Chaplains’ Picks, May 27, 2021

Congrats to students celebrating their graduations! You’ve did it! We are praying for you as you take the next steps in your life after university.

Access & Inclusion at U of T has numerous peer support and mentorship programs for students from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities. Check it out here:

Thurs, May 27 – “Migrant Rights During The Pandemic”
7pm, online
The Student Christian Movement of Canada is hosting this session. Lead by Jesson Reyes from Migrant Resource Centre Canada, this workshop will focus on what the MRCC and Migrant Rights Network have been doing to pressure the government to give permanent residency for so called “temporary foreign workers”, COVID concerns amongst migrants during the pandemic, and how this systemic issue came to be in the first place.

Saturday, May 29 – SCM Celebrates Pride
2 pm, online

Student Christian Movement Canada is ringing in Pride Month early with a special conversation and drag makeup demonstration with King Julez, @king._.julez, a Christian minister and drag artist. Join in a conversation about Christianity while learning how to apply drag makeup! Everyone is welcome. Check out the SCM Canada FB page for more info.
Register at…/tZMvcuysqDMqGtdbxYQyQEyhsl2SXZuvj…

The Rainbow CommunionRainbow Communion is a special committee formed by the Presbyterian Church that has been empowered to invite LGBTQI people and others to tell stories of harm done to them within and by the church, and to share their stories of God’s grace experienced by them in Christian ministry. Their 2021 reports to the church can be found here. We are grateful for colleagues, friends, alumni, and supporters who have spent many hours doing this vital and inclusive work.

QueerCOVID-TO – Call for participants for online research
QueerCOVID-TO is a research project led by a team of University of Toronto Scarborough campus researchers, educators, and activists investigating the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on 2SLGBTQSIA+ adults living in Toronto. If you are interested in discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your mental health and well-being, please see our website: for more information on a paid research study. Your contribution will help us to better understand how Torontonians are affected by the pandemic and could help us to develop recommendations for policies that support and benefit marginalized members of our community. Complete a short screener in order to assess your eligibility to participate here:

July 23-23 – Christian Left online Conference
Rethinking the Christian Left from the Belly of Empire: Charting New Paths Beyond Colonization, reflecting on the emergence of historical “new” actors and voices in the Christian Left. The Christian Left Conference is hosted by Emmanuel College’s Centre for Religion and Its Contexts, Trinity St. Paul’s United Church, the Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics of The Institute for Christian Studies and the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre. For more information and to register for this free conference.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health & Disability is looking for new content. It is a journal committed to breaking new ground at the intersection of theology and mental health, exploring disability using an interfaith theological lens. Our priorities include publishing work by people with lived experience of mental illness and other disabilities, especially student work. In the first issue, Spring 2021, we are please to share research articles, personal reflections, poetry, sermons, short fiction and prayers. We are now looking for contributions for future issues. Submission details: no longer than 50000 words, creativity welcome, due by June 30, 2021,

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