• Rising above personal misery

    On April 23 2012, Holocaust survivor Vera Schiff talked about her personal experiences in the Theresienstadt concentration camp and what it meant to "Spiritually Resist" the dehumanizing conditions of a Nazi concentration camp.
  • Spiritual resistance in a concentration camp

    The Catholic Register writes, "Most 16-year-olds worry about getting good grades and maintaining friendships. Vera Schiff’s main concern was to stay alive. Schiff shared her story to an audience of young adults at an April 23 Faith Connections’ Theology on Tap event where she discussed her spiritual resistance in a concentration camp. Between 1942 and 1945, she was held at the Theresienstadt camp in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, where she endured many hardships but found ways to maintain her humanity."

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  • Nourishing body and spirit with healthy foods

    Vanessa Santilli of The Catholic Register writes, "Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you that you have from God and you are not your own, Faith Connections program director Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt told participants at the Keeping the Temple Healthy event April 14."

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  • Opposite of poverty is not wealth, but justice

    He was inspired by Millard Fuller, a self-made millionaire who gave it all up to start a Christian commune in 1976, which became today's Habitat for Humanity. Christian principles continue to drive Habitat for Humanity's work today.
  • Bringing retreat reflection to the everyday

    Vanessa Santilli of The Catholic Register writes, "Finding it hard to fit prayer time into a hectic schedule, one of the sisters told me it might be helpful to get creative in my prayer life in order to better understand how God is speaking to me. So, along with the regular Hail Marys and Our Fathers, I started reading random Bible passages and keeping a journal to better open the lines of communication. When I heard about Lenten Listening: A Busy Person’s Retreat, I jumped at the opportunity."

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  • You can’t have healthy people on a sick planet

    Sixty-five participants joined Faith Connections, Development and Peace and the University of Toronto Newman Centre for a day of retreat entitled “Ecological Justice: The Connection Between Catholicism and the Environment”. The day combined talks by Dr. Dennis Patrick O’Hara, a professor of Ethics and Eco-Theology at St. Michaels College with group discussions, prayer, reflection and the Mass.

  • A part of Creation, not above it

    On February 27, Theology on Tap welcomed Sr. Noreen Allosery-Walsh, OSU and her talk "Our Lenten Journey — Engaging the World from an Ecological Perspective".

    Sr. Noreen spoke of how faith and science can be united through the discipline of cosmology, or viewing Creation in the context of the universe.

  • Getting ‘clarity of mind’ at Hike & Prayer

    The Catholic Register writes, "God had a different plan in store for the Faith Connections’ Snowshoe & Prayer event and its 18 young adult participants held on Feb. 25 at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ont. Due to the warm weather, and the lack of snow, the event was changed to Hike & Prayer."

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  • Politicians can't just shed their faith

    The Catholic Register writes, "The separation of church and state is a concept engrained in the identity and culture of Western democracy as a means of protecting religion, not eliminating it, according to the Very Rev. Lois Wilson."

    "But that definition has become less and less believable, Wilson told a few dozen young adults gathered in downtown Toronto at a Theology on Tap event that questioned what role religion should play in forming the public policy of a secular state."
  • Windows to Heaven

    At Theology on Tap on November 28, 2011, Jaroslav Skira, professor of Eastern Christianity at Regis College, discussed icons of Christ and the Theotokos (Mother of Christ). Professor Skira described icons as the illustrated continuation of holy scriptures. They are windows to heaven that communicate holiness and the light of grace. The light from icons is comparable to the light that flowed from Jesus in the Transfiguration.