Emmanuel College strives to be a learning community where students become more deeply rooted in their own religious or spiritual traditions while engaging the beliefs and practices of people of other traditions. To that end, there are a variety of tradition-specific and interfaith spiritual life opportunities for students, staff, faculty and alumni to participate in.
For the fall semester of 2022, most Spiritual Life Gatherings will be happening in person. If you are currently enrolled as a student, you will receive weekly info for our reoccurring events through the weekly @EC newsletter.
If you are not a current student, please fill out our spiritual life gatherings sign-up form to receive the current semester’s schedule of Spiritual Life Gatherings.
You can also email the Spiritual and Community Life Program Coordinator for more information about our programming.
MONDAYS – Buddhist Rituals and Meditative Practices
Mondays, 1-1:50 p.m. ET
A time for Buddhist spiritual practices led by a combination of ordained Buddhists from various lineages and MPS students in the Buddhist stream.
TUESDAYS – Christian Midday Prayer
Tuesdays 12:30–12:45 p.m. ET
A simple service of midday prayer, based on the liturgical tradition of Daily Prayer, and rooted in the contemplative traditions of the Daily Office. These services include prayer, music, scripture, silence and reflection. While these services are intended to offer participants a time of pause for reflection and prayer, connection and worship, they are also an opportunity for those so interested to exercise creativity and employ approaches that may be new or different in a learning environment.
WEDNESDAYS – Christian or Interfaith Service
Wednesdays, 1:30–2:45 p.m. ET
Wednesdays are our main gathering time as a community, and we alternate between services of Christian worship, which frequently includes the celebration of the Sacrament of Communion and Interfaith gatherings.
THURSDAYS – Contemplative Community Practices
Thursdays, 12:30–1 p.m. ET
A time to gather from across religious/spiritual traditions to share in contemplative practices, broadly understood. These practices include religious/spiritually specific and tradition-based methods but can also comprise ecumenical, spiritualist and ‘secular’ ones. Contemplative practices can encourage a sense of open-heartedness, joy, equanimity, resilience, compassion for self and others, and feelings of rootedness, communion and connection. This is a student-led gathering, and the particular practice of each week depends on the faith affiliation of the leader.
Spiritual Life Team
Spiritual Life Team
Spiritual Life opportunities at Emmanuel College are coordinated by the Spiritual and Community Life Program Coordinator, in collaboration with the Spiritual Life Team and Faculty Advisor to the Team.
The Spiritual Life Team is made up of a group of students who are selected to engage in collaborative oversight, planning, leadership and evaluation of spiritual practices and other occasional events and services at the College. As a part of their participation in this Team, students earn course credit. Applications to this Team are received each April.
Spiritual Life Team 2022-2023
Faculty Advisor to the Spiritual Life Team
Rev. Dr. David Kim-Cragg
Ablution Facilities and Muslim Prayer Space
In September 2012 we opened the Ablution Facilities and Dedicated Muslim Prayer Space at Emmanuel College. The Muslim Prayer Space is available to all Muslim students, staff, and faculty at the University of Toronto. The Muslim Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto (MCUofT), whose office is just down the hall, often holds events in this space.
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