Friday, October 23rd at 7:00pm via ZOOM

Join us for:  FROM EXILE TO REINSTATEMENT

Pastor Ralph Carl Wushke will share part of his story and experiences as a Lutheran pastor who came out at a time when homosexuality was grounds for exclusion from ministry.  Four decades of gay activism in the church, culminating with his call and installation at First Lutheran Church, Toronto and his reinstatement to the clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in January 2020 will be discussed.

Pastor Ralph last came to us as the Chaplain of the Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto.

We hope that everyone will get their ZOOM software installed and be ready to join us at the meeting.  ZOOM meeting information will be sent out a day before the meeting for security reasons.

To register, please contact Rev. Faris at: b.faris@standrewstoronto.org

 

 

September 25th’s Meeting featured a discussion on the following:

ARE WE DONE FIGHTING?  BUILDING UNDERSTANDING IN A WORLD OF HATE AND DIVISION.

Author and Psychology Today blogger Matthew Legge presented key findings shared in his book.  In a simple and accessible format this talk offered practical tips that listeners could use right away, for instance, how to have more effective conversations on contentious issues.  Matthew’s work draws on the latest evidence from fields like social psychology, behaviour economics, and neuroscience to explain what’s happening in the dysfunctional and polarizing societal conflicts that are on the rise in recent years, and what we could do to help turn the tide.

Since 2012, Matthew has worked for Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC), the peace and social justice agency of Quakers in Canada.  Quakers are widely respected for their efforts to prevent war and transform conflicts, as well as their impartial support for war victims.

For those who  are interested to learn more about conflict resolving after our September meeting, you could buy the book  Are We Done Fighting ,

https://arewedonefighting.com/

or join the workshop  led by Matt Legge, Peace Program Coordinator  Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)

https://quakerservice.ca/news/build-your-peace-skills-free-workshop/

SAGA started as an LGBTQ support group at St. Andrew’s over 30 years ago. It is now a fellowship group for all people. SAGA normally meets in the Great Hall at 6pm on the fourth Friday of the month for a pot-luck supper and a special presentation by either one of the regular attendees or a special guest. SAGA welcomes new members and for more information on joining, please contact info@standrewstoronto.org