Chaplains’ Picks, Oct 17, 2019

Thurs, Oct 17 – Climate Change in Focus: Sharing Stories from the Frontlines
Hart House Global Commons
10:00-12:00, Music Room, Hart House

Hart House Global Commons is your opportunity to connect in real-time with students participating in-person and virtually from international partner universities in order to engage in dialogue and action. Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and in many countries and places, the impacts have arrived. Addressing and living with climate change requires a serious transformation of society and of our relationships to each other and to the world around us- and we have work to do. Please join us for an opportunity to share stories from the front lines as we engage in dialogue with students in Colombia, South Africa, France, the United States and Canada about how they are experiencing and responding to the climate crisis. Moderated by Lorena Pasquini of the African Climate and Development Initiative, with an opening from Elder Wendy Phillips. Register on Eventbrite.

Monday, Oct 21 – Federal Election VOTING Day
If you are able, please vote. If you’d like to read more about what Christian faith commitments have to do with public life, The Canadian Council of Churches has a 2019 Federal Election resource.

Thursdays – Student Christian Movement Another World Cafe
6:30 pm, Divinity Common Room – North, Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Ave.

Join us as we explore the stories that shape our worldviews – the stories of the Bible, of history, and of our own lives – and reflect critically on what we believe and how we put our faith into action for a better world. **At U of T over the next few weeks we will be exploring adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy. No advance reading required.**  Refreshments provided, including vegan and gluten-free options.https://www.facebook.com/groups/14795862396/

Thursdays – Reading Sacred Texts
4:30pm – 5:45pm, Trinity College Divinity Common Room

Open to all students with an interest in studying Jewish, Christian, and  Muslim scriptures and sacred texts. Our close readings will open new conversations and discover interesting relationships across the three faiths. Pizza provided. Register: by emailing multi.faith@utoronto.ca

Wed, Oct 23 – Ecology and Spirituality LABYRINTH WALK
2 – 3:30 pm  at High Park

Join the Ecology and Spirituality group at U of T for a labyrinth walk meditation in High Park on October 23, from 2:00-3:30pm. Meet us at the entrance of High Park (Colborne Lodge Dr. and Bloor St. W) for 2:00pm. We’ll then walk down together to the labyrinth and participate in a walk facilitated by Jo Ann Stevenson of the Labyrinth Community Network. This is for anyone who’s looking to de-stress, connect with nature, and appreciate the season! ***SPACES ARE LIMITED. PLEASE RVSP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/labyrinth-walk-tickets-76679694029

Tues, Oct 22 – Grief Support Sharing Circle
5:10-7:30 pm, Room 114, Faculty of Social Work

Everyone grieves in their own unique way. When someone you love dies, you may feel isolated, angry, sad, guilty, and lonely. The grief support sharing circle is an informal mutual support group for students who have experienced a death, as well as students experiencing anticipatory grief. Please RSVP: student.minister@utoronto.ca and laurie.coleman@utoronto.ca.

Oct 28- Nov 1 – Indigenous Education Week at U of T
The St. George Campus has a jam-packed, week-long celebration of Indigenous language and culture. All events are free and open to the public! Check out the website for complete details and event links! https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/fnh/indigenous-education-week

Friday, Nov 15 – Working for Change: Exploring Meaningful Opportunities in the Social Justice Field 12:30 – 6 pm, Wilson Hall, New College,40 Willcocks St.
An afternoon of networking, learning and dialogue with social justice advocates on what it takes to work for social justice in the non-profit sector. Open to all students. Light refreshments will be served. Information, accessibility and registration: https://uoft.me/WFC-19

Nov 15- 17 – Grounding: Discovering our Sacred Gifts in Climate Emergency
Loyola House, Guelph, ON

Facing deep grief and dying ecosystems, we come together to ask God: ‘What is emerging?’ Join us for a weekend of contemplation, time in nature, spiritual mentorship and community. This all ages retreat is sponsored by the Student Christian Movement and Pastors in Exile. Contact peter@scmcanada.org to register. For more information: http://scmcanada.org/2019/08/grounding/

Labyrinth Walk

Labyrinth walk meditation in High Park October 23, from 2:00-3:30 pm

Labyrinth walk poster

Join the Ecology and Spirituality group at U of T for labyrinth walk. Meet at the entrance of High Park (Colborne Lodge Dr. and Bloor St. W) for 2:00pm. We’ll then walk down together to the labyrinth and participate in a walk facilitated by Jo Ann Stevenson of the Labyrinth Community Network. This is for anyone who’s looking to de-stress, connect with nature, and appreciate the season!

Please register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/labyrinth-walk-tickets-76679694029

Chaplains’ Picks, Sept 16, 2019

Welcome new and returning students to campus! We are looking forward to building community, supporting each other, and spreading friendship in Jesus’ name. May God’s love and wisdom be with you as you study, work and play.

Thurs, Sept 19 – Student Christian Movement Another World Cafe
6:30 pm, Divinity Common Room – North, Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Ave.

“Another world is possible,” a common protest chant proclaims. Yet it can be hard to see. Many of us struggle with anxiety and despair about the state of the world. Christian faith, which should offer hope, is often used to justify the status quo. Join us as we help each other to grow into a liberating faith: a faith that celebrates the dignity of all and gives us courage to challenge injustice and oppression. We explore the stories that shape our worldviews – the stories of the Bible, of history, and of our own lives – and reflect critically on what we believe and how we put our faith into action. @ U of T every Thursday. Refreshments provided, including vegan and gluten-free options.https://www.facebook.com/groups/14795862396/

Tues, Sept 24 – Grief Support Sharing Circle
5:10-7:30 pm, Room 114, Faculty of Social Work

Everyone grieves in their own unique way. When someone you love dies, you may feel isolated, angry, sad, guilty, and lonely. The grief support sharing circle is an informal mutual support group for students who have experienced a death, as well as students experiencing anticipatory grief. Please RSVP: student.minister@utoronto.ca and laurie.coleman@utoronto.ca.

Wed, Sept 25 – Qu(e)erying Religion: LGBTQ+ Students of Faith Social
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Multi-Faith Centre

As part of U of T’s queer orientation week, come  and meet other LGBTQ+ students of faith on campus.

Tues, Oct 1 – Blanket Exercise
4:10pm – 5:30pm at Hart House   

Stand in solidarity with Indigenous people in this interactive learning experience. The Blanket Exercise covers 500 years of history about Indigenous rights. Register: by emailing multi.faith@utoronto.ca

Thursdays – Reading Sacred Texts
4:30pm – 5:45pm, Trinity College Divinity Common Room

Open to all students with an interest in studying Jewish, Christian, and  Muslim scriptures and sacred texts. Our close readings will open new conversations and discover interesting relationships across the three faiths. Pizza provided. Register: by emailing multi.faith@utoronto.ca

Mindful moments (meditation & yoga) on campus: https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hwc/mindful-moments

Summer schedule

While things are quieter at U of T, we are still on campus and available to meet. We hope that you find time this summer to enjoy the warmth of the sun and the beauty of God’s green and flowering world.