Heartwood is a café and bistro in Vancouver—and much, much more. The home of Trinity United Church, which gave up its church building in Kitsilano in 2013, in many ways the café is an expression of Christ’s table, at which Christians are nourished and freed to become communities of justice and love. Heartwood provides radical, unconditional, and relational hospitality, with particular concern for silenced voices. Absolutely everyone is welcome, regardless of gender, background, beliefs, or ability to pay. The café aims to be a part of the community and to partner with other community organizations to collectively strive for justice, act for peace, and work for environmental sustainability. Heartwood intentionally forms relationships and partnerships for social justice through hospitality, spirituality, and an LGBTQ-positive space. It embodies justice in every aspect of its operation by following sustainable practices, using local sourcing and fair trade products, and working with the community to get to the root of social problems. Weekdays from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Heartwood holds meditative gatherings open to a variety of LGBTQ-positive faith expressions. It is a time of music, silence, meditation, or reflection, perhaps engaging with sacred literature, and connecting with oneself in the company of others, a great oasis for those on their way home from work. The café is also a door to the life and worship of Trinity United Church. Our gifts for Mission and Service, along with some coaching from the EDGE Network, have supported this vision of a new community. People’s lives are being transformed. Thank you, and please join me in continuing to give generously. (LGBTQ means lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.)
Mighty and tender God, through our gifts for Mission and Service we respond to your call to mend the world.