Monthly Book Club
The Book Club has selected its books for next fall/early winter. We welcome anyone who has read the book being discussed. All these books are available in the Toronto library system.
Selected books are:
December 6 Still Hopeful: lessons from a lifetime of activism by Maude Barlow
Barlow counters the prevailing atmosphere of pessimism that surrounds us and offers lessons of hope that she has learned from a lifetime of activism.
January 3, 2023 We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies by Tsering Yangzom Lama.
Breathtaking in scope and powerfully intimate. This is a gorgeously written meditation on colonization, displacement, and the lengths we’ll go to remain connected to our families and ancestral lands. Told through the lives of four people over fifty years, this beautifully lyrical debut novel provides a nuanced portrait of the world of Tibetan exiles.
2020 marked the 58th anniversary of our annual Craddock Lecture with a talk by Elizabeth May. Our lectures have addressed such topics as “Religion and Global Affairs”, “Culture, Spirituality and Law in Anishinabe and Christian Traditions”, National Security or Human Rights: Where is the Balance? and “Religion: Recovering Our Roots”. Prior speakers have included: Stephen Toope, John Borrows, Margaret Atwood, Ursula Franklin, Michael Ignatieff, Mark Kingwell, Margaret Laurence, Very Rev. Stan Mackay, Rabbi Gunther Plaut, Murray Schaeffer, Janice Stein, and Marion Woodman.
4th Sunday Seminars – now called Make a Difference series
The Social Justice committee is pleased to announce that the Make a Difference Series is back. All sessions will be held by Zoom (and projected into the sanctuary) at 12:30 pm following our morning service. Speaker information will be sent out ahead of all sessions. A question and answer session will follow after the speaker presents.
View a recording of our last 4th Sunday Seminar, and get all the details on the next one, here!
Health and Spiritual Wellness
The following usual events are on hold due to COVID-19. You can still receive support by getting in touch with Nancy, our faith community nurse (416 924 7439 Ext 29, or [email protected]) or Tina, our congregational care coordinator (416 924 7439 Ext 23, or [email protected]).
Therapeutic Touch® is a complimentary therapy which can produce the effect of relaxation, a sense of well-being and a reduction in the perception of pain. Once a month, after the church service, a group of us who practices Therapeutic Touch® offers free treatments to anyone. Everyone is welcome to come and find out more about TT, and have a treatment if they’d like.
Blood pressure clinics are offered by our Faith Community Nurse after church on the 3rd Sunday each month. You can have your blood pressure checked, discuss any medical concerns with a nurse, or make an appointment for a longer discussion with her about any of your health and wellness concerns.
Health & Wellness Workshops – learn more about current health or wellness issues. Three to four times each year educational workshops or information sessions are sponsored by the Faith Community Nursing Committee. Recent topics include: Music for Wellness, Safety for Seniors, and Brain Fitness. The speakers may be from within the congregation, or external experts. Upcoming events are publicized on the church website.
Shining Waters Indigenous Reading List
Shining Waters prepared a wonderful summer reading list of Indigenous materials covering fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and videos. If you have already seen their list we hope you had the opportunity to look at several of the items over the summer months. However, if you are now planning your autumn and winter reading and viewing adventures click here to take a look at the Shining Waters list.