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COVID-19 EC Community Updates

Dear Emmanuel College Students,

I write to confirm that Emmanuel College will follow the University of Toronto Guidelines, which you received today from the Vice-President and Provost of U of T, to minimize the transmission of COVID-19. (See below.)

Some of you have had questions about how this will impact your coursework. The answers will come from individual faculty. Each of your professors and supervisors will be in touch with you regarding how their class will continue in a modified format to meet the learning goals of the course. They are attuned to the curricular requirements met by their courses and will advise you appropriately in relation to any practice-based dimensions of our professional programs.

While co-curricular events such as Community Lunch will be canceled for at least the next several weeks, please watch for announcements on Quercus (Information for the EM Community page, COVID-19 EC Community Updates) and our website (scroll down and click on the COVID-19 EC Community Updates panel under “Upcoming Events, Courses and Workshops”). (You may be surprised by some new—virtual--ways to connect with one another!)

As a theologian, I also write in remembrance of the fourteenth-century theologian Julian of Norwich, who engaged in a radical form of self-isolation: she became an “anchoress” and lived enclosed in a small room adjacent to her church. From the vantage point of her small window, she watched the plague wreak havoc on her village and gave spiritual care to anyone who visited her during that crisis. She had a simple but profound vision with a message of love: “All will be well, all will be well, and all manner of things will be well.”

May all be well with you,

Michelle Voss Roberts, Principal


To:       All UofT Students

From:  Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost

            Vivek Goel, Vice-President, Research & Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives 

This message is in follow-up to the President’s statement earlier today about the COVID-19 pandemic. We are putting in place several new measures designed to slow the rate of infection and interrupt the chain of transmission for the whole community. These steps are without precedent and we are working to put in place the supports you need.

We will continue to carefully assess the global situation, consider the advice of public health authorities and the interests of our community, and update you with any changes. We want to assure you that our response is guided by the need to ensure the health of our community, and the continuity of our academic and business activities.


Starting on Monday, March 16 and continuing until April 3, all in-person undergraduate and research-stream Masters and Doctoral courses across U of T’s three campuses are cancelled. Teaching will continue through other means (which may include existing online platforms).

This measure does not apply to professional programs. Plans for these programs will be made by the Deans of each Faculty taking into consideration the specific requirements of individual programs as well as professional and accreditation bodies. Professional students as well as faculty members, other instructors and staff in these programs will be advised by Monday, March 16.

Further information about final exams will be available early next week.

Please continue to refer to Quercus for class updates and information regarding your courses.

For students who have limited access to the internet, please contact your Registrar’s Office. Additionally, as noted above, libraries will remain open.

Residences and Libraries

Residences and libraries remain open. We are encouraging all students in residence who can go home and return easily for exams to do so. However, we understand that some students may be unable to return home and it is important that they continue to have a welcoming home to live on our campuses during this unusual time.

Student Services

Student services including Campus Health & Wellness Centres, will continue to operate. As there may some disruptions to services or changes to operating times, we recommend that you check directly with each service.

International Students

If you are an international student and have concerns, please contact your local immigration advisor.

If you are sick

In order to receive academic accommodation, students will need to record all illness-related absences through ACORN. Some Faculties have alternate or supplementary requirements when reporting absences, so please contact your Registrar’s Office if you have questions. You do not need a doctor’s note or medical certificate in relation to absences for cold or flu-like symptoms, or requirements to self-isolate.

Absences for other illnesses should continue to be documented through the Verification of Illness (VOI) form and normal Faculty processes.

We understand that this is an uncertain time. Please know that the University is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our community. Please know that supports continue to be available to you, including MySSP which is available 24/7.

If you have broader questions relating to COVID-19 and the University’s planning, we encourage you to visit the University’s COVID-19 website.


2020 03 17 Emmanuel College Community COVID-19 Update - STAYING CONNECTED

In this time of social distancing and self-isolation, Emmanuel College is looking for ways to stay connected.


Midday Prayer and Meditation for March 17 was led by James Aitchison, an Emmanuel College MDiv student and member of the worship team, and streamed live on Emmanuel College's Facebook page: (scroll down to “Recent Post,” click on “See All Posts” and then scroll down to the video.)  
While we have yet to confirm, midday prayers may continue to be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 13:30 through to the end of term (April 3) on our FB page… stay tuned!  

Service of Word, Hymn and Prayer, Wednesday, March 18, 13:30-14:15
Preacher: Rev. Joan Wyatt
Text: John 9:1-41

Join us in our Virtual Chapel by watching the recording via FB:



You can contact any of the Emmanuel College staff via email or phone while the building is closed:

In addition, for the next 3 weeks, Principal Voss Roberts invites you to join her in conversation for virtual office hours via Zoom: Wednesdays, 11-11:30, March 18-April 1.

Zoom Meetings with Principal Voss Roberts
Meeting ID: 702 012 293
Find your local number:

Have questions for the Registrar’s Office? Shawn and Wanda will be online Thursdays, 14:00-15:00 through to April 2 via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 661 818 794
Find your local number:

We are also available for one-on-one consultations via phone or Zoom; email both Wanda and Shawn to schedule. 

If you have questions about your course of studies, please reach out to your advisors.

2020 03 16 Emmanuel College Community COVID-19 Update

Victoria University continues to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and responses, including the responses from the Ontario Ministry of Health, Toronto Public Health and government travel advisories. Check regularly for Victoria University COVID-19 Updates.  
For COVID-19 updates specific to the Emmanuel College community (students, faculty and staff), please watch for announcements on:  

  • Quercus – Information for the EM Community page, COVID-19 EC Community Updates Quercus module.
  • EC website– scroll down and click on the COVID-19 EC Community Updates panel under “Upcoming Events, Courses and Workshops.” Please note that while our website COVID-19 updates reside on the “Continuing Education Events and Courses” page, these updates are for the entire EC community. 
  • Follow us on social media:  
    FACEBOOK @EmmanuelCollegeofVic 
    TWITTER @EmmanuelColleg2   
    INSTAGRAM  emmanuelcollegetoronto 

EC students, faculty and staff should check these updates on a regular basis.

In light of the measures implemented by the University of Toronto and Victoria University, the Emmanuel College Office of the Principal (Main Office) will be operating remotely until further notice. Please contact for any inquiries. 

The Emmanuel Library will be closed as of 5:00 pm, Monday, March 16, 2020, and will remain closed until April 3, 2020 (this closure may be extended... check back regularly for updates). Librarians Karen Wishart and John Kutcher will be available to assist patrons remotely. 


Please be advised that, although the College is operational, the building will be closed until April 3. 


Processing times for transcript requests may be longer than normal.  


The following events have been cancelled: 

  • Kundalini Yoga on Tuesdays
  • April 1, 2020 – Community Lunch


The following events have been postponed until further notice: 

  • April 1, 2020 – Retirement Event
  • April 4, 2020 – Nazila Isgandarova Book Launch (Khalil Centre)


  • March 18, 2020 – Chapel – Livestream (stay tuned for details)
  • Mid-Day Prayer – stay tuned


Academic Success (Cristina Peter 

  • 1:1 learning strategist appointments at Academic Success available online (Skype) and by phone.
  • All groups, drop-in, workshops and events cancelled until further notice.


 Accessibility Services (Mike Nicholson 

  • Main phone line and main email account are points of contact. – 416-978-8060 /  
  • 1:1 learning strategist and adaptive technologist appointments will be available online (Skype) and by phone. 
  • 1:1 appointmentswith accessibility advisors at Accessibility Services and on location will be available online (Skype) and by phone.  
  • New appointments for returning students and intakes for new student registrations, will continue to be available.  
  • Students can continue submitting new student registration packages on our online portal:
  • Students should continue signing up for test and exam accommodations as per usual using the online portal:
  • Peer Notetaking services will be continuing and remain available to students. 
  • All drop-ins, workshops, peer advising, peer mentorship and events cancelled until further notice.


Centre for International Experience (Tara Etherington 

  • 1:1 immigration advisor appointmentscontinuing as per usual in person, phone or on-line (Zoom). 
  • 1:1 UHIP appointments continuing as per usual in person, phone or on-line (Zoom).
  • International Scholarship advising will continue via phone, email and online appointments (Skype/Zoom).
  • International transition advising will be available via email, phone and online (Skype/Zoom).
  • University activity abroad future events are cancelled up to and including June 1. Learning and Safety Abroad is working directly with students currently out to assist in their safe return. Staff can contact
  • All Learning Abroad drop-ins are cancelled until further notice. Students can contact via email to 
  • All workshops and events cancelled until further notice.


Health & Wellness (Janine Robb 

  • Health & Wellness Centre remains open. For updates, please go to:
  • On location 1:1 appointmentscontinuing as per usual, in person 
  • Most workshops and events cancelled until further notice. Some health promotions workshops offered (e.g. hand-washing).


Multi-faith Centre (Richard Chambers 

  • 1:1 appointmentswith Chaplains and MFC staff available by appointment  
  • All workshops and events cancelled until further notice.

While Victoria University remains open, please note the following operation changes: Burwash Hall will be restricted to students and will no longer offer self-service options. Ned’s Café and Caffiends Café are also closed.  

MAR 24 Ministering to Youth Workshops - CANCELLED
MAR 24   Ministering to Youth Workshops - CANCELLED


Ministry to young people has a critical role within the church. Recognizing the need for theological vision, practical tools, and relational support for youth workers, Emmanuel College and the Centre for Religion and Its Contexts is hosting a monthly discussion on youth ministry.

Join doctoral candidate, Leanne Ketcham, and youth workers from across the GTA for a time of continuing education, reflection, and prayer.

This opportunity is open to clergy and laity who minister to youth. Over the course of January-April 2020, we will be reading Faith Formation in a Secular Age by Andrew Root, a leading scholar in youth ministry and practical theology.

February 25, March 24, April 21
EM107, snacks at 17:00, discussion from 17:30-19:00!

For our first session on February 25th, please read chapters 1-3 of Faith Formation in a Secular Age by Andrew Root and come prepared to discuss. 

APR 04 Nazila Isgandarova Book Launch - POSTPONED TO FALL 2020
APR 04   Nazila Isgandarova Book Launch - POSTPONED TO FALL 2020


Islamic Spiritual and Religious Care, Nazila Isgandarova

Khalil Centre, 201 Consumers Rd #101, North York

Please join us as we celebrate the launch of the book, Islamic Spiritual and Religious Care, by Dr. Nazila Isgandarova, assistant professor (teaching stream) in Islamic Spiritual Care at Emmanuel College.

All are welcome! This event is free!

APR 16, 23, 30 and MAY 7 Spiritual Life Writing Seminar with Susan Scott
APR 16, 23, 30 and MAY 7    Spiritual Life Writing Seminar with Susan Scott

Spiritual Life Writing with Susan Scott

Thursday, April 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 19:00-20:00

Co-Sponsored by the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC), Emmanuel College's Centre for Religion and Its Contexts and SHRRC-SIG


Are you a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, hybrid, “none,” skeptic or a seeker interested in spiritual life writing, creative nonfiction or memoir? If so, Emmanuel College’s Centre for Religion and its Contexts offers you a workshop on Spiritual Life Writing by author and educator Susan Scott

Susan Scott’s Spiritual Life Writing seminar, formerly scheduled on May 7, will be replaced by a four week, one hour per evening Spiritual Life Writing seminar. This seminar will  take place by ZOOM on April 16, 23, 30 and May 7 from 19:00-20:00. It will include Susan’s latest thinking about Spiritual Life Writing, and it will be limited to 30 people. Participants will work in pairs in between sessions. The cost remains at $10 for the entire seminar. Every registrant will receive a ZOOM link a few days before the event begins.

The lost art of spiritual memoir is being revived in unexpected ways, for unexpected reasons. This lively, hands-on workshop introduces the power and importance of this ancient genre—and how to make it your own. Through discussion, group work and writing exercises in a safe, inclusive setting, we will explore the craft of deeply personal narratives that range from rigorous to unsettling and playful, while challenging stereotypes, bias, and the confines of convention. Writers at all levels welcome.  

Susan Scott’s writing on spirituality includes

Body and Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers (Caitlin Press, 2019) Diverse women writers and poets reveal unorthodox approaches to the sacred


When Words Like ‘Spiritual’ Make you Flinch,” All Lit Up blog (February 27, 2019)


“What We Talk About When We Talk About the Sacred” with K.D. Miller and Christine Pountney, The New Quarterly no. 137 (Winter 2016)


Temple in a Teapot (West Meadow/Harland Press 2010) Digging for truth among all the pretty fictions

Stories in my Neighbour’s Faith: Narratives from World Religions in Canada (United Church of Canada, 1999) Links between the personal and the mythic, by faith leaders countrywide.


MAY 09 Lift up Your Hearts – Workshop of Leaders and Singers in Small Congregations
MAY 09   Lift up Your Hearts – Workshop of Leaders and Singers in Small Congregations

Generously sponsored by the Douglas C. Cowling Bursary of the Diocese of Toronto, Anglican Church of Canada.

Cost: $25 - limited to 50 participants... register at

Workshop Presenters

Dr. Christina Labriola, a Mezzo soprano, choral conductor, pianist, and scholar, is ever interested in the interplay of music, beauty, and spirituality. She has earned a Doctorate in Theology (Regis College, 2018), Master of Sacred Music (Emmanuel College, 2013), Bachelor of Music with Honours (UToronto, 2010), and a Performer’s A.R.C.T. in Piano (Royal Conservatory of Music, 2012). Christina is active in Toronto as a cantor, choral conductor, teacher, singer, accompanist, and lecturer in a variety of church, academy, and community settings.
Peter Merrick holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Toronto, and the Master of Sacred Music from Emmanuel College; he is also a certified teacher of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. He is currently Director of Music at Glenview Presbyterian Church, and a PhD student in Theological Studies at Emmanuel, where he also conducts the Toronto School of Theology Choir.
Saya Ojiri is a PhD student in Liturgical Studies at Emmanuel College of the Victoria University in the University of Toronto. She holds a Master of Sacred Music degree from Emmanuel College, a Master of Theology and a Bachelor of Arts (Christian Studies) from Rikkyo University, Tokyo. She has been serving internationally as a church musician and a lecturer in the United Church of Canada, the World Council of Churches, as well as in Japanese churches. She has composed several hymns and anthems, with some of these published by Hope Publishing Company. At present, she serves as the music director at Wesley Mimico United Church.
Michael Silhavy is the Senior Project Editor for GIA Publications, Inc. and has worked in parish, grade school, cathedral, university and diocesan settings. He deeply values the weekly experience of making music with a congregation and currently does so as Director of Music at St. Mary Church in Riverside, Illinois. He has also authored entries on American composers and authors for the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology. Michael holds degrees in music education, theology and liturgical studies from DePaul University and Loyola University (both in Chicago), as well as St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. 
Kate Williams is the Senior Managing Editor at GIA Publications, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Music Composition degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois as well as a Masters of Arts in Liturgical Studies degree from Catholic Theological Union in Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago where it was her privilege to study as a distinguished Bernardin Scholar. She serves as workshop leader, consultant, and musician in the Archdiocese of Chicago and abroad, following a passion to serve in multicultural, multigenerational communities, while mentoring young voices and building bridges through music ministry.