October 11th - October 17th, 2021


Introducing the MORSL 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions Cohort


MORSL is pleased to introduce our cohort of students for the 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions! We are sponsoring a total of 17 students from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and programs.


Fatima Amjad is a graduate student in the Faculty of Law. They are excited to hear from influential global leaders such as the Dalai Lama.


Olivia Bala is a U3 student in Physical and Health Education. She is excited to extend her own involvement with the Church of Latter-Day-Saints and MORSL in this event.


Ryan Brown is a U2 student doing an Honours in Religious Studies with specific interest in South and East Asian religions. He hopes to connect this specialization with the discussions held at the Parliament.


Cathy Chuang is a U3 student majoring is Psychology and Religion. She is looking forward to learning more about faith in action and seeing the role religion has played during the pandemic.


Taja De Silva is a U4 student in Religious Studies and World Islamic and Middle East Studies. They are excited to tie together their interest in Buddhism with many of the topics presented at the Parliament.


Sandra Gauthier is a U2 Mechanical Engineering student. She hopes to learn more about a variety of faiths.


Diana Gomez is a U3 Mechanical Engineering student. She looks forward to growing in understanding how faith and religion are intrinsic to living a life of true and deep fulfillment.


Sevghi Haidar is a U3 Psychology student. She has a very strong admiration for the Dalai Lama and is most looking forward to hearing him speak.


Dylan Hillerbrand is a M1 Early Music Performance student. He has a long interest in interfaith community building and collective action, and hopes to connect that interest with the themes of the conference.


Chloé Hugla is a U1 student majoring in Political Science and Religious Studies. She hopes to supplement her academic interest in religion with a more vested personal experience and express her understanding through an artistic medium.


Antonia Lieben-Seutter is a U4 student majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Religious Studies. She participated in MORSL's 2018 Parliament trip and found it to be one of the most exciting experiences in her studies. She is excited to apply her knowledge gained since then to this year's virtual conference.


Elyse MacLeod is a PhD4 student in the School of Religious Studies. She studies intercultural and interreligious dialogue and feels that the Parliament is an important global forum for furthering dialogue, peace, and justice.


Kiran Singh is a U1 student in International Development Studies. They are part of the McGill Dharma Society and are keen to delve into the topic of conflict resolution.


Darcy Wang is a U3 student double majoring in in Philosophy and East Asian studies. She feels that the Parliament is an excellent opportunity to listen to and learn from different voices and as an imaginary way to travel across cultures during the pandemic.


Betty Wang is a U4 Psychology student. She joined this cohort because she hopes to be part of the antidote to the current chaos in the world.


Ian Whatley is a U2 joint Honours Economics and Finance student originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. He has always had an interest in both the shared wisdom of the great religious traditions of the world and the unique approaches which they have to the great questions of life.


The multi-day conference begins on Saturday, October 16th and ends on Monday, October 18th.


MORSL is Hiring Students!

Are you a student looking for work? Maybe MORSL has a job for you! We are currently looking to fill a part-time Office Assistant position starting October 25. This is a student position, working on site at our offices, and applications can be made via email. Please refer to the requirements and documentation to submit on our Jobs page.


October is Queer History Month


In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months. National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first "March on Washington" in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBTQ community during LGBT History Month.


The theme of McGill's 2021 Queer History Month (QHM) is "Coming Together." We know it has been challenging for many folks since the start of the pandemic, especially for 2SLGBTQIA+ communities where shared spaces have always been a source of strength, resilience and affirmation. As places start to open up, this year's QHM offers a renewed opportunity to come together as we begin to move past all the changes we've lived through as of late. Showing up to celebrate, to share, to reflect, to reconnect, and everything else in between.


There are many events taking place locally and globally to bring awareness to LGBTQ+ issues. Check out McGill's schedule of events for Queer History Month.


MORSL X Queer McGill Movie Night


MORSL is pleased to be partnering with Queer McGill for a Movie Night in honor of Queer History Month this Wednesday evening!


We'll be watching Devout + Out: Cormac, a documentary about a queer trans non-binary youth minister who works at an anglican church in Toronto.

This event will be held over Jitsi, a free online videoconferencing platform. This event is free and open to all! Be sure to check back at the event page for the link to the live stream.


This Monday, October 11th is Thanksgiving! All McGill offices, including MORSL, will be closed for the holiday.


Don't forget that McGill's inaugural Fall Reading Week takes place the days following the holiday. While there are no classes scheduled on October 12th and October 13th, all McGill University student supports remain open.


"Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight."

— Harvey Milk


Spirituality and Wellness Calendar


Due to COVID-19 measures, in-person social events at McGill - both on and off campus - are limited. However, many online activities are going strong! See our weekly listings below.

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 11

Thanksgiving. All McGill University offices are closed.

Tuesday, October 12

McGill Fall Reading Week - no classes.

4:30 PM: Daily Mass at the Newman Centre of McGill University in the Upstairs Chapel (preceded by Confession at 3:30 PM and Eucharist at 4 PM)

Wednesday, October 13

McGill Fall Reading Week - no classes.

4:30 PM: Daily Mass at the Newman Centre of McGill University in the Upstairs Chapel (preceded by Confession at 3:30 PM and Eucharist at 4 PM)

6:00 PM: Multi-Lingual Rosary Come join the NCSS in praying the Rosary! This event is both scriptural and multi-lingual - if you have a language you prefer to pray in, you are encouraged to do so! Join via Zoom.

6:30 PM: Movie Night (Online) Come on down and watch a movie with Queer McGill and MORSL. This event will be held on jitsi, an online video conferencing platform. The link will be posted in the Facebook event page. A voice channel is on our Discord server, which you can join through our Online Events Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2719879811444676/)

7:00 PM: Midweek Quaker meditation. Join in for a time of silent contemplation over Zoom. Check the group's Facebook page to get the links. A Bible study is also offered at 6:15pm for those interested. No prior reading or background required. All welcome.


Thursday, October 14

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Cultivating a Positive Body Image The body image group will be presented as 4 individual workshops which can be attended separately or as a whole. Students may sign up for the workshops that interest them. Students will learn what body image is, the factors that contribute to negative body image, its connection with self-esteem and how to develop a more positive relationship with their bodies.

4:30 PM: Daily Mass at the Newman Centre of McGill University in the Upstairs Chapel (preceded by Confession at 3:30 PM and Eucharist at 4 PM).

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Trauma Sensitive Yoga Join the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education for a trauma-sensitive yoga session. Designed as an alternative to traditional yoga practices, Trauma Sensitive Yoga has foundations in trauma theory, attachment theory, and Hatha Yoga practice, with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing practices.


Friday, October 15

4:30 PM: Daily Mass at the Newman Centre of McGill University in the Upstairs Chapel (preceded by Confession at 3:30 PM and Eucharist at 4 PM)

6:00 PM: Durga Puja and Dussehra Festival To celebrate Durga Puja, Dussehra, and mark the last day of Navratri 2021, McGill Dharma Society is organizing a trip to the Bangladesh Hindu Temple of Montreal to partake in their Communal Worship and Cultural Night! We will be meeting and travelling to the temple together via Metro to participate in the celebration. Register here.

7:45 PM: Erev Shabbat Service Join Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom for an online Shabbat service via Zoom.


Saturday, October 16

10:15 AM: Shabbat morning services at Temple.

5:30 PM: Babka and Booze Join McGill Chavurah on Saturday evening at the corner of Duluth and Parc for babka and booze, followed by havdallah! Proof of vaccination required.

6:30 PM: Spooky Scavenger Hunt Join Queer McGill for a virtual scavenger hunt to celebrate the month of Gay Halloween. Follow a set of clues that we will post on our Online Events Group and bring them to the event!

7:00 - 9:00 PM: Weekly worship and bible study Join International Student Ministry at Cafe Ambrose (3422 Syanley St.) for an evening of fellowship and scripture.

Sunday, October 17

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 and is also offering in-person worship as of Sept. 12th.

10:30 AM: Saint Laurent YSA Ward The Church of Jesus Christ is holding in-person church services for single young adults ages 18-30.

10:30 AM: Christ Church Sunday Eucharist with music. Join via Zoom.

10:30 AM: The Unitarian Church of Montreal is now offering hybrid Sunday services, with in-person seats available as well as videos of their worship service on their YouTube channel.

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

11:00 AM: Sunday Morning Service Join Ascension Lutheran Church online every Sunday by registering via their webform.

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

1:30 PM: Montreal Ward The Church of Jesus Christ is holding in-person church services for the general population.

5:00 PM: Sunday Mass at the Newman Centre of McGill University in the Upstairs Chapel (preceded by Confession at 4:30 PM)


DAILY: Punj Granthi sessions (7-9 PM) hosted by McGill Sikh Students. DM on Facebook for the Zoom link. Sign up to join the student association and WhatsApp group to stay informed.

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



Holidays & Holy Days

  • October 11: Held on the second Monday of October, the Canadian Thanksgiving Day, like similar celebrations elsewhere, is rooted in earlier harvest festivals and other expressions of gratitude.
  • October 12: Aymbil Ori is an (approximately) nine-day festival that occurs twice during the calendar year. It is a time when devout Jains undertake a special type of fasting. They eat only once during the day and the food is prepared without oil, butter, milk, sugar or salt.
  • October 12: Ghambar Ayathrem begins in Zoroastrianism. Observed from October 12 - 16, this day celebrates the creation of plants, the sowing of the winter crop, and the return of herds from pasture.
  • October 15: Dassehra (Vijay Dasami) in Hinduism celebrates the victory of good over evil: of Lord Rama over the demon Ravan, and the Goddess Durga over a demon. It follows the nine-day celebration of Navaratri (nine nights) and Durga Puja (worship), when other Goddesses are worshiped.



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 open by-appointment for meditation and prayer, as well as in-person consultations with our staff for needs that cannot be met online. A wide variety of activities and resources are offered by our Campus Partners too!





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