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Upcoming Events, Courses and Workshops

Emmanuel College supports its alumni/ae and local religious communities by offering a variety of continuing education programs and initiatives to further interfaith dialogue and for ministry professionals to replenish their spiritual wells.

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Renewing Hearts, Minds, Spirits


February 16, 2023, 7-9 p.m., Online, Register Here (Registrants will receive a Zoom link)

This event is the fourth in a series of panels exploring Indigenous-Muslim perspectives on common issues of importance to the contemporary world. This two-hour online event explores Indigenous and Muslim perspectives on peace education. How do Elders pass on teachings about peace? What are the key concepts involved?   

Moderated by Dr. Katherine Bullock, this panel will feature Mohammed Abu-Nimer (School of International Service at the American University, Washington, DC.); Fatima Ahmed (Lakehead University); and Bonnie Jane Maracle (Wolf Clan, Mohawk Nation at Tyendinaga Territory, Traditional Teacher in Residence at UofT First Nations House).



Mohammed Abu-Nimer is a Professor at the School of International Service at the American University, Washington, DC. He has conducted interreligious conflict resolution training and interfaith dialogue workshops in conflict areas around the world, such as in, Egypt, Northern Ireland, the Philippines (Mindanao), Israel, Palestine, Chad, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka. He also served as a Senior Advisor to the KAICIID Dialogue Centre, an international organization that specialized in interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Abu-Nimer has been both author and an editor of more than 13 books on faith-based and interfaith peacebuilding (e.g. Nonviolence and Peacebuilding in Islamic Context: Bridging Ideals and Reality (2003). He is the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. 

Fatima Ahmed is in the M.Ed. degree program at Lakehead University.  Her thesis will examine the commonalities in how oral Islamic and Inuit traditions teach for peace.  She spent two years teaching in Kangirsuk, which is one of the 14 Inuit villages that make up Nunavik. Her undergraduate degree was in peace and conflict studies.  She's worked in the Canadian Arctic, in southern Africa, the South Pacific, and in many rural and urban areas within Canada and the U.S. She served as an adviser for HIV/AIDS civil organizations in Botswana and was the executive director for a non-profit youth centre in Inuvik. She has received numerous awards and scholarships for her efforts in support of peace and social justice, including the Combating Hate, Advancing Inclusion award from the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, in Ottawa. 

Iehnhotonkws Bonnie Jane Maracle is from the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Nation,  Tyendinaga Territory, Ontario. She holds a B.A. in Indigenous Studies, Trent U; a B.Ed. & M.Ed., Queen’s U; and is a Ph.D. candidate in Indigenous Studies, Trent U. Bonnie Jane is a member of the Board of Directors for TTO Language & Culture Centre, Tyendinaga; the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition, Grand River; and is the Coordinator of the Mohawk Language Program at Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community. She is presently employed at U of Toronto as the In-Residence Traditional Teacher at First Nations House, and is a sessional instructor at OISE-CTL and on-line instructor at the University of Victoria.


Katherine Bullock (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is a lecturer about political Islam in the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto at Mississauga.  She is news anchor for Canadian Muslim News on Muslim Network TV.  Her publications focus on Muslims in Canada, media representations of Muslims and Muslim perspectives on Basic Income.  Bullock is also currently President of Compass Books, dedicated to publishing top-quality books about Islam and Muslims in English. She has co-founded and served on the board of several Muslim organizations in Canada, including The Federation of Muslim Women and The Tessellate Institute, a non-profit research institute.  She has been board member and Vice President of the North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies, and a board member and Chair of the Islamic Society of North America- Canada. 

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The School of Earth & Soul – Celtic Wisdom 3: Sacred Imagination

July 25–27, 2023

Please return to this page on January 30, 2023 for the retreat fee schedule, accommodation details and registration.

In Celtic wisdom the sacred is as present on earth as it is in heaven, as immanent as it is transcendent, as human as it is divine, as physical as it is spiritual.
                                             –John Philip Newell, Sacred Earth Sacred Soul

In 2016 John Philip Newell began a teaching initiative that is now called The School of Earth & Soul (formerly The School of Celtic Consciousness.) Its purpose is to reawaken awareness of the sacred in all things through the recovery of Celtic wisdom for today and to help translate this awareness into compassionate action. The School follows a three-year cycle of teaching in its annual retreats. Participants may join at any stage in the three-year cycle and attend any of the beautiful Earth & Soul venues across the country.

In July, Emmanuel College's Centre for Religion and Its Contexts is hosting the Celtic Wisdom 3: Sacred Imagination retreat, where participants will be invited to reawaken to the sacredness of the human imagination and compassionate action through the teachings of Alexander John Scott, George MacLeod and Kenneth White. For details about the three-year cycle, visit The School of Earth & Soul's website.

The essential text for the three-year program is John Philip Newell’s Sacred Earth Sacred Soul. And the shared prayer book of the school is Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter.


John Philip Newell 

John Philip Newell (born 1953) is a Celtic teacher and author of spirituality who calls the modern world to reawaken to the sacredness of the earth and every human being.

Canadian by birth and also a citizen of Scotland, he resides with his family in Edinburgh and works on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2016, he began the School of Earth and Soul (originally called the School of Celtic Consciousness) and teaches regularly in the United States and Canada as well as leading international pilgrimage weeks on Iona in the Western Isles of Scotland.

His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he has authored over fifteen books, including A New Ancient Harmony, Sounds of the Eternal, The Rebirthing of God, and his latest major publication Sacred Earth Sacred Soul, which was named the 2022 Gold Winner of the Nautilus Book Award for Spirituality and the Religious Thought of the West.

Newell speaks of himself as ‘a wandering teacher’ following the ancient path of many lone teachers before him in the Celtic world, ‘wandering Scots’ (or scotus vagans as they were called) seeking the well-being of the world. He has been described as having ‘the heart of a Celtic bard and the mind of a Celtic scholar,’ combining in his teachings the poetic and the intellectual, the head as well as the heart, and spiritual awareness as well as political and ecological concern. His writings have been translated into seven languages. In 2020 he relinquished his ordination as a minister of the Church of Scotland as no longer reflecting the heart of his belief in the sacredness of the earth and every human being. He continues, however, to see himself as ‘a grateful son of the Christian household’ seeking to be in relationship with the wisdom of humanity’s other great spiritual traditions.

In May 2022 John Philip received The Sacred Universe Award by The Well Spirituality Center. This award, first presented to Thomas Berry in 1993, honours leaders in the field whose work and life foster mutually-enhancing Human-Earth relationships.

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