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Upcoming Events, Courses and Workshops

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If you are interested in partnering with us on an event, please complete our Partnership Proposal Form and submit to 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 APR 17 Buddhist Contemplative Care for End of Life Speakers' Series
2021 APR 17 Buddhist Contemplative Care for End of Life Speakers' Series

Dates, Speakers, Topics & Tradition

Upcoming Session

Past Sessions

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 MAY 12 Book Launch - HyeRan Kim-Cragg's Postcolonial Preaching: Creating a Ripple Effect
2021 MAY 12 Book Launch - HyeRan Kim-Cragg's Postcolonial Preaching: Creating a Ripple Effect

Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 12:30–1:30 p.m. EDT

This event is free and online, but registration is required.

Join us as we launch the Rev. Dr. Kim-Cragg's book and celebrate her recent promotion to full professor!

Emmanuel College's principal, Michelle Voss Roberts, will moderate. Book panelists include the Rev. Dr. Kathy Black (Claremont School of Theology), Dr. Lim, Swee Hong (Emmanuel College) and the Rev. Dr. Lis Valle (McCormick Theological Seminary).

2021 MAY 15 Nizami Ganjavi: 880th Anniversary Celebration
2021 MAY 15 Nizami Ganjavi: 880th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, May 15, 2021, 1–2:30 p.m. EDT, Online (Zoom)
Click here to register.

This year, the Azerbaijani Community in Canada will widely celebrate the 880th anniversary of Nizami Ganjavi, one of the greatest representatives of theosophical tradition in Azerbaijan. He contributed extensively to Islamic literary heritage, which have transcended the borders of Azerbaijan to influence the literature of many lands.

This event, co-organized by Emmanuel College's Centre for Religion and Its Contexts and the Azerbaijani Women’s Support Centre, will particularly focus on human values and being an ideal person which is called al-insan al-kamil in the mystical traditions of Islam. Featured speakers include:

Timothy Gianotti, professor and president of American Islamic College;

Elsever Samedov, professor of theology;

Nariman Gasimoglu, visiting scholar at Harvard University, director for the Centre for Religion and Democracy and professor of philosophy at ADA University

Laury Silvers, North American Muslim of the Sufi variety, retired academic and activist, and author of The Lover: A Sufi Mystery;

Nazila Isgandarova, assistant professor, teaching-stream in Islamic spiritual care, Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

The speakers will focus on topics that such as justice, honesty, courage, gallantry and humbleness in Nizami’s works.

Nizami Ganjavi is also known as the greatest representative of the Eastern Renaissance. He was born in 1141 in Ganja, one of the ancient cultural centres of Azerbaijan and the capital of the Azerbaijani state of Atabey. He has authored many literary works, including Khamsa (Five poems)–Treasury of Secrets (1175), Khosrow and Shirin (1180), Leyli and Majnun (1188), Seven Beauties (1197) and Iskander-Nameh (1203). His works have influenced many mystics, poets, philosophers and statesmen that has laid a strong foundation for the great Nizami school of literature.

Most of his works have been translated into many languages. Some of the original manuscripts or copies of his works are well preserved in libraries, museums and literary foundations in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Baku, Tashkent, Tabriz, Tehran, Cairo, Istanbul, Delhi, London, Paris and others.

This event is free and online, but registration is required. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants on May 14.

Questions about the symposium? Email Shawn Kazubowski-Houston, Events and Media Coordinator for Emmanuel College's Centre for Religion and Its Contexts, at

2021 JUL 23–24 Christian Left Conference
2021 JUL 23–24 Christian Left Conference

Rethinking the Christian Left from the Belly of Empire: Charting New Paths Beyond Colonization

Visit the conference's web page for full details. Registration is now open.

Register Here
2021 AUG 20–21 "Rethinking Preaching" Conference
2021 AUG 20–21 "Rethinking Preaching" Conference

"Rethinking Preaching" Conference 2021: How Has the Pandemic Challenged Preaching?

August 20–21, 2021, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. EDT each day, online, free

Though preaching is one of the oldest Christian practices and has been a staple of worship for millenia, it is constantly in the process of change. Indeed, like the proverbial river that cannot be stepped into twice because the flow of the water is constantly remaking it, it is not possible to preach the same sermon twice. This is so because a sermon is made by the hearers and the time and place in which they receive the sermon. Even as preaching changes, it begs to be “rethought,” its habitual practices and status quo assumptions questioned and re-examined, while exploring the ever-new channels being carved by the Word in the midst of our lives.

Presently, a number of diverse topics have gripped preachers in newly urgent ways, such as racism and ecological well-being. Online worship and the use of technology during the pandemic is yet another topic that challenges us to rethink preaching.

Emmanuel College is pleased to invite seasoned and new preachers, students of homiletics, and participants who seek to “rethink preaching” by examining and exploring issues that are directly challenged in the wake of a number of social issues that have intensified during the global COVID moment. Our keynote speakers, Prof. Frank Thomas (Christian Theological Seminary) and Prof. Carolyn Hersel (Austin Theological Seminary), and 10 experienced workshop leaders will help us explore the changing contexts of preaching.

Please join us for the inaugural edition of the "Rethinking Preaching" Conference! It's free and online, but registration is required. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants closer to the event.

Register Here
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