Chaplains’ Picks, Nov 16, 2023

Tuesdays Nov 21, 28 and Dec 5 – FOOD, FAITH, AND FRIENDS
5:30 – 7 pm, Knox College Chaplains’ Office
Food, faith, and friends! Join the Ecumenical Chaplaincy at U of T and the Christian Reformed Chaplaincy for weekly spiritual gatherings focusing on community, conversation, and connection. We seek to be a diverse gathering of students who can explore spirituality, faith, and deep questions together. All are welcome! For more info, email Tim at

Monday, Nov 20 – Grief Transformations: Transgender Day of Remembrance
6:00 – 7:30pm, Multi-Faith Centre
The Heart is a Garden: Writing Grief and Transformation. In this workshop, we will read and write our own poems, led by these questions. We will also experiment with collective composition as a way to witness and care for ourselves and each other. Our grief, held collectively, can transform the world. Facilitated by Jody Chan (they/them), writer, drummer, community organizer, and care worker based in Toronto/Tkaronto. For details and registration,

Nov 23 – 30: The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
Film Festival, various locations at U of T
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence is an annual international campaign that begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and goes until December 10, Human Rights Day. This campaign started in 1991 to call out and speak up on gender-based violence, and to renew our commitment to ending violence against women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals.

Wed, Nov 22- University of Toronto Faculty of Music Gospel Choir
12:30 pm, Edward Johnson Building Main Lobby
Free concert: the U of T Faculty of Music Gospel Choir directed by Darren Hamilton.

Monday, Nov 27 – Perspectives on Sustainability in the Fashion Industry
5 – 6 pm | ES 1042, Earth Sciences Centre, 5 Bancroft Avenue
Join us for the first part of a new Sustainable Fashion Series, a panel discussion on sustainability in fashion. The event is being held in collaboration with the Environmental Students Union (ENSU) and will provide students with the opportunity to learn about the relationship between fashion and sustainability, hear about practices such as vintage shopping, thrifting, and mending. Students can register and submit questions.
Tues, Nov 28 – Painting Pockets of Peace: Art for Wellbeing 
1:00 – 3:00 PM, Multi-Faith Centre
Join Health & Wellness and the HealthyU Crew for a free creative art wellness workshop designed to foster community and allow you to express yourself and de-stress. Take some time to paint using acrylic and canvas and make some new friends. All materials and supplies will be provided, and participants can take their creations home with them. A light lunch will also be provided. Registration for this in-person event is limited so please sign up early. All skill levels are welcome, and we look forward to seeing you there! 
Tues, Nov 28 – How to Talk to Your Kids About Anti-Black Racism
Noon – 1 pm webinar with the Family Care Office
The Family Care Office workshop moves from theory into a practice for sharing tools with children on how to recognise, challenge, and resist anti-Black racism. Facilitators will provide tips and resources for how to present information and analysis to children in a way that is age appropriate, safe, empowering, and engaging.
Tues, Dec 5 – Grief Support Group
3-5 pm, In person, Register on CLNX.
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 Group 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.  
2024 dates: January 9, February 13, and March 19
To register: CLNx (go to the Multi-Faith Centre webpage, under Virtual Grief Support Group, see program registration):

Wed, Dec 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Care, Healing, and Justice: Addressing Transmisogyny and Ending Gender-Based Violence for All. On December 6, U of T joins communities across Canada in remembering the 14 women killed in a devastating act of misogyny at the engineering school at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989. Register (Attend In-Person at UTSG)
Join the Livestream (Attend Virtually on YouTube)

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