TFM Symposia Series

Throughout the academic year, TFM Fellows will lead four panel discussions on current issues in theological academia and ministry, and how these two areas connect with one another. These symposia are components of the Contextual Education course taken by MDiv and MPS students, but are open and free to the entire U of T community, as well as the broader public.

We hope you'll join us for these exciting discussions!

2015-2016
Thursday, September 24th, 14:00-16:00, EM11
Theological Education for Ministry

Participants:
Dr. Nevin Reda, Dr. Pamela Couture, and Rev. Norm Seli

Moderator:
Christopher Zeichman

Thursday, November 5th, 14:00-16:00, EM119
Beyond the 'Oxygen Mask' Analogy: Reimagining Self-Care as Self-Love

Participants: TBA
Moderator:
Jennifer Weetman

Thursday, January 14th, 14:00-16:00, EM119
Outward Engagement: Local and Global Partnerships
Participants: TBA
Moderator:
Allison Murray2014-2015

2014-2015
September 18th, 2014, 2:00-3:30, EM119
Self-Care as Mutual-Care: Avoiding burnout in ministry related professions using relational and holistic approaches to health and wellness
PANELLISTS
» REV. NORM SELI, Pastor, Jubilee United Church
» WANDA WAGLER-MARTIN, Executive Director, Shalom Counselling Services
» REV. SHAWN LUCAS, Manager of Spiritual Care Services,
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
MODERATOR
» KIM PENNER, TFM Fellow

November 20th, 2014, 2:00-3:30, EM119
God's Love, People's Justice: Implementing Social Justice as Radical Pastoral Caring
PANELLISTS
» DR. ARUNA GNANADASON, Anne Duncan Gray Visiting Scholar at Emmanuel College
» DR. LEE CORMIE, Emeritus Professor in St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto
» JENNIFER HENRY, Executive Director, Kairos
MODERATOR
» SUNG RAN KIM, TFM Fellow

February 5th, 2015, 2:00-5:00, EM119
Wisdom from the Trenches: How Cultural Myopia, Meta-Modernism and Fear of the Other Interact with Congregational Ministry
PANELLISTS
» The REV. DEBBIE McMILLAN, Co-Chair for the Congregational Life Commission, Living Waters Presbytery
» THE REV. ADAM KILNER, Minister, Dunlop United Church, Sarnia 
» THE REV. DR. CONNIE den BOK, Adjunct Professor, Wycliffe College
MODERATOR
» THE REV. CHRISTINE SMALLER, TFM Fellow

2013-2014
(Video Archives for 2013-14 Under Construction)

September 17th, 2013, 9:00-10:30, EM119
Engaging Theological Education:
What is it and why does it matter?

PANELLISTS
» Marilyn Legge, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Emmanuel College
» Norm Seli, Minister, Jubilee United Church
» Jennifer Janzen-Ball, Designated Lay Ministry Diploma Coordinator,
Calling Lakes Centre, Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan
MODERATOR
» Lelia Fry, TFM Fellow

November 19th, 2013, 9:00-10:30, EM119
Caring for yourself as you care for others:
Pastoral Self-Care, Burnout, and Boundaries

PANELLISTS
» Rev. Simon Bell, Senior Minister, St. George the Martyr, Anglican Church of Canada
» Rev. Jessica McCrae, Minister, Humbercrest United Church
» Ralph Carl Wushke, Minister, Bathurst United Church and
Chaplain with Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto
MODERATOR 
» Samantha Cavanagh, TFM Fellow

February 4th, 2014, 9:00-10:30, EM119
Negotiating Power Relations in Ministry Partnerships:
Beyond Paternalism, Toward Equitable Partnership

PANELLISTS
» Rev. Maggie McLeod, Executive Minister, Aboriginal Ministries Circle of the United Church of Canada
» Jennifer Henry, Executive Director, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
» Jennifer Preston, Program Coordinator for the Quaker Indigenous Rights Committee,  Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)
MODERATOR
» Ren Ito, TFM Fellow

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PAST SYMPOSIA

2012-2013
October 17th, 2012 (VIDEO ARCHIVE)
The Role of Theological Education in the Vocation of the Minister 
Panellists:
Tom Reynolds, Associate Professor of Theology, Emmanuel College
Nevin Reda, Assistant Professor of Muslim Studies, Emmanuel College
Norm Seli, Minister, Jubilee United Church
Moderator:
Moses Kang, TFM Fellow

October 31st, 2012 (VIDEO ARCHIVE)
Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy for the Shifting Demographics of North American Institutions
Panellists:
Imam Michael A. Taylor, Chaplain and Director of Islamic Chaplaincy Services Canada
Shauna Mayer, Chaplain, Greater Community Chaplaincy
Ralph Carl Wushke, Minister, Bathurst United Church and Chaplain with Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto
Moderator:
Erin Green, TFM Fellow

January 9th, 2013 (VIDEO ARCHIVE)
Self-care and Other-care: How to Prepare for and Manage Pastoral Burnout
Panellists:
Eileen Henderson, Restorative Justice Co-Ordinator for Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, and Project Manager of Circles of Support & Accountability
Mark MacLean, Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care at St. Andrew’s United Church, Toronto, and Co-Chair of Program for Berwick National Camp
Wayne Walder, Founding Member and Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Toronto)
Moderator:
Dave Csinos, TFM Fellow

February 27th, 2013 (VIDEO ARCHIVE)
Beyond Charity, Aid and Development: The Problems and Possibilities of a Partnership Model
Panellists:
Barbara Bisgrove, Board Member of Weston King Neighbourhood Centre and member of Central United Church
Jonathan Schmidt, Co-Director, Canadian Churches’ FORUM for Global Ministries
Moderator:
Carmen Palmer, TFM Fellow

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