Yonge Street Tragedy

The Ecumenical Chaplaincy at U of T is deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy on north Yonge Street on April 23, 2018. We lament the loss of life and injuries and mourn with all those who are affected. Our chaplains are available for conversation and consolation for anyone who needs to talk or pray at this time.

In the St. George Campus environs there is a prayer vigil this evening (April 24) at Church of The Redeemer at Avenue Road and Bloor. https://www.facebook.com/events/526058837787928/

Celebrate Ralph Carl Wushke’s Retirement

Join with the Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto (ECUT) as we celebrate Chaplain Ralph Carl Wushke’s 14 years of trail-blazing chaplaincy work on campus.

Thursday, 24 May 2018
Multi-Faith Centre at U of T  (569 Spadina Ave)

The retirement celebration for Ralph Carl Wushke has two distinct parts. You are welcome to attend either one or both:


1. Free reception, 4-6 pm, at the Multi-Faith Centre Main Activity Hall. Speeches to begin at 4:45 pm. To RSVP, please select the free reception ticket.

2. Paid fundraising dinner. Join us for an intimate dinner with Ralph, 6:30 pm, next door at the Faculty Club (41 Wilcocks Street). Tickets are $100. Seating is limited to 35 people. Drinks will be available for purchase at the Club with credit/debit cards. A portion of the ticket is tax-receiptable. Please let us know any dietary requirements.

To RSVP and to purchase tickets, go to Retirement Celebration for Ralph Carl Wushke event page on Canada Helps.

In honour of Ralph’s work, ECUT is welcoming donations to our general fund and/or to The Fund for Gender, Sexuality and Faith in Campus Ministry through Canada Helps. Your financial support will keep this ministry vibrant and alive long into the future.

Chaplains’ Picks, March 8, 2018

Mon, March 12 – Race & Faith Dialogues: Racialized Islamophobia,
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Multi-Faith Centre, Multi-Purpose Room  Race & Faith Dialogues are a drop-in program allowing students to discuss the intersection of race and faith through different lenses. At this Race & Faith event, we will engage in a dialogue about how Islamophobia impacts brown bodies, both Muslim and non-Muslim, in different yet similar ways. We will discuss the often violent and divisive consequences of this racialized bigotry, and ways of building solidarity among brown folks of different faith communities. Please join us for this important discussion! Refreshments will be provided. https://www.facebook.com/events/169032707081688/?notif_t=events_add_page_cohost¬if_id=1519851435298819
Friday, March 23 – Shabbat-Jumma
6-10 pm, Emmanuel College 
Shabbat-Jumma is Jewish and Muslim spiritual gathering held at the University of Toronto’s Emmanuel College. It is an opportunity to embrace the sacred moment of convergence between Shabbat and Jumma. It will be an evening of heart-felt Jewish and Muslim prayer, singing, eating and connecting with one another. The aim of the event is to facilitate a unique experience for Muslims and Jews to learn about one another’s spiritual and religious practices in an open and respectful space. Suggested $5 donation. Please register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/receiving-shabbat-and-releasing-jumma-tickets-43761118684
Sun, March 25 – Spirit Singers and the UofT Gospel Choir Concert
7:30 pm at the Hart House Debate Room
Enjoy a fun time of international music celebrating our differences and affirming our common quests for peace and justice. The Spirit Singers is a non-auditioned choral ensemble of U of T students celebrating diversity and fostering intercultural & interfaith understanding. The internationally acclaimed U of T Gospel Choir is a non-denominational ensemble creating an empowering environment celebrating the Gospel of Christ through song. The Choir draws on a variety of sources including spirituals. Ticket Prices: $5 for Students  $10 for Non-Students Please order at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/imagine-peace-on-earth-a-choral-celebration-tickets-43624190127

Chaplains’ Picks, March 1, 2018

Tues, March 6 – Are You There God?
7 pm, Multi-Faith Centre 
Join an open mic coffee house focused on spirituality and the self! Are You There God? Coffee House will be an opportunity to bring together people of diverse faith backgrounds, or none, to share reflections on themes including spirituality, mental health, community, identity, belonging, culture, family, relationships, self-care, and healing. Please RSVP at: multi.faith@utornto.ca  Please state any dietary restrictions. Want to perform? Poets, musicians, storytellers, and other artists are welcome to sign up to perform by contacting:  multi.faith@utoronto.ca  or signing up at the event. Co-Sponsored with the Multi-Faith Centre and Health Education, Health and Wellness. https://www.facebook.com/events/205439990201566/


1:30 pm, Knox College
A lecture by Sebastian Chang Hwan Kim, Executive Director of the Korean Studies Centre, Professor of Theology and Public Life at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Public Theology. Panel discussion to follow The event is free, but registration is required at  www.knox.utoronto.ca/laidlaw2018.

Wed, March 7- Angela Davis in Conversation with Yusra Khogali
6pm-9pm, Live Stream Party at 45 Willcocks St. William Doo Auditorium

The Black Students’ Association is proud to present ‘We Want Revolution!’ -Angela Davis in Conversation with Yusra Khogali and Moderated by Angela Robertson plus a song by folk singer Faith Nolan. Because this event is sold out we are offering a livestream party. If you were unable to get tickets for the event at OISE, here is your chance to watch the conversation live! Please sign up on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/livestream-for-angela-davis-tickets-43403434842   

Chaplains’ Picks, Feb 8, 2018

UTSC: Thurs, Feb 8 – Intergeneracial
A Black History Month production at U of T Scarborough!  Intergeneracial is an oral history project that dozens of youth have been working on for three years. Founded by Fiona Raye Clarke in 2015, Intergeneracial brings Black youth and Black elders together providing a forum to share stories around being Black in Canada from across the generations and create theatre about it. From Their Lips is a verbatim play based on a series of oral history interviews conducted between Black youth and elders throughout 2015 and 2016 asking the same 10 questions.
Sun, Feb 18 – Ecology and Spirituality: a Winter Retreat
9 am – 6 pm at Hart House Farm
Bus departs from Multi-Faith Centre at 9 am

Enjoy a day exploring the beautiful winter wonderland at Hart House Farm while discovering different faith-based traditions around nature. Come to be uplifted and nourished by walking meditation, spiritual teachings, and a delicious vegetarian lunch. Tickets: $5.00 can be purchased at the Multi-Faith Centre or online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/multi-faith-eco-spirituality-retreat-tickets-42277101950

Tues, Feb 27 – Grief Support Sharing Circle,
5:10 – 7:30 pm, Rm 114, Faculty of Social Work
Everyone grieves in his or her own unique way. When someone you love dies, you may feel angry, isolated, sad, guilty or lonely. The grief support sharing circle is an informal drop-in mutual support group for students who have experienced a death, as well as students experiencing anticipatory grief. Refreshments will be served. Please register by emailing both Jeanette Unger at student.minister@utoronto.ca and Laurie Coleman at: laurie.coleman@utoronto.ca.

Wed, Feb 28 – Qu(e)erying Religion Bi-weekly discussion drop-in

2-4 pm, Multi-Faith Centre, 3rd floor quiet room An intimate and open space for joyful, supported, life-giving queer spiritualities. Each session incorporates mindful crafting activities and facilitated group discussion around a given monthly theme. Feb’s theme is “Sex & Passion.” https://www.facebook.com/events/1686186051442171/

1:30 pm, Knox College
A lecture by Sebastian Chang Hwan Kim, Executive Director of the Korean Studies Centre, Professor of Theology and Public Life at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Public Theology. Panel discussion to follow The event is free, but registration is required at  www.knox.utoronto.ca/laidlaw2018.