October 26 - November 1, 2020


Discover Spiritual McGill Fair 2020



In a time when so much seems lost - routines, quotidian activities, social interactions - it can be difficult to keep one's hope. Yet, this hope can be rekindled through both inward reflection and outward action, and lighted by faith. We tend to it, gently turning it over in our hands, letting it be shaped by the lines of our experiences.


To quote Bil Keane, "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present." When so much is left a mystery, how can we cultivate hope? How can we centre ourselves to live in - and appreciate - the present moment? Where does faith, spirituality, and religion come in to play?


This year's Discover Spiritual McGill Fair, taking place between November 2nd and November 5th, considers the contours of such questions, interrogating immediacy and sparking the wicker of hope. In a week-long series of virtual events, MORSL presents various perspectives and activities open to all that might keep your flame burning brighter than before.


There will also be a raffle for three $50 Indigo e-gift cards. For each event that you attend, you will receive one entry into the raffle to win. In order to receive an entry, you must both register and actually attend the event. Contest is open to McGill students only. Winners will be announced on Friday, November 6th at noon.


Join into the conversation! Use the hashtag #DSM2020 for all your Discover Spiritual McGill Fair related social media posts!

Schedule of Events


Monday, November 2nd

Hear from a diverse selection of professionals invested in the spiritual development of young adults as we discuss how faith, spirituality, and religion can connect with hope.

Join us on Zoom from 12 - 1 PM (EST).

Please use this registration form to access the full Zoom meeting details.



Join the Newman Catholic Students' Society on Zoom from 7 - 8 PM (EST) for their bi-weekly meditation class. For this special session, the meditation will be based on scripture and quotes on the theme of hope.

Registration details forthcoming.




Tuesday, November 3rd

McGill students draw from personal experience to consider how faith, spirituality, and religion can connect with hope.

Join us on Zoom from 12 - 1 PM (EST).

Please use this registration form to access the full Zoom meeting details.




During this special - and final - session of MORSL's Spiritual Yoga Off-The-Mat class, join instructor Milda Graham and she integrates hope as a central theme of yogic practices.

Join us on Zoom from 6 - 7 PM (EST).

Register via this webform to gain access to the full Zoom meeting details.


Wednesday, November 4th

This unique edition of MORSL's regularly programmed Midweek Morsels with MORSL features a special guest who will be present to discuss how creative activity can be used as a tool for maintaining one's hope.

Join us on Zoom from 12 - 1 PM (EST) with your lunch and favorite hot drink. Register here for the Zoom meeting details.


Thursday, November 5th

Music can be a wonderful vehicle for cultivating hope and uplifting spirits. As our closing event of DSM 2020, join us for a live-broadcasted mini-concert on Zoom from 5 - 6 PM (EST) featuring several faith groups of all backgrounds.

Register here to gain access to the full Zoom meeting details.


“Why is it said that hope dies last? Because hope drives action. While you are still trying to do anything, you are hoping. Regardless of how many things you try and fail, hope is what lets you try another thing. Only when you stop trying anything will hope leave you. Even then, though, hope doesn’t die. Until the last fragment of existence ceases to move, there will be ‘hope’ of a sort. And possibly even after that. Hope dies last, because the only way for hope to even possibly die is for there to be nothing else left."

— Alastair Meek


Queer History Month: LGBTQ-RAN

Interested in learning more about the history of faith and LGBTQ+ inclusion? Check out the LGBTQ Religious Archives Network! LGBTQ-RAN is a charitable organization that preserves queer religious history through its online archive, accessible here. The website showcases oral histories, profiles of leaders in queer religious inclusion, links to global collections of historic documents, and diverse online exhibits.


Examples of LGBT-RAN’s fascinating archival documents include:

· The first issue of Affirmation Newsletter (1980): Affirmation is an organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ inclusion in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The inaugural newsletter outlined the organization’s firm belief “[t]hat “Gay or Lesbian” and Mormon are not incompatible.”

· A profile of Quebecker Nicole Hamel: Formerly involved in the Catholic Church, Hamel joined the United Church after coming out as a lesbian. Along with her partner, Hamel published L’amour entre femmes dans l’Église catholique in 1999.

· A 1981 issue of Insight on being “Black, Christian and Gay”: including an interview with an openly gay Black Catholic brother.

· A profile of Colombia-born Vancouverite Lisa Salazar: born in a Catholic family, and later converting to Evangelical Christianity, Lisa came out as a trans woman in 2007. She now identifies as a non-denominational follower of Christ, and she works in a hospital as a multi-faith Spiritual Care Practitioner.


Need to talk to someone?


Did you know that MORSL has 15 faith volunteers from a wide range of communities who are ready to offer compassionate listening to our students? While it may not be possible to chat in person, they are all are available for support via email or other platforms as needed. Reach out to them any time, no matter where you are in the world!


For a list of virtual gatherings in various faith traditions, see our listings. Let us know if there's a resource we haven't found yet, and email us. And if you've always been curious about another faith but too shy to attend a service in person, here's your chance to check it out from the comfort of your own home!


Spirituality and Wellness Calendar


Due to COVID-19 measures, all in-person social events at McGill - both on and off campus - are cancelled until further notice. Below are available online events.

Have an event you want to see published in our newsletter? Use our online form to submit your listing to us no later than Thursday at 5pm for our newsletter covering Monday-Sunday of the following week.

**Check out our Online Resources for MORSL-recommended web-based activities and alternatives! **

Monday, October 26

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Getting Sound Sleep Workshop This is intended for students who have difficulty falling or staying asleep at night due to anxiety or low mood, and who face difficulty during the day as a result of poor sleep. Register in advance.

2:00 - 3:30 PM: Turning Failure Into Success This workshop will focus on defining failure, describing resilience, grit, and its connection to emotional well-being, and identifying practical steps to build resilience, cope with failure, and create change! Register in advance.

7:00 - 8:00 PM: Surviving Midterm Season Join InterVarsity-McGill Christian Fellowship for a chat on how to survive midterms intact. Follow the FB event to be notified of the Zoom link availability.

Tuesday, October 27

11:00 AM: The third session for 6-week gratitude discussion program, hosted by the Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul. Each Zoom session will begin with a short video by Diana Butler Bass followed by a conversation led by the Rev. Ian Fraser. If you are interested, email to request the Zoom link.

1:00 - 2:00 PM: Art Hive @Home Initiative The Art Hive @Home initiative brings the liveliness of our communal Art Hive space into the comfort of your home. Sign up to participate in our upcoming Art Hive @Home open studio.

2:00 - 3:00 PM: Learning and Memory This webinar will teach you about retrieval practice and its importance in helping you learn more and keep what you are learning from going in one ear and out the other. Register in advance.

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Spiritual Yoga Off-The-Mat Looking to stay grounded in these chaotic times? Interested in the spiritual significance of yogic practice? Join us for a seated yoga practice! Registration required for the Zoom link.

6:30 - 8:30 PM: Existential Questions: Faith and Rationality MSA McGill and ILM Foundation will be holding a weekly gathering on the principles of Islamic belief (ʿaqīda). Register here.

Wednesday, October 28
12:00 - 1:00 PM: Midweek Morsels with MORSL Looking to inject your week with positivity and by feeling grounded? Join us from the comfort of your home on Zoom with your lunch and beverage of choice for some open-ended conversation. This week, we'll be getting to know Ashley, MORSL's Communications Associate!

2:00 - 3:30 PM: Science of Happiness Come learn about the science of happiness and discover how you can cultivate a positive mindset by taking in the good. Registration required.

6:45 - 8:15 PM: History of Black American Muslims Join MSA McGill for these two sessions via Zoom led by Imam Yasin Dwyer to celebrate and learn from this fascinating period of Muslim History. Register here.

7:00 - 8:00 PM: Midweek Quaker Meeting is meeting now on Zoom every Wednesday at 7pm EDT. Followed by a bible study from 8:15pm to 9pm. There's no need to read ahead (unless you want to), and no prior biblical knowledge needed! Bible study is held via the Montreal Quaker Meeting discord. Message the FB group for the invite link. All are welcome!

7:30 PM: Multi-Lingual Rosary Join the NCSS in praying the Rosary! Please confirm your attendance here.

Thursday, October 29

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Skills for Time Management In this workshop, you will learn strategies to organize your priorities, increase your productivity, and effectively manage your time.

1:00 - 2:00 PM: Art Hive @Home Initiative The Art Hive @Home initiative brings the liveliness of our communal Art Hive space into the comfort of your home. Sign up to participate in our upcoming Art Hive @Home open studio.

Friday, October 30

10:00 - 11:00 AM: Mac First Year Support Group This drop-in group is a confidential and supportive space for new students to come together and connect. Register here.

1:30 PM: Friday Sermon live streamed from the Rhoda Institute to recentre intentions and energy.

2:30 - 4:00 PM: Skills for Coping With Perfectionism Do you set unrealistic standards? Join this group to discuss the role perfectionism plays in your life and develop tools for overcoming it. Registration required.

3:00 - 5:00 PM: Queer Sex Ed. Workshop This workshop will cover everything your sex education class forgot to tell you about how to engage in consensual sex (or not!) as a queer or trans person. Registration required.

6:00 - 8:00 PM: MSA Games Night Playing some games via Zoom and raising some money for charity week! Registration is by donation.

Saturday, October 31

10:00 - 11:30 AM: Weekly Falun Dafa Exercise Workshop Join Falun Dafa at McGill for an online (via Zoom) guided mediation and self-cultivation practice based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

11:00 AM- 12:00 PM: Fratelli Tutti series The Newman Centre is hosting a weekly discussion series delving into Pope Francis' new Encyclical. Led by Father Anthony Atansi, joining the meeting from KU Leuven, Belgium. He has recently completed a PhD in Christology, also at KU Leuven. Links to discussion texts and Zoom room in the FB event page.


Looking for a new book to pick-up? Pop in to our spirituality and wellness library on our website to browse a few of our recommendations! Also see our podcast top picks. Looking for something more active? Many groups still need volunteers to make friendly phone calls to isolated people as well as deliver groceries and medicines. Browse our volunteering listing on our website.

Sunday, November 1

Join the Eastern Orthodox Livestreaming services Facebook group for all information about available live streams.
7:30 AM: St-Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church Check their Facebook page for up-to-date information on live stream of services on Sundays and throughout the week.
9:30 AM: St Sophie Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral Check their Facebook page for up-to-date information on live streams of services on Sundays and throughout the week.
10:30 AM: The Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul is broadcasting church services via their YouTube channel.

10:30 AM: The Unitarian Church of Montreal begins uploading videos of their worship service on their YouTube channel at 10:30 am, and the full playlist is available for Monday morning,

11:00 AM: Sunday Morning Quaker Meeting Contact the group on Facebook for the Zoom meeting details.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Online Mile End Meditation Join Jonathan Stewart for secular meditation sessions offered via Google Meet.

4:00 - 6:00 PM: For Sikh youth, join the weekly Sunday web sessions with Dr. Juss Kaur for meditation, reflection and discussion. Email for details.

7:00 - 8:00 PM: Day of the dead/Working with Ancestors: Gnostic Night Join our Gnostic volunteer, Jonathan, for a night of working with the ancestors and remembering those we've lost at our Day of the Dead/Working With Ancestors meeting in honour of All Soul's Day. We'll be performing special meditations and practices to connect with the power of the past ancestors. The details for this online session are on the FB page.

6:00 - 8:00 PM: MSA Coffeehouse. A chance for all McGill students to showcase their talents! Come perform a spoken word poem, a comedy skit, share a story, or share your hidden talent with the our zoom world. If you don’t want to perform, no worries, you can still attend and enjoy the show! Small admission fee which is being donated to Islamic Relief as part of the Muslim Students' Association's charity week event series. Sign up to perform or attend via the links in their FB event page.

8:30 - 9:45 PM: Free Mindfulness & Insight Meditation Sessions with Sumanacara This guided practice emphasizes bringing a gentle and kind attention to our bodies, feelings, minds, mental objects, and then including all experience with a receptive presence. Register here.

MORE: Check MORSL's partner programming page to learn of the latest virtual gatherings for a variety of faith communities



Holidays & Holy Days

  • October 29: Mawlid or Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif is the observance of the birthday of Islamic prophet Muhammad which is commemorated in Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.
  • October 30: Sharad Purnima is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin, marking the end of the monsoon season.
  • October 30: Wiccans celebrate Samhain, the Celtic New Year. The souls of those who have died during the turning of the past year's wheel are bid farewell.
  • October 31: Halloween or Hallowe'en, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day.
  • November 1: All Saints' Day, also known as All Hallows' Day, Hallowmas, the Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, is a Christian solemnity celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.



We are an inclusive service offering religious diversity education and resources to help students cultivate spiritual wellbeing and inner peace. Due to COVID-19 preventative measures, our drop-in centre is currently closed, and we can only offer in-person consultations with our staff for urgent needs that cannot be met online. A wide variety of activities and resources are offered by our Campus Partners too!





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