Upcoming Events, Courses and Workshops
Emmanuel College supports its alumni/ae and local religious communities with a variety of continuing education programs. To receive our newsletter, e-mail email@example.com.
If you are interested in partnering with us on an event, please complete our Partnership Proposal Form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. All partnerships must support the Vision, Mission and Values of Emmanuel College and the core academic mission of Victoria University. Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the event date.
2021 FEB 04 Correctional Chaplaincy: Spiritual Care in the Inverted Temple
A Webinar with Chaplain Orev Katz haKohenet
Thursday, February 4, 2021, 12–2 p.m. EST, Free, Online, Registration Required
About the Webinar
This webinar will explore spiritual care in Canada’s provincial and federal prisons from a decolonizing, harm-reduction and trauma-informed lens. In alignment with the learning outcomes of the MPS Program, participants will have the opportunity to explore psycho-spiritual therapeutic approaches for working with incarcerated people. Chaplain Orev will introduce strategies from Narrative, Somatic and Feminist-based modalities, with practical information about what it means to offer spiritual care in the unique and challenging environment of Canada’s prisons. The webinar will also outline some critical perspectives on incarceration, providing alternative accountability structures and healing options through restorative and transformative justice. Chaplain Orev will take participants through some reflections on their own relationship to harm, violence and conciliation, using this awareness to grow empathy and solidarity with incarcerated people. Whether you are new to prison work or a seasoned supporter of incarcerated people, this webinar will help you meet and tend to the human beings we encounter in our justice system, and what these sacred works evokes within us. Register today!
About Chaplain Orev
Chaplain Orev is a Spiritual Care Provider, Hebrew Priestess, Educator, Regional Union Representative, and the Chair of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care’s Correctional Chaplaincy Community of Care. As a recent graduate of the MPS Program, Orev has been enriched by Emmanuel’s values of “inclusive practices of justice and care”. Working from within the violence and isolation of incarceration, Orev’s framework for spiritual care holds transformative justice at its core; honouring the belief that harm can be processed, understood, and healed from the personal to the collective.
Centre for Religion and Its Contexts (CRIC)
Through academic and continuing education events, CRIC (Emmanuel College) shares its distinctive contextual approach to the study of religion in all aspects: theology and belief, historical development, lived experience, and diversity of expressions in the United Church of Canada and in other Christian contexts, as well as in Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and other religious understandings.
Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC)
Canadian Association for Spiritual Care / Association canadienne de soins spirituels (CASC/ACSS) is a national multi-faith organization, committed to the professional education, certification and support of people involved in spiritual care, psycho-spiritual therapy, education and research.
Think 2wice International is an organization that provides trauma-informed, culturally relevant initiatives and programming to incarcerated individuals as well as youth and communities who are impacted by gun violence worldwide.
2021 FEB–APR Buddhist Contemplative Care for End of Life Speakers' Series
Dates, Speakers, Topics & Tradition
- February 6, 4–6 p.m. EST: Doug Duncan Sensei and Catherine Pawasarat Sensei, "Vajrayana Buddhism and the Life, Death and Rebirth Bardos"
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- March 6, 2–3:30 p.m. EST: Venerable Bhante Sasana Sarana, "Make End of Life Peaceful" (Theravada Buddhism)
- March 27, 2–3:30 p.m. EDT: Venerable Yin Kit, "On Your Mark! Are you ready for this final leg?" (Chinese Mahayana)
- April 17, 2–4 p.m. EDT: Sensei Chodo Campbell & Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison (Mahayana–Zen)
This series is free and registration is required. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants on the morning of each talk.
About the Series
This speakers series, cosponsored by Emmanuel College’s Centre for Religion and Its Contexts, the Toronto Centre for Applied Buddhism and the Buddhist Education Foundation of Canada, is a pioneering effort to provide a platform for Canadian teachers from the three main traditions of Buddhism to address contemplative end-of-life care. Over the past fifty years, Canadians from many walks of life have become interested in Buddhism, including growing numbers of committed practitioners and students, as well as those whose curiosity has been piqued about how Buddhist wisdom can be applied to life challenges.
This rich spiritual and philosophical system provides unique insight into the perennial questions: What is a “good death?” How can I support myself and my loved ones during this time of profound transition? What approaches to inner work and relationships can we learn that will help bring ease and confidence to end-of-life?
Over four Saturdays from February to April, each of the invited speakers will offer a talk, followed by time for questions, that addresses common themes. Speakers are encouraged to address general Buddhist views on death and dying, focusing on their particular schools of thought; to share their spiritual tradition of caregiving and to illuminate specific practices (e.g., rituals, key texts, etc.). Additionally, they will reflect on how the relatively recent adaptation of Buddhism to Canada and the West has created frictions and creative adaptations to this ancient tradition.
We very much hope you will join us for this exciting series. With time for experiential learning and reflection, each talk will provide a wonderful opportunity to explore the richness and diversity of Buddhism. This series will be provocative and stimulating whether you are a student, spiritual care professional or volunteer, seasoned practitioner or simply curious to learn more about end of life practices. May all beings be well, happy, peaceful and safe!
2021 FEB 26 The Routledge Handbook of Hindu-Christian Relations Book Launch
You are invited to join us for the launch of The Routledge Handbook of Hindu-Christian Relations, edited by Chad M. Bauman and Principal Michelle Voss Roberts, on Friday, February 26, 12-1:30 p.m. EST. The launch is free and will be held online. Visit our online form to register.
Michelle Voss Roberts
“A theology of Hindu–Christian relations”
Michelle Voss Roberts is Professor of Theology and Principal at Emmanuel College, a multireligious theological school in the University of Toronto. Her published work in comparative theology includes Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion (Fordham University Press, 2014), which received the Award for Excellence from the American Academy of Religion, and Body Parts: A Theological Anthropology (Fortress Press, 2017).
“Ritual and ritualization in Hindu– Christian relations”
Reid B. Locklin is Associate Professor of Christianity and the Intellectual Tradition at the University of Toronto, a joint appointment with St Michael’s College and the Department for the Study of Religion. His research focuses on a range of issues in Comparative Theology and Hindu-Christian Studies, particularly the engagement between Christian thought and Advaita Vedanta. He is author or editor of five books, including Liturgy of Liberation (Peeters, 2011) and Vernacular Catholicism, Vernacular Saints (SUNY, 2017).
“Anti-conversion laws in post- Independence India”
Ian Richards received his PhD in Religion from the University of Toronto in 2017. He currently teaches Religion at King’s University College, Western University, in London, Ontario, Canada.
“Hindu–Christian relations through the lens of caste”
Sunder John Boopalan is a Dalit theologian. His book, Memory, Grief, and Agency: A Political Theological Account of Wrongs and Rites (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), is the outcome of his postdoctoral research. Boopalan draws from anthropological and ethnographic data particularly pertaining to caste and race and recently signed a contract with Fortress Press for a co-authored book project, Dalit Theology: A Global Introduction.
“Race, representation, and Hindu–Christian encounters in contemporary North America”
Sailaja Krishnamurti is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. Her critical race feminist approach to questions of religion, representation, and identity in the South Asian diaspora and in transnational media cultures. She is the author of several articles and book chapters on a range of topics, and is a founding member of the Intersectional Feminist Hindu Studies Collective.
2021 MAR 05 Gandier Lecture: Rev. Michael Blair
Becoming the Beloved Community: A Call to Transformative Discipleship
Friday, March 5, 2021, 7–8:30 p.m. EST, Free, Online (Registration Required)
About the Lecture
The Rev. Michael Blair, General Secretary, General Council for the United Church of Canada, will be delivering the 2021 Gandier Lecture at Emmanuel College. Named after the College’s first Principal, this lectureship reflects the College’s partnership with the United Church of Canada from its founding until the present day, as well as our intent to bridge conversations between the College and the wider United Church of Canada context.
About Rev. Michael Blair
Rev. Michael Blair is a member of the Order of Ministry in the United Church of Canada and currently serves the General Council of the United Church of Canada as the General Secretary, a role he began November 1, 2020
In his time at the General Council Office, he has served as Executive Minister for Ethnic Ministry; Executive Minister of Communities in Ministry, and Executive Minister, Church in Mission. Before joining the General Council staff, Michael served as the Executive Director of the Toronto Christian Resource Center (CRC), which was a ministry of the then Toronto South Presbytery, now Shining Waters Region. Michael was admitted to the Order of Ministry in 2010 and has previously served as a congregational minister for a number of Baptist churches in Toronto and St. Catherine’s, Ontario; a staff member with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Toronto and as a community chaplain with the Ontario Multifaith Council’s Reintegration Program.
Michael lives in Toronto with his partner, and is the father of two adult sons, one of whom is part of CBC’s Tallboyz comedy troupe. Michael enjoys photography in his spare time.
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