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St. Clement's Turns 50!
told me to find a group. They said it would provide me with
a place full of people who would understand my problem.
they will see beyond my, "FINE" (fouled-up, insecure,
neurotic and enjoying it), and help me to stretch beyond
my capacity. They will provide me a safe place in which
to learn how to tell the truth, trust in my fellow man and
know, "I am no longer alone."
they didn't tell me was that when I joined the St. Clement's
Group I would learn how to be part of a family, with its
"faults and blunders, its aches and pains," to
be a part of something that was neither my responsibility
- not rithe - to control. I didn't now that in this group
(in this family), I would learn to accept people and myself
just as we are. I didn't realize that I would be given a
place to celebrate our victories, mourn our defeats, and
grieve our losses, such as the loss of our dear friends,
Don and Arlene.
are those giants, upon whose shoulders we rest - Jack H.s
and Jim P.s - who built a place for us. The New Generation
Group, amalgamated with the St. Clements Group 20 years
ago to give birt to our Monday night discussion at Our Lady
of Perpetual Help. To all those who have gone before us,
we say, "Thank you."
also say thank you for the foundation of acceptance, during
a different kind of Toronto, when many of our members in
the gay community were able to find a home at St. Clements's.
We are grateful for a place that accepted us, beaten or
ountiful, and as one long time member suggested, "...the
happiest group in Toronto."
St. Clements Group invites you to help us celebrate 50 years
of service with gratitude for our wins, our losses, and
September 25, 8 pm, St. Clement's Anglican Church, 59 Briar
Hill Avenue at Duplex Avenue off St. Clement's Avenue.
© August, 2002, Better Times, GTA Intergroup, Toronto,