Due to COVID-19, all chaplaincy programs have moved online.
ECUT supports the following programs at the St. George campus:
Qu(e)erying Religion (QR) –
An intimate and open space for joyful, supported, life-giving queer spiritualities. QR programs foster dynamic encounters, uncommon conversations, and creative engagements at the intersections of gender identities, sexual orientations, cultures, religious faiths, and spiritual practices. Find QR on FB or check out the QR website.
The QR anti-Archive video animations can be found here: https://queeryingreligion.weebly.com/anti-archive.html
Ecology and Spirituality – An exploration of the ways in which faith, religions and spiritualities interact with the world around us. For more info, follow us on FB.
Grief Support Sharing Circles – 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, led by clinicians and campus chaplains, that provides support for students who have experienced the death of a loved one, as well as students experiencing anticipatory grief.
Facilitators: Laurie Coleman, Wellness Counsellor & Coordinator, MSW, RSW and Jeanette Unger, Campus Chaplain, M.T.S.
2021-2022 Dates: Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7, 2021; Jan 11, Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5, 2022
Time: 3– 5pm EST on Zoom
Program Registration: CLNx (go to the Multi-Faith Centre webpage, under grief support, see program registration): https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/program/grief-support/
Spirituality and Mental Health Group – As a student, you may be experiencing excitement, anxiety, and a host of other emotions. You may be asking questions about meaning, purpose and identity, which can be deeply spiritual questions. The Spirituality and Mental Health Group will be offered on a weekly basis and is open to all U of T students (drop-ins welcome!). Each week we will explore a new theme related to spiritual and emotional well-being (e.g. hope, change, relationships, identity, etc.). This group will give students the opportunity to share their experiences and challenges, and to engage in interfaith dialogue in a safe and supportive space.
Facilitator: Charlotte Ashe, Emmanuel College MPS student and student chaplain (Ecumenical Chaplaincy at U of T)
Wednesdays, 6 pm-7 pm, online, starting October 6, 2021
Register on EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/spirituality-mental-health-group-tickets-178750265857
The Student Christian Movement (SCM) – The SCM is a student-led movement passionate about justice, community and spirituality, engaging the prophetic teachings of the revolutionary Jesus. As an ecumenical movement, the SCM includes people of many faiths and beliefs seeking to explore and challenge the Christian tradition. The SCM at U of T hosts radical Bible studies, creative workshops, and discussions. Follow the SCM University of Toronto on FB for events and programs.
The SCM has a new podcast, Spirits Rising, which explores liberating spiritualities. Give it a listen here.
Worship and Prayer – ECUT promotes and participates in worship opportunities at both our base colleges, Emmanuel College and Knox College, and on an ecumenical basis. During the academic year, Knox College (Presbyterian Church in Canada) worship takes place on Tuesday afternoons and morning communion on Wednesdays. Emmanuel College’s (United Church of Canada) weekly worship takes place on Wednesday afternoons. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom links.
Pastoral Care – ECUT chaplains are available to meet confidentially with members of the university community. If you are feeling anxious, stressed, or facing a challenge in your life for personal, spiritual or academic reasons, feel free to reach out to us. You may have spiritual questions or just need someone to talk to about what life is like for you right now. We are glad to listen, to pray with you, and to be an empathetic presence. We bring a faith based Christian perspective to pastoral conversations and can make make referrals to other supports as needed. Book an appointment via email.