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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 (September 30, January 31 and March 31).

If you have any questions about this form, please email the Centre.

Renewing Hearts, Minds, Spirits

2021 DEC 10–12 | Buddhist Literary Festival Canada 2021
2021 DEC 10–12 | Buddhist Literary Festival Canada 2021

Friday–Sunday, December 10–12, 2–5 p.m. EST daily, Online, Free, Register Here

Proposed by the Venerable Professor Bhikkhu Mihita (Retired, Trinity Divinity, University of Toronto).

Sponsored and hosted by the Centre for Religion and Its Contexts, Emmanuel College.

Co-sponsored by the following temples: Mahadhammika (Burmese, GTA); Mahayana Pure Land Temple (Chinese, GTA); Pho Hein (Vietnamese); Toronto Mahavihara (Sri Lankan).

Due to COVID, Canadians have been deprived of what the Buddha calls ‘contact food’ (phassāhāra) for nearly two years. The inspiration to hold this second Buddhist Literary Festival (the first was held at Word on the Street, Harbourfront in 2017) is to provide an opportunity for Buddhists to come together in a celebration of Buddhist literature while enjoying some ‘contact food,’ literally and figuratively, and hearing about a relatively little known dimension of Buddhism.

Click here for the Program. And click here for the participant biographies.

2022 JAN 12 | Exploring Satisfaction & Stress in Ministry: Personalized Insights to Cultivate Well-Being (Pathways for Wellness)
2022 JAN 12 | Exploring Satisfaction & Stress in Ministry: Personalized Insights to Cultivate Well-Being (Pathways for Wellness)

Initial Workshop Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7–9:30 p.m. EST, Online

Follow-Up Sessions: January 26, February 23, March 30, April 27 (last Wednesday of each month, 7–8:30 p.m. EST/EDT, Online)

Registration Fees

  • $200 regular
  • $150 early bird (register and pay fees by December 18, 2021)
  • $100 for Emmanuel Ministry Integration Seminar students

Register by clicking here.

Workshop Details

This course is for anyone working in a Christian vocational context who wants to explore how to protect the aspects of their ministry lives that nourish them and navigate the inevitable stressors along the way. It may be especially helpful to folks considering a job transition, experiencing an unsustainable level of stress or fatigue, or just getting started in ministry life.

In the initial workshop, Beth Anne Fisher will give an overview of the Malcolm Inventory for Satisfaction and Stress in Ministry (MISSiM), a statistically valid and reliable questionnaire she helped developed alongside Dr. Wanda Malcolm at Wycliffe College. Participants will learn how they can use their own personal data from completing the MISSiM to reflect, celebrate and assess their current ministry experiences.

Following the introductory workshop, Fisher will facilitate four monthly peer-group sessions of deeper MISSiM insight exploration and round-table conversation about satisfaction and stress in three areas of ministry life: Structural/Systemic, Interpersonal/Relational, and Internal/Personal. This pilot group at Emmanuel College will be limited to 12 participants.

This course requires one hour of advance prep time to complete the MISSiM prior to January 5, 2022, so that all participants can receive their personalized report before the first session. Upon registering and paying your registration fee, a code and link to the questionnaire will be emailed to you.


Beth Anne Fisher

Beth Anne Fisher is a PhD candidate in Theology and has an MDiv from Wycliffe College. Over the past seven years, she has been part of a quantitative research project exploring satisfaction and stress for people who work in Christian ministry and out of this research is developing resources to support people in vocational ministry. She is on the leadership team at a Presbyterian Church of Canada church plant and is training to become a spiritual director.

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

January 17, 7–9 p.m. EST
Working Genius Workshop with Connie denBok
Click here for details and registration.

February 4, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. EST
Managing Conflict in the Congregation with Betty Pries, CEO of Credence & Co.

Click here for details and registration.

March 11, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. EST
Anthropology for Ministry with Susan Willhauck and Ken Chitwood
Click here for details and registration.

2022 JAN 17 | Working Genius Workshop

Monday, January 17, 7–9 p.m. EST, Online, $10 Fee (free for Emmanuel Ministry Integration students), register by clicking here.

Workshop leader: Connie denBok

Workshop Description

The six types of working genius are those sweet spots where your gifts are not only effective, but you are energized. Of the six–wonder, discernment, enablement, invention, galvanizing, and tenacity–you have two that are life-giving, two in which you can be competent, and two which require greater effort for lesser results. Good leaders know how to build and combine groups for a team where all six are present. The work gets done. The time is well spent. The participants are motivated and find joy in their joint effort.

On Monday, January 17, 2022, Emmanuel College is offering a Working Genius workshop based on the work of Patrick Lencioni. There will be specific application to working with volunteers. Participants will have completed the online assessment and be aware of their personal profile in advance. It is available on the Working Genius Website at a cost of $25 USD (bursaries available for Emmanuel Ministry Integration Seminar students who need it). 


Connie denBok Emm 8T0 is a United Church minister who has learned how to rediscover and reinvent the practice of ministry many times throughout 40 years of serving pastoral charges. She has also led three successful church planting teams, taught as an adjunct at Wycliffe College, consulted, and served at every level of the church. Implementing Working Genius is her latest project because of its practical application to building healthy organizations. She is an Emmanuel alumna and earned her doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California.

Register Here
2022 FEB 4 | Managing Conflict in the Congregation (Pathways for Wellness)
2022 FEB 4 |  Managing Conflict in the Congregation (Pathways for Wellness)

Friday, February 4, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. EST, Online, register by clicking here.

Workshop leader: Betty Pries, CEO of Credence & Co.


  • $125 Regular Fee
  • $95 Early Bird Fee (pay by January 10)
  • $50 for TST Students


Workshop Description


Congregational harmony depends on our ability to engage in healthy disagreement with one another. This session considers the building blocks of communication and how these building blocks show up at congregational meetings, in the parking lot and at potluck dinners. Together, we will explore how to use the building blocks of communication to enhance understanding and disagree better with one another, strengthening congregational harmony–all while ensuring one is in the middle without being caught in the middle.


Workshop Themes

  • the building blocks of communication;
  • being in the middle without being caught in the middle.
Register Here
2022 MAR 11 | Anthropology for Ministry

Friday, March 11, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. EST, Online, register by clicking here.

Workshop leaders: Susan Willhauck and Ken Chitwood


  • $15 Regular Fee
  • Free for TST Students


Workshop Description

Ministers are increasingly drawing on the world of anthropology to help them quickly discern what’s happening on the ground in their new ministry contexts. In this two-hour workshop, we’ll hear from two leading experts in this field and work in small groups with them to do some training around how to use these tools in our own ministry. We will start in a large group to hear presentations from both presenters, and then break into smaller groups to engage with their particular areas of expertise.


Susan Willhauck is recently retired associate professor of pastoral theology at Atlantic School of Theology and co-author of Qualitative Research in Theological Education: Pedagogy in Practice. Participants in Susan’s breakout group will develop and rehearse a repertoire of ethnographic tools that will foster the kind of community theological collaboration that inspires prophetic leadership in the midst of social challenges (e.g., pandemic woes, economic instability, political contentiousness, racial and ethnic injustice).

Ken Chitwood is the Fritz Thyssen Foundation Postdoctoral Researcher at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin, and author of The Muslims of Latin America and the Caribbean. Participants in Ken’s breakout group will focus on how to expand their vision for how to use ethnographic practices in Christian ministry to include comparative theological efforts and interreligious encounters in a world ever more defined by the invitations and challenges of diversity and difference. 

Register Here
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