Qu(e)erying Religion anti-Archive launch party!

Join the Qu(e)erying Religion (QR) program at the University of Toronto as we publicly launch the anti-Archive project. The anti-Archive is a digital space that preserves the history of Qu(e)erying Religion through memory. Interviews with program alumni are brought to life as short, animated videos that testify to the lived experience of participating in QR’s long history of (un)common conversations.  Come explore the anti-Archive’s many voices for yourself.  All are welcome.

WHEN:  Wed, 29 May 2019 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHERE:  U of TMulti-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Cres) The Multi-Faith Centre accommodates wheelchairs and scooters.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Premiere screening and Q&A with project creator and select participants (6 PM) Interactive exhibition of anti-Archive videos ongoing  (5-8 PM)

A selection of light refreshments will be served, with vegan and gluten-free options available.

Admission is free. Register here.
For more information, visit our websiteJoin this event on Facebook

Donations to support the continuation of the QR program generously accepted.

Chaplains’ Picks, April 25, 2019

Thurs, April 25 – Ring of Peace and Service of Commemoration following the attacks in Sri Lanka, 5:30 pm, Our Lady of Lourdes, 520 Sherbourne Street Ring of Peace followed by an inter-faith vigil service. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. We stand in solidarity with the Christian community, and especially with the Roman Catholic community, and with the entire Sri Lankan community here in Canada and abroad, in the face of the horrific attack on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. https://lourdes.to/event/ring-of-peace-and-a-service-of-commemoration/

Paid Student Internships with the U of T Multi-Faith Centre
Sept 1, 2019 to March 15, 2020

Application Deadline: Thurs May 2, 2019
The Multi-Faith Centre Internship Program provides undergraduate students structured learning opportunities to: examine the role of religion and religious actors in society and/or; explore questions of identity, culture and community and/or; engage in personal and collective processes of discerning life purpose and meaning through sustained study of the interconnections between spirituality and social justice. Interns will have an opportunity to develop a related team project under the guidance of Multi-Faith Centre staff. The Internship consists of 10 hours a week at $15.00 an hour from Sept 1, 2019 to Mar 15, 2020. It is open to full-time students (during that academic year) on the St George campus. For a full list of Internships and how to apply: https://www.facebook.com/groups/multifaithuoft/  ECUT works with the Qu(e)erying Religion and Ecology and Spirituality interns to develop programs on campus.

Hart House Reframing Difference Podcast is now available online. Produced in support of the 2019 Hart House Hancock Lecture by Sarah Jama, Moving Toward a Disability Justice Revolution, the purpose of this podcast is to amplify the voices of people with disabilities and to emphasize actions U of T can take to make the university more inclusive. Kate Welsh, MEd, disability activist and artist, interviews students and has frank, open conversations! http://harthouse.ca/reframing-difference/

May 29, 2019 – ECUT Annual General Meeting
4-5 pm, Multi-Faith Centre, 2nd floor Multi-Purpose Room

All are welcome to join us for our Annual General Meeting. Together we look back at the year that was and look ahead to the future.

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