A Bit of History
In December 2009 a group of members from the Anglican, First Unitarian, Lutheran, Presbyterian and United churches in north Toronto with a passion for living our faith met to explore common ground and consider working together to address injustices. We hoped that by educating each other, sharing the work we were doing and developing the capacities of our own churches that we would have a larger voice to carry on our social justice work. Voices for a Just Society was formed that evening.
A growing community of faith-based groups in north Toronto working together for a just society by:
- Strengthening and supporting relationships within our community
- Learning and sharing to increase our knowledge of issues
- Speaking with one voice
- Acting together to address injustice
Poverty reduction within Ontario encompassing such key issues as affordable housing and income support.
Our Work Includes:
- Preparing information briefing papers on poverty, housing and income issues for elections.
- Arranging multi-denominational meetings with MPPs and candidates to discuss our concerns.
- Preparing briefing papers on government reports affecting those living in poverty. Examples include the Drummond Report, the Social Assistance Review report and the planned housing sell-off of Toronto Community Housing stock.
- Distributing letters signed by Voices members advocating action to municipal and provincial leaders on issues of concern.
- Providing educational sessions for our members to hear experts on issues such as life after prison, the challenges of living on disability support and Aboriginal housing in Toronto.
- Encouraging members of our congregations to work with us on social justice issues.