What we're about

How do you live a meaningful life? What is the self? Do you have free will or is everything determined? What will make you happy? What is happiness? Why is there so much suffering in the world? Does anything have any meaning? If not, why do you value some things more than others?

Our seminar group is committed to exploring these and similar questions as we bring in experts to lecture on topics including history, theology, philosophy, religious studies, comparative religions, scripture study, neurology, and more.

Anyone who is committed to life-long learning, who wants to be introspective and thoughtful about their own life, and to share ideas about how philosophers and theologians have wrestled with the same big issues throughout time should join us.

Our address is 320 Richmond St. E - Suite 101, Toronto, ON, M5A 1P9. We're on a commercial unit of "The Modern" condominium, at the NE corner of Sherbourne and Richmond. Our unit has its own entrance on Richmond, right next to McFarrens Ln.

Upcoming events (5+)

LECTURE: The Roman Republic's Fall and the USA

Centre Place

How Rome's constitution worked, why did it fall under the sway of emperors, and can this happen in the USA? FREE OPEN LECTURE The United States is often compared with ancient Rome. Washington DC's monumental architecture was modeled on Rome's and the architects of the US Constitution looked to the constitution of the Roman Republic for inspiration. How did ancient Rome's constitution work and why did the Republic ultimately fall under the sway of Roman Emperors? The presentation ends around 9.00. The exchange of ideas usually continues until 10, or even later, while we share complimentary snacks and beverages. The venue is called “Centre Place” and is located at 320 Richmond St. E - Suite 101, Toronto, ON, M5A 1P9. We're on a commercial unit of "The Modern" condominium, at the NE corner of Sherbourne and Richmond. Our unit has its own entrance on Richmond, right next to McFarrens Ln. Above the main entrance there's a blue sign that says "Centre Place". (For directions lookup "Centre Place Toronto" on your phone). The venue is 100% accessible.

Connection Retreat: Yoga, Meditation, Lectures, & More

Ziontario Campgrounds

CA$195.00

Give yourself a break from the stressful distractions of daily life and be part of a weekend of mind-body practices, lectures, and meaningful conversation at a peaceful, scenic woodland campground. Connect with yourself by experiencing meaningful connection with others. Activities at the Retreat The retreat will include workshops and presentations focusing on the theme “What Matters Most”. You will have the option to experience holistic mind-body practices, including yoga, mindfulness meditation, drum circles, labyrinth walks, art, nature hikes, and meaningful conversation. Additional activities will provide a safe setting for sharing thoughts and feelings, allowing you to explore yourself while creating meaningful connection with others. Mind-Body Activities - Drum Circle - Mindfulness Meditation - Yoga - Labyrinth Discernment Walk - Walking Meditation and nature hikes Sharing and Discussion Activities - Sacred Listening - Mindful Dialogue Presentations and Workshops What Matters Most: Leaving Our Caves (Lecture) Plato, the founder of Western philosophy, described the world of our every day experience as a shadow play being watched by prisoners chained together in a cave. If we could know the real world, he asserted, it would be like ascending out of the cave to see the sunlight for the first time. The same modern metaphors have been explored in science fiction programs like The Matrix. What if the world around us was merely virtual, like the matrix or a holodeck? In this workshop, we will explore the roots of philosophical idealism and consider individually and together the question “what matters most”? How much of our time and energy is spent on things that are merely conventional or inessential? Where do we find real meaning? Expression through Acrylics (Workshop) You’re invited to feel joy and experience the ecstatic state of connection through acrylic design. You do not have to have any training or background in art to find meaning through painting. Join our workshop and expand your spiritual awareness by painting feathers together. Traditionally, the feather symbolizes spiritual evolution and communication with the universe. As we explore the feather’s form, colour, and its mysterious story, we will share together a journey of expression through acrylics. Ancient and Modern Perspectives on Mindfulness (Lecture) In this presentation we will explore the origins of mindfulness in ancient times, how this practice evolved throughout the centuries, and what the modern disciplines that study cognitive science can tell us about it. We will learn concepts of psychology, neuroscience, philosophy of mind, and mythology that will enhance our practice of mindfulness. Empowered Women/ Stronger Communities (Workshop) Could Lessons Learned in Nepal Work Here and Elsewhere? Working with local partners, World Accord sponsors a successful program aimed at empowering women in rural Nepal. By setting up women’s support networks, and by giving training and micro-loans to local women, the program has struck at the roots of poverty and gender inequity in this remote society. Best of all, the women themselves have created their own businesses tooled for their traditional economic environment and gone on to share their training with others. In this workshop, we’ll review the progress of World Accord’s program in Nepal and consider whether lessons learned there could be useful elsewhere and even here in our own communities. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE: https://www.connectionretreat.com/

LECTURE: A New God Is Riding through the Deserts: The Rise of Yahweh

The rise of Yahweh and the decline of the old gods of Israel: El, Baal, Asherah, and the Host of Heaven FREE OPEN LECTURE In the Book of Deuteronomy, a god divides humanity “according to the number of the gods,” granting Israel to Yahweh, who later will ride through the clouds defeating the old gods and forces of old. The origins of the God of Israel are still uncertain and scholarly opinion remains divided. We will look at the available Biblical and extra-Biblical sources to trace the evolution of a typical Near-Eastern warrior god who throughout the centuries displaced or absorbed older gods and their attributes, ultimately becoming the only true God, creator of the cosmos. The presentation ends around 9.00. The exchange of ideas usually continues until 10, or even later, while we share complimentary snacks and beverages. The venue is called “Centre Place” and is located at 320 Richmond St. E - Suite 101, Toronto, ON, M5A 1P9. We're on a commercial unit of "The Modern" condominium, at the NE corner of Sherbourne and Richmond. Our unit has its own entrance on Richmond, right next to McFarrens Ln. Above the main entrance there's a blue sign that says "Centre Place". (For directions lookup "Centre Place Toronto" on your phone). The venue is 100% accessible.

LECTURE: The Flood Myth

Centre Place

Is there any historical truth behind the story of Noah's ark or is this narrative just a myth? FREE OPEN LECTURE Noah’s Ark remains one of the best known stories of the Bible. We’ll look at the many flood stories that predate Genesis by centuries and millennia. While some people still read the story literally and imagine it is history, others look for a kernel of historic truth around which these legends grew. We’ll examine these theories and the thesis that the flood story is entirely mythic. The presentation ends around 9.00. The exchange of ideas usually continues until 10, or even later, while we share complimentary snacks and beverages. The venue is called “Centre Place” and is located at 320 Richmond St. E - Suite 101, Toronto, ON, M5A 1P9. We're on a commercial unit of "The Modern" condominium, at the NE corner of Sherbourne and Richmond. Our unit has its own entrance on Richmond, right next to McFarrens Ln. Above the main entrance there's a blue sign that says "Centre Place". (For directions lookup "Centre Place Toronto" on your phone). The venue is 100% accessible.

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