Merry Christmas

Wherever your path takes you, may this Christmas be for you and yours a day of celebration, a day of hope, a day of peace. Let us hold on to the God who comes to be with us, now and always.

Chaplains’ Picks, Nov 26, 2020

May the blessings of sacred waiting and holy expectation be with you as we enter Advent.
 
Tuesdays – Another World Cafe: Student Christian Movement online gatherings
6:30 pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1184408545263575/
“Another world is possible!”, goes a common protest chant. Another World Cafe is our weekly space for renovating our worldviews and stirring up our imaginations. Programming will rotate between our traditional Radical Bible Study, conversations about deep ecology and eco-grief, and hands-on zine-making sessions. Please bring your favourite hot drink, and a notebook or sketchbook.
 
Friday, November 27 – Engaging in Research as Black, Latin American & Southeast Asian Undergraduate Students
3 – 5 p.m.
Please register for Engaging in Research as Black, Latin American & Southeast Asian Undergraduate Students and we’ll email you the day before with details on how to join via Microsoft Teams. This event is for Black, Latin American and Southeast Asian Students to discuss research with supportive Mentor Navigators, staff and professors from a variety of disciplines. By the end of this event participating students will be able to: discuss challenges to getting involved in research; and detail co-curricular and academic resources to help them discover research opportunities. https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=27508
 
Tuesday, Dec 8 – Ecology and Spirituality – A Conversation
7 – 8:30 pm

How does ecological awareness inform our spirituality? How can spiritual practices help ground us as we engage in environmental work? How do these intersections inform how we live, work, study and organize – and can these differ based on our personal faith – or unfaith? The panel of student leaders and campus organizers includes: Fatima Mohammed, ecology and spirituality intern with the Multi-Faith Centre; Esther Townshend, coordinator of the Student Christian Movement in the GTA; and Tristan Laing, Director of Education and Community with Regenesis, an environmental organization. Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ecology-and-spirituality-a-conversation-tickets-130266270923
 
Tuesday, Dec 15 – 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://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=27693
 
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/

Ecology and Spirituality – A Conversation

Group of students standing around a tree in winter

How does ecological awareness inform our spirituality? How can spiritual practices help ground us as we engage in environmental work? How do these intersections inform how we live, work, study and organize – and can these differ based on our personal faith – or unfaith?

Join us for a conversation with student leaders and campus organizers.

The panel of student leaders and campus organizers includes: Fatima Mohammed, ecology and spirituality intern with the Multi-Faith Centre; Esther Townshend, coordinator of the Student Christian Movement in the GTA; and Tristan Laing, Director of Education and Community with Regenesis, an environmental organization.

The conversation will be held via Zoom on December 8, 2020, 7 pm – 8:30 pm. The Zoom link will be sent to participants after registering on the Evenbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ecology-and-spirituality-a-conversation-tickets-130266270923

Chaplains’ Picks, Nov 12

Tuesdays – Another World Cafe: Student Christian Movement online gatherings
6:30 pm, 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1184408545263575/
“Another world is possible!”, goes a common protest chant. Another World Cafe is our weekly space for renovating our worldviews and stirring up our imaginations. Programming will rotate between our traditional Radical Bible Study, conversations about deep ecology and eco-grief, and hands-on zine-making sessions. Please bring your favourite hot drink, and a notebook or sketchbook.

Thurs, Nov 12 – Reading Scripture in Community, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, online
Join other students to investigate reconciliation in Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. The academic practice of Scriptural Reasoning is used to enhance understanding rather than agreement. The result is often a deeper appreciation of others’ and your own scriptures and friendship across faith communities. Register: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=27680

Tues, Nov 17- Grief Support Sharing Circle, 3:15 – 5 pm, online
Everyone grieves in their own unique way. When someone you love dies, you may feel angry, isolated, sad, guilty and lonely. Participate in an informal, facilitated mutual support group for students who have experienced a death, as well as students experiencing anticipatory grief. Facilitators: Laurie Coleman, Wellness Counsellor and Co-ordinator, Health and Wellness and Jeanette Unger, Chaplain, Ecumenical Chaplaincy at U of T. Please register at: student.minister@utoronto.ca   


Wed, Nov 18 – De-escalating Conflict Situations, 2-3 pm, online
Conflicts can get heated. Learn how to ‘put out the fire’ of a challenging situation and lower interpersonal tension to resolve the conflict with a cool head. This event is run by Housing Services in partnership with trained mediators from St. Stephen’s Community House. For more information: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=26909

November 16 and 20
Conference on Racism and Anti-Racism on Campus
The Office of the Dean of Students and the Victoria Black Student Network and the VUSAC Executive and Equity Commissioner are collaborating on a University-wide two-day conference and discussion on racism and anti-racism in higher education with events on Monday, November 16 and Friday, November 20. Visit the Victoria College website for details and registration.