Then and Now

When I first visited All Saints’ Church it was 1976, and the drop-ins were run by independent boards of directors of two organizations, the Open Door and the Friendship Centre.  These served predominantly the residents of rooming houses in the area.  The pastor who...

All Saints’ Faces Redevelopment of Its Neighbourhood

All Saints’ Church is located in a rapidly changing hub of downtown Toronto.  The City of Toronto has made this district a focus of several studies about how to shape growth in the area around Sherbourne and Dundas Streets.  City Council has created a Downtown East...

Adult Literacy At All Saints

A couple of years ago, we started a second Drop-In for women at All Saints. Some women from the neighbourhood who don’t fit into the category of sex trade workers or drug addicts told us that they would also enjoy having a women’s only space where they felt free to...

The Gifts and Stewardship of the People of All Saints’

People who have nothing to their name have provided our city of Toronto with a potent message, even if the voice in which they express this content is most often passive and sometimes self-effacing.  The continuity of the presence of the community of low-income...

A Service of Remembrance and a Witness for Women’s Lives

On December 6, 1989, 14 young women from the Engineering Faculty at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal were brutally murdered. They were killed precisely because they were women: women who had dared to step through the barriers to equality in what many still...