Fairlawn Avenue United Church will be an inspiring and thriving champion of social justice where the congregation is passionately engaged in actions which transform society, individual lives and ourselves as we move toward a just and sustainable world.
Focus of Fairlawn Social Justice Program
At Fairlawn, our focus is Eliminating Poverty. We are dedicated to travelling on a journey of discovery and action. Everyone is needed, and everyone has a role to play! We focus on affordable housing, a living wage, income inequality, and adequate social assistance rates for those most vulnerable among us.
Fairlawn and Voices for a Just Society go to City Hall
Several members of the Fairlawn SJ team together with other members of Voices for a Just Society (a coalition of churches in north Toronto working on poverty reduction) met for 60 minutes with Councillor Carmichael Greb at City Hall on March 3rd to discuss poverty in Toronto and its poverty reduction strategy. It was a very successful exchange where each side has agreed to continue to work with the other to reduce poverty in Ward 16 and the city as a whole.
Social Justice at Fairlawn – A Journey Worth Taking
Social justice has been embedded in the life of Fairlawn Avenue United Church from the very beginning:
“The earliest branch of the Fairlawn family tree was formed as Toronto’s Second Congregational Church in 1849 by 25 renegade members of the city’s first Congregational church who were opposed to slavery.”
The work of social justice continues today at Fairlawn with poverty issues that include affordable housing, adequate social assistance rates, adequate minimum wage, living wage and income inequality.
Please join us
We are a fun, dedicated group devoted to understanding the realities of those living in poverty, learning more about poverty issues and making a difference through speaking out, both to our peers and to government. We are a leading organization in North Toronto tackling poverty.
L to R:
Kathy Salisbury, Jannie Mills, John Ryerson, Fairlawn minister, Armine Yalnizyan (guest speaker), Shirley Bush, Jan Buchan, Heather McPherson
Social Justice Chair, Kathy Salisbury
Keywords: poverty reduction, poverty eradication, anti-poverty