Chaplains’ Picks, Nov 8, 2018

Thurs, Nov 15 – God Saw That It Was Good: Christian faith and climate justice 6 pm, Divinity Common Room, Trinity College In preparation for the People’s Assembly on Climate Justice, the Student Christian Movement explores scriptural understandings of creation and faith-based resources for climate justice.
Thurs, Nov 15 – Powers, Principalities, and the Spirit 
4 pm, Knox College Rm 4 A launch for Knox College Professor Acolatse’s book, Powers, Principalities, and the Spirit. The book explores Biblical realism in Africa and the west. Info here.
Fri, Nov 16 – Qu(e)erying Religion 11 am – 1 pm, Multi-Faith Centre Quiet  Room  Join other students to explore the intersections between gender, sexuality and faith.
Sat, Nov 17 – Toronto People’s Assembly on Climate Justice 2018
9 am – 5 pm, U of T Multi-Faith Centre
Join people working for climate justice at the grassroots level for a day of panels and workshops on themes of: Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination; labour and economics; migrant justice; violence against people and land; and food, medicine and sustainable alternatives. Help us map our communities and build towards a local climate justice movement.
Mon, Nov 19 – The Accidental Jurist: Thoughts on a life in law: Senator Murray Sinclair
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Hart House Debates Room, 2nd floor
The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, Faculty of Law, and Woodsworth College cordially invites you to attend our 2018 John LI. J. Edwards Lecture. Senator Sinclair served the justice system in ­­Manitoba for over 25 years. He was the first Aboriginal Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second. He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).  Senator Sinclair has been invited to speak throughout the world, has won numerous awards for his leadership, mentorship and advocacy, and has received Honorary Doctorates from over a dozen Canadian universities.He will be

introduced by Lee Maracle, Si’Yam, Indigenous Studies, University of Toronto. Please RSVP by Wednesday November 14th, 2018 to This is a free event.

Chaplains’ Picks, Oct 17, 2018

Thursdays – Unsettling the Word Study Group with the Student Christian Movement
Every Thursday starting Sept. 20 
6 pm, Classroom 2, Knox College 
Join us 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, Oct 23 – Grief Support Sharing Circle
5:10 – 7:30 pm, Room 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: &
Tues, Oct 23 – Religious Literacy Workshop
4:30-7:00 pm, Multi-Faith Centre

What does religious literacy mean to you? How do you navigate an increasingly diverse society? Join us for dinner as we discuss religious literacy as a tool to navigate religious, spiritual and ethical pluralism in public, professional and education settings.We’ll critically examine our own assumptions, beliefs, and worldviews in an attempt to build understanding and empathy. We’ll also explore religion and identity in the public sphere all in the context of intersectionality. Finally, we’ll look at how to engage in meaningful conversations in diverse settings. Register for free:

Wed, Oct 24 – Qu(e)erying Religion First Meeting
4-6 pm, Multi-Faith Centre
Are you interested in the intersections of queerness, religion and culture? Want to have space to discuss and engage deeply with all/any of the three? Then please join us for mindful conversation and light snacks in the Meeting Room of the Multi-Faith Centre.
Fri, Oct 26 -Working for Change: Exploring Meaningful Opportunities in the Social Justice Field
1-6 pm, William Doo and Wilson Hall, New College
Join us for an afternoon of networking, learning and dialogue on what it takes to work for social justice in the non-profit sector. Keynote speaker:  Syrus Marcus Ware, Activist and Artist*
The conference begins with the keynote speaker, 1pm, William Doo Auditorium. Panels in the areas of: Community Health, Migrants, Refugees & Newcomers, Food Sovereignty & Sustainability,Youth Empowerment, LGBTQ12SA+ Activism & Advocacy,Poverty Reduction & Shelter. Open to all students. Full program information, accessibility needs, and registration available at
Sponsors: Career Exploration & Education – Centre for Community Partnerships – New College – Faculty of Arts & Science
Tues, Oct 30 – Submissions deadline for Medication Meditations
We are looking for contributions to an anthology of theological reflections on the complicated relationships we have with medications for chronic illness, mental health conditions, or disabilities. Submissions are to be 2000-3000 words. Creative submissions encouraged: journal entries, poetry, stories. Deadline to submit: October 30, 2018. Email questions and submissions to: Amy – and Beth Anne –
Amy and Beth Anne are PhD students at TST with a passion for amplifying personal perspectives on topics that affect our daily lives.
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:

What is Qu(e)erying Religion?

Wed, Sept 26- What is Qu(e)erying Religion?
4:30-6:30 pm, 2nd floor Multi-Purpose Room, Multi-Faith Centre
The Qu(e)erying Religion (QR) program is a campus initiative that fosters open spaces for U of T students who are interested in exploring the rich, sometimes troubling, and often sacred intersections of gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, religion, spiritual practice, race, and culture. Founded by the Ecumenical Chaplaincy at U of T in 2005, QR has offered at least 10 events a year and has impacted hundreds of students, often in a life-shaping way.
To find out more about the unique programming that QR offers, join us for an intimate panel discussion with current and past QR leaders and participants.This event also features a preview of QR’s “anti-Archive” – a digital space that aims to preserve QR’s history through memory. Over the course of 3 years, QR Student Intern, Alisha Stranges, interviewed 20 QR participants about their experiences attending QR events. Over this past summer, she has transformed these interviews into short audio-visual narratives, brought to life with whiteboard animation.

Welcome back!

Feels like fall today, which means school is just around the corner. It is an exciting time of year as we look forward to welcoming new and returning students back to campus. We wish students a wonderful year, full of learning, growth, love and light.