Centre for Spirituality at Work
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Coming Events

Please now see our Bulletin Board/Forum for all coming events!

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Past Events


Wed. Feb 12th
- come any time after 7:45 a.m.  (Toronto)

Breakfast with Like Minds

Join us for our monthly breakfast and talk with others about spirituality and work.

Location:       Marché Restaurant, “Brasserie” room
                      32-42 Yonge St. (SW corner, Yonge & Wellington), Toronto
                      (More directions)
Cost:             Whatever you choose to spend on breakfast

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Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 10 am to 1 pm  (Toronto)

Spirit at Work Breakfast:
What is your Next Step at Work?
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Meet: Get to know others who are bringing “spirit” into what they do
Munch: Muffins & coffee/ tea/juice
Explore: What steps are you wanting/needing to take + how can the Centre support you?

Date: Saturday, February 15th -- 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: By donation (suggested: $10.00)
Location: St. Andrews United Church, 117 Bloor St. East, Toronto

Please RSVP: info@spiritualityatwork.org -or- call 416-233-8665

Read More about it Here   +  Directions to St. Andrew's

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 7:00 - 9:15 pm

Spirituality and Money

with Paul Rosati, Spiritual Director, Psychotherapist, and former Banker
(Director of New Business Take On with a consortium of three major banks)
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Can we have money and still be “spiritual”?
What are the spiritual principles behind having it more abundantly?


Date: Wed, February 26th – 7:00 to 9:15 p.m.
Cost: By donation (suggested: $10 to $20)
Location: St. Andrews United Church, 117 Bloor St. East, Toronto
RSVPs appreciated

Read more about this event here  +  Directions to St. Andrew's

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Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 10 am to 1 pm

Spirit at Work Breakfast:
What do you want in your work this year?
+ How can we re-create the Centre?

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Meet: Get to know others who are bringing “spirit” into what they do
Munch: Muffins & coffee/ tea/juice
Explore: What are you wanting to have/do/be in work + how can the Centre support you?

Date: Saturday, January 18th -- 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $7.00
Location: St. Andrews United Church, 117 Bloor St. East, Toronto

Please RSVP: info@spiritualityatwork.org or call 416-233-8665

Please see the flyer here

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Wed. Dec 11 and Wed Jan 8 - 7:45 to 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast with Like Minds   (Toronto)

Join us for our monthly breakfast and talk with others about spirituality and work.

Location:       Marché Restaurant, “Brasserie” room
                      32-42 Yonge St. (SW corner, Yonge & Wellington), Toronto
                      (More directions)
Cost:             Whatever you choose to spend on breakfast

No need to RSVP... but if you want more information, email or call us.

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Tuesday, Dec. 3rd  - 7:00 to 9:15 pm     (Downtown Toronto)

Sanity, Meaning & Peace... in the Season?
with Michael Hryniuk, PhD, Spiritual Director, Catholic Theologian, Consultant and Author


Whatever you celebrate in the month ahead - Channukah, Solstice, Christmas, New Year's or something else - how how will you experience it, and what will you be left with?

Join us for an evening of thoughtful reflection – and practical strategies – to help you ‘get more
of what you really want’ this year...

The holiday season can be a time of stress for many of us. On top of everyday life, the work of preparing, shopping, cooking, entertaining, socializing and travel can fill our days with manic hyper-activity, leaving us even more exhausted & confused, instead of rested & spiritually renewed.

How do we respond to these challenges in a mindful way? Can we move through the events and "must-do's", yet still retain a sense of balance, inner freedom & joy? How do we deal with the difficult emotions that may arise at this time, such as sadness, grief or even depression? And can we be more conscious and intentional, so we feel more enriched by what we do? ...Read more

Date:         Tuesday, December 3rd – 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. (come after 6:40)
Cost:         By donation  (suggested: $10 to $20)
Location:  St. Andrews United Church, 117 Bloor St. East, Toronto

Dr. Michael Hryniuk is a Spiritual Director, Adjunct University Professor, theologian, speaker and consultant in the fields of Christian spirituality, contemplative formation and ministry development. He holds a Doctoral degree in Theology and Personality Theory from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and is the author of Theology, Disability, and Spiritual Transformation: Learning From the Communities of L’Arche as well as numerous articles in the fields of theology, spirituality, youth ministry and religious education. ...Read more

This evening will also be facilitated by Eric Hellman, the Director of the Centre for Spirituality at Work, and someone who’s explored ways of ‘finding more meaning in the season’ for the past 20+ years.

Read more about this event - and our speakers - here.

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November's Theme:  Connecting Our Work to Our Spirit

1) Wed Nov 13th: 7:00 to 9:15 p.m.   (Downtown Toronto)

Do What You Love - and - Love What You Do
with Isabelle St-Jean, Work, Life Transitions & Retirement Coach, Professional Speaker, and Facilitator;
Author of Living Forward, Giving Back: A Practical Guide to Fulfillment in Midlife and Beyond and co-author of Einstein's Business: Engaging Soul, Imagination and Excellence in the Workplace (award-winning anthology)

Finding what we love to do is important to inner richness & fulfillment. But what happens when  the money doesn't follow, we don't know what we love or we simply need to work to pay the bills and the rent?

Isabelle St-Jean has experience with both. A passionate speaker, seminar leader & author, she is also a parent of two teenagers (18 and 21), so she knows the importance of paying the bills and the rent. Therefore, as she grows the work she loves, she supplements her income with part-time work that’s in line with her values, and helps to bridge the peaks & valleys that come with being primarily self-employed.

Join us to hear Isabelle talk about creating inspiring work, engaging soul & excellence, turning adversity into opportunity, giving back, finding meaning/purpose in midlife & retirement – AND how to love what we do, to make it all work.

Date:       Wednesday, Nov. 13th - 7:00-9:15 p.m. (Visiting after 6:40)
Cost:        By donation (suggested: $10.00+)
Location: St. Andrews United Church, 117 Bloor St. East, Toronto

More information here...

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Tues Nov 26th - 8:00 to 9:15 p.m.
Working with Spirit Teleconference    (International event)

{Note: This event was cancelled/postponed due to technical difficulties during the call.
It will be re-scheduled in the New Year.}

Showing Up Fully Present:
Integrating Client Needs, Professional Skills and Spiritual Insight

with Virginia Burt, Principal, Visionscapes Landscape Architects


How do we combine our professional knowledge, our clients' needs - and our spiritual wisdom or guidance - so we are more effective in creating results?

Virginia Burt is an award-winning landscape architect & designer, who believes that her gardens must engage the mind, body, spirit & emotions with a deep experience of the natural environment.

Join us as we talk with Virginia about how she became a designer of “healing and spiritual gardens,” AND how she makes spirit manifest & creates results for her clients by:
- Using a holistic approach to design: physical, mental emotional and spiritual
- Providing meaningful group process to obtain input towards the gardens she creates
  (including techniques from organizational development)
- Creating a clear intention for each garden and project
  "Where attention goes, energy flows." - Denise Lim
- Using design elements that reflect this intention and the mission/values of her clients
- Drawing on spiritual guidance & insight, as well as principles of sacred geometry.

Date: Tuesday, Nov 26th - 8:00 – 9:15 pm (Eastern time)
          (9:00 Atlantic, 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific)
          (* Call is also available internationally *)

Cost: By donation

Read more about Virginia Burt - and our teleconference - here

How to Donate, Find Call-In Numbers & Connect to the Call

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October 2013

Theme: The Challenges of Having "Spirit" at Work

1) Wed. Oct. 9 – Breakfast with Like Minds   (Toronto)

2) Wed. Oct. 16   (Toronto)
The "Real World" of Work:
What do you struggle with -or how do you make it more alive?

3) Tues. Oct 29 – Working with Spirit Teleconference   (International)
The Challenges -and Gifts- of Speaking Up and Making a Difference
with executive coach Susan Hastings, President, Creative Communications Center
 

4) New date: Sun. Nov. 3   (**Co-organized with St. Andrew's United Church**) (Toronto)
Beyond Sundays: The Challenges of Living "a Christian Life"

More information on all events below.

Or call 416-233-8665 - or email us at info@spiritualityatwork.org

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Wed. Oct 9 - 7:45 to 9:00+ a.m.

Breakfast with Like Minds   (Toronto)

Join us for our monthly breakfast and talk with others about spirituality and work.

Location:       Marché Restaurant, “Brasserie” room
                      32-42 Yonge St. (SW corner, Yonge & Wellington), Toronto
                      (More directions)
Cost:             Whatever you choose to spend on breakfast

No need to RSVP... but if you want more information, email or call us.

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Wed, October 16, 2013 - 7:00 to 9:15 p.m.     (Toronto)

The "Real World" of Work:
What do you struggle with... or how do you make it more alive?

Every day at work, we face practical issues that challenge us:
- conflict or  rejection
- promoting yourself
- talking about spirit/meaning/values
- feeling exhausted/too busy/time pressures
- ego getting in the way
- knowing how to apply spirit/faith at work
- crushed spirit/dissatisfying work
- finding something you want to do
- holding on to your caring
- bringing your whole self into work
- feeling separate/isolated/alone
- making money doing what you care about...

Which of these do you face? Where do you find it difficult to ‘have your spirit’ or ‘grow your work’? Join us to explore these & other issues, and what you can do to make it through.

More details on this event here

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Tues, Oct 29, 2013 - 8:00 to 9:15 p.m. (Eastern)

Working with Spirit Teleconference    (International)

The Challenges -and Gifts- of
Speaking Up and Making a Difference

with executive coach Susan Hastings, President, Creative Communications Center

Susan Hastings has pioneered in the field of coaching, communications, transformation and attitudinal change in business for the past 30 years. Join us to hear Susie/Suz (as she likes to be called by friends and associates) talk about:
        - how she overcame a deep fear of public speaking
          and went on to become a professional seminar leader, speaker and coach
        - the power of believing in your message
        - her book, Walking the Spiritual Path with Practical Feet
        - the challenges of 'busyness' - and how she deals with them in her own life
        - the importance and impact of synchronicity
        - a desire to 'go deeper' in her own spiritual growth, and
        - "what's next," as she enters semi-retirement...
We also want you to bring your own issues, challenges, experiences and questions for "Coach Suz"!

Tues. Oct 29th - 8:00 – 9:15 pm (Eastern time)
         (9:00 pm Atlantic, 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 pm Pacific)


For more information
How to connect to the call

(To hear previous teleconferences, click here)

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New Date:  Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.     (Toronto)

(**Note:
This event co-organized with St. Andrew's United Church **)

Beyond Sundays: The Challenges of Living "a Christian Life"

Do you find it hard to be a Christian in a secular world? What issues do you run up against, and why is faith important to you? Do you ever talk about these with others who would understand?

Join us to explore the many challenges of living one's faith in the day-to-day world – with your family or friends, at work and in life – such as:
    - talking with others (especially family) about what you believe or why you go to church
    - connecting your Sunday values, beliefs or experience with life the rest of the week
    - bringing your Christian perspective or values into the work you do
    - talking about spiritual experiences you’ve had
    - connecting being “spiritual” and being “religious”
    - apply your faith to real issues/experiences of life such as illness, money, family life, work,
      social change, politics, community, volunteering... and more.

Read more here...

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September 2013

Conversation Evening   (Toronto)
Wed. Sept 18 -
7:00 to 9:15 p.m.

Living a Spirit-Led Life:
How do we live our Faith/Spirituality at Work?

Click here for more info

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Working with Spirit Teleconference    (International)
Tues. Sept 24
8:00 to 9:15 p.m. (Eastern) / 5:00 p.m. (Pacific)  

What's Your Story? Spirituality & Policing... and YOURs
with guest Dr. Ginger Charles, Police Sergeant (Ret'd), and
Founder/CEO, Institute for Spirituality & Policing

Ginger’s story: When confronting 8 people in a deadly-force encounter, I experienced a higher power and connection, a one-ness with those labeled as “suspects,” which provided an opportunity to choose the most powerful and peaceful solution for us all. It was a sense of collective resonance with the “criminals,” where labels disappeared. It lasted only about three minutes... but was one of the most powerful moments of my life.

A 27-year police veteran, Ginger Charles, Ph.D. worked in the patrol division at two different agencies in Colorado. Her last assignment was in the Criminal Investigations Bureau at the Arvada Police Department, Arvada, CO, where she supervised detectives assigned to Crimes against Persons and Children. In 1994, she completed a Master’s in Psychology, focusing on stress-related disorders within the police community. And in 2005, she completed her Doctorate in Health Psychology. This time her research explored "How Spirituality is Incorporated in Police Work" - the first study of its kind, involving in-depth interviews with several police officers across the United States.

On this call, we talk with Ginger about her experiences and how they changed the way she conducted police work. We also talk with callers about their own experiences of "spirit at work."

Click here for more info


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June 2013

Join us for a Conversation Evening...
Wed, June 5, 2013 -
7:00 to 9:15 p.m.

Spirit at Work:
What is it - and How do we Do It?

A way to bring our “whole selves” into work. A choice to talk about, and do, what really matters to us. Learning how to listen to and follow Spirit, as best we understand it. And discovering ways of having more love, meaning and purpose in whatever kind of “work” we do.

So what does 'spirit at work' mean, and how we do it? This is an evening to meet and talk about:
- what spirit/spirituality means to you
- how we “listen to spirit”
- the value of bringing it into our work, volunteering, church, community
- practical ways to do that - and how to talk about it with others.

See the Full Flyer here

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Working with Spirit Teleconference
Wed, June 19, 2013 -
7:30 to 8:45 p.m. (Eastern)

Success, Failure and Caring for our Mental Health
A Candid Conversation with Jackie Riley

Need to make ends meet, while waiting for you own work/vision to succeed?
Could you reconcile your white collar aspirations - with an “orange apron” reality?

Jackie Riley has been dedicated to organizational wellness for almost 20 years. For 13 of those, she was the workplace wellness consultant to one of Canada’s “top 100 companies to work for” in downtown Toronto. A desire to change lifestyles and attend to her own mental health led Jackie to leave corporate life and start her own business - from a new home office in Huntsville, Ontario. However, start-ups take time to generate revenue, and sometimes we need to work in places we don’t naturally see ourselves. So Jackie worked in an “orange apron” (at Home Depot) for a few months to pay the bills and connect with people again.

In this call, we’ll talk with Jackie about the 'harder sides' of spirit at work: When our values clash with others', work transitions, success & "failure," mental health issues, and more... Read more about the call - and Jackie Riley - here

Cost: By Donation

Click here to Listen to a Recording

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Breakfast with Like Minds
Wed June 26th -
7:45 to 9:00 a.m.

Join us for our monthly breakfast, to meet & talk with others about spirituality and work.

Location:       Marché Restaurant, “Brasserie” room
                      42 Yonge St. (SW corner, Yonge & Wellington), Toronto
                      (More directions)
Cost:             Whatever you choose to spend on breakfast

There's no speaker or agenda; just time to share what you're doing and listen to others.
(Feeling shy? We also have ‘icebreaker’ questions to help get you started.)

No need to RSVP... but if you want more information, email or call us.

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Working with Spirit Teleconference
Tues, May 21, 2013


New Ways of Creating Change
...and a New Vision for the Centre:
A Conversation with Eric Hellman


Why is ‘making change’ in the world (and our work/lives) so hard?
We live in a world calling out for change - environmentally, socially or politically. We’re also faced with the difficulties of personal change: at work, in relationships, with our own blocks, habits & addictions, or being more authentic and true to ourselves. Tonight we’ll explore what role spirit or consciousness change can play in making change. Eric will talk about his own experiences & challenges from four decades of working in this field, and we’ll invite callers to share their own. See the Full Flyer here.

Click here to listen to the Recording

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Working with Spirit Teleconference
April 17, 2013

Growing a Business, Resolving Conflicts and Living a Sacred, Evolving Life:
A Conversation with Sue Vandittelli

Sue Vandittelli is the founder/owner of A.W.R. Inc. - Alternative Workplace Resolutions, and Sacred Evolving Lives. A former senior manager and Ombudsman at Bell Canada, Sue ‘grew up’ in Corporate Canada. Then 14 years ago, she left it to create her own business. She is now one of the leading dispute resolution professionals (with clients such as Morneau Shepell, a leading EAP firm), and runs the Canadian and International Franchise Ombudsman Programs. Sue has also recently launched "Sacred Evolving Lives" - a business to help people integrate spirituality and a ‘consciousness of the sacred’ into their life/work.

How did she do it? What role did spirituality play, and what were some of the challenges?
Read more about the call

Click here to listen to the Recording

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Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Work, Jazz and Spirit: A Conversation about Working SMARTer
with Dr. Brian Fraser (Jazzthink.com) and the Tom Reynolds Trio

A talk, conversation and workshop - with a live jazz trio...
on how the 'lessons of jazz' can help us bring more spirit & creativity into work.

Location: St. Andrew’s United Church, 117 Bloor St. East, Toronto
Cost: By Donation.

By Subway: to Bloor and Yonge Station (walk east)
By Car:  FREE parking off Hayden St. (south of Bloor) - see flyer below

CLICK Here for FULL FLYER