Newsletter Archives — October 2013

What’s New for October 2013

The Practice of Forgiveness:
Questions and Challenges in Pursuit of Reconciliation and Justice

Panellists include: panel discussion featuring the voices, experiences, perspectives and stories of four engaging speakers intended to inspire attendees to broaden their understanding, personal practices and historical perspectives on forgiveness, moderated by Aboriginal Elder and traditional teacher Cat Criger.

Douglas Sanderson – Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Vera Schiff – Holocaust Survivor and Author
Samantha Lawler – Forgiveness Project Story Contributor
Ken Noma – President of the National Association of Japanese Canadians

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Reception – 6:30pm
Panel Discussion – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location – East Common Room, Hart House

Read more information about the panellists here.

Presented by Hart House, the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office, Hillel of Greater Toronto (U of T), Ask Big Questions and the Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice.


Oct 3rd, UTSC: ARTSIDEOUT. ARTSIDEOUT is a large scale, one-day, multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates arts and culture at UTSC in both physical and conceptual spaces. Involving the widest possible range of students from different programs and backgrounds, the event celebrates creativity and culture at U of T Scarborough.

Oct 4th, 10am-3pm, UTM Faculty Club in the Davis Building (UTM): The Religious Diversity Youth Leadership Project. The project provides opportunities for young adults across the GTA to cultivate civic responsibility and leadership as they work against exclusion and marginalization arising from issues related to religious diversity. Earn a certificate while serving the community in themes around civic engagement and interfaith dialogue.

Oct 5th, 6:51pm to Sunrise, Downtown TorontoScotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto: Discover 67 independent projects by Toronto’s art community, three curated exhibitions featuring 44 projects produced by the City of Toronto, including a centrepiece installation by world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei.

Oct 10th, 12pm-1pm, Hart House (UTSG)Guided Meditation Workshop. As part of the Wounds to Wisdom events, learn basic practices to calm the mind and body and generate a feeling of well-being to heal one’s heart and benefit others.

Oct 16th, 6:30pm-10pm, Hart House (UTSG)Conscious Activism Doc Series – Unlikely Friends. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Leslie Neale, Unlikely Friends tells the ground-breaking stories of victims of brutal crimes who, through forgiveness, unexpectedly become friends with those who hurt them. Finding a criminal justice system that has left them empty and unsupported, these victims forgive out of a deep need to heal themselves, which in turn has a surprising effect on criminals. This screening is a part of the Wounds to Wisdom events.

Oct 16th, 5pm – 7pm, IC 130 (UTSC): The Way We Heal. The Way We Heal is an intimate journey to self-discovery through African Spiritualism. The play – a collaborative presentation by Multi-Faith and Leadership Development in the department of Student Life at UTSC – sweeps through the South African spiritual landscape exploring themes of identity, connectivity and self-healing. Laced with the soaring rhythms and mesmeric movements of indigenous South Africa, The Way We Heal is a powerful piece of theater that challenges the negative stigma surrounding African Spirituality and invites us to journey inwards to rediscover, renew and re-connect with all that is great within.

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