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: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/program/access-and-inclusion-peer-programs/

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. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrf-GqqT0vH9QfwsnNUMxBQmwJNQewRWH2

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 https://us02web.zoom.us/…/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: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/projects/queerandcovidtoronto/ 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: https://tinyurl.com/screener-queercovid

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, https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/cjtmhd

Chaplains’ Picks, April 20, 2021

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: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/program/access-and-inclusion-peer-programs/

U of T Emergency Food Bank offers large or small food boxes each week. It is a first come first serve program and sign up opens on Sunday. Only 50 food boxes are given out so sign up early. If you are getting an error issue when clicking on the link then the food boxes have been given out for the week. Please try again next week. – https://utfoodbank.tech 

Thurs, April 22 – EARTH DAY
Spend a moment on Earth Day in gratitude for creation and commit to doing your part to make this world liveable for generations to come. Here’s a 2019 article by U of T professors with some suggestions: https://www.utoronto.ca/news/earth-day-six-things-you-can-do-right-now-help-environment. For the Love of Creation, a faith-based campaign for climate justice, has an earth day event: https://fortheloveofcreation.ca/event/earth-day-celebration/

Tues, April 27 – Grief Support Sharing Circle
3:10 – 5 pm, online

Everyone grieves in their own unique way. When significant people in your life die, you may feel angry, isolated, 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.. Register online: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/program/grief-support/

Thurs, April 29 – Celebrating 100 years of the Student Christian Movement in Canada
7:30 pm, online

Celebrate 100 years of SCM with an evening of online fun! The evening will include a live recording of our Spirits Rising podcast, featuring the stories of SCM members and alumni. Meet and connect with SCMers and friends, and show our appreciation for the SCM community! We will be sending off Peter after five years’ dedicated work as SCM Canada secretary and welcoming Divy in this role. Esther will also be celebrating the conclusion of five years as SCM U of T coordinator. Let’s celebrate SCM leaders past, present and future! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/celebrating-100-years-of-scm-tickets-150934664645

Wed, May 12 – Postcolonial Preaching book launch
12:30–1:30 p.m. EDT

Join Emmanuel College for a book launch of Professor Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg’s book, Postcolonial Preaching: Creating a Ripple Effect. Register here.

Chaplains’ Picks, March 24, 2021

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: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/program/access-and-inclusion-peer-programs/

Thurs, March 25 – Southeast Asian Students Confronting Anti-Asian Racism During COVID-19, 6:00 – 7:30pm. EDT, Virtual (MS Teams)
CLNx Registration Required: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=31288
This discussion facilitated by Southeast Asian student leaders, is a space for Southeast Asian students to come together to talk about anti-Asian racism amidst COVID-19. We will emphasize sharing and learning from our own personal experiences with micro / macroaggressions, and how to report incidents.

Thurs, March 25 – Digital Effervescence: How the GTA Reimagined Religion in the Time of COVID, 2-3:30 pm, online
The Department for the Study of Religion is hosting a discussion: As scholars of religion and citizens of Toronto, we are interested in how religious communities in the GTA have been adapting to life online. Scholars of religion have long talked about what they call “collective effervescence”—the electric energy that bubbles up in crowds and is integral to so many aspects of religious life. Many scholars would say that there’s no way to replicate this energy online, without the physical presence of human bodies. We beg to differ. We think that both universities and religious communities have been devising new forms of collective life and new kinds of energy during this crisis period, and we are eager to document how. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/digital-effervescence-tickets-140117038835

Tues, March 30 – Grief Support Sharing Circle
3:10 – 5 pm, online

Everyone grieves in their own unique way. When someone you love dies, you may feel angry, isolated, 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. Register online: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/program/grief-support/

Tues, March 30 – Japanese Soil, Canadian Roots
10:30 am – 11:45 am
The Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology & Ministry, Knox College, is proud to host a special zoom event featuring Mr. Yusuke Tanaka, a member of the Japanese-Canadian community. Mr. Tanaka will speak briefly on the “History of Japanese Canadian Communities (1890-1920) and on the role of Church in the early days of Japanese Canadian Communities and Social Justice. For more info, contact David Bae: hyun.bae@mail.utoronto.ca

The Student Christian Movement (SCM) Toronto has launched a podcast, Spirits Rising!  SCM members and friends have conversations that question everything we’ve been taught about faith, and explore what it means to liberate our spiritual lives. Check it out on Youtube.

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, https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/cjtmhd

Campus Worship Opportunities:
Knox College has weekly worship on Tuesday afternoons, 4:15 pm, via Zoom. They are uploaded to YouTube where you can watch at any time: https://www.youtube.com/user/KnoxCollegeCA

Emmanuel College has weekly worship on Wednesday afternoons, 1:30 pm, via Zoom. You can watch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmmanuelCollegeofVic/

Mindful Moments and Yoga
There are many online opportunities to practice mindfulness and yoga for U of T students. https://www.facebook.com/groups/MindfulMomentsUofT/

ECUT’s Facebook page is a good way to find out what is going on and keep updated. Check us out there.

At ECUT, we are reading the news and hearing the stories of anti-Asian violence (in the U.S. and in Canada). We mourn with those whose lives are impacted by such hate. We commit to listening, learning, and speaking up against anti-Asian violence. We pray for a world in which all, especially our Asian/Pacific Islander friends, families and neighbours, can live in safety and peace, as God’s beloved people.

Abrahamic Faiths and The Environment – Islam, March 4, 5 pm

Thurs, March 4 – Islam and the Environment
5-6:30 pm

Explore the connection between Islam and the Environment with Imam Saffet, as he discusses scripture and practice in the Islamic tradition and their relevance to the modern climate crisis. Imam Saffet Abid Catovic is the Muslim Chaplain at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.  He is a core member of the Parliament of the World’s Religions Climate Action Task Force and serves on their Board of Trustees; GreenFaith Muslim Fellow and serves as their Senior Muslim advisor; Chair of the Green Muslims of New Jersey (GMNJ); a founding board member of the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) Green Initiatives and member of the scholars drafting team of “Al-Mizan – A Covenant for the Earth” organized under the auspices of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). Register: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=30815