Anglican Samizdat

March 2, 2010

Diocese of Toronto: a Good Friday exclusive

Filed under: Anglican Church of Canada — David Jenkins @ 7:05 pm

The Diocese of Toronto is sponsoring a walk for the excluded:

Good Friday Justice Walk focuses on exclusion.

A creative Good Friday “Walk for Justice” on April 2 through downtown Toronto will connect a core event of Christian faith — Good Friday — with a key issue of modern life: exclusion.

The Walk for Justice starts at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity, beside the Eaton Centre. Walkers will attend three stations on nearby streets, then return to Holy Trinity at 4:30 p.m. for the closing station and fellowship. Music, mime and prayer will explore the theme of “Ubuntu:  Who is Excluded?” An African term, Ubuntu is all about knowing our identities through our relationships.

For some people, the horror of exclusion goes back to childhood: for example teams are selected by picking individuals out of a group and you find yourself part of an ever dwindling remnant that nobody wants. The good news is, those of us in that boat usually get over it and now take our revenge by ridiculing team sports at every opportunity.

The irony in Anglicanism’s devotion to its new substitute god, inclusivity, is that the only thing those who are not excluded have in common is that they are with a bunch of other people who are also not excluded. An ego boost for those left out of childhood sports teams, perhaps, but a pathetically vacuous association for everyone else.



  1. If only four “stations” are being observed they are “excluding” a lot of the Passion story.

    Comment by obituary — March 3, 2010 @ 8:13 am

  2. Why are they not using this particular day to share the gospel – after all it is the day when we observe the redeeming love of Christ as demonstrated on the cross. There are many other days to talk about social justice.

    Comment by Muriel — March 3, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

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