The Multi-Faith Centre develops programming with students, staff, chaplains and faculty to explore religious and spiritual pluralism, personal and community development and interfaith cooperation for social justice.

Students develop their skills as critical thinkers, ethical decision makers and socially responsible citizens for a multi-faith global society.

Students also explore questions of religious identity, spiritual well-being, meaning and purpose as well as the intersection of other identities such as racialized identity, gender, sexual orientation and economic status. 

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Brown Girls Yoga Weekly yoga classes designed for female-identifying students who are Black, Indigenous or a person of colour.
Eco-Spirituality Programming An interfaith program linking students passionate about environmentalism bringing a particular faith perspective
Fun Food and Friends All students are encouraged to join us for healthy snacks and good company
Heart Works Student Group Initiative Fund Funding for student-based initiatives creating a critical and respectful exploration of questions of religious and spiritual pluralism.
JourneyDance Stress reduction with music and movement!
Massage Thursdays Drop by the Multi-Faith Centre for a 10-minute shoulder massage with a registered therapist
Reading Abrahamic Scriptures Together Students from all religious and academic backgrounds are welcome to participate in a close reading of scripture and engage in critical discussion.
Qu(e)erying Religion Where queerness intersects with spiritualties, faiths and cultures at the University of Toronto.
Spirit Singers Join a choral ensemble of U of T students to celebrate diversity, intercultural understanding, and to foster interfaith.

Brown Girls Yoga

A series of weekly yoga classes designed for female-identifying students who identify as Black, Indigenous or as a person of colour. These classes are friendly to students of all body types, sizes and skill levels. Brown Girls Yoga sessions also provide a queer and trans-positive space. 

Brown Girls Yoga is joint program presented by the Multi-Faith Centre in partnership with First Nations House and the Centre for Women and Trans People, University of Toronto.

Dates: Thursdays, starting September 19, 2019

Times: 5 – 6 p.m.

Location: Multi-Faith Centre, Main Activity Hall

Find additional details on the Brown Girls Yoga program! 

5 Brown Girls Yoga Instructors

Eco-Spirituality Programming

Ecology and Spirituality is an interfaith group at U of T. Our goal is to link environmentalists, theorists and activists who care about the Earth and who bring a particular faith perspective, spirituality or religious commitment to ecological work.

We learn about the unique perspectives of different faith traditions concerning Earth and Creation. We plan, organize and promote events related to ecology and spirituality and draw on spiritual traditions to sustain our work as environmentalists, teachers, learners and participants with Earth in the story of the cosmos. 

Find more information about the Ecology and Spirituality Program!

Join the Eco-Spirituality Facebook page to find new events and programs. 

 

Group of students and peers holding ecology and spirituality club sign and flag

Fun Food and Friends

Each academic term and on a weekly basis, the Multi-Faith Centre and a rotating group of student organizations will host Fun Food and Friends. All students are encouraged to join us for healthy snacks and good company.

No registration required. 

Dates: Every Wednesday 

Time: 4 p.m. 

Location: Multi-Faith Centre

Find more information about the Fun, Food and Friends Program!

Bowl of healthy food

Heart Works Student Group Initiative Fund

The Heart Works Fund has been established by the Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice to provide financial support for student group initiatives that aspire to create opportunities for critical and respectful exploration of questions of religious and spiritual pluralism.

The fund seeks to support such initiatives led by Ulife-recognized student groups at St. George campus.

The Multi-Faith Centre is especially interested in supporting student group initiatives that challenge prejudice and discrimination based on religion, race and other intersecting identities.

Find more information about the Heart Works Fund!

Logo of Heart Works Fund

JourneyDance

JourneyDance is a rejuvenating pick-me-up. It is not about learning steps, but about revealing, recovering and rediscovering natural intuitive movements. It activates and utilizes imagination while drawing upon improvisational dance, yoga, ritual and theatre to create a barefoot celebration of the human spirit. Stress reduction with music and movement! No experience is necessary! Comfortable clothing an asset!

The event is facilitated by Sheilagh McGlynn, who is passionate in working with young adults by enabling them to connect explorations of self with working for justice in this world. In addition to working with young people in the field of international development Sheilagh is also a Registered Psychotherapist. In her free time you might find Sheilagh on the dance floor, catching a yoga class or riding her bike on the Lakeshore trail in Toronto.

This program is sponsored in partnership with the Athletic Centre. 

Dates: Thursdays  

Time: 6:10 – 6:55 p.m.

Location: Athletic Centre  

Find more information on the Journey Dance program!

Massage Thursdays

Drop by the Multi-Faith Centre for a 10-minute shoulder massage with a registered therapist.

Find more information about the Massage Days program.

Reading Abrahamic Scriptures Together

Reading Abrahamic Scriptures Together is open to all students with an interest in studying Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptures.

Students from all religious and academic backgrounds are welcome to participate in a close reading of scripture that opens new conversations and discovers interesting relationships across the three faiths. The key to scriptural reasoning is friendship rather than consensus. Wouldn’t that be a great thing to do over pizza?! 

Textual studies with a twist. Let’s read together!

Dates: Thursdays from September 19, 2019 to March 26, 2020

Time: 5:10 p.m.

Location: Trinity College, Divinity Common Room

Please register by email at multi.faith@utoronto.ca or drop-in any time to learn together and meet a new friend.

Qu(e)erying Religion

Where queerness intersects with spiritualties, faiths and cultures at the University of Toronto.

Qu(e)erying Religion holds space for U of T students, staff, and faculty who are interested in exploring and cultivating safer spaces to discover the rich, sometimes troubling, and often sacred intersections of gender identities, sexual orientations, faith perspectives, religious traditions, spiritual practices and cultures.

Find more information about the Qu(e)erying Religion program!

Spirit Singers: Celebrating Diversity and Our Common Humanity

Like to sing? Want to make the world a better place?

Join a non-auditioned choral ensemble of U of T students to celebrate diversity and foster interfaith and intercultural understanding. The Spirit Singers affirms our common humanity in the quest for peace and justice. Come make a new friend along the way!

Find more information about the Spirit Singers Program!

Spirit Singers