Chaplains’ Picks, April 20, 2021

Access & Inclusion at U of T has numerous peer support and mentorship programs for students from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities. Check it out here: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/program/access-and-inclusion-peer-programs/

U of T Emergency Food Bank offers large or small food boxes each week. It is a first come first serve program and sign up opens on Sunday. Only 50 food boxes are given out so sign up early. If you are getting an error issue when clicking on the link then the food boxes have been given out for the week. Please try again next week. – https://utfoodbank.tech 

Thurs, April 22 – EARTH DAY
Spend a moment on Earth Day in gratitude for creation and commit to doing your part to make this world liveable for generations to come. Here’s a 2019 article by U of T professors with some suggestions: https://www.utoronto.ca/news/earth-day-six-things-you-can-do-right-now-help-environment. For the Love of Creation, a faith-based campaign for climate justice, has an earth day event: https://fortheloveofcreation.ca/event/earth-day-celebration/

Tues, April 27 – Grief Support Sharing Circle
3:10 – 5 pm, online

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 for students who have experienced a death, as well as students experiencing anticipatory grief.. Register online: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/program/grief-support/

Thurs, April 29 – Celebrating 100 years of the Student Christian Movement in Canada
7:30 pm, online

Celebrate 100 years of SCM with an evening of online fun! The evening will include a live recording of our Spirits Rising podcast, featuring the stories of SCM members and alumni. Meet and connect with SCMers and friends, and show our appreciation for the SCM community! We will be sending off Peter after five years’ dedicated work as SCM Canada secretary and welcoming Divy in this role. Esther will also be celebrating the conclusion of five years as SCM U of T coordinator. Let’s celebrate SCM leaders past, present and future! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/celebrating-100-years-of-scm-tickets-150934664645

Wed, May 12 – Postcolonial Preaching book launch
12:30–1:30 p.m. EDT

Join Emmanuel College for a book launch of Professor Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg’s book, Postcolonial Preaching: Creating a Ripple Effect. Register here.

Chaplains’ Picks, March 24, 2021

Access & Inclusion at U of T has numerous peer support and mentorship programs for students from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities. Check it out here: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/program/access-and-inclusion-peer-programs/

Thurs, March 25 – Southeast Asian Students Confronting Anti-Asian Racism During COVID-19, 6:00 – 7:30pm. EDT, Virtual (MS Teams)
CLNx Registration Required: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=31288
This discussion facilitated by Southeast Asian student leaders, is a space for Southeast Asian students to come together to talk about anti-Asian racism amidst COVID-19. We will emphasize sharing and learning from our own personal experiences with micro / macroaggressions, and how to report incidents.

Thurs, March 25 – Digital Effervescence: How the GTA Reimagined Religion in the Time of COVID, 2-3:30 pm, online
The Department for the Study of Religion is hosting a discussion: As scholars of religion and citizens of Toronto, we are interested in how religious communities in the GTA have been adapting to life online. Scholars of religion have long talked about what they call “collective effervescence”—the electric energy that bubbles up in crowds and is integral to so many aspects of religious life. Many scholars would say that there’s no way to replicate this energy online, without the physical presence of human bodies. We beg to differ. We think that both universities and religious communities have been devising new forms of collective life and new kinds of energy during this crisis period, and we are eager to document how. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/digital-effervescence-tickets-140117038835

Tues, March 30 – Grief Support Sharing Circle
3:10 – 5 pm, online

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. Register online: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/program/grief-support/

Tues, March 30 – Japanese Soil, Canadian Roots
10:30 am – 11:45 am
The Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology & Ministry, Knox College, is proud to host a special zoom event featuring Mr. Yusuke Tanaka, a member of the Japanese-Canadian community. Mr. Tanaka will speak briefly on the “History of Japanese Canadian Communities (1890-1920) and on the role of Church in the early days of Japanese Canadian Communities and Social Justice. For more info, contact David Bae: hyun.bae@mail.utoronto.ca

The Student Christian Movement (SCM) Toronto has launched a podcast, Spirits Rising!  SCM members and friends have conversations that question everything we’ve been taught about faith, and explore what it means to liberate our spiritual lives. Check it out on Youtube.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health & Disability is looking for new content. It is a journal committed to breaking new ground at the intersection of theology and mental health, exploring disability using an interfaith theological lens. Our priorities include publishing work by people with lived experience of mental illness and other disabilities, especially student work. In the first issue, Spring 2021, we are please to share research articles, personal reflections, poetry, sermons, short fiction and prayers. We are now looking for contributions for future issues. Submission details: no longer than 50000 words, creativity welcome, due by June 30, 2021, https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/cjtmhd

Campus Worship Opportunities:
Knox College has weekly worship on Tuesday afternoons, 4:15 pm, via Zoom. They are uploaded to YouTube where you can watch at any time: https://www.youtube.com/user/KnoxCollegeCA

Emmanuel College has weekly worship on Wednesday afternoons, 1:30 pm, via Zoom. You can watch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmmanuelCollegeofVic/

Mindful Moments and Yoga
There are many online opportunities to practice mindfulness and yoga for U of T students. https://www.facebook.com/groups/MindfulMomentsUofT/

ECUT’s Facebook page is a good way to find out what is going on and keep updated. Check us out there.

At ECUT, we are reading the news and hearing the stories of anti-Asian violence (in the U.S. and in Canada). We mourn with those whose lives are impacted by such hate. We commit to listening, learning, and speaking up against anti-Asian violence. We pray for a world in which all, especially our Asian/Pacific Islander friends, families and neighbours, can live in safety and peace, as God’s beloved people.

Abrahamic Faiths and The Environment – Islam, March 4, 5 pm

Thurs, March 4 – Islam and the Environment
5-6:30 pm

Explore the connection between Islam and the Environment with Imam Saffet, as he discusses scripture and practice in the Islamic tradition and their relevance to the modern climate crisis. Imam Saffet Abid Catovic is the Muslim Chaplain at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.  He is a core member of the Parliament of the World’s Religions Climate Action Task Force and serves on their Board of Trustees; GreenFaith Muslim Fellow and serves as their Senior Muslim advisor; Chair of the Green Muslims of New Jersey (GMNJ); a founding board member of the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) Green Initiatives and member of the scholars drafting team of “Al-Mizan – A Covenant for the Earth” organized under the auspices of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). Register: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=30815

Chaplains’ Picks, Feb 25, 2021

Fridays – Sitting With the Spirit – Student Christian Movement Canada
1 pm – 1:45 pm on Zoom
A weekly space for prayer and meditation, informed by the Christian tradition, and open to people of all spiritual, religious and secular traditions. Email peter@scmcanada.org if you would like to join.

Access & Inclusion at U of T has numerous peer support and mentorship programs for students from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities. Check it out here: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/program/access-and-inclusion-peer-programs/

Feb 24- Mar 11 – Lead with Pride!
U of T’s annual LGBTQ2S+ leadership conference is back this year as a virtual series of events. The Speaker Series features: Denice Frohman (Poet, Performer, Educator), Arsham Parsi (LGBTQ Human Rights Activist) and Ivan Coyote (Performer, Writer). These speakers will talk about issues that impact LGBTQ2S+ communities and share their thoughts on what meaningful leadership might look like, and on how to build community together, even during this time when we are physically apart. http://sgdo.utoronto.ca/programs/lead-with-pride-lgbtq-student-leadership-conference/

Thurs, Feb 25 – Indigenous and Muslim Perspectives on Climate Change–A Forum for Learning, Sharing and Exchanging Ideas
7-9 pm, online
A  conversation featuring Dave Courchene, Sabina Ijaz and Memona Hossain, with Katherine Bullock as the moderator. Hosted by The Centre for Religion and Its Contexts at Emmanuel College. Free. Register here.

Thurs, March 4 – Islam and the Environment
5-6:30 pm

Explore the connection between Islam and the Environment with Imam Saffet, as he discusses scripture and practice in the Islamic tradition and their relevance to the modern climate crisis. Imam Saffet Abid Catovic is the Muslim Chaplain at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.  He is a core member of the Parliament of the World’s Religions Climate Action Task Force and serves on their Board of Trustees; GreenFaith Muslim Fellow and serves as their Senior Muslim advisor; Chair of the Green Muslims of New Jersey (GMNJ); a founding board member of the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) Green Initiatives and member of the scholars drafting team of “Al-Mizan – A Covenant for the Earth” organized under the auspices of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). Register: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=30815

Mon, March 8 – The Arctic Spirit: Healing our relationships
10 am, online

Sheila Watt Cloutier, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will discuss her political activism to stop climate change and how her identity as an Inuk woman has influenced this work. Participants will unpack how gender, spirituality, and culture are related to activism, environmentalism, and politics. Moderated Dr. Alana Johns, this event is in collaboration with the Multi-Faith Centre, Hart House Global Commons, Indigenous Initiatives and Emmanuel College.Please register at https://recreation.utoronto.ca/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=8d76ce9e-b16c-4190-94ef-72ab325e2790&semesterId=20ab69fb-8438-473d-8eea-694223a49506

Tues, March 30 – Grief Support Sharing Circle
3:10 – 5 pm, online

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. Register online: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/program/grief-support/

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health & Disability is looking for new content. It is a journal committed to breaking new ground at the intersection of theology and mental health, exploring disability using an interfaith theological lens. Our priorities include publishing work by people with lived experience of mental illness and other disabilities, especially student work. In the first issue, Spring 2021, we are please to share research articles, personal reflections, poetry, sermons, short fiction and prayers. We are now looking for contributions for future issues. Submission details: no longer than 50000 words, creativity welcome, due by June 30, 2021, https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/cjtmhd