The building that houses the Toronto School of Theology (TST) administrative offices is also home to 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.
The Canadian Centre for Brief Coaching (CCBC)
CCBC promotes positive change and growth in organizations, groups and individuals through Solution-Focused Brief Coaching, a strength-based approach to coaching. Recognizing clients’ internal resources and an orientation to the future as the key elements for sustainable change, the solution-focused approach co-constructs the client’s desired outcome through intentional inquiry on client strengths and positive past experiences. CCBC’s activities focus on the following: the Clinic, which offers coaching services specialized in the solution-focused method; the Institutes, which deliver education and training in solution-focused coaching as well as leadership and organizational development; and the Community, which functions as a hub for solution-focused practitioners and organizations, providing essential support and resources for lasting results.
HaeSun Moon, Program Director & Lead Faculty, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning (FILL)
The Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning of the Canadian Council of Churches is an ecumenical Christian partnership through which Canadian Churches work toward intercultural leadership development and ministry learning in Canada and globally.
Through the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning, Canadian Churches come together for reflection on issues of contemporary intercultural mission and ministry; provide innovative educational resources and programs for intercultural learning, leadership development and ministry; participate in learning and dialogue with church members and wider communities of faith about a society that fully honours diversity and God’s unequivocal welcome; and network and support persons directly engaged in ministry across cultural and other differences.
The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC)
The CCC 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.
Christian Volunteer Movement (CVM)
CVM 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 CVM's 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.
GenesisSquared Counselling is a team of therapists providing therapy, counselling, coaching and support to individuals, couples, families, and groups using a wide variety of therapeutic techniques and modalities. The team includes psychologists, psychotherapists and executive/life coaches and services are offered in-person and virtually. GenesisSquared also provides both free and professional workshops on campus that teach anxiety management skills and various forms of counselling and coaching. Todd Kaufman, RP is the Clinical Director and Toronto’s Anxiety Specialist. He created GenesisSquared out of his firm belief that when given the skills, people and organizations can create profound changes in their lives and organizations. Appointments and workshops can be booked over the phone or online.
NLP Canada Training
NLP Canada Training offers workshops, courses and coaching for people who are curious about how their minds work and who are committed to making positive change for themselves and others. Using techniques from NLP (neurolinguistic programming) and current thinking in fields that explore motivation and communication, NLP Canada Training delivers innovative learning experiences that allow people to find their focus and function at their best. We’re also terrific storytellers who engage the mind, heart and spirit in making the most of every situation.
Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (TMTC)
TMTC is a graduate teaching and research affiliate of TST. The Mennonite Centre offers graduate level theological courses from an Anabaptist perspective as part of TST’s curriculum. It offers students a Mennonite-related point of reference, belonging within an ecumenical community. Students regularly share current research with peers in the Scholars’ Forum. Each term the Mennonite Centre offers public lectures and personal opportunities for theological reflection. A prayer service precedes such events. Fellows engaged in post-doctoral or other research enrich the community. The Centre does not register students and relies on other member colleges for that role. Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre is presently administered by Conrad Grebel University College on behalf of Mennonite colleges and seminaries in Canada and the United States.
Kyle Gingerich Hiebert, Director
Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC)
WICC is the only national women’s ecumenical organization in Canada. A vibrant and diverse Christian women’s council consisting of representatives from ten 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.