Spirituality & Wellness Events, July 1st - 31st 2021
** All in-person events at McGill, both on and off campus, have been suspended until further notice. **
Please note that the MORSL office is closed for the month of July.
Check out our Online Resources for MORSL-recommended web-based activities and alternatives!
See more about the responses to COVID-19 here.
Events this month recurring weekly unless specific date is indicated:
- Monday (July 5, 12, 19, 26)
- Tuesday (July 6, 13, 20, 27)
- Wednesday (July 7, 14, 21, 28)
- Thursday (July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
- Friday (July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30)
- Saturday, (July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
- Sunday (July 4, 11, 18, 25)
July 5th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM: Science of Happiness Come learn about the science of happiness and discover how you can cultivate a positive mindset by taking in the good.
July 12th, 2:00 - 3:30 PM: Active Listening This workshop will focus on defining what active listening is and isn't, explaining why active listening is both important and useful, and practicing active listening.
July 6th and 20th, 10:00 - 11:00 AM: Pandemic Drop-In Support This online support circle is an opportunity to come together and share what you’ve been going through.
July 13th and 27th, 3:30PM - 4:30PM PhD Support Group Do you feel disconnected from others in your program? Join this group for ideas, encouragement, motivation and a sense of connectedness.
July 7th and 14th, 1:30 -3:30 PM: Mindfulness Based Stress Management This workshop will focus on defining the construct of mindfulness, explaining how mindfulness can be used to manage stress, as well as practicing mindfulness-based activities.
July 21st, 2:00PM - 3:30PM Managing Stress in Uncertain Times Do you struggle? In this workshop you will learn coping skills and mindfulness to help you manage anxiety and stress.
July 7, 14, 21, 28
7:00 PM: Midweek Quaker meditation. Join in for a time of silent contemplation over Zoom. Check the group's Facebook page to get the links. A Bible study is also offered at 6:15pm for those interested. No prior reading or background required. All welcome.
July 1st, 7:00 PM: Between Juneteenth and the Fourth of July: A Conversation about White Christian Nationalism Panel discussion on different visions of America. As the USA looks back on the first official federal commemoration of Juneteenth and looks forward to the Fourth of July, it is clear that the new battle lines in the culture wars are less about social issues and more about American identity itself. At its heart, this struggle is between two incompatible visions of America: one forwarding a myth of white racial innocence and the norm of a white Christian nation versus another committed to a more critical history in the service of a multi-ethnic, multi-religious democracy.
July 8th, 11:30 AM: Public Panel: Doubling Down in Difficult Times, a Practitioner Perspective The NewGround community organization will be in conversation with bridge-builders in Israel Palestine who are holding grief and finding a way forward from the recent violence. This panel aims to explore which tools and approaches are working for them right now, and which ones aren’t. How do they ensure that people can hear one another in all their complexity? How do they create change, one step at a time? And how can an American audience of Muslims, Jews, and allies best support their work? REGISTER HERE
- Ali Abu Awwad is one of the co-founders of Roots, an organization focused on bringing local communitites of Israelis and Palestinians together in dialogue. In 2016, after establishing Roots, Ali formed Taygheer, a movement of grassroots communities practicing nonviolence as a unifying identity for the Palestinian people.
- Huda Abuarquob is the first on-the-ground regional director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), a network of more than 100 civil society organizations working in conflict transformation, development, and coexistence in the Middle East among Palestinians, Israelis, Arabs, and Jews.
- Rav Hanan Schlesinger co-founded Roots in 2014 along with Ali Abu Awwad and Shaul Judelmann. He currently serves as Director of International Relations at Roots, and also founded American Friends of Roots, through which he travels the US to promote Roots' work.
- Leah Solomon is the Chief Executive Officer of Encounter, which brings American Jewish leaders to the West Bank to learn from Palestinian civil society and business leaders, negotiators and grassroots activists, to consider the implications of a shared future for Israelis and Palestinians.
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
1:00 PM: Intersection: Conversations on faith Presented by Heritage Talks, this series of candid conversations on heritage and faith encourages people to share their experiences and journeys of faith and considers whether one’s faith can thrive in a culture different than that of one’s heritage. Presenters from all walks of life explore the challenges encountered from varying perspectives.
7:00 PM: Bible Study in English Join St. Martha's Chapel for a guided bible study. What does (or doesn't) an ancient vision of heaven behind-the-scenes tell us about how to see our current world? Join via Zoom.
7:30 PM: Summer Reading Club The Student Christian Movement of Canada will in order to discuss how we may decolonize scripture, and reclaim the Bible from the hands of exploiters and into the hands of the exploited in today’s context. Historically, peoples have used the Bible to empower themselves and their community, and find hope in times of despair. As a community that is exposed and often taught about colonized forms of Christianity, how can we do work to unsettle the Word? Register here.
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
7:30 - 8:30 PM: PGSS Board Games Night Come together with other game seekers and graduate students on Zoom and play your favorite video games, board games, etc. together with new friends and old! Feel free to "bring" your own gaming console to play with others!
8:00 PM EST/ 7CT/ 6MT/ 5PT, July 31: Young Adult Saturday Socials. Hosted by the Unitarian-Universalist San Francisco young adult community, we gather every two weeks to catch up, play games, watch movies, and have fun! Everyone across the world is invited to join and be in community with us. Via Zoom.
Join the Eastern Orthodox Livestreaming services Facebook group for all information about available live streams.
7:30 AM: St-Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church Check their Facebook page for up-to-date information on live stream of services on Sundays and throughout the week.
9:30 AM: St Sophie Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral Check their Facebook page for up-to-date information on live streams of services on Sundays and throughout the week.
11:00 AM: Sunday Morning Quaker Meeting Contact the group on Facebook for the Zoom meeting details.
11:00 AM: Sunday Morning Service Join Ascension Lutheran Church online every Sunday by registering via their webform.
12:15 PM: Queerspace. A bilingual discussion group at Montreal's Christ Church Cathedral for LGBTQ+ Christians to share about the intersections of their identity and faith together. Happening every fourth Sunday of the month via Zoom
DAILY: Punj Granthi sessions (7-9 PM) hosted by McGill Sikh Students. DM on Facebook for the Zoom link.