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Upcoming events are posted on our Facebook page.
Below may be found some upcoming and archived events that may be of interest.

Some of the events sponsored and recommended by our Office in 2022:

Online Conference: “(In Case You Missed It) The Ecumenical Winter is Over
December 15, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. EST
Rev. Dr Thomas F. Best will be delivering the 25th Annual Conference in honour of the Servants of God Father Paul Wattson and Mother Lurana White (co-founders of the Society of Atonement) at the Centro Pro Unione in Rome. His address, “(In Case You Missed It) The Ecumenical Winter is Over”, gives us a hint of his assessment of the present stage in our search for the visible unity willed by Christ for the Church.
Online Course: Examining the Holocaust and World War II
December 12, 2022 – January 16, 2023
This course is of benefit to everyone and is especially of importance to secondary school educators of Religion and European/American/World History as well as other disciplines where the Shoah is treated.
See details and enroll.
Webinar: Christian Nationalism in International Perspective: Lessons and Legacies
December 12, 2022 - 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST
In this webinar, four distinguished experts on the history of “Christian Nationalism” from various ecclesial traditions will address the continuities, divergences, and strategies of their respective churches in responding to the place of evangelization in the mission of the Church in the world today.
Free online sessions: Three Aspects of an Ethic of Friendship with Gordon Tucker
December 1, 2022 - 7:30 p.m.   EST (Ethics as Character Development)
December 8, 2022 - 7:30 p.m.   EST (The Essence and Ethics of Humility)
December 15, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. EST (Compassion: An Emulation of God's Friendship)
These sessions will help us to learn how we can be our “brother’s keeper”, especially in our heavily immersed lives of social media/technology and many socioeconomic problems.
Virtual lecture: Heschel on Prophecy: Spirituality and Activism with Rabbi Gordon Tucker
November 30, 2022 - 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST
Join this lecture that is part of “Series 3: Great Thinkers Who Have Influenced Conservative Judaism” and expand your understanding of Jewish mysticism & spirituality.
Formal reception in the honour of His Grace Anba Archilides
A Papal Vicar and General Bishop for the Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of Toronto at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Markham, Ontario.
Cardinal Thomas speaking at the reception.
Red Wednesday - Ecumenical Prayer Vigil
To Remember the Love and Gift of the Martyrs
November 16, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. EST @ St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica
The Pontifical Charity, Aid to the Church in Need (CAN Canada) and the Archdiocese of Toronto, invite everyone to show solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world by participating in the annual Red Wednesday Prayer Vigil. This service will be presided by Cardinal Thomas Collins who will be joined with many other Christian leaders. That evening, St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica will be lit in red to symbolize the blood of the martyrs. This global initiative is taking place in over 16 countries this year, including Australia, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. Please remember there are many other ways to commemorate Red Wednesday, such as wearing red and inviting others to do the same. Salt + Light TV will be airing the service. Plan to attend this vigil to give witness to the power of love and faith in Christ of our persecuted brothers and sisters.
Check for further details. A picture of Christian leaders.
Musicking: Encountering Judaism and Eastern Christianity through Sacred Song.
November 16, 2022 - 7:30 -10:30 p.m. EST
@ Charbonnel Lounge, University of St. Michael’s College·
81 St. Mary St., Toronto, ON M5S 1J4
Virtual Lecture: Fall Shapiro Lecture: “The Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish-Christian Dialogue”
November 07, 2022 - 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST
Dr. Lawrence H. Schiffman, the Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Director of the Global Institute for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies at New York University, will explore how the discovery and study of these ancient scrolls mark a turning point in understanding biblical history and offer great potential for dialogue today.
Register for participation.
Pope Francis in Bahrain
(3-6 November 2022)
“Unity and witness are essential for ecumenism”, says, Pope Francis.

Holocaust Awareness Week 2022
Holocaust Education Week (HEW)
Theme: The future is here.

Holocaust Education Week 2022 (HEW)

Community Event: Hear it Here First
The Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program
Saturday, November 5, 2022 - 8:00 p.m.

Canadian Society for Yad Vashem Ontario Tribute to Holocaust Survivors
Monday, November 7, 2022 - 7:30 PM
Register to watch Holocaust Education Week Events through Virtual J account.

The World Around Us: The Role of Chaplains in the Wehrmach
@ Beth Sholom Synagogue
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Kristallnacht: A Teachable Moment (Classroom Webinar Registration)
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 1:00 p.m.

Lesson Plan: The Kristallnacht Pogrom – “Night of Broken Glass”. Video

Hybrid event: Bat Kol Gathering @ The Mary Ward Centre
October 27, 2022 - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
In Hebrew, Bat Kol means a heavenly voice or “daughter of a voice”, which reveals God’s will or judgement to human beings.
RSVP for in person attendance at petite.batkol@gmail.com
Register for the Zoom link.
“The Cry for Peace: International Gathering in the Spirit of Assisi"
(Ecumenical and Interfaith gathering)
The three-day peace summit, held under the theme 'Il Grido della Pace' (The Cry for Peace) at the Colosseum.
In the closing ceremony of this 36th annual “Spirit of Assisi” prayer for peace, Pope Francis said, “Religions cannot be used for war. Only peace is holy, and no one is to use the name of God to bless terror and violence. If you see wars around you, do not resign yourselves! The peoples desire peace."
See details and a short video.
Virtual Lecture: Reimagining Sinai and Transforming the Torah in Ancient Judaism
October 25, 2022 - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. EST
In this lecture, Dr. Kevin J. Mattison of the University of Connecticut’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life will explore what God told Moses and the Israelites on Mont Sinai. The interpretation of the message of Sinai will be unpacked from Deuteronomy to the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Mishnah and beyond, and how that experience may be understood today.
For participation, register.
Online Event: The Heritage of Geoffrey Wainwright: Liturgist, Theologian, and Ecumenist
October 20, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. EST
In this conference, speakers and panelists from various ecclesial traditions will explore and discuss Dr. Wainwright’s (Wesleyan Theologian) legacy and contribution in promoting visible unity among Christians today.
On-line Conference: Building New Bridges Together 2022: Ethics and Values at the Heart of Quality Education
October 17 to 19, 2022 - 2:00 - a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
In this conference leading scholars, practitioners, and educational policy makers will explore three vital strategic dimensions of ethics that promotes equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.
For further information, register.
Virtual Lecture: The Intersection Between Ecumenism and Justice
October 10, 2022 - 8:00 -10:00 p.m. EST
The 4th Annual Paul Wattson Lecture that honours the founder of the Society of the Atonement and pioneer of the modern ecumenical movement will be hosted at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago this year.
Archbishop Donald Bolen, former official at the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity will explore the place of justice in common witness among Christians.
To participate, register.
Free Online Course: Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development
This online course addresses salient questions regarding the understanding of social responsibility in the contemporary world. Social responsibility has become one of the key components of corporate governance in the 21st century.
For more information, register.
Free Online Course: Ethics in Higher Education for Teaching Professionals
The course is intended for faculty members, academic teachers, and researchers in Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and will help them recognise, understand, and address ethical issues in personal, institutional, and professional contexts.
For more details, register.
Hybrid mode: Ecumenism & Asceticism 2022 Annual Conference
October 7-9, 2022 @ Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, NY.
In this annual meeting, the North American Academy of Ecumenists will engage with questions about the role of asceticism in ecumenical affairs, formation for ecumenical engagement, ecumenical spirituality, liturgy, and prayer.
For further information and participation, register. Video
Free Webinar: Sukkot: The Universal and the Particular
October 6, 2022 - 08:15 - 09:15 p.m. EST
Sukkot is known as the “Festival of Tabernacles” and the “Feast of Booths”. It is a celebration that commemorates God’s provision in life and the redemption of creation. This is an important session to help us understand the religious celebrations of our Jewish brothers and will explore how Sukkot may be seen as representing potential for all of humanity sisters.
Register. Video
Friars’ Student Writing Contest 2023 (Oct.4, 2022 to Jan. 16, 2023)
High School Students (ages 13-19 years) from the Catholic District School Boards in the Archdiocese of Toronto are invited to participate in this annual event. It is a part of the celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) from January 18-25 around the world.
Please check the poster for details. Entries are to be submitted here.
Free Webinar: Yom Kippur: Self-Incrimination and Confession: What We Know and Say about Ourselves 
September 29, 2022 - 08:15 - 09:15 p.m. EST
Participants will discover how our elder brothers and sisters live the biblical ethical imperative that flows from one’s relationship with God, both individually and as a community.
For further details, register. Video 
Free Webinar: Rosh Hashanah: Transitions, New Beginnings, and New Regrets
September 22, 2022 - 08:15 - 09:15 p.m. EST
This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn and understand the meaning and importance of transition keeping in mind the historical and religious significance of Rosh Hashanah in Jewish life. 
For participation, register. Watch: First session.
Free Online Course: Responsible Leadership
This course aims to develop critical thinking about the theory and practice of responsible leadership. It will examine different theories and will focus on dialogical leadership which enables transparent and effective deliberation.
For more details, register
Free Online Course: Cyber Ethics
This online course addresses the salient ethical questions in relation to security, technologies and artificial intelligence, freedom and responsible citizenship, economics, bullying and protection of the vulnerable, religion, governance, and democratic participation.
For more information, register.
Whose Law? Christians and Jews Rethink the Pharisees
September 15, 2022 - 7 - 8 p.m.
The speakers are, Professor Amy-Jill Levine, Hartford International University for Religion and Peace. Professor Joseph Sievers, Pontifical Biblical Institute. Professor Shaye J. D. Cohen, Harvard University and Professor Angela Kim Harkins, Boston College.
Watch this conversation and find the elusive truth, overcome untruths, and investigate approaches to the Pharisees.
Season of Creation 2022
Theme: Listen to the Voice of Creation
It begins on September 1 the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations. Remember, our common prayer and action can help us listen for the voices of those who are silenced.
For details check.
Free Online Conference: Law and Ethics
August 26-27 - 12:30 p.m. EST
This conference is organized by Globethics.net India and Christ Academy Institute of Law. Law and ethics are interconnected and can not be separated from each other. The speakers will explore various aspects of these two and facilitate the participants to understand the relation between Law and Ethics.
Register for more information.
Podcast: The Forgotten Exodus Series
Monday August 1, 8 ,15, 22, 29 & September 6, 12, 2022
The Forgotten Exodus is a new limited podcast series presented by American Jewish Committee that explores the rich heritage of these Jews, some of whom fled antisemitism and found refuge in the State of Israel. Each Monday in August and part of September, a new episode of this series that focuses on Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews will be released.
See details and watch the video trailer. Video
Identity/Crisis: The Ideas Behind the News is a podcast of the Shalom Hartman Institute.
Theme: The “Secular” Rabbis of Israel
Rabbi Noga Brenner Samia speaks with Yehuda Kurtzer, how Israel is experiencing a religious renaissance that is redefining Judaism and secularism.
Listen to their views about the theme. Video
Virtual event: A People with a Past: The Idea of History in Modern Jewish Thought 
July 20, 27 - 2:00 - 03:30 p.m. EST
How have Jewish thinkers defined the relationship between the modern Jewish individual, the Jewish people, and the Jewish past?
For details, register. Video
Virtual event: How the Rabbis Thought About Work
July 19, 26 - 2:00 - 03:30 p.m. EST
How did the rabbis understand the ideal role of work in our lives, the kinds of work that are best, and the relationship between work, rest, and play?
Register. Video
Free online webinar: Information Session: Ethics and Values at the Heart of Quality Education
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST
In this information session the Globethics.net Academy Department will be talking about the September-October courses and the importance of ethics and values in the quality education.
For participation and information, register.
Seminar: Creating Peace-Conflict Resolution
This workshop is facilitated by Nicholas Sooy. The participants in these two days seminar (July 13-14) will learn about the Orthodox Spiritual Roots of peace making during these challenging and conflicting times.
Please, RSVP.
Free online Webinar: The Pandemic's Impact on Churches: What the Data Show Thus Far
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. EST
Dr. Scott Thumma ( A Professor of Sociology of Religion and director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at Hartford International University) and project team members will report on findings from three recent surveys of 5000 churches.
For participation and details, register. Video
The Annual Summer course (27 June - 15 July 2022)
"Introduction to the Ecumenical & Interreligious Movements from a Roman Catholic Perspective".
By: The Centro Pro Unione – Rome, Italy, a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.
For further details, register.
Free online event: Jesus and Judaism: Why the Connection Matters
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. EST
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Distinguished Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hope International University, will explore how understanding Jesus in his Jewish context brings new meaning to his parables, his politics, and his piety, and it offers a new path as well for Jewish-Christian relations.
For participation, register.
Podcast: The Canadian Jewish Difference
David Koffman brings us into the Canadian Jewish conversation and discusses how it differs from the American conversation on key issues.
Listen to the, Podcast.
Free online conference: Religious Community in a Digital World
June 13-6, 2022
For participation, register now.
For more information, please contact Shawn Sanford Beck @ stmstulearningevent@gmail.com or 306 441 6367
Webinar: Can Faith and Ethics Heal our Fractured, Technology-Soaked Society?
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Israeli public intellectual Micah Goodman and American social psychologist Jonathan Haidt will unpack their theories on this timely topic.
See details for live broadcast and participation. Video
Globetics.net Conference: Developing Sustainable Societies through Higher Education
May 26-27 - 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST 
This conference is organized by the Globethics.net Latin America Office. The Focus is on the role of higher education institutions in the creation of feasible conditions for achieving United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
For details, register.
Theologians Face the Climate Crisis: What is the responsibility of theologians in the face of today’s climate crisis?
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Mara Benjamin and Dr. Judith Plaskow as they explore this question.
The focus of the discussion will be Dr. Mara Benjamin’s recent essay in Sources, "Reading Psalms as the Water Rises"
Register. Video
Online Event: Wisdom, Virtues and Vices in the Book of Proverbs: Some Philosophical and Ethical Considerations.
Rapporteur: Rabbi Jack Bemporad
12:00 p.m. EST
By: The Centro Pro Unione and John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue.
For online participation register.
Blue Table Webinar 3: Working
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST
How does the way we work influence our humanity?
Register to learn more about it.
The book launch:
10:00 a.m. EST
The Centro Pro Unione and John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue cordially invite you to the book launch of "The Vatican and Permanent Neutrality".
For online participation register.
The Israel We Imagined: When Visions Confront Reality
Tuesday, May 10 @ 7:30-9:00 p.m. EST at Beth Tzedec in person & Virtual
Join Elana Stein Hain in-person at Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto or virtually to explore the ways that people envision Israel’s purpose, and how these visions can conflict with one another.
Register: https://bit.ly/382CCir

Christian Commemoration of the Shoah - The theme is "You shall be holy..."
4:00 p.m. EST
The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul (3415 Redpath St., Montreal Qc, H3G 2G2) is hosting the 43rd Christian Commemoration of the Shoah on behalf of the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal.
Watch the livestream at:

Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Video recording of the event
The Future of Holocaust Memory – A Responsibility in Translation
Video recording of the event
The Centro Pro Unione cordially invites you to the conference: Newman, Wesley and the Logic of Unity: An Inductive Ecumenism
12:00 p.m. EST
For online participation register.
Yom HaShoah-Holocaust Remembrance Day.
YOM HASHOAH-Fighting Antisemitism: Passing the torch of memory from the survivors to the next generations.
For the Live Broadcast, join March of the Living on their website or on facebook. Video recording of Yom Hashoah.
Yom HaShoah-Holocaust Remembrance Day.
EREV YOM HASHOAH -Learning from the past to protect the future
For the Live Broadcast, join March of the Living on their website or on facebook. Video recording of Erev Yom Hashoah.
Celebratory Event to Commemorate the Contribution of Barbara Boraks to the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Toronto
Video Recording.
Martin Buber: A new biography
Please take the opportunity to watch the recording.
Lived Diversity: Observing Passover and Easter
Through conversations and storytelling, paired with instruction about each observance, this 13-minute video is a lively presentation of the diverse expressions of our religious traditions. A facilitation guide with questions for discussion and resources for further reading is available.
Free Virtual Event: The Blue Table Webinar 2: Thinking
The second virtual session of this series will explore the impact of thinking in evolving relationships.
For participation, register.
Online Event: Dialogue as a Sacred Path: Building Our Skills in Talking with One Another
A workshop with Dr. Saundra Sterling Epstein (Sunnie).
Participants will learn and explore the joys and challenges inherent in dialogue.
To Register: rebsherril@outlook.com (Registrants will receive the Zoom link)
Free Online Course: "Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development", offered by Globethics.net.
For participation, register.

Online Event: Ontario Prayer Breakfast 2022
The Ontario Prayer Breakfast is an annual opportunity for the Christian community to gather together to support our Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and City Councillors in prayer.
50th Anniversary video is dedicated to the men and women who served and yet to serve in Public Offices within the Province of Ontario.
For participation, please register.       

Video recording of 54th Ontario Prayer Breakfast. 

Online Event: Shrinking the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Practical & Ethical Dilemmas
Hartman’s first ever Canada-wide event
Please register.
Shalom Hartman Institute Identity/Crisis Podcast: Yehuda Kurtzer, Joey Weisenberg
A Musical Journey with Joey Weisenberg
Where does song end and prayer begin? Joey Weisenberg, founder and director of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute and author of The Torah of Music and Building Singing Communities joins Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss the spiritual role of music in Jewish communal life.

Prayer Vigil for Peace and Unity in Ukraine
4.30 p.m. EST
St. James Anglican Cathedral
106 King St. E., Toronto
For details, contact @:  Ecumenical@archtoronto.org

The video recording of the Prayer Vigil for Peace in Ukraine. 

Online Event: Holocaust Education and Anti-Semitism: Teaching for today’s classroom
Join experts from diverse backgrounds to learn about helpful resources and strategies to raise awareness of the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism.
For details, please register.
Online event: The Future of Jewish Catholic Relations
1:00 p.m. EST
Register for the Zoom link.
Online Event: Ideas for Today: What Do Objects Remember?
In a series of talks, The Shalom Hartman Institute is offering a series of talks on the Evolution of Memory: From the Past to the Future.
For more information, register.
Video series on the state of Antisemitism
The video series is the latest initiative of American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) campaign to raise awareness of the impact of rising antisemitism in the Western societies.

The war in Ukraine - Let's pray for peace. Peace Now!
Many churches in Canada produced individual statements concerning the war in Ukraine.
Below are a few of them:

Orthodox Church of America.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada.

Romanian Orthodox Church of Canada.

Catholic Bishops of Canada.

Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

United Church of Canada.

“Christians and Jews Together: Prayer for Peace in Ukraine and Neighbourhood Community Meeting”
Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church on Sunday March 20, 2022.
It was sponsored by our Office.
The video recording of the event.
The Christian Jewish Dialogue of Toronto (CJDT) issues it's statement on Russian invasion of Ukraine. 17/03/22
Free Virtual Event: The Blue Table Webinar 1: Remembering
The webinars run across the whole year on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, starting from March till November with a break in Summer.
For participation, please register.
Free Virtual Event: As If We Were…
How does memory impact our personal, familial, and spiritual lives when it’s not actually ours? By Shalom Hartman Institute.
For details, register.
Online Event: Responsible Leadership Course
A free on-line course is being offered by Globethics.net, a consortium of diverse international ecumenical and educational organizations that endeavors to engage in conversations around key ethical questions.
For participation, register.
Online Event: Ethics in Higher Education for Teaching Professionals Course
A free on-line course is being offered by Globethics.net that is specifically intended for teachers and community leaders.
For participation, register.
Online Free Event: Conversation about Peace-making in the Holy Land, with members of the Interfaith Encounter Association on March 6 by CJDT
Advance registration is required for this free event. Video

Online Course: Martin Buber and the Life of Dialogue
Register for a 6-Week Course Offered Both In-Person and Online.

For participation and details, please register.

Video recordings of classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Online Event: Abrahamic Talks Series: Christian and Jewish Perspectives on Reconciliation
For participation and further details, please register. Poster.
Online Event: On the Task of Theology: Theological Foundation of Interreligious Dialogue from a Jewish Perspective
For participation please register.
Online Event: Walking the Justice Talk: How 4 Baltimore Leaders Put Principles into Practice
For details, please register.
Webinar: Join the International March of the Living for Holocaust through cinema with Rich Brownstein in our continuing webinar series.
For participation and further information, please register. Video
Virtual Event: A Church that Listens: Ecumenical Panel on Synodality.
The report on the ecumenical panel on syndodality by Salt + Light Media.
Annual Event: Friars' Student Writing Contest 2022- WIN GREAT PRIZES!
Closing at 2:00 p.m. EST
Workshop for Seminarians in Parish Internship, “Ecumenism in the Parish”
Feb. 8-9, 2022.
Permanent Diaconate Course: “Spirituality in Pastoral Ministry: Ecumenism and Dialogue in the Context of Evangelization Today”
Feb. 5-6, 2022.
Online Course: Jewish and Christian perspectives on Economic Justice: Fairness and Dignity.
For participation and details, please register.
Online Lecture: Re-Visiting Creation: Signs of the New Creation in Christ in Images of the Visitation
For more information, please register.
Online Event:Religion or Nation? Modern Debates about Jewish Identity.
Join Leora Batnitzky (Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute).
For participation and further information, please register. Video.

Online Event: Old Jew, New Jew, Israeli Jew: A Fresh Look at Israeli-Jewish Culture.
Join Rabbi Mishael Zion (Faculty in Residence of the Shalom Hartman Institute).
For participation and further information, please register.

Video recordings of session 1/3, session 2/3, session 3/3.


Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Prayer Services 2022

Greater Toronto Area Council of Christian Churches (GTACCC).
Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church - Toronto: Video

Neighborhood WPCU Services.
a. St. Edward the Confessor - Toronto: Video
b. St. Mary’s Parish - Barrie: Video

8 Days Bible Study - Prairie Centre for Ecumenism: Video

Online Event: Join the International March of the Living in their continuing survivor speaker series with Gabriella Y. Karin.
For participation and further information, please register.
Online Event: A Jewish perspective on confronting Religious Hate in our Neighborhoods with Zeke Cohen.
For participation and details, please register.


Some of the events sponsored and recommended by our Office in 2021:

Online Event: International Conference 2021: A toolkit for the future of inclusive, equitable and diverse learning
Globethics.net (a consortium of diverse international ecumenical and educational organizations) has organized an online conference day to discuss about the possibilities of creating a Future Learning Toolkit and how it can create inclusive, equitable and diverse learning environments.
For participation and further information, please register.

Virtual Lecture: All Creation Worships: Re-thinking Liturgy in a Time of Ecological Emergency
For Web streaming and registration, please visit Centro Pro Unione.
Annual Greater Toronto Area Service 2022 (With Church Leaders). Sponsored by Greater Toronto Area Council of Christian Churches-GTACCC. Hosted by Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church, Scarborough. 08/12/21
Online Event: The Manekin-Clark Lecture-Recapturing the Prophetic Tradition: A Challenge for Interreligious Dialogue
Dr. Susannah Heschel (daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel) in her lecture will focus on the Jewish perspective of relationship between religion and political movements, and on the question of who should represent religious communities.
For participation, please register. Video
Online Event: Virtual Chanukah Journey through Israel with Julian Resnick.
For further details and participation, please register. Video
Annual Luncheon of the Orthodox - Catholic Bishops of Toronto
A time of fraternal exchange between Orthodox and Catholic Bishops.
Each year on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul (29 June), Archbishop of Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins receives the visit of Orthodox Bishops to celebrate this important day. Similarly on the Feast of St. Andrew (30 November), Patron Saint of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Archbishop Sotirios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada receives the visit of Catholic Bishops in the Greater Toronto area to celebrate the Feast of St, Andrew and pray for the restoration of full visible unity willed by Jesus Christ for the Church. Picture
Annual Event: Friars' Student Writing Contest 2022- WIN GREAT PRIZES!
Closing Date: Monday, February 14, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
Online Blue Table webinar: Ethics and Art
As part of the Blue Table Series of Globethics.net (a consortium of diverse international ecumenical and educational organizations), this webinar will invite us to see the arts not only through aesthetic lenses but more so in awareness-raising, educational and mobilizing perspectives.
For participation and further information, please register.
Virtual Lecture: The Church of God is Convoked in Synod: Theological and Canonical Challenges Concerning the 2021‒2023 Synod.
Professor Myriam Wijlens, of the University of Erfurt (Germany), Consultor to the Synod of Bishops, will deliver the seventh lecture and elaborate the ecumenical perspective of Synod 2021-2023.
The lecture will be live streamed on the YouTube channel of the Angelicum.
Virtual Visit to First Narayever Congregation, a historic Jewish congregation in Toronto
For participation and further details, please register.
7th annual Red Wednesday Prayer Vigil 2021 at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica at 7 p.m. All are welcome!
For details, please see the poster. Video
50th Anniversary of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in Canada
The Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada (ARC Canada) began in 1971, and the ARC Bishops’ Dialogue was established in 1975. They are helping Anglicans and Roman Catholics in Canada to become more aware of the theological agreement shared between the two churches. The dialogues have also contributed to the theological work of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC).
Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue Anniversary Videos can be watched on this link.
Online Event: Exploring the Narrative of Holocaust and Genocide Education in the Public Arena with Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Colorado House of Representatives, by The International March of the Living (MOTL)
For details and participation, please register. Video
Virtual Event: Living with Uncertainty: Risks and Rewards
Four-part series led by Dr. Elana Stein Hain exploring how rabbinic tradition navigated everyday life’s uncertainties.
For further details, please register.

Online Christian Meditation Retreat Day
The Winnipeg chapter of the World Community for Christian Meditation has organized an online Christian Meditation Retreat Day and invites all to participate from their own home and renew their relationship with God and others in an ecumenical setting.
To participate, please contact Rob and Gail Brooks @ rgbrooks2@shaw.ca

Online Event: 7th Annual Costan Lecture in Early Christianity by Columba Stewart, OSB.
Ascetic Influencers: The Manichaeans and the Development of Early Christian Asceticism.
Please register for further information.
Virtual Event: Digital Reconstructions of Destroyed Synagogues on Nov.9,1938. Video
WJC to commemorate Kristallnacht with digital reconstructions of destroyed synagogues on its 83rd anniversary, also known as Kristallnacht, or the night of broken glass.
Virtual Event: Let There Be Light: 2021 Kristallnacht Commemoration
International March of the Living and The Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University present
"Stories of Hope and Humanity to Illuminate the Darkness"
For participation and further details, please register. Video
Righteous Among the Nations ceremony at the Consulate of Israel in Toronto.
The State of Israel and the Jewish people have great respect for all those people who saved Jews during the Holocaust by putting their lives at risk. These people are known as Righteous Among the Nations. The Consulate of Israel in Toronto held a very special ceremony to honour a Dutch couple who hid a Jewish boy during the Holocaust.
The Director of our Office represented the Archdiocese of Toronto at the ceremony along with many other dignitaries.
Details of the event can be found at the Canadian Jewish News. Video
Virtual Book Launch @ 8.00 p.m. EDT:
"The Baby and the Bathwater: Aspiration and Reality in the Life of the Church" by Robert J. Suderman, former general secretary for Mennonite Church Canada.
In person participants need to register. No registration is required for live stream.
Webinar: Portraits of Moral Choices during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda: Stories of Perpetrators, Bystanders and Upstanders with Tali Nates, by The International March of the Living (MOTL).
For details and participation, please register.
Pope Francis congratulates Patriarch Bartholomew on 30 years as Ecumenical Patriarch.
Bartholomew I was elected as the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople of the Eastern Orthodox Church on 22 October 1991, and installed as the 270th successor to the Apostle Andrew a few days later on 2 November. Vatican News
Online Event: God's Terrible Springtime? Ecumenical Purpose and Opportunity in Times of Upheaval
A colloquium with the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and three distinguished guests on the underappreciated power of ecumenism today.
In this webinar the panelists will address the feelings of sadness, hopelessness and in what new ways might ecumenism best serve the world in our time of economic, cultural, political, and ecological turmoil?
For further information, please register.
Online Blue Table webinar 5: Ethics and Economy
The Globethics.net Academy (a consortium of diverse international ecumenical and educational organizations) is launching the Blue Table Webinar Series.
The webinars will be held on every fourth Wednesday of the month from September to November 2021.
For participation and further information, please register.
Online Event: Book discussion - A Jewish Perspective on Building ‘Delight Muscles'.
ICJS and Maryland Humanities Council are jointly holding this discussion.
For participation and further information please register. Video
Online Event: University Students Coffee Hours-Sharing the Gift of Meditation with Real Life Discussions in an Ecumenical Setting.
The Canadian Christian Meditation Community along with the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) have organized weekly moderated introductory
sessions on meditation for university students. The moderators will share the fruits of this practice widely and inclusively in an ecumenical setting across Canada.
For participation, please register.
Online Event: Meditating together for the care of our common home.
Christian Meditation Sessions for the Care of Our Common Home for Young People.
The World Community for Christian Meditation invites young people from around the world to meditate together for the care of our common home.
For details and participation, please register.
Online Event: Antisemitism, Christianity, and the Holocaust: Reckoning with the Past and Working in the Present
The western section of the Washington National Cathedral is dedicated for long commemorated human rights figures. This workshop is hosted by the Washington National Cathedral, surrounding the installation of a stone carving of Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel to the Cathedral's Human Rights Porch.
For further information, please register. Video
Virtual Symposium on Synodality
Hosted by the Anglican Centre and the Centro Pro Unione.
For participation, please register
For detailed information of the event, please see the poster.
Webinar: Southern Wall Excavations – Jewish life and the celebration of Sukkot in Jerusalem in the time of the Temple with Assaf Boker,by The International March of the Living (MOTL). Video
For details and participation, please register.
Online Event: Jewish Perspectives on the Role of Religion in Public Life Today. Video
ICJS Scholar Matt Taylor in his conversation with Megan Goodwin and Illyse Morgenstein Fuerst will be discussing the importance of religion in public life and the breakdown of support for religious studies in both public education and universities
For participation and further information on “Is Religion Still Relevant Today?”, please register.
Online Blue Table webinar 4: Ethics and Ecology
The Globethics.net Academy (a consortium of diverse international ecumenical and educational organizations) is launching the Blue Table Webinar Series.
The webinars will be held on every fourth Wednesday of the month from September to November 2021.
For participation and further information, please register.
Webinar: The Impact of the UN's Antisemitic Durban Conference: 20 Years Later, by American Jewish Committee (AJC).
For details and participation, please register. Video
Online Event: Receptive Ecumenism: The Role of the Spirit in New Ecumenical Endeavours. Video
Receptive Ecumenism provides a way forward on how the churches can receive the gifts of Holy Spirit from one another in this present stage of unity.
Dr. Paul Murray of the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University in England will lead an on-line conversation and speak on the significance of receptive ecumenism, its foundations, and the unique opportunity it provides for new ecumenical endeavours.
For participation and further details, please register.
Pope in Slovakia: Jewish-Christian dialogue is key to the future
Vatican News.
Pope thanks Slovak Jews for opening doors to healing and fraternity.
Vatican News. Video
Pope in Slovakia: Churches must unite in contemplation and action.
Vatican News.

Webinar: An Integral Part: An Introduction to Eastern Catholicism
Presenters: Fr. Luis Melo (Director, Office for Promoting Christian Unity and Religious Relations with Judaism), Fr. Alexander Laschuk (Judicial Vicar, Toronto Regional Marriage Tribunal) and moderated by Dr. Rebecca Spellacy (Office of Formation for Discipleship).

For details and participation, please register

Cardinal Kurt Koch: Pope seeks to deepen bonds of friendship between Christianity and Judaism.
Vatican News.
Online Event: 25th International Marian Mariological Congress. September 8-11
The Pontifical Academia Mariana Internationalis (PAMI) of the Holy See is dedicated to fostering the study of Mariology in view of promoting devotion to Our Blessed Mother.The theme of the congress is "Mary between theologies and cultures today. Models, communications, perspectives."
For participation and further information, please register.
Annual Event: Season of Creation, September 1 to October 4, 2021- Video. Pope Francis encourages participation in 2021 Season of Creation.
Theme: “A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God”. Video
Pope and ecumenical leaders: Caring for God’s creation requires commitment. 
For resources and more information, please click this link.
Vatican News: Law and grace for Jews and Christians.
News: Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Recent publications of the Faith and Order Commission
The Faith and Order Commission was established in 1948. It is a study commission consists of official representatives of Churches belonging to the different streams of Christianity.
Webinar: Private Tour of the Yehoshua Aryeh Fine Art Gallery in Jerusalem. Video
For participation and further details, please register.
Vatican News: Ecumenical Prayer for the Reunification of two Koreas.
Webinar: The Destruction of the Lithuanian Jews – The Ponary Massacre with Jacob Shoshan. Video
For Participation and further details, please register
Virtual Public Symposium: July 5-15 (Shalom Hartman Institute).
For details and registration, please visit.
Hope, Love & Compassion: Torah of Possibility for an Uncertain Future. Videos of the Symposium.
The Israel-Diaspora Divide: We Don’t Know Enough About Each Other - AJC Advocacy Anywhere. Video
Webinar: Briefing on the Rising Tide of Antisemitism. Video
For Participation, please register.
Holocaust Survivor Day.
In their words, "Holocaust survivors deserve a day of joy; a day of celebration.
Virtual Conference: Thinking Interreligiously on Civic Challenges – Water Justice and the Abrahamic Traditions.
For participation, please register.
Online Event: "Heeding the Spirit: New Horizons in Receptive Ecumenism" by Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University.
Video presentations given at an online study day, hosted by the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University in partnership with the Christian Council of Sweden, University College Stockholm, and the Sigtuna Foundation.
For details and participation, please see.
Online Event: Dabru Emet: 20 Years Later Roundtable Discussion.
To mark the anniversary of this milestone text, the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS) has invited leading Jewish and Christian scholars for a roundtable discussion that will explore the scope and purpose of Dabru Emet for today.
For further details and participation, please register.
Online Event: Symposium on Euthanasia.
For details and registration contact at: info@stjohnsmission.org.
Vatican News: Pope Francis: Together in love, we Christians can change the world. Video.
"We are Neighbours" (2021) Catholics and Evangelicals in Canada.
A Study Guide created by The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
AJC Virtual Global Forum - June 6-9, 2021.
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) organized a Virtual Global Forum to discuss issues like antisemitism and racism around the world. 
Online Event: The Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto (CJDT) Presents Conversations of The Heart.
Please click for details and to register.
Global Week of Prayer for China
A Catholic initiative that aims to promote prayer and solidarity with our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters living in China.
The resources for the Global Week of Prayer for China can be looked @. Promo Video.


Statement from Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.
Regarding Conflict in the Middle East, Local Cases of Hatred and Anti-Semitism.


Online event: Equality in Scripture Interpretation
Reflecting on the ways in which scripture articulate the call to Equality so needed in our World - Video.
By: The Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto (CJDT)
For participation and further details please register at Eventbrite.
Online Event: Religion in the Public Square: Teachers Talk Religion.
For participation and further details, please register @ Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies - Video.
Webinar: Ethics and Democracy.
For more information, please visit globethics.net.
Registration is required to attend this webinar.
Online Event: Free online Christian Meditation Retreat.
Please contact Rob and Gail Brooks at rgbrooks2@shaw.ca for registration. A Zoom link will be sent out prior to the retreat.
The retreat agenda can be viewed in Toronto time.
Virtual Event: The Texts & Topics Shaping Modern Jewish Life: Exploring The New Jewish Canon.
For participation and details, please visit.
Online Film Discussion: Film Discussion on the Life and Legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Video
For participation and details, please visit.
Online Event: European Churches celebrate 20th anniversary of 'Charta Oecumenica'.
To mark the 20th Anniversary of Charta Œcumenica – Guidelines for the Growing Cooperation among Churches in Europe, the Conference of European Churches (CEC). together with the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE). Video
Online Event: Ecumenical Readings of “For the Life of the World: Toward A Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church” And Its Implications for the Global Context.
Click,for details and registration
German Ecumenical Week for Life focuses on "Life in Dying". April 17-24
35 years since Pope St John Paul II’s historic visit to Rome’s Synagogue.
Online discussion: Compassionate Listening Project and Its Children of Abraham Initiative. Video
Virtual Event: 2021 International March of the Living Commemoration and Ceremony to observe “Yom HaShoah”. Video
Online discussion: Medicine and Morality: Lessons from the Holocaust and COVID-19. Video 07/04/21
Online event: Being a Eucharistic People in Digital Space: Liturgy in the Time of COVID. Video
Virtual Event: Ontario Prayer Breakfast 2021. Video  29/03/21
Virtual Conference: “The Ethics of Law in Judaism”. Video
By Prof. Menachem Lorberbaum Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud, Tel Aviv University. 
Webinar Series: Nurturing FriendshipThe Directory of Catechesis in Dialogue with Fratelli Tutti.
"The Catechist builds bridges with diverse faith communities”.
Keynote: Julien Hammond
Response by: Charles Peters
Friars’ Student Writing Contest 2021: The prize winners of the Writing Contest. The essays of the winners. 20/03/21
Birthday Celebration: 101st Birthday Celebration Rabbi Irwin Schild 09/03/21
World Day of Prayer: Friday, March 05, 2021
Theme of the World Day of Prayer for 2021 is “Build on Strong Foundation” (Matthew 7:24-27). Video

Virtual Event: Truth Difference and Loyalty, An interfaith symposium exploring the ways in which faith engenders connections with others. Videos
Especially a session by Dr. Amy Jill Levine

Online Course: “Together Towards Unity. Being Church in a Fragmented World.” The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Switzerland is broadening its repertoire of courses in Ecumenical Studies. 12/02/21
Virtual Event: “Our Liberation: Stories of Holocaust Survivors’ Road to Freedom”. Video 27/01/21
Online Prayer Service:  Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Toronto. 24/01/21
Virtual Bible Study: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021 (January 18-25).
“Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit” (cf. John 15:5-9).


Some of the events sponsored and recommended by our Office in 2020:


Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: ‘The Psalms:  A Doorway to Jewish-Catholic Dialogue.’ 


Online Discussion: Hanukkah, Greeks, and Jews, Then and Now A Conversation with H.E. Archbishop Elpidophoros, leader of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations. Video of a discussion



Kids4Peace webinar: Laying Foundations of Peace in the Holy Land- Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Toronto and the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Toronto.


Guide to Assist Bishops in Promoting Christian Unity:
25th anniversary of St John Paul II’s landmark encyclical on ecumenism, Ut unum sint, and the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity by Pope St John XXIII in 1960. "The Bishop and Christian Unity: an Ecumenical Vademecum". Video

Online Conversation: The Holiday Season During a Pandemic: A Conversation with H.E. Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Rabbi Noam Marans – AJC Advocacy Anywhere. Video 03/12/20
March of the Living Canada
Survivor Speaker Series: Mania Hudy. Video
Online Event: Recognition, Justice, and Development: Peoples of African Descent & Canadian Churches. Video 26/11/20

Online Prayer Service: Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Toronto.


The Friars’ Student Writing Contest for High School StudentsThe prize Winners of the Writing Contest.

Online Event: “The Proto- Ecumenical Dialogue of Abba Mika’el, Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon”. Video


A Special Prayer Service for Peace in Armenia / Artaskh: The Holy Trinity Armenian Church.


March of the Living global interfaith initiative to commemorate Kristallnacht: Let There Be Light. Video


Online Event: God, Science and Religion- Speaker, Rabbi Jack Bemporad
The Centro Pro Unione and the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue. Video


Online Event:The Canadian Council of Churches: Faster, Higher, Better? Moral Bioenhancement and Christianity. Video


Virtual Event: The Future of Orthodox-Catholic Relations in the USA - Orthodoxy in America Lecture, Fordham University. Video


Pope Speaks to Pilgrims: Church becomes sick when not proclaiming Gospel , Pope Francis. Video


Online Event: Ecology & Ecumenicity: Facing Division and Imagining Reconciliation in the Care of Our Common Home. Video


Virtual Book Launch: "Jesuit Kaddish: Jesuits, Jews, and Holocaust Remembrance" the latest publication by James Bernauer, S.J. by the Center for Christian Jewish Learning at Boston College USA. Video


Online Event: In Season of Creation, “no action or initiative is too small to begin”


Message of his Holiness Pope Francis: The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.


Season of Creation 2020: ‘Jubilee for the Earth’
Joint statement issued by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, President of CCEE, and Rev. Christian Krieger, President of CEC



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