Beginning Meditation Practices for Families’ Spiritual Growth

Facilitator: Barb McIntosh.

A skilled Facilitator and Guide, Barb’s work is informed by 25 years of counselling and program development with Children and Youth, and by years of intensive study and exploration of many contemplative traditions and spiritual practices.
If you are looking to explore and grow in your spiritual life, to connect more deeply with your body, mind, heart and soul, Barb will help you discover the tools and practices that work best for you. Barb is most passionate about supporting people in tapping into their own personal gifts and energetic well-being.

Learn the playfulness of Meditation. This program will teach families some simple meditation practices, adapted especially for young children. Parents and children will gain first-hand experience with practicing together. They will have more confidence in both their ability to grow their own meditation practice, and in their ability to grow and expand their own spiritual life as a family.

Each week will follow the same format, so that families can begin to develop a regular routine for their own practice together. Sessions will start with a children’s story, followed by a guided meditation/prayer, a few simple yoga/relaxation poses and a short moving meditation. Parents will practice along with their children. Parents will be encouraged to continue practicing with their children as part of their home routines.

Saturdays

Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Saturday October 21 to Saturday December 2, 2017
Location: Room 109
Cost: $70.00 ($10.00 per class)

Building Your Love Muscle through Meditation

Facilitator: Valerie De Souza.

A perpetual student, Valerie has had a thirst for learning her whole life. She has studied and practiced Buddhist-inspired mindfulness meditation and facilitated youth and adult meditation courses for over a decade, while living a Christian way of life since birth. Valerie is awakening to a deeper awareness and understanding of “God”. As she continues on her spiritual journey, she wishes to share her unique insights with others, as a loving and compassionate guide, helping others on their spiritual journeys towards a more abundant life.

The Golden Rule, common to many faith traditions, is “Love one another as you love yourself.” This is predicated on the requirement that you love yourself first. Yet, sometimes loving ourselves is hard to do.

In this four-week course, you will learn about self-love and building your love muscle through guided group breath awareness and loving-kindness meditation practices as well as insightful spiritual readings from a variety of inspirational teachers.

Wednesdays

Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Dates: Wednesdays October 25, November 1, 8 and 15, 2017
Location: Chapel

 

Living the Questions: An Introduction to Progressive Christianity

Facilitator: Andrew Holmes.

Andrew is the Team Lead for Life Long Spiritual Development and Volunteer Engagement at MCC Toronto. Andrew is also a Clergy Candidate and doing his internship with MCC Toronto. A skilled Facilitator, Andrew enjoys exploring and asking curious questions about spirituality, theology and community.

 

You are invited to come on a journey. To think theologically. To question everything and to wonder out loud. Through exposure to provocative theological and spiritual insights and the engagement of small group conversations, participants in Living the Questions will experience how profoundly important the journey itself is. So come as you are, get ready to question, doubt, explore and grow in your understanding of spirituality in a progressing church. We will focus on what it means to think theologically, taking the bible seriously, the life of Jesus and so much more. Come and dare to Live the Questions.

Wednesdays

Time: 7pm to 9pm
Date: Wednesday October 25 to Wednesday November 22, 2017
Location: Room 109

Meditation Practices for Spiritual Growth

Facilitator: Barb McIntosh.

A skilled Facilitator and Guide, Barb’s work is informed by 25 years of counselling and program development, and by years of intensive study and exploration of many contemplative traditions and spiritual practices. Barb is most passionate about supporting people in tapping in tot their own personal gifts and energetic well-being.

If you are looking to explore and grow in your spiritual life, to connect more deeply with your body, mind, soul and heart, this course will help you discover the tools and practices that work best for you. Come learn the art and gift of meditation and mindfulness. Leave with the possibility of connecting practices to your own inner spiritual life. Come and connect with others, yourself and God.

Tuesdays

Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Date: Tuesday October 17 to Tuesday November 28, 2017
Location: Room 109

The Queer and Holy Spirit: A Queer look at the Book of Acts

Facilitator: Robbie Walker.

Rob has been a part of MCC Toronto since 2011. Rob is currently entering his second year as a PhD Theological Studies student at Trinity College in Toronto. Rob loves bible study, healing ministry, preaching, Netflix, reading and Star Trek!

Ever wonder what the Book of Acts is all about. Ever wonder what Queer Theology is. Come bring your questions. Learn how to look at scripture with queer eyes. As we explore the gifts of Holy Spirit we might just discover our own unique gifts. Together we are invited to go a bit deeper in our practice of prayer, evangelism, social justice, healing and community.

Mondays

Time: 7pm-9pm
Dates: Monday October 16 to Monday November 27, 2017
Location: Room 109