To welcome to another academic year the TMTC community gathered virtually for celebration of research. TMTC community members from Toronto and beyond shared about the following completed projects or works in progress:
Theology scholar Sarah Kathleen Johnson has always been interested in religion and Christian worship. In her pursuit of education, her many different involvements at Conrad Grebel University College deepened, clarified, and expanded those interests, through courses, innovative chapel experiences, and late night conversations.
We had planned to host a one-day structured writing retreat in Toronto, with TMTC associate Allison Murray (pictured) as our facilitator, on March 27th. Structured writing retreats give people a chance to dedicate time to writing while also breaking up the typically lonely experience that writing can be. We were looking forward to gathering a group together, feeding them, and giving them the chance to make progress on their writing projects in a supportive, communal environment. When the University of Toronto urged the cancellation of all discretionary events we thought we wouldn’t be able to host the retreat after all. But, with a bit of work, we were able to adapt the retreat program and move it online!
Given the evolving circumstances surrounding the response to the global pandemic, the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre's Ninth Biennial Graduate Student Conference, scheduled for 18–20 June 2020, has been postponed.
The response to the COVID-19 outbreak is moving very quickly. Our focus is on protecting the health and safety of everyone associated with TMTC as well as the wider community. The latest advice from the University of Toronto, which TMTC is committed to follow, is now encouraging the postponement of all discretionary events that are not part of courses and academic requirements. This means our 2020 Public Lecture, Writing Retreat, and April Scholars Forum are all postponed as of today. We will look to reschedule these events at a future date.
Thank you for your continued support of TMTC and of each other as we all navigate this dynamic situation together.
Sarah Kathleen Johnson is the winner of the 2019 A. James Reimer Award. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and a Visiting Fellow at the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre, her academic home while conducting ethnographic research in Toronto.