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Media Release: Sharing Our Stories: A Celebration of Black Culture and History

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In honour of Black History Month, St Andrew's Church, Islington, invites everyone to celebrate faith-full diversity at "Sharing Our Stories: Celebrating Black Culture and History."

Local church invites everyone to celebrate faith-full diversity Media Release (02/15/2018) Toronto (Etobicoke), ON: St Andrew’s Islington Presbyterian Church announced today that, in honour of Black History Month, they will be celebrating black culture and history in a combined worship service, luncheon, and historical presentation on Sunday, February 25, 2018, starting at 10 am. Adele Halliday, the Discipleship and Witness Team Leader for the United Church of Canada, will speak at the worship service about "Sharing Our Stories." She will challenge us with her Biblically-oriented exploration of what it means to be a faith-full person in Canada today.

Adele is a lifelong Presbyterian and a Black Canadian. She is an experienced educator and sought-after speaker. Adele recently received a Masters of Theological Studies from the Toronto School of Theology. She currently works at the national office of The United Church of Canada as the Team Leader for Discipleship & Witness. A team from the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church, Toronto, will present and lead in a selection of uplifting music.

Then, at the lunch afterwards, Blair Newby of the Buxton Museum, will present the fascinating story of Rev. William King (1812-1895) and the Buxton Settlement of freed slaves (est. 1849). This is a little known but fascinating piece of Canadian history.

Sean Howard, Senior Pastor at St Andrew’s, said, “We are so excited to have Adele, Blair, and the team from GPC come and help us celebrate Black History Month with this event. Not only will it give voice to the experience of our black church-members and community-members in a way not often acknowledged in our historically white church, it will provide a much-needed and faith-filled perspective for the rest of us as well. This will be a fantastic and uplifting event for all people, regardless of colour.”

St Andrew’s Islington Church identifies “diversity” as one of their core values. Since 1922, the people of St A’s have been trying to live out this Biblical value right in the heart of the Six Points community in central Etobicoke. One of their goals is that the makeup of their congregation will more and more reflect the makeup of the surrounding Six Points community.

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Sean Howard
St Andrew’s Islington Presbyterian Church
3819 Bloor St W, Toronto, M9B1K7
(416) 233-9800


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