Rings of Peace for Muslim Friday prayers

The Ecumenical Chaplaincy at U of T mourns with all Muslims affected by the violent display of hatred in a place of worship in New Zealand on Friday, March 15. May those who mourn be comforted. May those who speak out against Islamophobia and hatred do so with strength. May we live, work, act and pray for peace.

Support UofT’s Muslim students Friday: Hart House Debates Room, 1:00 and 2:00 / Multi-Faith Centre Main Activity Hall, 1:00

Form a Ring of Peace around Muslim prayers this Friday, March 22 to show support and protection for Muslim students at prayer. First done in 2015 by the Muslim community of Oslo to protect a synagogue, and since then unfortunately repeated after the Quebec mosque shooting and again after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, Rings of Peace are a way to show those communities that have been targeted that they are not alone. Come with supportive signs or cards, stay for all or part of prayers. Rings of Peace will be happening across the GTA.

Chaplains’ Picks, March 14, 2019

Thurs, March 14 – Reclaiming Religion: Unreading Patriarchy 
6 – 8pm, Multi-Faith Centre
A dinner and open discussion with Dr. Asma Barlas and Dr. Jaspreet Kaur Bal on how women in faith traditions negotiate religion, spirituality, and patriarchy by reclaiming what they hold sacred. Please register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reclaiming-religion-unreading-patriarchy-tickets-56134254065

Thurs, March 14 – Secure the Bag: African Black Caribbean Social Capital3:30 – 7:00 pm, Wilson Hall, Room 1017, New College, 40 Willcocks Street  Registration required (includes Networking Reception Dinner limited to 80) at: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/stb.htm Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/568788243639834/ “Secure the Bag” is colloquial, urban, Black terminology meaning the act of obtaining something of value, in this case, social capital towards a career.  African Black Caribbean students and recent alumni will connect with African Black Caribbean experts in their fields. This will be achieved through as many interactions as possible, to maximize information sharing and discussions.  This interactive event will augment student / alumni capacity to access real opportunities in this competitive job market.  

Tues, March 19 – Grief Support Sharing Circle5:10pm – 7:30pm, Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor Street West, Rm 418 An opportunity for students to share their stories of grief/loss and share ways others are coping while at U of T. The majority of the session is providing a safe space for others to share grief/loss stories, gain support, and share ways others have practiced self-care during times of transition while at U of T. RSVP: laurie.coleman@utoronto.ca and student.minister@utoronto.ca

Tues, March 19 – Faces of Faith Photo Exhibit5 – 6 pm, Hart House, Map Room Join the discussion about how we relate to our faith identities as students. Meet some of the participants in the exhibit. Refreshments! https://www.facebook.com/events/489801011552870/

Wed, March 20 – Body & Soul: Faith Perspectives on worry, stress and anxiety
6 – 8pm, Multi-Faith Centre
This workshop provides an opportunity for students to hear, share and discuss different views on how faith intersects with stress and feelings of worry and anxiety in an informative way while also focusing on everyday methods of relaxation. Please register https://faithandstress.eventbrite.com

Wed, April 3 – Models of Hospitality Among Religious and Cultural Traditions 6 pm, U of T Toronto School of Theology, 47 Queen’s Park Ave E.  Explore hospitality in different religious and cultural traditions. Leaders of various faith groups will share their thoughts and experiences. All welcome! Refreshments! https://www.facebook.com/events/999226733616904/

Meditation and Mindfulness Opportunities
Various Locations
Want to relax and find your ground? Come in for weekly yoga, meditation or Tai Chi sessions on campus that are available throughout the week. No experience necessary! For more information, visit: http://studentlife.utoronto.ca/mf/yoga

Chaplains Picks, March 7, 2019

Sat, March 9 – Mindfulness for Academic Success, Half -Day Retreat 11 am – 3 pm , Multi-Faith Centre, Rm 208,   Participant in a half-day mindfulness retreat for academic success. Practice yoga, meditation, and learn mindful exercises to help you stay calm, resilient and focused. Suitable for beginners to practiced practitioners. Includes lunch! Please register at:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mindfulness-for-academic-success-an-on-campus-retreat-tickets-55349739561

Tues, March 12 – “Muslim Enough? Queer Enough?” Queer Muslims in Conversation
7 – 8:30pm, Multi-Faith Centre, Main Activity Hall, Second Floor, 569 Spadina Avenue
Share insight into everyday experiences of Queer Muslim communities in an open discussion of these intersecting identities.

Thurs, March 14 – Reclaiming Religion: Unreading Patriarchy 
6 – 8pm, Multi-Faith Centre
A dinner and open discussion with Dr. Asma Barlas and Dr. Jaspreet Kaur Bal on how women in faith traditions negotiate religion, spirituality, and patriarchy by reclaiming what they hold sacred. Please register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reclaiming-religion-unreading-patriarchy-tickets-56134254065

Thurs, March 14 – Secure the Bag: African Black Caribbean Social Capital3:30 – 7:00 pm, Wilson Hall, Room 1017, New College, 40 Willcocks Street  Registration required (includes Networking Reception Dinner limited to 80) at: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/stb.htm Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/568788243639834/ “Secure the Bag” is colloquial, urban, Black terminology meaning the act of obtaining something of value, in this case, social capital towards a career.  African Black Caribbean students and recent alumni will connect with African Black Caribbean experts in their fields. This will be achieved through as many interactions as possible, to maximize information sharing and discussions.  This interactive event will augment student / alumni capacity to access real opportunities in this competitive job market.  

3:30 – 7:00 pm, Wilson Hall, Room 1017, New College, 40 Willcocks Street  Registration required (includes Networking Reception Dinner limited to 80) at: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/stb.htm Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/568788243639834/ “Secure the Bag” is colloquial, urban, Black terminology meaning the act of obtaining something of value, in this case, social capital towards a career.  African Black Caribbean students and recent alumni will connect with African Black Caribbean experts in their fields. This will be achieved through as many interactions as possible, to maximize information sharing and discussions.  This interactive event will augment student / alumni capacity to access real opportunities in this competitive job market.  

Wed, March 20 – Body & Soul: Faith Perspectives on worry, stress and anxiety
6 – 8pm, Multi-Faith Centre
This workshop provides an opportunity for students to hear, share and discuss different views on how faith intersects with stress and feelings of worry and anxiety in an informative way while also focusing on everyday methods of relaxation. Please register https://faithandstress.eventbrite.com

Chaplains’ Picks, Jan 17, 2019

Thursdays, Jan 17 & 31 – Unsettling the Word Study Group @ U of T
6 pm, Divinity Common Room (North), Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Ave.
Join the Student Christian Movement in exploring Unsettling the Word, an anthology of “biblical experiments in decolonization.” No advance reading necessary, drop in anytime! Vegan and gluten-free snacks will be provided.

Tues, Jan 22 – Grief Support Sharing Circle 5:10-7:30 pm, Rm 418, Faculty of Social Work  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. Please RSVP: student.minister@utoronto.ca & laurie.coleman@utoronto.ca. Other dates for the term: Feb 26 and March 19.

Wed, Jan 23 – And God Said, “Let There Be Sex”
6 pm, OISE room 5280
A timely open discussion of faith and sex-ed. What have we been taught and what haven’t we been taught? In what ways has our sex education been influenced by colonialism, patriarchy, sexism, heterosexism and cissexism? Join in a conversation unpacking how we understand sex through our faith. By ROARS and the Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T.

Tues, Jan 24 – Unsettling the Word Study with Graduate Christian Fellowship
6 pm, Chaplaincy office, Wycliffe College (basement), 5 Hoskin Ave.
Come join SCM Canada secretary Peter Haresnape and members of the Graduate Christian Fellowship for a special discussion session on Unsettling the Word and solidarity with Indigenous liberation struggles. Dinner at 6 pm, discussion at 7.

Friday, Jan 25 – Qu(e)erying Religion Meeting
11 am – 1 pm in the Meeting Room on the 3rd floor, Multi-Faith Centre

Flexibility Fusion – A free drop-in fitness class for women only. Hart House, Thursdays from 12:10 – 1 pm.Taught by Sadaf Jamal, an Emmanuel College student.