The building that houses the central TST office, 47 Queen’s Park Crescent East, is also the home of a variety of organizations, many of which are faith-based, ecumenical organizations. These organizations, along with TST, intentionally decided to share a building in order to foster formal and informal connections between faith-based organizations in Toronto. Currently, the organizations that call 47 Queen’s Park Crescent home are:
Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry (CCCM) is a national network of professional Catholic Campus Ministers, grounded in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, inspired by the vision of Vatican II. CCCM exists to bring the Gospel of Christ to the academic world, through a national network; the ministry of the National Coordinator and the Board; publications, programs and other means of sharing resources; national and regional Campus Minister and Student conferences. CCCM has its roots in the early Catholic Colleges in Canada, dating back over 200 years. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) named the first National Chaplain in 1948.
Canadian Catholic Students Association (CCSA) is a national association representing all Catholic students on campuses across Canada.
Contact: Lori Neale, National Coordinator of CCCM & CCSA
The Canadian Churches’ Forum for Global Ministries (formerly The Ecumenical Forum of Canada) is among the oldest ecumenical organizations in Canada, having emerged from the Canadian School of Missions founded in 1921 by several churches and theological colleges. For over eighty years the Forum has played a unique role in preparing people for cross-cultural mission and ministry.
Our goal is to stimulate ecumenical dialogue on issues of mission, global concerns and social justice and to prepare individuals to serve faithfully in mission in an ever-changing world. As it has since its inception, the Forum continues to foster a deep spirit of community and solidarity among groups and individuals of distinct traditions and beliefs involved in global ministry through its Mission Personnel and other cross-cultural activities.
Contact: Jonathan Schmidt / Alice Schuda, Co-Directors
The Canadian Council of Churches is the most inclusive ecumenical body in Canada and one of the broadest ecumenical councils in the world. Its membership currently consists of 22 denominations of the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and Eastern and Oriental Orthodox traditions. The officers and staff of the Council are drawn from the diversity of traditions represented by the member denominations.
The CCC was founded in 1944 to bring churches into encounter with one another, and as such, the CCC is a place where all voices hold equal weight. The members act together in areas of Faith and Witness, Justice and Peace, and Biotechnology, according to their particular theologies and polities, and centered in their common Trinitarian witness.
An example of recent work is the leadership of the CCC in a Religious Leaders’ Summit held in parallel with the G8 meeting to comment on and challenge the G8 for the sake of God’s people.
Contact: Mary Delph, Administrative Assistant
The Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto is an organization that works to promote, encourage and facilitate a better understanding between members of the Christian and Jewish communities, with the hope of eliminating the prejudice and bigotry which has marred Christian-Jewish relations for generations. While wanting to preserve the unique relationship in dialogue between Christians and Jews, the Board of the CJDT also fosters dialogue with other religious communities. Programming includes stand alone programs which address issues of social and religious relevance as well as annual events such as the Toronto School of Theology/Synagogue Supper.
Contact: Barbara Boraks
Christian Volunteer Movement is an ecumenical, Christian, international development and mission organization. Currently CVM is active in Africa with numerous projects in The Gambia, West Africa. CVM's mission is to link volunteer expertise in Canada with service opportunities overseas, both responsibly and sustainably. Among our programs are a major health partnership with the Ministry of Health in the Gambia, the development of an ecumenical seminary with the Gambian Christian Council, and building inter-religious dialogue (Muslim-Christian) through music. CVM uses a combination of short-term and long-term personnel to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of people.
Contact: Steve Hewko
NLP Canada Training is an organization that creates workshops, courses and experiences for people who want to do more by thinking more effectively. Integrated thinking allows people to focus attention on the way different parts of themselves come together in achievement. It also allows them to pay attention to how they can maintain integrity as they are integrated into other systems in their lives. NLP helps people get the results they want and like the results they get.
Contact: Linda Ferguson
Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre is a graduate teaching and research centre affiliated with TST. Founded in 1990, TMTC is presently administered by Conrad Grebel University College on behalf of a bi-national Mennonite constituency, represented by an Advisory Council. TMTC offers graduate theological courses from an Anabaptist perspective, but does not register students nor grant degrees. Other initiatives include special lectures, panels and colloquia; conferences and student forums; and ecumenical dialogue.
Contact: John Rempel, Coordinator
Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada is the only national women’s ecumenical organization in Canada. A vibrant and diverse Christian women’s council consisting of representatives from 11 church partners, WICC coordinates programs and develops resources that foster ecumenism, support faith and spirituality, and encourage action for justice. As well as coordinating the annual World Day of Prayer and the Fellowship of the Least Coin in Canada, WICC works in coalition with other organizations on issues including racism and violence against women. Through Women Doing Theology gatherings, an annual liturgy for December 6, and resources such as Healing Waters and Making Waves, WICC helps to connect people of faith who are working for justice in church and society.
Contact: Nancy Stevens, Administrative Assistant
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