Welcome to Our Justice Page
The Justice Working Group at St. James is made up of a group of people committed to promoting peace, justice and the wise stewardship of our natural resources. The group seeks to be a place for people to share their concerns and obtain information. It looks at the causes of injustice from all sides, sets goals and takes action.
We hold membership on KAIROS (Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives), the Toronto West Presbytery, LAMP, the Etobicoke Health Coalition, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.
Past projects have included, and in some cases continue to include, affordable housing, ending the clawback of Child Benefit cheques, same-sex marriage, the war in Iraq, immigration policies, working conditions, transportation, defence initiatives. We take an active interest in the policies of every level of government and the church.
You are welcome to join us. We meet the first Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. except in September and January.
As the results from the survey, every justice theme had some people who chose it as their top priority and several recognize the importance of all of these issues. Rather than covering numerous different themes , we wanted to focus on one priority for five years. Now that we have chosen Environmental Justice as our most important theme we are seeking a small planning team who are passionate about the environment. Responsibilities include suggesting and approaching potential speakers for a Sunday afternoon, helping with publicity and welcoming guests. We hope to host 4-5 speakers a year in January, February, October and November. Please speak with Rev Coral if you are inspired to help.
Survey Results on Justice topics: In June & July we invited you to rank 6 justice issues according to which matter most to you. Thanks to the 28 people who responded. Here are the results:
- Environmental Justice came out on top by a significant margin
- Povertywhich is in line with our Food Basket ministry
- Health Justice
- Indigenous Justice, which received only one vote less than Health Justice
- Immigration & Refugee Justice
- LGBTQ2+ Justice (Royal York Road United Church has chosen this as their priority for a speaker series)