disproportionate visible minority youth contact with the police Their paper on the issue concluded that racially discriminatory policing may explain why visible minority youth are more likely to come into contact with the police The consequence of having a segment of the youth population that is untrusting of the police and other authority figures is that it can lead to feelings of alienation and despondency for young people Senator Mobina Jaffer March 26th 2014 huffingtonpost ca Your Questions or Comments For a PDF of today s Devotional click here For a Stewardship Pledge Form click here To offer your service or time click here Friday June 21 Reflections by Debbie Ivison Created by God and Created Equal I recently had a wonderful opportunity to travel to the Normandy coast in France to visit the island of Mont St Michel Set in the bay where Normandy and Brittany merge the Mont is aptly described by one writer as a magical island topped by a gravity defying medieval monastery It is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is visited by an estimated three million plus tourists each year In prehistoric times the Mont was on dry land As the sea levels rose erosion reshaped the coastal landscape and several outcroppings of granite emerged in the bay one of which became known as Mont St Michel According to legend the Archangel Michael appeared in 708 to St Aubert the bishop of nearby Avranches and instructed him to build a church on the rocky islet Aubert repeatedly ignored the angel s instruction until Michael burned a hole in the bishop s skull with his finger This apparently got Bishop Aubert s attention The abbey on the Mont was built by Benedictine monks starting in 800 and became a place of Christian pilgrimage and a renowned centre of learning for many centuries Due to its unique position only 600 metres from land the Mont was readily accessible at low tide to many pilgrims Its unique position also made the island highly defensible as an incoming tide could literally wash away any would be assailants The tides today continue to vary greatly and still pose dangers for visitors who choose to walk across the sands to the Mont versus across the modern causeway My friend and I were very grateful for the advice given us to stay overnight at one of the small hotels on the Mont instead of staying on the mainland It was wonderful to be able to fully explore the Mont in the early evening and again the next morning with only a few fellow overnight travellers When walking along the outer stone walls I was struck by the silence there was only the sound of the wind the seagulls and the faint noises of the sheep grazing along the nearby coastal pastures What must it have been like as a Benedictine monk to live and study on this isolated place hundreds of years ago and literally in the middle of the ocean Mont St Michel is a stunningly beautiful place and all the more so given the constant push and pull over the centuries between man and nature Arguably man assumed responsibility for the stewardship of this amazing naturally created island as soon as Bishop St Aubert decided to build a church on it The forces of nature continue to push in such a way that man has to continually develop new ways to protect the site while continuing to enable so many people from around the world to visit the Mont and experience its magic truly an ongoing stewardship challenge Your Questions or Comments For a PDF of today s Devotional click here For a Stewardship Pledge Form click here To offer your service or time click here Friday June 14 A Reflection from Phaby Utomo Rick Hariman Created by God and Created Equal So God created man in his own image in the image of God he created him male and female he created them Genesis 1 27 The Holy Land is a special place in so many ways and on so many dimensions For Christians it is the place where we can deepen our faith and walk in the footsteps of Jesus In the 12 short days during our recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land we learned a great deal about ourselves and our faith Being in the Holy Land we were often and easily overcome with emotions and experienced many moments of profound spiritual connection with God And throughout our journey we realized that our pilgrimage experience was that much more enriched by being in the fellowship of believers those within

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