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Living Black History

The face of Hamilton is changing and it is only fitting that the Anglican Church will experience that change. Statistics Canada new data from the 2016 census says that Hamilton’s visible minorities have more than doubled in the last 20 years. The visible minority population now sits at 19%.  The Church of the Resurrection is proud that our congregation reflects that percentage.  


The Church celebrates Black History. We have a Living Black History Committee which organizes events like movie nights, guest speakers and discussions during the month of February. They are presently setting up a Living Black History Library.


The Barbados Canadian and Friends Association have been celebrating Barbados Independence here at the Church since 1978.   Once a year (usually on the Feast of Christ the King) the Association joins us for a Barbados Sunday celebration, including hosting the coffee hour with music and Bajan treats.


The Jamaica Foundation regularly use our building for meetings and social time.


The Church of The Resurrection places an intentional emphasis on being an inclusive church which does not discriminate on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ.

A Modern Icon - A Symbol of our Faith

Our worship space is lined with modern iconography. These images tell pieces of our faith story
Martin Luther King of Georgia
 By Br. Robert Lentz, OFM 

This icon depicts Martin Luther King, one of the martyrs of the Twentieth Century. He was an ordained minister of the Baptist Church. From 1955 until his death, he led a campaign of nonviolent resistance in the United States against racial oppression and injustice. The number he wears around his neck is from a "mug shot" taken one of the many times he was arrested by American police for resisting unjust laws. The prison bars behind him represent the occasions he was placed in jail, and also the oppression and slavery of Afro-Americans in the United States.


The text on his scroll is from his speech in Albany, Georgia, on December 14, 1961. The Greek inscription by his head reads, "Holy Martin." Since the eighteenth century, the faith of African American Christians in America has been tied to the struggle for freedom. Martin Luther King renewed the bond between faith and political action like the Old Testament prophets. Although his life was threatened many times, he continued to expose himself to danger. He was shot on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. 

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