Spirituality and Mental Health conversation circles

Spirituality and Mental Health Group: As a student, you may be experiencing excitement, anxiety, and a host of other emotions. You may be asking questions about meaning, purpose and identity, which can be deeply spiritual questions. The Spirituality and Mental Health Group will be offered on a weekly basis and is open to all U of T students (drop-ins welcome!). Each week we will explore a new theme related to spiritual and emotional well-being (e.g. hope, change, relationships, identity, etc.). This group will give students the opportunity to share their experiences and challenges, and to engage in interfaith dialogue in a safe and supportive space.

Facilitator: Charlotte Ashe, Emmanuel College MPS student and student chaplain (Ecumenical Chaplaincy at U of T)

Wednesdays, 6 pm-7 pm, online, starting October 6, 2021

Register on EventBritehttps://www.eventbrite.ca/e/spirituality-mental-health-group-tickets-178750265857

Chaplains’ Picks, September 23, 2021

Thursday, Sept 30 – Orange Shirt Day 2021, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
2 – 3:30 pm. online, https://harthouse.ca/events/orange-shirt-day-2021/

Hart House is hosting a virtual event on Orange Shirt Day, a national movement in recognition of the experiences of survivors of residential schools in Canada. Lee Maracle is offering a keynote address on “Truth Before Reconciliation.”

Whether you are working or going to school online or in-person, wear your orange shirt on September 30 to show solidarity with Indigenous people.

Tuesday, Oct 5 – Grief Support Sharing Circle
3-5 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. Information about the grief group can be found on the Multi-Faith Centre website.

Thursday, October 7 – Praying the Examen
9 pm-9:30 pm, online

Join the Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto for this short online evening contemplative prayer. This is an opportunity to sit in silence before God at the end of the day, to review our day, and to notice where we felt the most and the least alive/joyful/loving/connected. We will pray in silence together, but there will be an opportunity to share at the end, if you are comfortable. For more information and to get the zoom link, go to Eventbrite here.

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/

Learning How to Learn is a series of workshops to support student in their learning. Workshops start on October 5. For more information: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/program/learning-how-to-learn/

WORSHIP on campusKnox College and Emmanuel College have online worship this term. You are welcome to join!

VOTE in the Canadian Federal Election!

We encourage all eligible voters to do so on September 20, 2021. Voting is one way in which we can act on behalf of God’s vision of a peaceful and just world for all peoples.

U of T Student Life has a newsletter with helpful explanations on when, where and how to vote: https://newsletter.studentlife.utoronto.ca/index.php/campaigns/sx842p3mc8aeb/web-version/bf003xf8e40f4

For various Christian approaches to this election:

KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives


Mennonite Central Committee


The United Church of Canada


Prayer for a new semester

God, as we prepare for the coming of a new semester.
Make us ready, attentive and available to hear you.

Thank you for the gift of being able
to rise each day with the assurance that
you walk through it with us.

Thank you for the gifts of creativity and uniqueness,
and the energy to put them to good use.

May all that we are today,
all that we try to do today,
may all our encounters, reflections,
even the frustrations and failings
all be placed in your hands.

May the work we do and the way we do it,
bring new hope, new life, and courage
to all we come in contact with this semester.
We thank you God.

(from Xavier University)