Chaplains’ Picks, Jan 23, 2020

TUESDAYS at 6:00 – Queer Christian Fellowship
Multi-Faith Centre, Meditation room

Love, support, conversation. Queer Christian Fellowship is a community for students who want to explore the intersections of faith, gender, and sexuality. Questions? Email utqcf.meetup@gmail.com

ECO-SPIRIT ART SHOW – Submissions wanted! What does the connection between land and spirituality, environment and religion, nature and meaning look like to you? The Multi-Faith Centre is inviting students to submit art pieces exploring the connections between ecology and spirituality to its art show, ECO-SPIRIT. Selected pieces will be showcased in March as part of ECOfest. Please submit your brief, 250-word proposal via CLNx HERE: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/ecospirit.htm   DEADLINE: Monday, February 3rd at 11:59pm.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1773214089478255/

Thursdays – Journey Dance, 6:10 – 7 pm Goldring Centre Relieve stress with music and movement by dropping in on a JourneyDance class! Journey Dance is all about rediscovering natural intuitive movements, activating the imagination while drawing upon improvisational dance, yoga, ritual and theatre.  No experience is necessary! Comfortable clothing an asset! Facilitated by Sheilagh McGlynn, a friend of the Student Christian Movement. https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/mf/programs#node-5435

Monday, Feb 10 – Misguided Love: Christians and the Rupture of LGBTQI2+ People
7pm, Knox College (Room 4)

A book launch celebrating Professor Charles’ Fensham’s book, Misguided Love. Rev. Dr. Charles Fensham is Professor of Systematic Theology at Knox College. He states: “When I started this research project about five years ago, it was because I was very deeply concerned about the way sexual and gender minority people are experiencing harm in Christian communities. The book is my attempt to figure out the puzzle of how a faith that professes love can take a path that harms others.” Dr. Fensham has created a series of introductory videos at bit.ly/IntroMisguidedLove. RSVP by February 5 to knox.college@utoronto.ca. Can’t attend in person? Watch the event via livestream at bit.ly/2020fenshamlaunch.

Monday, Feb 10 – Waste Not: A Jewish Enviromental Ethic 7-9 pm, Rm 100, Jackman Humanities Institute Celebrate the book launch of Waste Not: A Jewish Environmental Ethic by Tanhum Yoreh. The book supports conversations about faith, consumption and waste, and provides a foundation for understanding the Jewish prohibition against wastefulness as an environmental ethic. Register: https://tinyurl.com/waste-not

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a restful break and a merry Christmas!

The University of Toronto is closed from December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020. We’ll see you in the new year when classes start up again.

If you are a university student wanting immediate support, you can access the post-secondary student helpline, Good2Talk, 24 hours a day. 1-866-925-5454.

Chaplains’ Picks, Nov 21, 2019

Sunday, Nov 24 – Indigenous Education Workshop at the Hart House Farm

11-4 pm, bus from Hart House at 10 am

With Angela Mashford-Pringle & Wendy Phillips

Indigenous ways of knowing are grounded in a strong connection and relationship of Indigenous peoples to the Land, reciprocal relationship that extends deep into the past and far into the future. The Land is a great teacher, providing nourishment and life to plants, animals and humans in one relational, interconnected cycle. If you want to learn more about Indigenous perspectives, traditional practices, and ways of learning from the Land, you are invited to the Hart House Farm for a unique, hands-on workshop led by instructors Angela Mashford-Pringle and Wendy Phillips. We will serve a hearty lunch,and provide return bus transportation from Hart House to the Farm. Be sure to come dressed for the weather, with warm layers, and footwear that can handle wet and possibly slippery terrain. Presented by the Hart House Farm Committee. More info here. Tickets: Students $15/Non-students $25 can by purchased on EventBrite

Sunday, Nov 25 – Film screening: “Because We Are Girls”

2-4 pm, Multi-Faith Centre

The University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre in collaboration with Queering Religion & Laadliyan presents: Because We are Girls. About the film: a conservative Indo-Canadian family in small-town British Columbia must come to terms with a devastating secret: three sisters were sexually abused by an older relative beginning in their childhood years. After remaining silent for nearly two and a half decades, the sisters decide to come forward—not only to protect other young relatives, but to set an example for their daughters as well. The film screening will be followed by a conversation about gendered violence in the South Asian community with guest panelists Manvir Bhangu (founder of @laadliyan), Pamila Matharu (artist, educator, and cultural producer), and Shuranjeet Singh (founder of @taraki_).  All tickets are general admission but are available on a sliding scale/pay what you can. To get tickets and for more info, go to EventBrite.

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

U of T’s Annual Food and Toy Drive
Desired donations include new toys, baby items and new or gently used winter items. For those who wish to contribute, you can donate items until November 26th at St. George campus drop-off locations.

Wed, Dec 4 – A Celebration of Light in Different Faith Based Traditions
5:30 – 7:30, Multi-Faith Centre

Come engage around light in different faith based traditions and make your own beeswax candles. Enjoy a light kosher dinner together. Register by emailing multi.faith@utoronto.ca
https://www.facebook.com/events/522578351898900/

December 6th National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women 
Friday, December 6, 12-2:30 PM, Great Hall at Hart House
Registration opens at 12 PM and lunch will be served at 12:30 PM
Commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre. Please RSVP to the event here. Questions or concerns to be directed to svps.programs@utoronto.ca