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

Abrahamic Faiths and The Environment – Judaism, Jan 21, 7 pm

Judaism and the Environment with Professor Tanhum Yoreh held over Zoom on January 21 at 7pm.7 – 8:30 p.m. This is the first of a three part series on Abrahamic Faiths and and The Environment. Explore the connection between Judaism and the Environment with U of T Professor Yoreh, as he discusses scripture and practice in the Jewish tradition and their relevance to the modern climate crisis. Register here: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=29892