The Anglican Foundation of Canada has awarded a $10,000 grant to Renison University College to offer a series of conversations called Dealing with Our Darknesses: An Anglican-Muslim Conversation about Transgression, Penitence, and Transformation. Facilitated by Renison Institute of Ministry and Studies in Islam, these community conversations will target the local Anglican and Muslim (used here ecumenically) communities, but the hope is that these conversations will give rise to a much more widespread, societal conversation. The program will begin in fall 2016. Read the full story.
A note from Brittany Robins, Chartwells Canada:
I am very excited to announce that Renison has been recognized as a Local Hero and has won against all Chartwells locations in Ontario.
In early October the Chartwells teams were given the Local Hero Challenge where we needed to work with a student group to put on events and complete a list of challenges. I was so pleased to see the excitement and participation from the staff and students at Renison throughout October and the beginning of November for this challenge. The prize of $1,000 to the student groups is a prize well deserved! A special thank you to Jeff and Jonathan for joining forces with me to develop so many great ideas and getting the students involved. Thank you everyone!
A note from BSW students:
The Bachelor of Social Work Graduating Class of 2015-16 need your assistance! To assist many deserving people throughout this holiday season, on December 4th we are creating an item drive that will aim to satisfy the Christmas wish lists of OneROOF Youth Services in Kitchener and Argus Residence for Young People in Cambridge. (Find out what items are on the wish list.) We will be collecting donations now to up until our wrap-up event on December 4th 2015 from 12:30pm-2:30pm. We will be distributing bins throughout Renison to collect donations until the time of our event on the 4th of December. We will also have a physical presence at the main entrance of Renison as well as within the SLC at the time of our event. We will provide FREE HOT DRINKS to all whom are able to donate!
This time of year, many individuals cope with a lack of social, financial, and family supports. Let’s be their shining light to see through the dark during this holiday season!
BSW Student 2015-16
Representative for the BSW Executive Council 2015-16
Advent prayers will take place every Tuesday throughout December at 10:15 a.m. in the Ministry Centre. There will be brief prayers/reading (5-10 minutes) with the lighting of the Advent wreath – and everyone is welcome.
Studies in Islam Professor Amir Al-Azraki has been published in Arab Stages magazine, a publication that aims to broaden international awareness and understanding of the theatre and performance cultures of the Arab-Islamic world and of its diaspora. Al-Azraki and James Al-Shamma co-authored the article, The Birth of Modern Iraqi Theatre: Church Drama in Mosul in the Late Nineteenth Century.