Friday, March 11, 2016

Weekly Activity Calendar

We're excited to unveil our weekly activity calendar for Toronto Centre Place.  

On Sunday, activities kick off at 10:15 am with scripture class. This year we are exploring the various gospel texts, both canonical and extracanonical.  At 11:00 am we begin our weekly church service. Although our forms follow traditional North American Christian practice, our lessons, hymns, and prayers are filled with meaningful, contemporary content. Sundays are capped off with our social hour where we share snacks and visit.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday beginning at 6:00 pm, we practice silent sitting meditation, in the tradition of Zen Buddhism. It is OK to arrive late and/or leave early, you can meditate for as long as you want. We are here to provide a supportive community and a calm space to help you with your daily practice. 

On Tuesdays at 7:00 pm  (following the Meditation hour), we have our regular Lecture Series evening, where we have classes on topics ranging from history to philosophy, theology, scripture study, religious studies, comparative religion, and more.

The first Wednesday evening of each month, we encourage everyone to login to Community Place's online streaming community gathering. 

On Thursday afternoon from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, we're introducing Coffee Talk: a casual forum for meaningful life conversations.

On Fridays at 7:00 pm (following the Meditation hour) we plan to watch "Movies that Matter" and talk about our reactions to the ideas they treat.  Movie Night will be hosted in conjunction with Community of Christ Campus Connections.

Saturdays are set aside for various service projects, such preparing and giving out care packages to under-housed people living in our neighborhood.

March-April 2016 Tuesday Activities

Our Lifelong Learning Series continues each Tuesday evening this March and April with some interesting topics and exciting activities.

March 15, Tues (7 pm):  Easter Hymn Practice with Mike Karpowicz and Leandro Palacios. We’re getting together to learn parts for some Easter carols, including “Now the Green Blade Rises” — which is set to the Medieval French tune “Noël Nouvelet”.

March 22, Tues (7 pm):  The Old Testament and Academic History (Understanding Scripture in Context, Part 6): John Hamer will continue our exploration of scripture by looking at the history of the Old Testament by unravelling its component texts and comparing its sacred stories to what we know from the academic disciplines of history, literary criticism, and archaeology.

March 29, Tues (7 pm): Understanding the Religious Brain: Dr. Michael Adam Ferguson will discuss groundbreaking research on how the religious brain works. Using data from brain imaging scans, Ferguson will talk about what happens in the brain when praying, recalling spiritual experiences, or feeling a “prompting.”

April 5, Tues (7 pm):  What does the word ‘God’ mean?  John Hamer will put the question into context with an introduction to theology throughout history. Although in modern times in the West, God is frequently pictured as an old man with a white beard, this representation is very new.  How did ancient Israelites and early Christians picture God?  (Answer: they absolutely did not picture God.)

April 12, Tues (7 pm):  Invitation to Meditation in Community of Christ. Meditation as a spiritual practice is a broad and deep tradition with roots in the religious traditions of both the East and the West. As Toronto congregation will now be hosting a meditation group four days each week (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 6:00-7:00 pm), Leandro Palacios will explain the ideas, practices, and techniques. 

April 19, Tues (7 pm): Who Wrote the Gospels?  (Understanding Scripture in Context Part 7): John Hamer will look at what we know about the authors of the canonical gospels. What do the academic disciplines of history and literary criticism tell us about the gospel authors, their stories, and the historical Jesus?

April 26, Tues (7 pm):  Movies that Matter with Leandro Palacios: (movie to be announced).