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Faith, Art, and Activism

In collaboration with the Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, a mini-festival of events exploring the connections and contradictions among these three fields, from September 4 to October 5.

Religious faith has a long history of engagement with the arts, and with action for social justice. Yet, while these three human concerns can reinforce and deepen each other, they can also exist in tension; and it often seems that at least one of the three must be compromised. In a series of talks, panels, liturgies and artistic performances, co-sponsored by the Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields and the Trinity College Chaplaincy, we hope to explore the interactions and contradictions which face those who value all three.


Trinity College Chapel and Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, 365 College Street

Unless otherwise specified, admission is free.

Thursday, September 4, 8 pm: Kick-off concert by Iderdown, Within, and Blue Cougars Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields ($5 at the door)

Saturday, September 6, 7 pm: Bread and Honey, a weekly outdoor service in Bellevue Square Park (Bellevue and Wales, Kensington Market), featuring music and other arts, as well as group discussion and freshly-baked bread. This week: reading new poems by Rowan Williams.

Mondays, September 8th-29th, 7:30 pm: Building heaven on earth: A weekly discussion group will look at experiments in alternative Christian community, from the Catholic Worker Movement to the medieval Beguines. Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields

September 8: In England's green and pleasant land: The Anglo-Catholic socialist experiment at Thaxted

September 15: A revolution of the heart: The Catholic Worker movement, with guest speaker James Loney

September 22: History may be freedom: Nicholas Ferrar and Little Gidding

September 29: To sanctify the city from within: Mendicants and beguines in the later Middle Ages

Thursday, September 11, 7 pm: Consuming Passions:  An evening with our curators Both art and faith have the potential to operate as counter-narratives to consumerism, but both can also become just another product to be consumed. Join us for a discussion of this problem with some of the people who have curated events at St Stephen's and at Trinity, including our Art in Common animator, Andrew Winchur; one of this year's Nuit Blanche curators, André Forget; and Sheryl Johnson of the Student Christian Movement. Trinity College Chapel

Friday, September 12, 7 pm: Comedian/writer/performer Andrew Bailey reads from his new book, The Rite of James Biddle (Bayeux Press). Bailey's play The Adversary won Best Production and Best Performance at the 2013 Toronto Fringe, and faith and social justice are important themes in his work. Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields

Saturday, September 13, 7 pm: Bread and Honey in Bellevue Square Park. This week, poet Yosefa Raz will read from her work and talk about its connections with her studies of the Hebrew prophets.

Monday, September 15, 12:15 pm: Sacred Music in a Sacred Space presents liturgical music from the Eastern and Western church. This week: themes of justice. Trinity College Chapel

Wednesday, September 17, 7 pm: What city is like the great city? A dramatic reading of the Revelation to Saint John the Divine. Revelation is a problematic and difficult text, but also rich in its imagery, powerful in its use of language, and (though many modern interpreters misunderstand this) unrelenting in its critique of empire and economic injustice. Join us for a multi-voice dramatic reading of the full text. Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields

Saturday, September 20, 7 pm: Bread and Honey in Bellevue Square Park, this week with poet Sachiko Murakami.

Monday, September 22, 12:15 pm: Sacred Music in a Sacred Space: More liturgical music of  Eastern and Western traditions. Trinity College Chapel

Monday, September 22, 2 pm: All that gLitters: Liturgy for the renunciation of gold Around the world, gold mining, much of it by Canadian companies, is creating environmental devastation, displacing native communities, and violating basic human rights. The recent Mount Polley tailings disaster is just one example. And yet, about 90% of all gold mined is used either for unnecessary luxury items like jewellery, or for investment. On the feast of Saint Matthew, who was called away from his money-counting table to follow Jesus, join us for a service in which we symbolically divest ourselves of gold and vow not to buy new gold. Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields

Thursday, September 25, 7 pm: If I Had A Rocket Launcher: a workshop with songwriter Jon Brooks. The pros and cons of protest, polemic, and prayer in songs, as well as the onstage banter between songs. Successful and unsuccessful examples will be offered and discussed from early folk tradition to contemporary rap, ’90s grunge, ’60s revivalism, and British punk. Trinity College – Divinity Common Room

Friday, September 26: Fundraising concert and dinner for the Saint Stephen's Sacred HeART Jam theatre/art/discussion group. $15 suggested donation, $5 drinks, raffle prize, live entertainment, art co-creation and food! Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields

Saturday, September 27, 2 pm to 10 pm: Polis is this: A day of poetics curated by Charlie Huisken, including readings by the bpNichol Lane Writers' Group (led by Victor Coleman and Michael Boughn), Texan-Canadian sound poet Neal Retke, and more. (The 7-9 pm period will be our weekly Bread and Honey gathering, marking the eve of Michaelmas with the theme of ghosts and angels). Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields

Monday, September 29, 12:15 pm: Monday Music presents: Shika: out of the silence the sound is born, a multimedia performance by acclaimed Mexican singer, violinist, and performance artist Paulina Derbez. Trinity College Chapel

Saturday, October 4, 6 pm: Blessing of the Animals on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. We do not live on this earth alone; we share it with all the other animals of God's creation. Today we take the time to acknowledge our relationships with and dependence upon God's non-human creatures, and to commit ourselves to stewardship of our common world. Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields (front lawn at College and Bellevue)

Saturday, October 4, 7 pm to Sunday, October 5, 6 am: This year, we are presenting not just one, not just two, but three, Nuit Blanche installations, two at Saint Stephen's and one at Trinity College. The Composition Engine, a participatory multi-vocal performance installation curated by Peter Drobac and Maggie Helwig, will take place in the main sanctuary of Saint Stephen's (enter via 365 College Street), while in the parish hall we'll display photos and narratives created by some of the usually marginalized members of our community (enter via 103 Bellevue Avenue). Meanwhile, at Trinity College Chapel, there will be a student-curated holographic installation.

For more information, contact:

Andrea Budgey, Trinity College / U of T 416-978-3288,

Maggie Helwig, Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields 416-526-5438,



Fall Term 2014






4:00 pm



1st & 3rd Sundays, contemporary language


2nd & 4th Sundays, traditional language





5:15 pm






8:15 am

Morning Prayer / Mattins

12:00 pm

Peace Prayers

5:15 pm

Divinity Community Eucharist

6:30 pm

Taizé Prayer





8:15 am


5:15 pm

Choral Evensong





8:15 am


5:15 pm

Evening Prayer / Evensong





8:15 am


The liturgies in Trinity College Chapel are open to all members of the college, the university, and the wider community. Most weekday services are organized by students of the Faculty of Divinity, but Wednesday Choral Evensong and the Sunday services are particularly open to participation by other members of the community, as readers, servers, and musicians. Whether you're interested in regular involvement, or occasional participation, please contact the chaplain to discuss possibilities.


There are many other activities (classes, concerts, rehearsals) and occasional liturgies during the academic term. In summer these tend to be tied to conferences, reunions, weddings and funerals. For further information, please contact the chaplain.


The choir sings Choral Evensong on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. during the academic term, and at Saint James' Cathedral on the first Sunday after Epiphany (this year, January 11, at 4:30 pm). The choir also sings a service of Advent Lessons and Carols on the 2nd Sunday of Advent (this year, on December 7, at 4:00 pm). The services of the Lent and Easter cycle are also offered: Wednesday, February 18 – Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist & imposition of ashes, 12:00 pm; Sunday, March 29 – Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist, 4:00 pm; Thursday, April 2 – Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist & stripping of the altar, 8:00 pm; Friday, April 3 – Good Friday Good Friday liturgy, 11:00 am; Saturday, April 4 – Easter Vigil Holy Eucharist & lighting of the Paschal fire, 9:00 pm; Sunday, April 5 – Easter Sunday Holy Eucharist, 4:00 pm.


We try wherever possible to make the chapel available for funerals and memorial services to members of the wider university community, and to graduates and former staff of Trinity College. Please contact the chaplain to discuss this possibility.

Detailed wishes around funeral details may be recorded by individuals at any time with the chaplain's office, and a pamphlet to help with this is available. It must be understood, however, that the legal next-of-kin are those who have the final power of determination with regard to funeral arrangements.