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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. All partnerships must support the Vision, Mission and Values of Emmanuel College and the core academic mission of Victoria University.

Proposals are reviewed by the Centre's steering committee and are due two weeks prior to committee meetings (Sept. 30, Jan. 31 and March 31).

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Renewing Hearts, Minds, Spirits

2023 NOV 10-11 | Buddhist Council of Canada (BCC) Forum on Buddhism and Well Being

Friday, November 10, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. EST, in-person (Emmanuel College) and online, free

Saturday, November 11,
9 a.m.–3 p.m. EST, online-only, free

Registration is required for both in-person and online sessions. Click here to register by noon, November 9. 

About the Forum

The BCC Forum on Buddhism and Well Being Forum is an exploration and sharing of Buddhist teachings and practices addressing Buddhist spiritual care and the well-being of individuals and communities. There will be presentations and workshops from diverse Buddhist perspectives: monastic and lay, academic and practitioners. Light refreshments will be provided for the in-person component in the morning and afternoon on November 10. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or dine at Ned's Cafe (Goldring Centre, Victoria University) if they are attending in person on November 10. This event is hosted by Emmanuel College's Centre for Religion and Its Contexts. For more information, please email the BCC.  

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Thanks to Our Partners

Buddhist Council of Canada

Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health Program, New College, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, University of Toronto

Centre for Religion and Its Contexts, Emmanuel College at Victoria University in the University of Toronto

Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation, Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Toronto 

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2023 NOV 15 | Peace is Possible: A Human Rights Pacifist Lawyer Speaks

Wednesday, November 15, 7–9 p.m., Victoria College (registration is required) and online

Join us for this year's James Graff Memorial Lecture featuring Jonathan Kuttab, internationally renowned human-rights lawyer and author. Deatails available on the registration page. Sponsored by the Canadian Friends of Sabeel. 


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2023 NOV 16 | Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Rolando Mauro Verdecia Ávila (Anne Duncan Gray Visiting Scholar)

Thursday, November 16, 12–1 p.m., Emmanuel College Chapel (EM319, third floor) and online, free


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Talk Title: Redefining Healing in the Realm of Disability


Rolando Mauro Verdecia Ávila's study seeks to redefine healing in the realm of disability. To achieve this, it starts from the analysis of Luke 13:10-17, which is a healing narrative. Utilizing the experience of disability as the hermeneutical key, the text is approached from the cultural or hermeneutical model, developed by medical anthropology or ethnomedicine, in which healing becomes an activity with social impact, geared towards the reinterpretation of personal existence, reestablishment of social relationships and reintegration in the community. In this way, a difference may be established between healing and cure, based on a comparative analysis of the conceptions about health and disability in the Mediterranean societies of the first century A.D. (which serve as a background for the New Testament) and western contemporary society.

The Anne Duncan Gray Visiting Scholar is sponsored and supported by People in Partnership, The United Church of Canada

Rolando Mauro Verdecia Ávila About Rolando Mauro Verdecia Ávila

General Coordinator, Cuban Council of Churches Pastoral of Persons with Disabilities; he has worked with this program since 1993. He is also an invited professor at the Evangelical Seminary of Theology in Matanzas, Cuba, where he lectures in courses that advance themes of disability, inclusion and inclusive development. He is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). He has served his church as chair of the Christian Education Commission of the Annual Meeting.

He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from the Evangelical Seminary of Theology, Matanzas, Cuba, after presentation and defence of his thesis, entitled: Re-Reading I Corinthians 12:12-26 for a Foundation of the Paradigm of Inclusion from the Perspective of Persons with Disabilities.

In 2017, he presented and defended the thesis, Disability and Healing: A Re-Reading from the Synoptic Gospels, and graduated with a Master’s in Biblical and Theological Studies from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, through its campus in the Seminario Sudamericano (SEMISUD) in Ecuador.

He is currently working towards a Ph.D. with specialty in Theological Studies, in a joint program of the Evangelical Seminary of Theology, Matanzas, Cuba, and the Graduate Theological Foundation (GTF) in Indiana.

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2023 NOV 23 | Historical Contributions of Canadian Missionaries in Korea

Thursday, November 23, 4–6 p.m. EST, in-person (Emmanuel College) and online, free

Registration required – click here to register. Please RSVP by November 18.

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of official diplomatic ties between the Republic of Korea and Canada, a relationship that has its roots in the selfless work of Canadian missionaries in Korea. Well before the official commencement of our diplomatic relations in 1963, these early missionaries achieved monumental feats, which transcended the bounds of their religious practices, and paved the way for collaboration, understanding, and mutual respect between our two countries.

As we celebrate this milestone year in Korea-Canada relations, we invite you to join us for a special seminar presentation, which aims to shed light on the incredible legacies of Canada’s earliest missionaries to Korea—one of the oldest links that bind Korea and Canada together.

Emmanuel College’s Centre for Religion and Its Contexts is honoured to host this event in close collaboration with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto. Following the seminar, attendees are also invited to join us for a complimentary Korean meal as a gesture of our appreciation and to foster further discussion.


John EggerJohn A. Egger Emm 1T5 was born and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary, a master’s degree in theological studies at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon, and a PhD in New Testament at the Toronto School of Theology. After serving in a variety of educational ministries in churches in Canada, he served The United Church of Canada as ecumenical co-worker in mission in the General Assembly Office of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea from September 2018 until January 2023. He is currently serving as Minister of Social Justice for the three Western Ontario Regional Councils of The United Church of Canada.

Hae-Bin JungHae-Bin Jung Emm 0T4 was born in South Korea and graduated from Hanshin University where he earned his BTh and MDiv degrees. He was ordained in 1998 by the Presbyterian Church in the Republic Korea (P.R.O.K.) which has a mutual partnership with The United Church of Canada. He came to Canada in 2001, studied MTS at Emmanuel College and was admitted to The United Church of Canada in 2008. Having served Meadowvale Korean United Church and Alpha Korean United Church for 20 years, he is now serving Wesley Mimico United Church in Toronto. He is also serving the Committee on Asian/North American Asian Theologies (CANAAT) at Emmanuel College and the Pension Board of The United Church of Canada. In various areas, he strives to enrich the United Church with his lived experience and to engage issues with a particular lens of diversity.   

David Kim-CraggDavid Kim-Cragg Emm 9T9 is a United Church minister, a sessional lecturer at Emmanuel College in Toronto and a freelance writer. He has a PhD in history from the University of Saskatchewan with specializations in East Asian, Canadian, and Indigenous history. His first book entitled Water from Dragon’s Well (McGill-Queen’s UP 2022) is a history of the relationship between the Canadian and Korean church. He has published in scholarly journals on the topic of mission history and Indigenous-settler relations. He recently received an Award of Merit from the Church Press Association for an article in Broadview covering the history of residential schools in The United Church of Canada. He lives with his partner and two adult children in Toronto, is a cyclist and avid user of public transport and loves to get out of the city to hike or canoe. 

Patti TalbotPatti Talbot has served as national staff of The United Church of Canada for 30 years. She currently leads the United Church’s Global Partnerships team, with direct responsibility for mission partnerships in northeast Asia.





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