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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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If you are interested in partnering with us on an event, please complete our Partnership Proposal Form and submit to ec.events@utoronto.ca. 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 SEP 29–OCT 20 | Ecopsychology and Eco Art Therapy
2021 SEP 29–OCT 20 | Ecopsychology and Eco Art Therapy

Wednesdays, September 29, October 6, 13 and 20, 6–8 p.m. EDT, Online, $100 for all four sessions (register here)

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a four-session workshop that explores the principles of Ecopsychology and Eco Art Therapy. Walking through this program, participants will gradually gain a deeper sense of self-value, one’s relationship with nature, and a desire to engage with Nature as a trusted and valued aspect of one’s own life. The Ecopsychological focus here will be to open yourself to direct experiences within nature and rely on a reciprocation of experiences where you will allow Nature to gently guide your awareness through your senses. You will be challenged to learn from Nature’s wisdom in the absence of words and languages and simply rely on your non-language based senses. You will discover how Nature truly exemplifies ‘unconditional love,’ and how we can take lessons for our own lives. 

Through these sessions, current issues like the climate change crisis, social justice issues and their relationship to Earth, environmental sustainability, and climate grief will be explored.

Each week, participants will be introduced to new concepts, which they will then apply to practical activities and reflect both collectively and individually. This course will also explore Eco-Art activities that go beyond the barriers of artistic techniques.     

Workshop leader Memona Hossain is a mother, community activist and learner who is pursuing her PhD in Applied Ecopsychology, the area of study that explores the connective, holistic relationship of humans and the Earth. Memona occasionally teaches Ecopsychology through the University of Guelph Arboretum and Riverwood Conservancy. Memona has over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health, addictions, and developmental disabilities. Memona currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Muslim Association of Canada. She holds a Master of Education from The University of Toronto. Memona is involved in Eco-diverse conversations, engaging with individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds as it pertains to climate action.

“Love is connection, connection is life, and in this is truth.” ~Memona Hossain

 

Testimonials*

I fully enjoyed participating in the Ecopsychology and Eco Art Therapy course led by Memona – it was both fun and informative. I looked forward to the 90 minute class each week with its insightful discussion and the engaging activities. The course was well laid out, building on each previous session. Memona is a skilled facilitator and did an excellent job of creating an online learning experience that truly helped me to deepen my sense of connection with nature. Relatively simple activities offered profound insights and showed me the value of art therapy, and that we are all creative! 

Wendy, spiritual director and pastor

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 I am a mental health worker and healthy living coach. Memona's Ecopsychology workshop series are efficient and exciting. We learned the theories through well-designed exercises such as observations, reflections, discussions and immersions in nature. Through participating in her class, I have gained a more harmonious relationship with the arts and nature.

Sunny

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I truly enjoyed the Ecopsychology course given by Memona Hossain. It was enlightening to learn about the principles of Ecopsychology and the tools needed to listen to nature and to receive its guidance. I am still at awe at how it works! The assignments were fun and it was pleasant to go out in nature and then complete a creative project. Memona was a wonderful teacher, adept at listening to all students and encouraging full class participation. I am now retired, however while taking the course I was struggling with how and when to end my work career. Somehow through one of the assignments, I received confirmation through nature that life goes on and that there will be joyful experiences post a work career (this has proven to be  true).

Although it has been a couple of years since taking the course, I still find it very helpful when I go for walks and immerse myself into nature, an activity that has been a godsend during the pandemic.    

Karen

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Memona’s warm, welcoming, and engaging personality really shone through in this zoom workshop, not an easy energy to convey over the internet. This course was intended to engage the listeners with nature— she was able to achieve this through participatory activities, bringing nature to our screen and our desks at home. Memona was particularly attentive to each participants’ contribution, navigating responses and inquiries with kindness and knowledge. Memona brought across a real diversity in perspectives and ideas. She was able to spark a curiosity in the participants and shine a light on different ways of engaging and connecting to nature. She was super organized with materials and the navigation of the course through various resources, such as visual graphics, questions and imagery. I very much recommend Memona as an instructor and guide.

Dawn, interdisciplinary artist

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I really enjoyed this course. This was the first ecopsychology course I’ve taken and its balance of research and creative prompts really improved my knowledge of ecopsychology. Furthermore, in the 8 weeks that this course took place I noticed that my relationship with nature and myself deepened dramatically. In regards to the course structure, Memona elegantly wove nature and art together each week to address the weeks theme. It is clear that Memona is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about ecopsychology and art therapy and her excitement about these topics were inspiring. Memona also did an excellent job of creating a safe and welcoming online environment for us to interact and participate. Overall, I believe this course is beneficial for anyone and everyone and I definitely recommend it.

Jenna, graduate student

 

*all testimonials are used with the consent of their authors'

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2021 OCT 08 | (Mis)Communication and Congregational Life

The "Things They Didn’t Teach Me in Seminary" Seminar Series

Friday, October 8, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. EDT, Online, $125 ($95 early bird special, pay by September 28); $50 for TST students; Register Here

Workshop Leader: Betty Pries, CEO of Credence & Co. Congregations

This highly interactive workshop develops an understanding of conflict and why disagreeing well is important for congregational health. In addition, this workshop considers the dynamics of communication that create conflict in congregational life, offering strategies and tools for addressing differences when they occur.

Workshop themes:
- In defense of good disagreements
- Managing (mis)communication

To receive a Zoom link for this event, register by clicking here.

2021 OCT 14 | Transgender Theologies and Activism Panel

Thursday, October 14, 7–9 p.m. EDT, Online, Free, Register Here

Panel discussion facilitated by Emmanuel College's professor of theology, Michelle Voss Roberts, and featuring:

To receive a Zoom link for this event, please register by clicking here.

2021 OCT 21 | What Makes Thriving Churches

The "Things They Didn’t Teach Me in Seminary" Seminar Series

Thursday, October 21, 7–9 p.m. EDT, Online, Free, Register Here

Wonder how to thrive as a church these days? Some United Churches are doing just that in these impossible times. Join us to learn from rural and urban United Churches across Canada who have discovered the keys to their success. Hint: it has to do more with being than doing and it connects with the early churches’ spiritual attributes.

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd and Tammy Allan travelled to thriving churches in 2019 and contacted them again in the spring of 2020 to see how they have continued thriving during COVID restrictions. Loraine and Tammy wrote about their learnings in Thriving Churches: Urban and Rural Success and will be facilitating a webinar on their insights.

To receive a Zoom link for this event, register by clicking here.

Bios

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd is currently serving Westworth United Church in Winnipeg. She has almost 30 years of experience serving rural and urban congregations. She has also taught biblical interpretation at the University of Winnipeg and the history of United Church mission and theology at Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre in Manitoba and the United Theological College in Montréal.

Tammy Allan is currently serving Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge in south-central Alberta. She has served rural, urban, and resource based communities in more than 20 years of ministry. She is a Diaconal Minister, trained at the Centre for Christian Studies, currently located in Winnipeg. Tammy has served on various presbytery and conference committees, as well as newer regional committees. She has a passion for working within church structures to build community resilience and strength.

2021 NOV 04 | "The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Women’s Studies in Religion" Book Launch

Thursday, November 4, 12–1:30 p.m. EDT, Online, Free

Join us for a panel discussion and launch of The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Women's Studies in Religion featuring editor Helen T. Boursier, HyeRan Kim-Cragg, Nazila Isgandarova and Michelle Voss Roberts.

Registration and details forthcoming.

 

The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook Series

This contemporary series of academic handbooks provides an authoritative guide to relevant and emerging topics across the humanities and social sciences. To encourage greater dialogue across disciplines, this series engages high-quality, original, and multi-disciplinary research on topics, themes, and key debates in academia today.

2021 NOV 11 | Tech in Worship and Faith Formation

The "Things They Didn’t Teach Me in Seminary" Seminar Series

Thursday, November 11, 7–9 p.m. EDT, Online, $15; free for students; Register Here

Workshop Leader: Jason Meyers Emm 2T9, minister for congregational care, Metropolitan United Church

It is undeniable that the pandemic has forced change upon the church. Over the past months, “We’ve never done it that way before!” has given way to, “We need to do things differently!” Leaders in congregational ministry have had to ask hard questions about the purpose and essence of worship and faith formation. We have had to find new ways to connect and communicate using tools such as Zoom, social platforms and live-streaming. And now, as many churches are looking to offer both in-person and online services and programs, the variables have shifted once again, and new questions are emerging. How can we retain the best of our traditions without forgetting all we have learned in these past months? How can we foster community and a sense of belonging as a “hybrid church" where some will gather in our buildings and others will participate digitally? How can we continue to innovate and creatively offer Gospel hope into a world so desperate for hope? Led by Rev. Jason Meyers, minister of worship and faith formation at Metropolitan United Church in downtown Toronto, this workshop will explore these questions while also offering some practical suggestions to church leaders entering ministry in this very dynamic (and exciting!) time.

To receive a Zoom link for this event, register by clicking here.

2021 NOV 13 | The Enneagram as a Tool for Vocational Discernment and Development

The "Things They Didn’t Teach Me in Seminary" Seminar Series

Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. EDT, Online, $125 ($95 early bird, pay by November 10); $50 for TST students
Register Here

The Enneagram is a sacred map that helps identify our unconscious and subconscious motivations. Circling around nine fundamental types of human nature, your Enneagram type reveals your path of transformation as well as your path of disintegration. Join renowned Enneagram coaches, authors and experts Phileena and Chris Heurtz for this half-day workshop on how the Enneagram can help you discern and develop your own vocational goals.

To receive a Zoom link for this event, register by clicking here.

 

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